Rise of the Tomb Raider is stupidly gorgeous. It’s one of those games that makes you stop and wonder when games got this ridiculously pretty. It’s almost distracting when you’re meant to be hunting for lost treasure and putting an end to the nefarious schemes of a creepy cult. There’s work to do, but sometimes I just want to take screenshots of snow-capped mountains and Lara’s marvellous head of hair.
I’ve searched through my mountain of lovely screenshots and picked out a few of my favourites, which you can stare at below. Remember to click the links to see the larger versions in all their glory.
It can sometimes be a bit tricky, deciding what screenshot to use as a header image on a review. I’d whittled it down to three options, but I found myself incapable of picking one. In the end, I had to conscript the rest of PCGN on Slack and put it to a vote. Above is the image that won.
This is the exterior of the temple in the previous image. You spend maybe five minutes in this space – though the through the Expedition mode you’re encouraged to return – but the amount of work that must have gone into making it must have been immense. Mind you, it makes an amazing impression.
The Soviet-era industrial areas don’t have the natural beauty of the frosty mountains and lush forests, but the propaganda murals, severe statues of Lenin and occasional fires and corpses do brighten them up.
Amid the gunfights, hunting and the quest to stop cultists from doing naughty things, there’s still plenty of time to do a spot of actual tomb raiding. The game’s full of crypts and temples and hidden slices of antiquity, with handy ancient knowledge waiting for you at the end if you get through the light puzzles.
Like the previous Tomb Raider and all of Nathan Drake’s smug adventures, Rise of the Tomb Raider has plenty of sequences where you’re just trying to outrun a cataclysm, with the world falling apart behind you, and occasionally in front of you as well. Are they a wee bit rote now? Maybe. But they’re still thrilling.
And that’s your lot! But since the game is now out on PC, you can go away and take your own screenshots.