Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge (PlayStation 4) Review

By Az Elias 25.01.2019 2

Review for Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge on PlayStation 4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider may not have been quite the wrap-up in the rebooted trilogy many were hoping for, but it did excel in its Challenge Tombs that could be discovered through venturing off the beaten path, rewarding those that explored high and low throughout Lara's journey. Accidentally stumbling across a new forgotten ruin, knowing there was going to be treasure waiting at the end of a tricky section of puzzles and platforming, was a great feeling. With the first of seven monthly DLCs having arrived, it is hoped that these additional tombs will continue what made the main adventure fun.

The Forge is available in one of the earliest locations Lara reaches in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Returning to Kuwaq Yaku to speak to minor character Abigaile's aunt, a map has been left in her care for the young woman by her grandmother. Supposedly, there is a bit more to Abby's family history than she realises, and this map will reveal a truth her grandmother now wants her to know. A small fetch quest ensues, with Lara and Abby needing to go to marked locations on the map to dig up some artefacts, then putting pieces together to pinpoint the location of the main content, which is that of the forge tomb.

Screenshot for Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge on PlayStation 4

The option to play this content solo or co-op is available, with Abigaile coming along as player two if doing the latter, whereas Lara tackles this small challenge alone otherwise, communicating with Abby through her headpiece. Lara is naturally the expert and skilled at this kind of dangerous stuff, but it still feels a bit odd when playing this solo, as Abby's absence in the quest, given that this is something her grandmother left for her to do, is a bit unnatural.

For the tomb itself, and content in general, it lasts about an hour at best, with some pretty standard puzzling and platforming. The lava-filled area features a pillar that Lara must reach the top of, with some pulling of levers and fire-arrowing of gases to spin platforms around and higher up the tower. Nothing too difficult, and nothing exciting, either. Time and Score Attack modes add some incentive to replay it and blast through again a few times, with online co-op a nice bonus. Completing this tomb will reward in the grenadier skill, a new gun, and a new outfit.

Screenshot for Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

£3.99 might not sound like much, but it's still overpriced for what is a really boring bit of content, with a Challenge Tomb that isn't on par with some of the ones from the main adventure. It is over far too quickly, but the Time and Score Attacks and ability to tackle it through online co-op add some reasons to re-run.

Developer

Eidos Montreal

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Action Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

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Comments

This goes to show that even though DLC prices may be low, it doesn't excuse not exciting or engaging the audience... kind of hurts the remaining DLC, in a way. Was this the first DLC release? I suppose if you've already got the Season Pass it's not too bad, but presumably the content can also be bought separately... so if some are burned by this, they're really not as likely to get the rest, even if they're better.

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Yeah, the first of seven DLCs, so is a good point that such a lacklustre one doesn't exactly get people excited for anyone that paid good money for the season pass or is thinking about the other DLCs. Curious to see how the others fare now.

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