Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration gets all-old and all-new content

Written by: Carlos Zotomayor

Games | Sep 1, 2016

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Tomb Raider, also known as Female Uncharted, has come a long way since its first release in 1996.

Where the series started off with a pixelated objectification of a female who hunts endangered animals for a living, we now see in its place a more mature and grounded protagonist. Lara Croft has stopped wearing children-sized clothes as well as killing tigers and tyrannosaurus rexes. She now wears clothes that fit and hunts the most dangerous game of all: man.

Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was released for the Xbox One back in November 2015 and the PC in January, is getting a special edition for the series' twentieth anniversary. Aptly named Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, this collection includes the base game as well as all of the previously released DLC and will be available for the aforementioned platforms as well as the PlayStation 4 this coming October 11.

But wait, there's more!

Apart from the content that is already out, 20 Year Celebration celebrates by adding a slew of new DLC in the form of five new costumes for Lara, an outfit and weapon combo reminiscent of Tomb Raider III, PlayStation VR support, a new co-op Endurance Mode, as well as a new "Extreme Survivor" difficulty which will take Lara's masochistic tendencies to new heights - and drop her off of them.

Still not satisfied? (What, new costumes aren't good enough anymore?)

Okay then. If all of this didn't tickle your fancy like a diabetic at a candy store, then Square Enix has also released a gameplay demo which features two new pieces of content specific to the collection.

The first one, titled "Blood Ties", features an hour-long single player story where Lara has to search Croft Manor in order to find proof that she is indeed the heir to a mansion that would look right at home in a Scooby-Doo episode.

Taking her through an unkempt wine cellar and into the long-forgotten sections of her home, this new chapter sees Lara as she explores abandoned areas which she once visited as a child. It is here where she must then confront the ghosts of her past as she learns more about her father and her place in the Croft family.

Think "Blood Ties" is creepy? Well, it's got nothing on this other new addition which involves...

... zombies. Why did it have to be zombies?

Yes, the final piece of downloadable content, called "Lara's Nightmare", is a combat mode set in Croft Manor where Lara has to fend off horror fiction's most overused antagonists. Similar to Call of Duty's "Zombies" mode, you fend of waves of shady shufflers with a variety of weapons specific to Lara.

Not convinced with everything I just said? Take a look at the gameplay demo yourselves:

About the author: Carlos Zotomayor

Zoto can see your underpants. Mmm... tasteful.

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