Shadow of the Tomb Raider was announced a couple of months ago, and while some people got to see the game in action, most of us didn’t.
That changed when E3 2018 rolled around. We got to see a gameplay trailer and a short gameplay demonstration during the Square Enix E3 showcase.
The trailer shows Lara in many different situations, most of them life-threatening.
We also get a basic idea of the story. In her attempts to keep another powerful artifact from the hands of Trinity, Lara accidentally unleashes “the cleansing.” It appears to be an apocalyptic event that involves floods and Mayan ruins.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will see Lara Croft finally becoming an actual tomb raider. Here’s what the official press released that came with the video had to say about it:
“In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.”
We’re beginning to see sparks of that tomb raider in both the trailer and the gameplay video.
The video starts at the beginning of the game, with Lara and Jonah (yay, Jonah’s back!) once again in a whole heap of trouble. Their plane is about to crash into a jungle, and they’re out of parachutes.
After a few words from game director Daniel Chayer-Bisson, we jump ahead to see Lara “becoming one with jungle.” It’s a very violent process; watch for yourself.
Am I the only one getting some major Predator vibes here? Lara can now cover herself with mud and blend in with the foliage just like Schwarzenegger did.
Lara uses her new and improved stealth skills to dispatch of a rather large group of enemies. Most of the kills are straightforward – a bad guy walks past her hiding spot, and Lara stabs him in the throat with a knife.
I did like the new Jaguar’s Fear arrow that causes that one soldier to go into a frenzy and shoot up the place, killing one bad guy and drawing the attention of another. What follows is a pretty brutal stealth kill where Lara strings a soldier from a tree using a rope arrow.
It will definitely be fun to play a more confident and capable Lara when Shadow of the Tomb Raider comes to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 14.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.