New This Week: Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration Edition

It was phenomenal when it was released on Xbox One nearly a year ago (my thoughts on the original can be found here), and it is still a truly fantastic adventure on PlayStation 4 as 2016 draws to a close. Even Naughty Dog’s release of “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” as a PS4 exclusive earlier this year can’t dull my enthusiasm for the latest adventures of Lara Croft. “Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration Edition” gives us the original adventure, all of the game’s DLC, some pretty cool packaging, a new difficulty level and a new side adventure, “Blood Ties,” that takes place in Croft Manor, allowing Lara to both explore the mansion and her family’s history, and that includes support for PlayStation VR (more on that when I delve deeper into PSVR next week.) Bottom line; The game is still gorgeous, the adventure still epic and the new additions welcome. It will be interesting to see how the year’s delay to reach the world’s best-selling video game platform will impact sales (not to mention the large shadow cast by Uncharted 4), but I have a sneaking suspicion that ROTTR 20 is going to hold its own at re/etail over the next 60 days or so. After all, the game has sold roughly 1.5 million units, combined physical and digital on a platform (Xbox One) that has sold to roughly half of the global consumers as has PlayStation 4. If my math is correct, that theoretically would translate to 3 million units on PS4. If sales come close to that target, then we can effectively say that Xbox’s timed exclusivity was for naught, as was the prolonged wait for PlayStation consumers.

Rise of the Tomb Raider – 20 Year Celebration Edition

  • Publisher: Square-Enix
  • Developer: Crystal Dynamics
  • Release Date: 10/11/16
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4
  • Price: $59.99
  • Initial Impressions: Same great game with all of the original expansions, Blood Ties is an excellent addition, still one of the best games of the past few years

Lara Finally Takes a Bow on the World’s Best-Selling Game Platform – One Year After ROTTR’s Original Release

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David Winding
Dave Winding is a 25 year gaming industry veteran that has been actively involved in sales, marketing, advertising, product development, publishing and communications. While his career has been as a gaming executive and entrepreneur, he is, above all else, a gamer.