Can we all agree that the downloadable content for Rise of the Tomb Raider has been nothing short of innovative? Last month’s Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch took steps to spin the Tomb Raider formula sideways just enough to differentiate and what we got was a good piece of content for consumption.
With Cold Darkness Awakened, which is the final piece of downloadable content, by the way, brings Lara to a Cold War era research station in the Siberian landscape. She learns within of a science experiment and that it had gone wrong, creating a disease that afflicted Trinity soldiers who were at the station at the time.
The soldiers have become infected much like zombies and act nothing like what you would expect from The Walking Dead, but closer to Dawn of the Dead or The Last of Us, using less sight and more sound to guide them towards their prey.
The thing about this disease that just seems too coincidental is that the infection only affects men, allowing Lara to be free of its consuming effects, freeing her to explore and engage the station.
Nadia, who was in the Baba Yaga DLC, returns here to assist Lara through the radio giving instructions and guidance. The main objective here is to open three sets of valves that will help demolish the station and eliminating any traces of the virus. Nadia assists with the puzzles seen within the downloadable content with various observations.
The content eventually leads to an excellent climatic experience where Lara must face waves of zombies while trying to shoot pistons to destroy the station.
Cold Darkness Awakened ends Rise of the Tomb Raider’s longevity and ends it on a high note, Crystal Dynamics does well by making changes to their established formula, leaving a serviceable and enjoyable conclusion to this chapter of Lara Croft.