Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Review
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Box Art
System: Xbox One, PS4*, PC
Dev: Crystal Dynamics
Pub: Square Enix
Release: December 8, 2014
Players: 2-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Blood, Mild Language, Violence

Unfortunately, multiplayer has a lot of other problems that you have to overlook. Specifically, this is one of those games where the screen never splits. All four players have to be on the screen at once in order to allow the game to be played. This means that, as players move further and further apart from each other, the screen zooms out more and more, eventually making it inconvenient to even see your characters on screen.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Screenshot

Eventually, the camera zooms out as far as it’s going to, and at that point any players that are lagging behind are just pushed forward by whoever is moving forward the fastest. This causes an array of possible problems for anyone who doesn’t play the game at the same speed. People who lag behind will be forced into traps and enemies as the screen scrolls without them, usually resulting in cheap deaths. Meanwhile, the players who want to forge forward find themselves frequently waiting around as their partners respawn. It just creates a speed of gameplay that no one really enjoys and that we all have to sigh and deal with as we wait, hurry, wait, hurry, wait, hurry in order to get everyone organized.

Another thing I didn’t particularly like was the way the game handled loot. Throughout the game, you and your friends will collect gems. You then spend those gems at chests in order to open them in hopes for a cool piece of loot to equip. The problem is, none of these pieces of loot are all that good. Some of them increase your attack or defense, or change your attacks slightly, or so on, but I never felt like I needed the loot, and none of the effects made me feel like I instantly got better. Overall, this aspect seemed more of an afterthought rather than a central mechanic. Eventually, I just ignored most chests.

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Despite its flaws, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is still a neat game. It’s not mind blowing and it isn’t going to be winning any game of the year awards, but it’s an inexpensive title that you can have fun with, especially if you have a dedicated group of friends to play it with. I kind of like that Tomb Raider now means different things to different people. It means we can all play the Tomb Raider that we like the most.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: December 12, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Kind of hard to appreciate the graphics from a top down perspective, but it looks impressive when you fight large bosses and contend with huge traps.
3.0
Control
The controls are pretty minimalist but they work for what the game is. Platforming is still a struggle.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
I wouldn’t say the sound design was remarkable, but it’s not terrible either.
3.5
Play Value
This score increases if you have 3 other players willing to play at the same speed as you.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Critically Acclaimed Franchise – Sequel to the award winning Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, one of the best-selling digital titles of all time.
  • All-New Adventure – Lara must overcome deadly traps and forsaken gods to uncover the missing pieces of Osiris and change her fate.
  • Classic Arcade Action - First ever 4 player co-op multiplayer experience featuring Lara Croft. Have your friends play as Carter, Isis, and Horus while you play as Lara in the fully cooperative story mode – both offline and online supported.
  • Competitive Co-op – Compete against your friends with seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op to earn bigger rewards, treasures, and powerful artifacts to boost your character. Will you work together or will you sacrifice your friends for a higher score?
  • Explore The Temple of Osiris – Lara’s return to a fan-favorite location featuring stunning visuals with dynamic weather and world state changes.

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