Shadow Of The Tomb Raider The Forge Review
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was a game that I played quite recently and really enjoyed in many ways. You can read my full review for the base game right here. But recently the game got it’s first dlc and I thought I’d take a look.
The dlc wasn’t too expensive, it was about $4.99 usd when I got it from Steam earlier this week. But I really had no idea how long it would be. I’ve now played through it all and finished it and I thought I’d let you all know that it’s about an hour of content. Maybe 2 hours if you do a lot of exploring or wander off a little from the quest as you explore. When I did finish the dlc, while I did feel quite accomplished, I did really wish it was only just a little longer.
As I’ve already finished the game, I just fast travelled to the dlc location and got started. But I guess that for people yet to play through Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, this dlc might be something good to have from the start as the added gameplay and the larger side quests meant that as you would go through the story, there would be something to break up a little of what I thought was a very linear game experience. A larger distraction or side mission that this dlc would be in a first playthrough I think would do a lot for the core game experience.
The Forge dlc basically has you encounter a family who are looking at an old map their grandmother left behind and Lara kind of just strolls in there and immediately knows what the map all means and what to do. She then starts working with the family and the dlc experience of the Forge then becomes one big treasure hunt quest.
The Forge itself is actually pretty good. It’s essentially an extra challenge tomb to explore and to be honest it’s one of the better ones in the game. You venture into a lava filled cave system, which is filled with a flammable gas that can be set alight to activate different gameplay elements. Playing through it solo was okay and I got through it after many deaths. But I can see that it would be super easy if I did it in co-op.
Overall I enjoyed my time with the Shadow Of The Tomb Raider dlc this week. It was nice to visit the game again after not playing it for some weeks now. I did actually really like that the developers did put effort into at least giving us a story with cut scenes and even though it was a simple one, for the price of the dlc it was a good decision to give that to players. The Forge tomb itself is quite good and one of the better tombs in the game. The only thing I wish is that it could have been a little longer. I finished it satisfied that I completed the tomb but was left wanting more. For the asking price it’s a good value buy for a short experience and a visit back into the world of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.