Crystal Dynamics' trilogy of Tomb Raider reboot games - 2013's Tomb Raider, its 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider, and 2018's concluding Shadow of the Tomb Raider - are, for the most part, very good games indeed. The middle game, in particular, remains one of the strongest 'action-adventure' games of the outgoing console generation.
But, what if you've missed out on these games, til now? Wouldn't it be convenient if there was some kind of trilogy collection available, delivering the main games and all their relevant DLC, in a single package? A triple helping of Lara Croft, for the price of one?
Sounds pretty attractive, no doubt. And, what's this? A leak for Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy, collecting the 2013, 2015 and 2018 games, all bells and whistles and costumes and challenges included? Well, well, well. What perfect timing.
As reported by Push Square and other outlets on these here internet, the Square Enix-published trio of games will be collected under the Definitive Survivor Trilogy banner and released as said single collection very soon indeed. Very soon indeed, as in, on March 18th. So, in ten days' time.
At least, that's if the leak that's being reported on is correct. The Microsoft Store 'accidentally' published details of the Tomb Raider collection, before swiftly deleting the listing. But the internet rarely forgets, and so PC Gamer managed to copy the product's description before it was delisted - albeit, probably, temporarily.
Reads the blurb: "Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy is the complete edition of the award-winning Tomb Raider origin games. This collection contains all the definitive edition content from each critically acclaimed prequel title - Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
"Follow Lara on her formative journey across the world, starting in Tomb Raider trapped on the shrouded island of Yamatai off the coast of Japan, to the harsh Siberian tundra hiding an immortal secret in Rise of the Tomb Raider, and finally to the mountainous landscape of Peru to uncover a cataclysmic power in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
"With all the definitive edition content from each game, this Trilogy promises dozens of hours of breathtaking exploration, challenging puzzle-solving, and survival combat with Lara as she becomes the Tomb Raider she was destined to become."
As I implied just up there, I enjoyed these games enough to recommend them to anyone with an appetite for Uncharted-style leaping and climbing and pew-pewing bad guys. Shadow... sort of drags its heels and really is the weakest of the three games; and the 2013 original sure had the guys ripped out of it in 2018's Alicia Vikander-starring movie adaptation (the story in the game is superior). Rise is the best for my money, with puzzle tombs that really reward smart thinking.
There's no price for Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy yet announced - but no doubt it'll be wallet friendly given these games are aging a little and have previously been in all manner of sales and available in subscription offers like PlayStation Plus. Expect the release to come out for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and not offer next-gen upgrades.
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