Two years after her well-received reboot, Lara Croft is back in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Expanding upon it’s action adventure predecessor, this latest entry attempts to reintegrate the exploration roots of the original series. With it’s clever blend of puzzle solving, pulse quickening set pieces, and tense third-person combat, Rise of the Tomb Raider is not only the finest title in franchise history, it’s one of the best games of 2015.
Adjusting to her new role as a globe-trotting explorer, Lara Croft has become fixated on her late father’s failed investigation of The Divine Source, a mythical relic that supposedly bestows eternal life. Discovering the hidden city of Kitezh, Lara quickly encounters Trinity, a violent militarized organization with intentions of obtaining the Source. Now Lara must decide between fulfilling her father’s life work or befriended an indigenous tribe from a devastating invasion.