Parents' Guide to

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Awesome cinematic adventure packs rough language, violence.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+

Better than the other ones

This game is still violent but other than that it is much better than the other ones. This game does use s--t a lot and it sometimes uses f--k but not as Much as the other ones I say if your kid wants to play one let them play this one

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+

Great game! Little bit of swearing

I have a 12 year old son that has this game and he enjoys it a lot. The violence is fine it isn't too bad. Occasionally there is some cursing like sh**. My son enjoys it very much and I think it is a fun game for mature children 12 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (24):

This adventure is one of the most engaging, atmospheric, and action-packed games worth paying for -- or dropping hints about to family members who are unsure of what to buy you for the holidays. This is further expanded thanks to all of the extra content you get in this title, although parents should take heed of the intense violence, blood, gore, and more. As with previous Tomb Raider games in the nearly 20-year-old series, Lara has a number of moves to help her navigate treacherous caverns, caves, and cliffs, but the gameplay is near photo-realistic, both in characters and environments, with huge set pieces to play in. Seriously, the graphics are amazing. Advanced lighting and a Hollywood-like score add to the cinematic feel as you explore, find items, hunt for food and other resources, use weapons to take down numerous threats, and solve some location-based puzzles in tombs and catacombs to push forward. Finding new gear is a thrill, as is modifying your weapons. This helps you customize the action to play how you like, whether it's adding extra arrows to your bow or more ammo to your shotgun. You can run into new areas like wildfire or choose to be stealthier. Your call.

Without giving anything away, the prequel story is well-written, well-acted, and doesn't feel like an afterthought or a way to justify the gameplay. There are many cinematic sequences where you can put your controller down for a bit and watch the situation unfold, but it doesn't detract or distract from the gameplay. Pacing is good, too. Along with the main mission, there are many side quests you can accept, along with secret areas that reward you for discovery -- both of which adds to the game's replayability. A word on the VR add-on in the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration edition: it's great. The "Blood Ties" mission is a more of a narrative, exploratory experience than an action game, but has Lara navigating around a mansion to look for clues and unravel a mystery. She'll sift through notes, documents, photos and such, in this atmospheric adventure. The virtual reality effect works well and sounds good, too. Combined with the multiplayer modes, this game has it all, and is a "must-own" for players over 17 who like action-heavy adventures.

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