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Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Edition PS4

Last year, we reviewed Rise of the Tomb Raider for the Xbox One. This past week, we got to play through the entire game again, this time on the PS4, courtesy of Square Enix. While much of the game plays the same on the PS4 as on the Xbox One – outside a few noticeable graphical enhancements – a few new modes and DLC is being launched alongside this release. While the DLC is available on all systems, we are looking at it on the PS4 this time around.


Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Edition on PS4 is a great value for those who have not yet played the game; it not only comes with the standard game, but also all the DLC to date, which Xbox One users has to purchase piece by piece, or via the Season Pass. For the price of a new game, gamers are going to get hours and hours of content. The game might be a year old, but it is still well worth your time.

Blood Ties DLC
While both Cold Darkness Awakened and Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch DLC have been available before for Xbox One owners, but the Blood Ties DLC is brand new to all versions of the game.

The DLC is split into two distinct parts, set in the same environment. The first half will have Lara exploring Croft Manor, uncovering some truths of her families path, and seeing some of the backstory to where Lara is when the game begins.

It’s definitely a tacked on feature to the main game, but the DLC is very enlightening and provides a great snapshot into Lara, and her families, past. For that reason a lone, this is a must own for any big Tomb Raider fan. The ultimate goal of all this sleuthing is to save the Manor – that is all we will comment on here! You need to explore the story behind the DLC for yourself!

The Blood Ties DLC can also be played using PSVR, and although we have not tried it out ourselves, the experiences – according to major gaming websites – is a good one, when it’s not causing players to feel sick.

Lara’s Nightmare

The second half of the DLC has you playing Lara inside the Manor, protecting it from demons that are patrolling the rooms and hallways. The mode is replayable as many times as you like, and while the first few play throughs were exciting and engaging, it eventually lost its lustier; it is not a mode I’ll play again for a long time, if ever. However, it is once again a nice distraction from the main game.


With all the added content, minor visual improvements in areas, and the PSVR support, it is not that hard to recommend Rise of the Tomb Raider to any Lara Croft or adventure game fans. If you finished Uncharted 4 and want something similar to play, this is it. In fact, I may like this better…


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Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but has honed his skills completing a Master's Degree. He loves Nintendo, and almost anything they have released...even Tomodachi Life.

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