Published on December 27th, 2014 | by IceCube
REVIEW: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Summary: A spin-off series from the Tomb Raider universe and sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, you can now buy this game in disc format from retail stores as well as digital download.
Concept: Lara Croft joins forces with rival treasure hunter, Carter Bell and imprisoned gods, Horus and Isis. With four-player co-op, they take-on hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve puzzles and evade deadly traps in a fight to undo a curse by the evil god, Set. It’s a simple game that is very well executed and the story delivers the right amount of intrigue and engagement without going overboard.
Graphics: You might be controlling your characters from a distance but there was little cop-out on the level of detail. All the characters look really nice and the settings are great to look at. It all runs as smooth as silk and we ran into no technical issues.
Gameplay: Unlike the traditional Tomb Raider adventure games, this gameplay style is more like Diablo as it is played from a similar isometric view and features fast-paced action and lots of loot. The previous game proved to be a huge success and this sequel improves on that with sharper graphics, exciting moments and more clever co-op puzzles. I really enjoy using the right stick to aim your fire and the variety of action and puzzles are sweet.
Sound: The music is fitting, adventure style tunes and Lara is voiced by Keeley Hawes, the voice actor from the Tomb Raider: Legend timeline. The sound doesn’t feature any memorable moments but successfully enhances the enjoyment of the game.
Multiplayer: This game is even more fun with co-op multiplayer, preferably two or four players. The treasure hunters, Lara and Carter, have different tools to the imprisoned gods, Horus and Isis, but together they use their skills to access hidden treasures and solve puzzles. The variety of skills make for intriguing puzzles and there’s plenty of helping each other out for an incredibly fun experience.
Awesomeness: It would be easy to dismiss this isometric twist on Lara’s tale, which has not the same production scale as the regular series. But is so fun that I welcome it and hope for more. It’s completely worthy of its evolution from digital download only platform, to retail.
Final Word: This game takes the success of it’s predecessor and evolves it to the next level. The basic premise is essentially very similar to before and it it’s even more fun and better to look at. Four player co-op was managed extremely well and the adventure is exciting. We can’t wait for more!
Score out of 5 bugs
Summary: 1 = Poor, 2 = Average, 3 = Good, 4 = Great, 5 = Amazing