Although 2013’s Tomb Raider was one of the best games of that year, and it was a worthy reboot of the longstanding Lara Croft series, it wasn’t perfect. The biggest gripe that people had with the game is that its tomb raiding gameplay just wasn’t substantial enough; not only were there only a handful of tombs to raid, but it wouldn’t take you long to blitz right through them either.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, a timed Xbox exclusive, is very much intent on fixing this. At E3 earlier this year, developer Crystal Dynamics was keen to stress that “tombs are back, and they’re bigger and better than ever” and we’re now getting a proper taste of that in this new Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer, “Descent Into Legend”.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Trailer Released
The trailer talks all about how Lara has an inquisitive mind. As we grow up, the narrator tells us, “we lose our capacity to wonder” but “some do not” and this time around, our heroine has plenty of discover and lots of questions to ask as she tries to uncover the secret to immortality. The lost city of Kitezh may just be a legend but Lara – along with a group of sinister foes named Trinity – are determined to find it.
Part of that quest will involve tomb raiding, as mentioned. Judging by the gameplay trailer, Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s tombs will be packed to the brim with puzzles, including: explosive water chutes, a giant orrery for Lara to climb all over, a bit of swimming, and a daring escape as wooden structures go up in flames. Naturally, it also includes various jumps and drops as Lara puts her body to the ultimate test.
The gameplay trailer also featured the new grappling hook which joins Lara’s ice pick as an essential part of her climbing repertoire. Sadly, there’s no word on whether we’ll be able to use the grappling hook to take out Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s enemies (as is the case with the ice pick) but hopefully we’ll get some more insight on the game ahead of its November release date.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on November 10, 2015 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.