Why Rise Of The Tomb Raider Is An Overlooked Game Of The Year Contender

With many exciting titles announced for release this year, big name games such as Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, and Black Ops 3 are becoming surrounded in a large sense of hype that some have already been calling their title possible Game Of The Year. And with all this news on the long awaited Fallout 4 or the new partnership with Activision and Sony many are overlooking our favorite spelunker Lara Croft. Coming from a long lineage of titles, the Tomb Raider series is no slouch to excellency. Having a Game Of The Year title already in its series, Rise of the Tomb Raider poses to be the next star in a line of brilliance.


The opposition mind you is revolved around games that people have yet to even play. Partially based upon legacy and hype alone, games like Fallout 4, while it most likely will be amazing, are being thought of as Game Of The Year as pure speculation from the legacy that the Fallout series has created. Fans should be weary of this however seeing how the last game that essentially sold on a legacy was Destiny. Selling on Bungie’s rep from Halo, Destiny disappointed fans as it was heavily missing story plot points.


But as legacies are built from greatness, the Tomb Raider series also deserves some credit. The original Tomb Raider was a smash hit during the mid-1990s, and some would say that it was the reason that so many playstations were sold: over 100 million to be somewhat exact. With this outbreak of success, the Tomb Raider series would spawn numerous titles that would be treasured fan favorites that offered excitement all the way up to the reboot of the original game produced by Square Enix in 2013, breathing new life into the time-old classic.


With over 6 minutes of gameplay being shown during the Microsoft conference, Rise of the Tomb Raider looks to be a fast paced, heart racing, action packed thriller accompanied by immaculate graphics that will leave you breathless.

The opening shows our favorite spelunker scaling the side of an icy mountain in search of a hidden city. All is going well until a storm strikes and causes Lara to be swept away by an avalanche, but not before we see some fast past gameplay as she attempts to outrun the avalanche. Now Lara is forced to fend for herself as she is alone in the snowy wilderness, determined to survive. However, Lara is eventually consumed by the avalanche, left to survive.


With stunning visual cinematography, Rise of the Tomb Raider will surely leave fans of the series and newcomers with their jaws dropped. While Fallout 4 and Just Cause 3 are both valid contenders for Game Of The Year, I feel that Rise of the Tomb Raider will surpass them both with the combination of stunning visual display and an immerse story line that the players can really connect to. Rise of the Tomb Raider seems to have all the elements that make up a Game Of The Year. From an excellent story line that draws players in to a roller coaster of emotions, to stunning visuals as the move their way around the snowy terrain or lost city, Rise of the Tomb Raider has it all. But what will really set it apart from the contenders is its immaculate use of audio and visuals as the players heart races from every turn and move they make.


So don’t make your picks for Game Of The Year without considering Rise of the Tomb Raider as it surely deserves some reverence and consideration. After a long lineage of amazing games, Lara Croft will be sure to surprise and excite every who plays. Who are your rooting for Game Of The Year? Be sure to tell us below.

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  1. Game of the Year is completely opinion based, so it could very well be your personal game of the year, but opinions will vary. For my tastes, the story was absolutely lacking on the previous title. The side characters were glanced over & the actual plot seemed to be a bit of a shoehorned afterthought as it was pretty forgettable. The only place the story really worked for me was w/ Lara herself, which is a great place to focus, but stories need to fire on all cylinders to truly be considered worthwhile & memorable.

    Only other issue standing in RotTR’s way is the lack of progression for the series. Looks more like Tomb Raider 1.5 to me, and the lack of a globetrotting element is kinda disappointing. Hearing the devs say that the game will only feature 2 locations hampered my excitement by quite a bit. I’m sure it’ll still be a great title but it would have to pull off some pretty monumental gameplay sections to make up for the lack of progression & variety that seems to be on display w/ the title as it stands.

    • “CONTENDER” key word contender. Read before commenting, loL!

      • “While Fallout 4 and Just Cause 3 are both valid contenders for Game Of
        The Year, I feel that Rise of the Tomb Raider will surpass them both…”

        “Rise of the Tomb Raider seems to have all the elements that make up a Game Of The Year.”

        Maybe read past the headline before commenting? Regardless, my point still stands, its all relative. I’m sure Rise will be someone’s goty & another person’s contender, and many others will be unimpressed. Nothing is a concrete “goty contender” unless there is some universal Game of the Year award w/ nominees that the general public is unaware of.

  2. remind me again what these new tomb raider games do better than uncharted,you know,the game it so desperately wants to be

    • Crafting and levelling

  3. between fallout 4 and witcher 3 I don’t see much trickling down the way of other games, sorry.

  4. ROTTR is NO GOTY ! Besides betrayers don’t get GOTY Awards !

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