Game: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Before we even begin this review, have you ever wanted to play another isometric view based game but…have it take place in an Egyptian temple? Or have you ever felt the sudden urge to just really collect scattered pieces of a dead Egyptian king’s body in order to gain your own freedom and stop your descent into the underworld for magical and inexplicable reasons? If so, then well…I don’t know what to tell you. That seems oddly specific and weird to me, but hey to each their own. You’d probably love the hell out of this game. Anyway, that is just a glimpse of what Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is about.
This game starts with Lara and another explorer (I forgot his name because he’s incredibly forgettable and is not Lara Croft, so I’ll just call him background character #1). Both of them enter a temple and find a cursed magical staff. Movie extra #1 hastily rushes to touch it, thus cursing them (Classic backup dancer #1 move). Now, they are trapped inside of the temple and soon to enter the underworld unless they help avenge Osiris, an ancient Egyptian king, who was killed by his brother “Set” through collecting parts of Osiris’s body.
Lara and he-whose-name-I-can’t-remember are accompanied by Osiris’s wife and son as they look for parts of Osiris’s body. Of course unless you’re playing with friends (I mean who has those, am I right?), the other party members don’t actually fight alongside you in the story.
This game is an isometric-view co-op game. That is totally fine, but not the most original thing on the planet. It actually is a bit interactive with the map which is nice. You can climb structures, solve puzzles, etc. Also, you can’t just run and gun in most situations so there is a little bit of strategy involved. Now, does this mean that it’s better than other isometric games? Not really. This game is average in my opinion. It’s a game that would be fun to play with friends if they haven’t played it before. However, this game is just not that exciting.
The story was decent, but just didn’t really manage to pull me in or get me invested. The dialogue is just shrug worthy and there isn’t really a build up for most things. The whole game just seems extremely anticlimactic from the beginning. However, this game isn’t necessarily bad, it just isn’t great either.
Here are the Pros and Cons:
+ It has Lara Croft
+ Interactive environment
+ Decent Mechanics
+ Co-op game
- The story is just not exciting or even interesting
- Not very original
- The experience just seems kind of pointless
My rating: 6/10. I would not buy this game when Diablo and better isometric view based games are already on the market even for consoles and are better. It’s a departure from the traditional tomb raider games that we’re used to (which isn’t a bad thing), but in this case it just didn’t really work out that well.
P.S. We can all try to pretend that the menu music for this game is not a 30-second loop, but it is.
P.S.S. I’m excited for the next Tomb Raider game!
Sorry for the really short review, but as I’m preparing for PAX Prime I'm a little busy at the moment.