Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the most polarizing titles that released in 2015, if for nothing else because it was an Xbox-timed exclusive. This rubbed many gamers the wrong way, but even despite the controversy, it still turned out to be one of the best games the industry saw all of last year.

October 11 marks the day when Rise of the Tomb Raider finally comes to the PS4. It has been a long time coming for PlayStation gamers, and finally, they will have the chance to get their hands on Lara Croft’s next adventure.

One could make the argument that had the whole Xbox controversy not been a factor in the thought process of gamers, then Rise of the Tomb Raider would have gained even more acclaim from both gamers and critics. If you can get past the exclusivity factor, it was easily one of the best games released across any platform during 2015.

Had people been able to move passed the exclusivity distraction, then Rise of the Tomb Raider would’ve won far more Game of the Year awards. Quite frankly, Rise of the Tomb Raider deserved such an honor, even compared to highly praised titles like Fallout 4The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and others.

As someone who played through the game last year, I can tell you it’s easily one of my most anticipated games coming this fall, even with titles like Gears of War 4 and Mafia III releasing around it. Rise of the Tomb Raider was and is just that good.

Those who have yet to play Rise of the Tomb Raider are in for a huge surprise and thrilling adventure, as not only does the game look incredible, but its story, characters, and world are all top-notch. When I played the game last year, I couldn’t have been more surprised by the excellent storytelling and intriguing characters like Jonah. He’s one to pay close attention to.

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The death-defying mountains in “Rise of the Tomb Raider”

Games today continue to evolve and their visuals are increasingly impressive. Rise of the Tomb Raider looked absolutely stunning on the Xbox One last year, and it surely will be looking fine on the PlayStation 4, PS VR and who knows, even PS4 Neo?

It will have been nearly a year since Rise of the Tomb Raider launched on Xbox One and around nine months since it hit PC. With so much time having passed in between those two launches and Rise of the Tomb Raider’s impending launch on PS4, it does make you wonder how the game will look and play on PS4 Neo, assuming it comes to the platform, should all of the rumors surrounding the new console’s release date turn out to be true.

PS4 Neo will bring incredible, true 4K gaming to console players and could mark the start of yet another revolution in the console gaming space. That said, it will be hard for Rise of the Tomb Raider to surpass much of what it accomplished on the Xbox One simply because the game looked and played that well.

I spent dozens and dozens of hours playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One when it hit the system last year, and when the game launches on PS4, I will be doing the exact same thing all over again.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will launch on PS4 with new story DLC coming in the form of “Blood Ties,” the new DLC that’s also playable on PS VR in first-person, a new online co-op expansion to Endurance Mode, new gear and weapons, a new “Extreme Survivor” setting, and all previously released DLC. Gamers who pre-order Rise of the Tomb Raider on PSN will also receive a free download of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PS4, a game that was also excellent.

More information can be picked up over on the PS Blog.

All images courtesy of Square Enix.

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