Friday, April 3, 2020
Console Corner: Review of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Cooperative for 1-4 players (local and online), Temple of Osiris is a top-down isometric game that tries to marry the best of Tomb Raider puzzles with fast-paced, arcade style action, all set in an (extremely) pseudo-Egyptian setting. Boiling the Tomb Raider formula down into its most fundamental ingredients, the game sees players using a basic set of moves to find and open gates, traverse moving and moveable platforms, gun down fantastical enemies, solve environmental puzzles, and defeat bosses—all linked by the thinnest of stories as Lara and her friends attempt to take down the evil god Set. Good for drop in and drop out, the game is fast and furious shooting with brain teasers, nothing deeper in terms of story and character.
As mentioned, the storyline is not the focus of Temple of Osiris. Where most big console Tomb Raider games—prior and present—convey a sense of plot progression, interrupted occasionally by fantastical elements, Temple of Osiris is full on comic book action. Not by default a bad thing, players should, however, at least be aware what they would be getting into if the recent trilogy of story-driven games are motivating them to look into what else is available on the current selection of consoles.
In the end, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is not a Game of the Year contender. That being said, it’s a fast-and-furious game that offers arcade-inspired fun in a way that is truly cooperative (if played multi-player). While it adapts nicely to single-player gameplay, it’s arguable that the game shines brightest in co-op. Engaging puzzles interspersed with bits of shoot-em up action, it is a lighter version of the original Tomb Raider games without a grabbing storyline. But when you’re strategizing (and arguing) with your co-op partner about what to do next, you don’t really care, which is the game’s up-side. Like many mid-length games it can be forgettable, but the time spent with someone else solving puzzles and taking down baddies is not, and for that comes the game comes recommended.
Posted by Jesse at 7:27 PM