With the third and possible final instalment in the current Tomb Raider trilogy coming later this year, there are many reasons for gamers to be excited.
I also made a video on this very subject, so if you’d rather watch and listen instead of reading this beautifully written article, then you can find the video at the bottom of this page.
Without further ado however here are some reasons I believe you should be excited for the upcoming release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Tomb Raider & Rise of the Tomb Raider
Now take it from me, I am a big huge Tomb Raider fan, and when the new reboot was initially announced I was just as sceptical as I was excited. When ‘Tomb Raider‘ was finally released however in 2013 I was completely blown away, and all my worries and hesitations no longer existed. I adore this game and the breathe of fresh air it provided was more than welcome.
I have since bought the first game on four different platforms, and played through each of them multiple times. It’s quite honestly became a bit of a problem, but I just can’t help myself. I’m currently half way through another playthough on Steam before moving over to Rise once again in preparation.
Then came Rise of the Tomb Raider that took the solid foundations laid out by it’s predecessor, and built something even more wonderful on top. The sequel entry to the new survivor timeline expanded on the already fantastic introduction we got with ‘Tomb Raider‘, continued with Lara Croft’s story arc from the first and showed us how the events on Yamatai influenced her decisions going forward.
This showed that the first game wasn’t just luck or a fluke, Square Enix fully understand the character of Lara Croft, the mythology of Tomb Raider, and gave us faith that the new timeline was being done properly.
It’s safe to say that one of the best things, if not the best thing, about the new Tomb Raider reboot is Lara Croft herself. Her journey from young, naive college graduate to hardened Raider of Tombs is almost relatable, and is a journey that we share with her every step of the way.
The design of the character is perfect for the new timeline of events, and the portrayal by Camilla Luddington brings Lara to life in brand new ways than ever before.
With this version of Lara Croft you feel every fall, scramble and cut. You believe everything that is happening around this character and the events of the game. You get that sense of triumph when she is successful in her goals and mission, and the sense of dread when things don’t quite go the way you would think.
The version of Lara Croft is truly immersive, believable, and relatable, and gives justice to the Tomb Raider name and franchise.
“Lara Croft is an archaeologist on an expedition to Latin America looking for a Mayan relic which has a connection to her late father. Trinity, a paramilitary organisation dedicated to investigating the supernatural, seek the relic to reshape the world. During the expedition Lara sets off a Mayan apocalypse and she attempts to save the world.”
Now that is a setting that I can get behind. I always loved the idea of mythology and supernatural elements within the Tomb Raider games. Both Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider struck a perfect balance of grounded realism with supernatural elements, however Shadow of the Tomb Raider seems to be seriously cranking up the spooky factor, which is wonderful.
I love the idea of not only trying to stop the Mayan apocalypse from happening and destroying all human life, but at the same time deterring Trinity from their ultimate goal or reshaping the world.
If the new game follows a similar tone to the first two entries, then this may just be a perfect trilogy, which few gaming franchises have achieved.
Although no official gameplay was shown during the first trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it was certainly enough to get us excited. It depicts a more battle hardened, and determined Lara Croft, who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
Then came E3, hitting us with an incredible gameplay demonstration, showing us exactly how the game will play, how it will look, and what we can expect to get our hands on in September.
The gameplay trailer gave us the familiarity that we’ve grown to love over the past two games, but also showed us a new look Lara, new mechanics at our disposal, as well as a beautifully realised world for us to explore.
There are new places to discover, new weapons to use, new enemies to best, and a brand new threat to the world.
You can see the first official trailer below.
The first official gameplay trailer from E3 can also be seen here:
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Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be picking up this title, or hit me up on Twitter at any time!
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, & PC on the 14th September, with early access granted on the 12th September with the Croft or Ultimate Editions.
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