Achievement Preview Spotlight: Tomb Raider

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
If the early reviews are any indication, it seems as if Crystal Dynamics' new reboot of Tomb Raider is set to push all of the right buttons and garner some affection from gamers and critics alike.

The question we ask, though, is, "Will it raid your completion percentage?"

The Achievement Preview Spotlight is here to answer that question. Read on to see just how bruised and broken the game might leave you.


Let's start with the good news. Out of the fifty achievements in Tomb Raider only three (worth 20G) are Secret Achievements, so the bounty is laid bare for our examination.

Now let's move on to the bad news. There are fifteen multiplayer achievements (worth a quarter of the total gamerscore), including one for hitting Level 60, meaning that completionists are going to be in for a grind.

The rest of the pickings look pretty standard: killing enemies with various weapons, finding collectibles, upgrading skills and weapons, and some hunting. The rest of the achievements do have some interesting hitches.

As a child of the 80's and 90's, you cannot help but read the title of the next achievement with an Australian accent.

Clever Girl in Tomb Raider
Purchase all skills in one category.

Purchasing all of the skills on one category shouldn't be too hard, and it should be way easier than attempting to take down a pack of escaped Velociraptors.

One can't help but wonder if the next achievement is a subtle dig at Crysis 3 and its weapon of choice.

Predator in Tomb Raider
Predator11 (10)
Kill 50 enemies with the bow.

Let's face it, bows are hot right now; Hunger Games, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Robin Hood, everyone is learning the fine art of archery. With the focus that Crystal Dynamics put on Lara's use of the bow, this achievement shouldn't be too difficult to pop.

The achievement list continues to pay homage to games of the past with the next achievement.

Get Over Here! in Tomb Raider
Rope pull 5 enemies off edges.

While Lara's lariat may not have the bite of Scorpion's harpoon, pulling enemies off of ledges does seem quite satisfying.

Tomb Raider wouldn't be Tomb Raider if the Tomb Raider didn't raid some tombs. This next achievement was almost a given.

Intellectually Superior in Tomb Raider
Complete all optional tombs.

Many of the reviews are pointing to the tombs in Tomb Raider being pretty simplistic, but highly rewarding (in terms of XP). Achievement Raiders should definitely keep their eyes peeled for these troves of treasure.

While the multiplayer achievements will probably end up being the bane of many gamer's existence, this single-player achievement is looking to be the Moby Dick to your Ahab.

Inconceivable! in Tomb Raider
Complete all challenges.

The ratio is certain to come down as more gamers play the game, but blazing through all of the challenges will certainly take a nice chunk of time. If only Wallace Shawn's voice could congratulate you when you pop this bad boy.

Aside from "Inconceivable!" and the previously mentioned "True Commitment" achievements, there are a few other high-value targets including: Shopaholic (Buy every upgrade and character in multiplayer.), The Professional (Fully mod and completely upgrade all weapons.), and No Stone Left Unturned (Find all documents, relics, and GPS caches.).

I'll be honest, this is the first Tomb Raider game to appeal to me in quite a long time, but the multiplayer achievements may stop me from picking it up any time soon. What say you, Achievement Hunters?

Tomb Raider is set for a release this Tuesday, March 5th.

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.