Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix released a new trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, featuring part of the open cinematic for the game, along with some jungle survival gameplay where we see her imitating tactics, mannerisms and the kind of violent killing we would expect from none other than John Rambo.
The clip highlights how Lara Croft has become even more like John Rambo, as she uses the trees and camouflage to attack the mercenaries in spectacularly gruesome ways.
In addition to this, Lara literally has many of Connor’s abilities from Assassin’s Creed III, including a rope-dart where she can string up enemies from the trees, and a hallucinogenic dart that causes enemies to turn against one another and kill their teammates.
Instead of using the climbing-axe to brutally kill enemies, she now uses a combat knife to stab them to death.
Again, much like Assassin’s Creed and the chain-kill combo that was introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Lara can string together combo-kills if enemies are close enough to one another. You can see how it all comes together in the video below.
The video rounds out with Lara using an explosive device to blow up some mercenaries from Trinity who are on the prowl for Lara.
Daniel Chayer-Bisson, the game director, states that after this game Lara Croft will finally become the “Tomb Raider” she was destined to be. So it only took three full games before Lara finally becomes the recognizable heroine she was supposed to be three games ago!
Worse yet is that the combat is all gritty and super-serious, closer to the likes of Splinter Cell or Rambo rather than the kind of over-the-top Tomb Raider action most people grew up with.
Gone are the flashy twin-pistol shootout sequences, or the acrobatic Lara who could shoot-dodge and shoot-flip. Hilariously enough, the very features that she popularized in 3D gaming she no longer has at her disposal. It’s like The Matrix without Bullet-Time™, NASCAR without left turns, or SJWs without mental illness.
It’s just not the same.
Anyway, the gameplay still looks pretty slow and boring for my tastes. If you were hoping for something more cinematically lighthearted like Indiana Jones meets Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle , you’re looking in the wrong place. This game continues the trend of keeping Lara as a dour version of Rambo with boobs, as opposed to the smarmy, acrobatic ice-queen that gamers fell in love with from past generations.