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Set aside 30-40 hours for Rise of the Tomb Raider if you're out to collect everything

When Lara Croft sets out for an expedition, she packs rations, gear, and clothing to last for days, if not weeks. So how much should you pack if you plan on picking up Rise of the Tomb Raider (opens in new tab)? According to Crystal Dynamics lead designer Mike Brinker's estimates, you'll want to be prepared for anything from a day-long holiday to a week-long excursion - more if you space it out.

Brinker recently told (opens in new tab) Pixel Vulture that the main storyline will take roughly 15-20 hours to complete if players simply run from Dangerous Cliff A to Tomb B. Those with a mindset out to collect each and every artifact and hidden collectible can expect to double that timeframe. "In terms of scale, all our hub spaces, the areas that allow you to explore and choose your own way to play, have been increased by three times the size," Brinker said. "We have more challenge tombs, crypts, caves, and a bunch of extra things to do like the side missions for the Remnant people, and the tomb guardians."

Sounds like there's still plenty to Rise of the Tomb Raider yet to be revealed, and it'll only be … *counts on fingers* about 1,000 hours (give or take an hour or two, depending on your place on Earth) before we can explore it on November 10.

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Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.