Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara vs Zombies

Posted on 31 Aug 2016 by
L Coulsen

Because nothing is sacred, the next big update for Rise of the Tomb Raider is adding zombies. We actually already talked about this when the 20th anniversary edition was first announced, but now we have something more tangible to show off. You can pretty much ignore the first five minutes of the above video, it’s showing a short section towards the middle of the base game as part of a Gamescom demo of the upcoming PlayStation 4 release. The stuff after that is more interesting, as it focuses on the zombie mode and extra hour or so of single player content.

The latter is what I’m, personally, more interested in. Though what we see from Lara’s battle against the forces of the undead actually looks like a lot of fun, it’s also way overdone these days. The enemy variety, including floating, demonic goat heads, seems decent too. Suggesting it’s more than a quick jump on the bandwagon. Whilst the new story content, Blood Ties, focuses around Lara’s uncle trying to challenge her claim to Croft manner. Leading her to start snooping around within said manor (criminally missing from the previous game!) to dig up some proof. A will, or deed or some such, left by her father to support her claim.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will release for the PlayStation 4 on October 11th, with all the new content coming to Xbox One and PC Season Pass holders on the same day. The PlayStation 4 version will also support VR, which is as yet unconfirmed for other platforms.

Official Press Release

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (August 30, 2016) – Crystal Dynamics® today released the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration™ gamescom theatre demo. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor, and embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition in search of the secret of immortality. She’ll explore a vast and hostile world, engage in guerilla combat, and discover deadly tombs.

The video showcase begins with the cinematic action of “Thin Ice” from the main campaign, as Lara fights to escape Trinity in a frozen Siberian wasteland. Next is a preview of “Blood Ties”, which will feature over an hour of new single-player story as Lara’s uncle challenges her ownership of Croft Manor. Lara’s determined to prove that she’s the rightful heir and reclaim her legacy, but to do that she must confront the secrets of her past. Finally, there’s a look at the new “Lara’s Nightmare” combat mode, in which Lara must protect her childhood home from hordes of the undead.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, and also includes PlayStation VR support, co-op Endurance mode, an “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode, 5 classic Lara skins, an outfit and weapon inspired by TR III, and all of the previously released DLC. The game launches on PS4 October 11th, and the new content will be included as part of the Season Pass on Xbox One and PC.

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