After a bit of a break we’re back with another giveaway for everyone to enjoy.

This time the folks over at Square Enix sent over a rather sizable cache of game keys for Rise of the Tomb Raider to promote the recent PC release of the game and its availability on the Windows 10 Store. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the latest game in the long-running action-adventure series, and is the direct sequel to the 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider.

Originally released on the Xbox One last November, Rise of the Tomb Raider was released on the PC last week. Of note, the PC version contains several graphical effects not present in the Xbox One version, including HBAO+ ambient occlusion, more wisely used tessellation, a more impressive sun soft shadow rendering system, and generally higher image quality at the high-end thanks to the greater rendering power of PCs. Meanwhile the fine folks at Eurogamer's Digital Foundry have put together a video showing off the enhancements, which you can see below.

For this giveaway Square Enix has sent over 200 keys for the Windows 10 Store version of the game, and on that note I believe this is the first AAA game to get a simultaneous release through the Windows Store. Please note that Square Enix has confirmed that these keys don’t work on Steam, so you’ll need to be on Windows 10 in order to redeem and play the game.

Finally, so that we can give out the keys and let the winners start playing ASAP, we’ll be running a shorter than usual entry period on this contest. Our Rise of the Tomb Raider giveaway will only be open for 24 hours, from 8am ET today (February 3rd) to 8am ET on February 4th. Please note that standard AnandTech rules apply, so we’re only able to open up this contest to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years or older. You can read the full terms and conditions below.

Good luck to everyone, and an extra thank you to Square Enix for sending over so many keys.

Update 02/04: All of the winners have been contacted and keys distributed. Congrats to our winners, and thanks again everyone for entering.

AnandTech "Rise of the Tomb Raider" Giveaway

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  • Reflex - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    The folks that go on about wanting international contests are being disingenuous. What they really want is "my country included", which is fair enough, but if they were taken at face value and truly were pushing for international contests open to all we would need to include everyone. Including China and India. Which would mean none of us westerners would win a contest pretty much ever again.

    I do wish international contests were easier to run. However even if they were, having region limits would still be a good thing, at least if the goal of a promotion is some form of marketing (whether for the website or the goods provider). Nobody wants all of their marketing to end up in one location simply due to population density.
  • azrael- - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    I was just about to write the same thing. Contrary to you I won't hold back with the name, however.

    Hexus has lots of international competitions, quite often won by residents of the US.

    I don't buy into this legal stuff keeping Anandtech from allowing non-US residents to enter. It's a question of effort, in my opinion, and apparently Anandtech doesn't want to go the extra mile.
  • gwolfman - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Oh boy, thanks AT & Square for the chance to win!
  • DrakeWing - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Even for games we're not allowed to enter. These competitions are the ultimate feel bads :(
  • r3loaded - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    "Sorry! We need you to verify that you are a real person. Please login with any of these social networks to get started: (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram)"

    Erm, how about no? I don't even have an account with any of them - why can't you just send a confirmation email to my email address?
  • Titillating - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    There are no social requirements to this at all. The only things it asks for are a name and an email address.
  • TrackSmart - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    I have the same issue. This is what it says after clicking the enter button:

    Verification Needed
    Sorry! We need you to verify that you are a real person. Please login with any of these social networks to get started:

    That's a bridge to far for me...
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link


    So we aren't explicitly requiring social media here (I specifically wanted to avoid that situation). However it appears that the service we're using has a bot check system that we failed to account for, and that system requires a social media login if it thinks you're a bot.

    Unfortunately there's nothing we can do about this before the content closes, but I apologize for the inconvenience. This isn't something we wanted to have to put you guys through.
  • zinfamous - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    LoL @ user comment:

    Crashes on Surface Book! Can't Play!

    What a waste of $50 bucks, it crashes on the Surface Book i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD version. Fix this please!

    App stores are such a different corner of the internet that is very unfamiliar to me.
  • xthetenth - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    That's weird, since Thurott went over how it plays on the SB (pretty decent all told) and SP4 i5 (lol).

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