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Shadow of the Tomb Raider will tailor the problem to your private playstyle


The final decade of Tomb Raider video games has seen a considerable overhaul for its adventuring protagonist, Lara Croft – and the following entry within the collection is giving gamers extra management than ever on how they navigate the sport.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider, out September 14, marks the tip of the trilogy that delved into the origins of the traditional motion heroine to discover a character struggling to dwell as much as her legacy.

That’s true on varied ranges: whereas developer Crystal Dynamics are to be credited for the dealing with of the long-lasting character, it was clear from the gross sales woes of 2003’s Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness {that a} main rethink of the collection was wanted.

We acquired our first hands-on with the sport earlier this 12 months, however within the months for the reason that improvement crew have been quietly engaged on a variety of new modifications – together with devoted tough settings for puzzles, fight, and exploration all through the sport.

No matter you need, no matter you want

Issue has been an ongoing concern all through the rebooted trilogy. 2013’s Tomb Raider noticed Lara as a rookie explorer barely in a position to survive, extra hunted than hunter, in a radical reversal of the butt-kicking however reductive portrayal that launched the unique collection to success within the early 90s.

Ledges are simply out of attain, rope ladders pull taut and threaten to snap beneath your weight, and it is clear from Lara’s voice and animations that she’s pushed proper to the restrict following each transfer you place her by way of.

So a rethink of Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s problem settings looks like a pure extension of the gameplay defining the latest video games.

Now, slightly than making use of a blanket problem degree to all features of the gameplay, gamers can decide and select the place they need to be challenged, and the place they need extra of a serving to hand. 

You may be after harder puzzles, however not need beefier enemies slowing you down in your means between tombs. Conversely, you may fancy some actual edge-of-your seat fight with out giving your self a headache over determining your route by way of the jungle.

We spoke to Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s lead recreation designer, Heath Smith, and narrative director Jason Dozois about what this implies for the gamers.

“For us it was about fixing an issue,” Smith says. “For individuals who love puzzles? They by no means need a trace. And the individuals who don’t like puzzles or aren’t good at them, they need a clue straight away, and we knew we wanted to seek out the candy spot for that.”

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The brand new design selections got here immediately out of conversations with gamers and the response to earlier video games on on-line message boards.

“We all the time hear from the neighborhood that they need extra puzzles and tougher puzzles, they need tougher fight and traversal, extra old skool gameplay,” Dozois says. “For individuals who need to expertise it that means, they will do it.”

“There was a bunch on-line, referred to as growl: Get Rid Of White Ledges. Some folks don’t need any assist in exploring the stuff – which by no means bothered me – however some folks need to be within the jungle, utterly immersed, with all of the hints taken away. And it lets us make the sport as tough as you need it to be.”

In contrast to fight, the place it’s comparatively easy to tweak hit factors, harm stats or the variety of enemies, the puzzles and exploration posed extra of a problem, requiring “a whole bunch of additional strains of code” to permit for the variation the builders wished.

Lethal obsession

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The 4 problem settings run between simple, regular and exhausting – with a ‘Lethal Obsession’ setting for these actually eager to be challenged. We’ve run by way of the primary modifications you’ll be able to inflict on your self under:


For fight, the degrees differ the well being and harm stats of enemies, the illuminated silhouettes round potential threats, and the quantity of ammunition that may scavenged across the map. The best setting additionally provides an goal help, whereas the toughest removes HUD markers and well being regeneration if you’re getting your combat on.


How do you make exploration tougher? By fading or eradicating the white paint that reveals the route Lara must take by way of a degree, or lowering the period of time it’s a must to regular your self on slippery ledges. 

The Lethal Obsession setting provides an actual kick within the enamel right here by solely permitting you to save lots of at base camps, eradicating the fast save characteristic solely and setting you up for lots of repeat motion when you don’t know what you’re doing.


Caught on a puzzle? Likelihood is you’ll look to Lara to offer you hints on what to do, or examine the surroundings for highlighted objects that may allow you to full the duty at hand. Elevating the problem right here removes these markers, and even the Survival Instincts mode that helps you see animals or interactable objects within the space.