Rise of the Tomb Raider is the landmark of Lara Croft reimagining. After the mythical Japanese island of Yamatai [Tomb Raider reboot from 2013, she sets forth on a journey to follow the myths and legends talking about immortality.
After having been face to face with death on Yamatai, Lara places herself amidst the utmost harsh and hostile environment, way up in deep Siberian mountains, namely in the search for the legendary city of Kitezh. But she is not alone, as she has a competitor in the race – the organization Trinity.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is not only a landmark in Lara’s development, but it is also the landmark of graphical realism in the Tomb Raider franchise.
Even though the game takes place mainly in the region of Siberia, and briefly visits the sandy ruins in Syria, Lara finds out that there’s more to exploration than meets the eyes. After having discovered the horrors of the gulags, she gets to explore lush green environments, watery, muddy ruins, utmost freezing snows, and breath-taking, deeply hidden ruins, in which light and shadow intertwine and create a magnificent show for the eyes and complex architecture unravels itself under the endless dust of time. With all this brilliant visage that the game has to offer, which every brave young adventurer has wished to see for real, with their own eyes, one has the perfect opportunity to experience now, with the extremely enhanced features of the game on the Xbox One X.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has to offer about 40 hours of gameplay that immerse you in a greatly realistic environment, and a captivating plot. Along with that, you can take the time to explore, and find hidden secrets, collectables and relics. You can pick up side quests along the way, and complete extra challenges. You can level up Lara and gather resources to upgrade all of her gear. You wouldn’t even notice you are doing it already, however, as the long forgotten environment welcomes you with open arms to have every inch of it explored once more!
Nonetheless, let’s not forget you have to prove you are a true archaeologist, as you need to use your wits in order to solve the environmental puzzles lying around and listen closely for the chimes of the well-hidden tombs that beckon you. Lara must also read through monoliths and find ancient documents, to brush up her vocabulary in Mongolian or Russian, for example, in order to discover the hiding places of other collectables. Should you ever get stuck, however, if you are well-observant, you might stumble upon the resting place of some previous adventurer, who has a map in his backpack, marked with points of interest.
Adding to all of the main game’s experience is the Expedition mode, to which you can activate special features, which come in the form of virtual Expedition Cards, that could make the replay more spicy and challenging, or light and fun! Maybe add the feature ‘Gambler’ which adds a chance of the enemy corpses exploding when looted, or the ‘One Life to Live’ which would end the replay immediately when you die. Or add perks to Lara which max out your skills from the beginning, or start with fully upgraded gear, or add the ‘Lucky’ perk to have a chance of the enemy to drop rare loot. The possibilities and combinations are endless. By replaying you get to compete and challenge your friends to beat your scores for the respective Expedition.
The Xbox One X offers the further polishing of an already valuable jewel. The Tomb Raider franchise recently celebrated 20 years since its beginning, and a special DLC was released in commemoration. All of that will be fully available in November 2017 for the console. Should you have any further questions, a Frequently Asked Questions sections is included below.
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Q: What are the three visual modes available for Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X?
A: The three modes include:
• 4K Enriched Visuals: This mode enriches graphical features of the game for a lusher and more realistic experience and displays the game in 4K resolution using checkerboard rendering, on supported 4K TVs.
• Native 4K Resolution: This mode displays the game in native 4K Resolution, on supported 4K TVs.
• High Framerate: This mode provides a higher framerate for a smoother gameplay experience.
Q: What is “Native 4K” different from Checkerboard 4K?
A: Checkerboarding is a technique that assists GPUs with rendering high resolution images, and is a more efficient way to render 4K. Checkerboard 4K isn’t true, native 4K, although the two versions are nearly indistinguishable.
Q: What framerate does the “High Framerate” mode achieve? Is the framerate locked in any of the three modes? A: “High Framerate” mode provides 60FPS through the majority of gameplay. The framerate is locked at 30FPS for the “4K Enriched Visuals” mode and “Native 4K Resolution” mode.
Q: How do you change between the three visual modes in Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X?
A: You can swap between the three visual modes at any time while playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One via the “Options” menu.
Q: What sort of audio setup do you need to take advantage of the Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio support?
A: Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X will automatically detect whether your current speaker setup is Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio capable. You can also take advantage of the Dolby Atmost Spatial Audio with the Dolby Atmos compatible headphones.
Q: If you don’t have an Xbox One X, but own Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, will you still be issued the Xbox One X Enhanced update? Will it contain any noticeable improvements for the Xbox One version?
A: We’ve focused our effort on the Xbox One X version of Rise of the Tomb Raider in order to take advantage of the hardware improvements. There are no noticeable additions to the Xbox One version.
Q: How big is the Xbox One X Enhanced update for Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, and the Xbox One X?
A: We will have more precise numbers closer to launch, but the size of the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One update will be minor.
Q: Why do I need an update to my Xbox One copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider if it doesn’t include any improvements?
A: A minor update is required for all copies of Rise of the Tomb Raider, however the Xbox One X features and data will be sent only to Xbox One X players.
Q: When will the Xbox One X Enhanced update for Rise of the Tomb Raider release on Xbox One and Xbox One X?
A: The Xbox One X Enhanced update will launch on November 7, in conjunction with the console.
Q: Is there a new physical edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider for sale on the Xbox One X?
A: The Xbox One X update for Rise of the Tomb Raider is only available digitally.
Q: If I’ve already purchased Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox 360, can I play it on the Xbox One X?
A: Only Xbox One games can be played on Xbox One X
Q: If I’ve already purchased Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, how do I access the Xbox One X Enhanced update?
A: The Xbox One X Enhanced update will be delivered as a content update to Xbox One and Xbox One X players when they next attempt to play the game after November 7.
Q: Can I use my Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One saved game files on Xbox One X?
A: Yes, if your games are saved on Xbox Live servers in the cloud. More details can be found here.
Q: Can you purchase and download a copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider direct on Xbox One X? How?
A: Yes, you can purchase and download Rise of the Tomb Raider through the Xbox Store on your Xbox One X.
Q: Can you purchase and download all the “20 Year Celebration” DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider direct on the Xbox One X? How?
A: Yes, you can purchase and download Rise of the Tomb Raider’s 20 Year Celebration DLC through the Xbox Store on your Xbox One X. If you already own the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass, this content will be available to download for free
Q: Where can I learn more about the Xbox One X hardware?
A: You can read more about the Xbox One X here.