Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to 2010 bird eye view shooter Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Both of these titles feature the traditional Lara before the Square-Enix reboot which modernized the series mimicking a lot of features of Uncharted. Guardian of Light, while not groundbreaking, was a fun take on the series and introduced a co-op Tomb Raider experience for the first time in the franchise. The original was released as a DLC arcade game on multiple platforms, while the Temple of Osiris was released on December 9th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Even though being released on the next-gen platforms, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris looks and plays a lot like its predecessor. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing. If you enjoyed the last bird eye view shooter featuring Lara Croft and Totec then you will not be disappointed. Crystal Dynamics takes their past successes with this concept and add some bells and whistles to make an even better multiplayer party game for the Tomb Raider franchise.
The story begins with a very similar plot, as our busty heroine while digging up Egypt’s national treasures with Carter Bell, a rival archaeologist, accidentally opens an ancient prison containing the god Set. Set has been imprisoned by his brother for a millennia and is pretty pissed upon being released. Since his brother isn’t around he decides to take his pent up frustrations on the human race. Luckily for Lara and Carter, a few demigods show up to help our dynamic duo defeat Set once and for all. This spawns a unique partnership and leads into this four player co-op adventure.
The story is very basic after this point, but a complex plot is not what makes this standard twin-stick shooter shine. Various obstacles, tightropes, and ravines require your team of adventurers to work together to navigate their way through this dungeon crawler. Each dynamic duo is given unique abilities to help complement each other and solve the variety of puzzles along the way. Laura and Carter are equipped with grappling hooks that allow them to reach higher levels and create tightropes, while Isis and Horus have magic staffs that surround them in energy shields and help activate out of reach magical switches. Many of the puzzles and obstacles are again very similar to Guardians of Light, however are not overused and remain challenging.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a solid addition to the Tomb Raider name and is a great sequel to the 2010 arcade hit. Designed to be played as a co-op adventure this title is definitely more entertaining when played with four players. So grab some friends and reserve your spot on the sofa to join Lara Croft and friends on her latest adventure.
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