Lara Croft is back in ‘Temple of Osiris’

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First Posted: 1/18/2015

Since the early ’90s Lara Croft has been traveling the world, exploring, and looking for ancient artifacts in the “Tomb Raider” series. These classic games show off Lara’s action-packed platforming and shooting skills. In 2010 a very different type of “Tomb Raider” game was released called “The Guardian of Light” which was a throwback to the older games with the character design but with a new top down over head perspective.

“Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris” is the direct sequel and it expands on almost all of the conventions of the first game in many ways. First, and most noticeable, is the updated graphics and sound. This time it is on the new generation of consoles and the extra horsepower goes a long way. Even though this is not a 3D game, the places you explore are still surprisingly detailed in this top down environment.

At it’s core, “Temple of Osiris” is a twin stick shooter, so you should have no trouble learning the game. Anyone can pick it up and have fun right away. You use one stick to move and the other to shoot and perform other actions. The other big edition is the introduction of four play cooperative play. “Temple of Osiris” is very similar to the last game but the four player gameplay really makes the game feel different because of the team dynamics and the way you help each other out to solve some interesting puzzles. The co-op players can come and go throughout the game at any time. Someone can jump in and play for a short time and it’s no big deal.

It the older games, Lara explored alone but in the last game she became friends with a rival archaeologist Carter Bell. While digging around in a Egyptian Tomb they inadvertently opened the ancient seal of the god “Set.” Now that he is released he wants revenge on the human race for locking him up. Thankfully when the tomb is open you also gain some new friends, the demigods Iris and Horus, who join your team in order to stop Set.

They must put all of their skills to the test to stop Set and save the human race. The human’s skills are similar to each other, they can jump to different platforms and they have grappling hooks that let them reach greater heights. The demi-god characters have magic staffs that let them create magic barriers and activate special switches. Each character has a role and is a valuable member of the team.

Another new edition is the new “Loot System.” When you take down bad guys, they drop all sorts of treasure that will increase many of your stats, such as poison resistance, do more damage, and even hold more ammo. None of the equipment makes you super powerful. The game is always a challenge and even when friends join your game late they can still keep up with you even if you have fancy equipment.

Overall I did enjoy “Temple of Osiris” but I would have liked to see more innovation and a bit stronger of a story. It is a fun little action title, and it’s a lot of fun to play with a group of friends. If you are fan of the “Tomb Raider” series you will like to play as the old Lara, but if you are looking for a 3D action platformer or a game similar to the newly rebooted series you will want to look elsewhere. This is the furthest thing you could imagine from 2013s reboot of the series and is more like the classic entries, but it’s a good title to hold you over till the new game comes out later this year.