Back in 2010, the Tomb Raider
series was stagnating with two years since the last entry
in the series and no new one in sight. Taking things in a different direction, Crystal Dynamics plonked Lara in an isometric action game with an emphasis on co-op combat and puzzle solving. That game was Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
and it was surprisingly well received as a joyful one-off experience, but a one-off none the less. Then, last year's hugely popular reboot
gave the series the kick up the jacksie it had been needing and Lara and her adventures were big news again. With a sequel to that reboot
in the works, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Guardian of Light
would be the last game of its type to feature the adventurer. Not so, as a sequel is now being released to new-gen consoles tomorrow in the form of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
. But what achievements does this new game have to offer? Let's explore the list to find out.
As an Xbox One title, Temple of Osiris
features 40 achievements for a total of 1,000G, unlike its XBLA predecessor, which only had 12 achievements for 200G. None of the achievements are secret, unlike some of the treasures Lara usually seeks.
One of the early achievements players can expect to get is one that sets off the adventure in true Tomb Raider
style and involves opening your first treasure chest to get at the precious loot inside. You never forget your first.
One key element of the Tomb Raider
series is raiding tombs. Well, the clue is in the name after all. Temple of Osiris
has plenty of tombs for Lara to raid and there are achievements tied to completing six of them. There's the tombs of the Timekeeper
to explore, each with their own unique challenges.
As well as these main tombs, there are also sub-tombs known as Challenge Tombs. These Challenge Tombs add an extra layer of difficulty but completion usually gives a tasty reward. There are two Chalenge Tomb related achievements, one for completing the first and one for completing them all.
What's a good tomb without a big giant boss at the bottom of it, guarding the main treasure or relic? As with Guardian of Light
, this game will feature its fair share of boss encounters. There are five achievements tied to bringing down these big baddies, including one for killing the main nemesis of the game, Set. Doing so will get you the second highest gamerscore carrying achievement of the game at 100G.
Of course, to take down these bosses you'll need to bring along plenty of firepower. There are three achievements related to the game's equipment, which ranges from traditional guns to magical staffs, as well as jewellery that increases abilities . There's one achievement for finding your first gun
and another for wearing attribute increasing bling
, but the one you'll be aiming for is this one, for grabbing one of the game's legendary onyx weapons.
As well as your standard adventuring, puzzle-solving and combat, there were two elements that really made the original game stand out: the score challenges that kept you coming back for more and the co-op multiplayer that made the game really fun with friends. Both these elements have been brought back in the sequel and both have plenty of achievements tied to them.
On the multiplayer side of things, the game encourages you to really delve in, with a set of achievements for playing with others. The game rewards you for finishing a tomb in online multiplayer
and for getting together three friends/family members/pets for a full on four-player couch party
. The other multiplayer achievements can be got online or locally and range from helping each other
, to being more of a hindrance
. Whatever you do when you're playing with friends, you're definitely going to be doing a lot of killing and a lot of dying.
One thing you'll be doing with your friends is competing for scores as you complete all the challenges the game throws at you. As with the game's predecessor, each level has time challenges
, collectible skull challenges
and overall score challenges
. As well as achievements for completing any one of each challenge type, you'll also need to then make sure you've achieved all the challenges for each individual level and then, and only then, can you call yourself a true Tomb Raider
by earning the biggie of the whole game.
Overall the achievement list for Temple of Osiris
gives us a nice bit of variety across the different core aspects of the game, from story progression to multiplayer and challenges. The achievements make sure we get the out of the game and can't walk away until it's truly completed, with every corner searched, every enemy vanquished, every relic found and every challenge completed. Lara would be proud.
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