'Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris' Takes On Egypytian Gods

December 15, 2014

There are only a few video game characters in the world that are bigger than Lara Croft, but maybe with the exception of Ms. Pac-Man, they're all likely going to be male. Since 1996, Lara Croft and her archaeological adventures have been documented in some of the biggest games ever made, spawning the entire Tomb Raider franchise that stretches into books, movies, and even amusement park rides. She's been reinvented and rebooted, but at her core remains the same Brit that players fell in love with almost two decades ago. The latest incarnation of the Tomb Raider series has garnered attention and accolades, as it shined a whole new light on Ms. Croft's early years. Outside of that series exists an entirely different Tomb Raider experience, which was first started in 2010 with the release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and introduced a host of new ideas to the franchise.

The download-only title was more along the lines of a co-op, dungeon crawler than the series' action/adventure roots, but it still incorporated key puzzle elements to make it feel like a Tomb Raider game. Four years later, Guardian of Light is finally getting a proper follow up with Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, where Lara and her companions attempt to take down an Egyptian god.

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix

Crystal Dynamics are primed to work on Temple of Osiris, as they also developed Guardian of Light. The team clearly has a vision for a new way that players can experience the Tomb Raider world, and have now created two enjoyable games to support their goals. Things could have gone horribly wrong in the first Lara Croft game, as it broke most of the conventions of the Tomb Raider series, but Guardian of Light proved that if you create a fun game, people will play it. Temple of Osiris reinforces this idea, supporting it on new consoles, and with a larger experience, and a more impactful story.

Much like many of the other Tomb Raider games, Lara has found herself in a rather precarious situation in Temple of Osiris. After discovering a pathway into the tomb of Osiris, one of ancient Egypt's most important gods, Lara and fellow archaeologist Carter Bell find themselves cursed after trying to claim the Staff of Osiris. Disrupting the staff also awakened a handful of gods, both good and bad. The story goes that Set, Osiris' brother, usurped the throne, and committed fratricide. In the wake of her husband's death, Osiris' wife, Isis, brought him back to live to conceive their son, Horus. Once Set found that out, he imprisoned them, and tore his brother's reanimated body to pieces, scattering them all over Egypt. Seeking greater power, Set ventured to Duat, Egypt's underworld, but without the Staff of Osiris, he was trapped forever. When Lara and Carter tried to seize the staff, they freed Isis and Horus, and gave Set a chance to emerge from Duat. The only way to stop him is to reconstruct Osiris, so that he can stop Set, once and for all.

The gameplay is similar to Guardian of Light, where the camera is pulled back with an isometric view, allowing for Lara and the team of Carter, Isis, and Horus to venture through the tomb all at the same time. As they work to find all of the pieces of Osiris while battling the worst of ancient Egypt, they can also collect new weapons, rings, and amulets that can give them new abilities to make their journey a little easier. Temple of Osiris can be played by one to four players, with the puzzles in the games scaling for the size of the party.

Lara can explore the Temple of Osiris in this release on the latest generation of consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as on Windows PCs. If you're a big fan of the game, you can also pick up the Gold Edition at retail, which includes a fun selection of exclusive Lara goods, for only the biggest fans.

Temple of Osiris brings back the same enjoyable co-op experience of Guardian of Light, and makes everything bigger and better. From more weapons and power ups, to an expanded world with new puzzles to put your tomb raiding skills to the test, Temple of Osiris delivers another quality spin-off for the franchise. Some of the battles can be maddening, but they go over better with more guns (or gods) in the firefight, proving that Osiris is best enjoyed by groups of two or more, but that a solo play through is still acceptable. If you're looking for something to hold you over until Lara's next, full-scale adventure, Temple of Osiris should do the job, just as long as you know this is the sequel to Guardian of Light, and not 2013's Tomb Raider.