Video game review: RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (X1/360)

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Developers Crystal Dynamics successfully reimagined the legendary franchise a couple of years back – and now they’ve raised the bar once again for the next generation of Lara Croft fans in this Xbox timed-exclusive.

Developers Crystal Dynamics successfully reimagined the legendary franchise a couple of years back – and now they’ve raised the bar once again for the next generation of Lara Croft fans in this Xbox timed-exclusive.

This beautifully rendered world may not be quite as open world as some games – and the combat is still a tad linear – but everything else oozes quality from every pore.

With its exploration-based main story/side quests, notable tomb-inspired puzzling elements, impressive weaponry, and truly entertaining ways of traversing the inspired locales – this treasure hunting adventure has it all.

Throw in an emotional core – then this rises to the top among the year’s best.

Rating: 5/5