After years of waiting, the time has finally come for Rise of the Tomb Raider's arrival onto Linux systems. Feral Interactive has teamed up with Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics to bring this action-adventure to the Linux forefront, and show us all what we've been missing. If you act quick, you can pick up the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration edition, which sits at a 67% discount until the end of the week. This edition includes the base game and access to the Season Pass featuring all-new content. The most recent features include the new Blood Ties story of Croft Manor, the zombie invasion of Lara's Nightmare, and the mystery regarding a missing Soviet expedition in Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. An endurance mode that supports co-op has been included to test your intricate survival skills, eight different outfits have been added, and seven new weapons are now included to spruce up your gameplay. Veteran players who have successfully cleared the base game can go back and test out the new Extreme Survivor difficulty, and keep an eye out for new content from the Season Pass that will slowly be trickling out. So far, each new mission included with the downloadable content sits at about three hours of gameplay each, making it a pretty worthy deal.


Rise of the Tomb Raider currently contains two key missions that differentiate it from the other games in the series. Lara's Journey is a tale of mystery that revolves around the ruthless organization known as Trinity. In this isolated storyline, Lara works to uncover the enigma regarding her place in the cross-hairs of this militant force that seeks to control the fate of mankind. Lara must race to unravel the secrets behind the myth of the Lost City of Kitezh before Trinity has a chance. This mission becomes her first tomb raiding expedition, and takes place in the landscapes of Siberia. With precision and speed being paramount to success, this initial journey emulates the kind of pressure players are expected to fulfill and comes as a testament to ambition. Woman vs. Wild is the subsequent mission, and quickly becomes a battle not only of enemies around the world, but also with the world itself. You'll need to successfully craft weapons, hunt animals, and scavenge for rare resources if you want to see any chance of survival. The ecosystem you'll inhabit here is densely populated, so beware of the potential dangers among the resources that you will likely seek out.


The environments are incredibly hostile considering the unstable landscapes and treacherous conditions. This excavation will test your limits, and push how far you're willing to go. Guerilla combat will be necessary in these environments as taking advantage of nature will be a necessary element. Diving underwater in escape and scaling trees for cover will ensure you can avoid enemies, but also perform stealthy takedowns. Players can configure Lara's gear, ammo, and weapons to their preferred playstyle, meaning they can opt for the stealth approach, or emerge guns blazing, if that's more your thing. Explosives can be crafted, and chaos may commence as Lara wields her signature combat bows and climbing axe throughout the journey.


The actual art of tomb raiding will return in a pretty monumental manner. There's obviously an abundance of tombs scattered throughout the world, but this time, they're much larger and much more complicated. The daunting tombs explored here feature impressive and inspiring ancient spaces littered with secrets. Don't get too wrapped up in their beauty, though, as deadly traps are always among them, and solving the environmental puzzles within them is your main priority. Ancient texts are present throughout and must be deciphered to reveal other crypts as you journey through a world that is filled with mysteries that must be unraveled. With only a week left before Shadow of the Tomb Raider is released, this is the perfect time for Linux users to catch up on the series before the latest installment. The dense and treacherous world of Rise of the Tomb Raider can be experienced by purchasing the Linux version on Steam, Humble Store, or The Feral Store. Just know that the sales are only happening on Steam, so that may be your best bet.

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