The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was a solid title -- even if somewhat lacking. The story was average, its characters throwaways, and it tired too hard to emulate the success of the Uncharted series. Rise of the Tomb Raider manages to fix most of its predecessor's problems, with an improved story, more varied locations, and new crafting mechanics. It mixes them with the same fantastic combat and set pieces that the reboot had.
While it still feels like it's playing catch up with Sony's action franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider manages to surprise and overcome its shortcomings to prove that it's a force to be reckoned with. It's a shame PS4 and PC owners have to wait until later this year to play it.