Shadow of the Tomb Raider is promising a somewhat different experience from that offered by the previous two games. The trailers shown thus far certainly show a darker story about (among other things) Lara (finally) being confronted with the consequences of some of her decisions. Pretty cool, no? Well it looks like the story isn’t the only area of the game offering players something a little different.
Among other things, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will feature a central hub city called “Paititi” this time around. From here, Lara will be able to barter with the locals, take on side-quests and search for challenge tombs and crypts in the surrounding jungle. When she’s bartering, Lara can trade the items she gathers from the aforementioned tombs and crypts for a wide variety of supplies, including: crafting materials, outfits, and weapons.
Lara is going to have to be careful while exploring Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s tombs and crypts. Crypts are now as big and complicated as challenge tombs used to be, and challenge tombs have supposedly been take to a whole new level. Players who find these tombs and other story mission locations will have the opportunity to tweak the game’s difficulty to their liking. Difficulty is separated into three categories: “Combat,” “Exploration,” and “Puzzles.” Each of these has an easy, normal, and hard difficulty setting that can be independently set, and they each tweak how the player has to deal with each aspect of the game. For example, setting the exploration setting to “hard” will remove the white paint that’s used to indicated ledges and surfaces Lara can grab onto while climbing.
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Finally, those looking for the most immersive experience possible can adjust the voice-over options for the city’s native inhabitants. Do so and they’ll speak to Lara and each other in their native language rather than in the player’s default language.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming to all platforms (except the Switch) this time, so it should be something worth checking out for everyone when it releases on September 14th this year.
What do you think of the new Tomb Raider series so far? Are you looking forward to checking this entry out?
Lede image is an official promotional screen shot.