Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile since Temple of the Witch released, but I’ve been trying to think of how to talk about it. Click here for the full Rise of the Tomb Raider Wrap-Up if you haven’t read that yet.
So, the Baba Yaga DLC was a LOT shorter than I thought it would be. I was expecting your standard full expansion, massive new locations, etc. What we got, is exactly what we should have for this game. A new mission given by a Remnant. The Baba Yaga DLC was not meant as an post-game Expansion. It was made to be a mid-game mission and that’s exactly what it plays like.
I’m not saying I dislike the DLC, but I was disappointed in the fact that I guessed what was happening the instant I entered the Veil. 3 Hours later, it was confirmed. To avoid spoiling anything for anybody, I will not be giving spoilers in this post. It was an interesting spin on the Baba Yaga folklore, and it even talks about the origin and history of the Witch.
One of the best things about this DLC for me was the acting. The Remnant that gives you the quest for Baba Yaga is voiced by the same woman who voice Chloe in Life Is Strange. That may sound like I’m discounting the DLC as bad, but I’m not. I just really like the quality of acting is RotTR.
They recycled a few environments, which is fine. The Veil is a small location, but it’s a very interesting place and the history behind it, even more so. A new plant gets introduced that releases toxic spores into the air and it makes combat very interesting.
The new weapons/outfit added are pretty cool and come with a few achievements attached to using them. Overall, the Baba Yaga DLC doesn’t add much other than an interesting side-mission in a, small, new location with a unique take on Baba Yaga herself. Definitely don’t wait until post-game to play this, otherwise it gets a little too easy, but play it around mid-game for the most enjoyment. I plan on doing that during my Survivor difficulty play-through.