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BtB2024 - Challenge of the Highpriest by BtB 2024

JesseG 9 8 9 10
Samu 9 9 10 9
 
release date: 01-Jul-2024
# of downloads: 146

average rating: 9.13
review count: 2
 
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file size: 562.00 MB
file type: TR4
class: Egypt
 


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"Bugs/Functional Issues
  • There is a potential crash after using one of the waterskins at the scales. Luckily I was able to go to a save four minutes prior and then there was no crash. Maybe it was caused by having a lit torch near Lara?
  • Lara has trouble jumping and grabbing the climbable poles. Your best bet is to run toward a pole holding the action button, she will grab it at its base as she runs off the ledge.
Disliked
  • There are two downsides that come with a levelset this large in scale. The first is the amount of backtracking required. Other entries have used a fast travel feature and I would have loved to see that used here, because the first three levels have Lara running from one end to the other several times.
  • The second downside is the lagging. As noted by the author, most of the action intensive areas don't have the lagging, but the question still remains: Is the grandiosity of a level worth the accompanying lag? I'm sure the answer will vary from player to player. Personally I would have preferred scaling things down to reduce the lag a little bit, but I did not find it to be a serious issue in this adventure.
Neutral
  • This level has limited ammo, which can be a divisive game design decision. Tips to handle this are given by the author. It certainly encourages exploration and resourcefullness from the player, but I have mixed feelings about it. My main hangup in this case is that the main source of ammunition is normal arrows, which are pretty lackluster in combat. Depending on the order the areas are visited in, you might have to bide your time slowly sinking 10 arrows into each enemy for a while.
Liked
  • This is the first time in the competition I've seen the pushable parallel bars used, and they are used as an interesting puzzle here. A number of other nice puzzles are seen as well, usually with boulders or blocks, although sometimes the blocks have quite a distance to travel.
  • Combat is intense and engaging: Each area offers different types of enemies fitting to the location, and there are quite a few in the fourth level so be sure to save up ammo for it.
  • Platforms moving up and down, blades popping out of walls, and rotating blades in a sand pit are just some of the many traps for Lara to overcome.
  • This is easily the most immsersive and decorated entry I have played so far. From the village to the Trinity caves to the Egyptian ruins, every area is smartly ornamented and beautifully constructed. There's a lot of sneaky nooks and crannies to explore too, players will need to be very observant!
Time: 5 hours 42 minutes | Difficulty: Very Hard | Rating: 9/10 - Excellent" - JesseG (13-Jul-2024)
"This is a pretty epic adventure, which consists of four inter-connected levels and took me roughly 6 h 30 min to complete. The game is highly non-linear and particularly in the first three levels, you will be running around a lot collecting various items and using them elsewhere. The fourth level is heavier on platforming challenges and traps including occasional puzzles, all of which I found excellently designed. Visually, the game looks very good offering several large and memorable areas to look at. Even though I enjoyed the exploration, there are many well-hidden passages and switches, which can be easy to miss. Due to the non-linear structure and large scale of the levels, I found it sometimes difficult to figure out what I had missed, and thus, I was running around cluelessly quite a lot. Often times though, these moments were caused by my own stupidity, since I had missed something highly obvious. I found also few cases where you can access certain areas in ways that are not intended by the builder. However, you won’t get softlocked in any of these cases, which is good. In summary, this is an excellent level in all aspects, and the game also hints that there is going to be continuation to the story in future." - Samu (04-Jul-2024)