With all of the tomb raiding, the supernatural plots and the debate about whether or not it’s okay to put microtransactions in fully priced games, it’s easy to forget that Rise of the Tomb Raider is also about survival, not just adventure. Lara’s journeys are ambitious, perilous and bound to end in misery if players aren’t aware of their surroundings.
Woman vs. Wild is a new video series that aims to show players how best to get through Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s dangerous environment in one piece. In the first episode (of three), we learn all abut the scavenging for resources, fending off predators and making the most of the game’s giant hub spaces. Find out more after the break.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets Woman vs. Wild Video Series
One of the key things that the video points out is that not only is Rise of the Tomb Raider filled with wildlife (whether that be deer, wolves or whatever else) but some of these animals are pretty intent on keeping Lara out of those tombs. That menacing bear is an example of these ‘guardians’ and they’ll prove to be tough opponents, so tough in fact, that Crystal Dynamics (the game’s developer) has previously said that players may need to go off and improve before coming back to face them.
What’s positive, though, is that you can use your loot (the animal pelts and the experience) to improve Lara’s skills and weapons. For example, you can craft a new quiver for Lara’s bow, allowing you to carry more arrows at a time, or special packs that let you hold more shotgun shells. And, in addition to gathering up loot for weapons, our heroine can also gather medical supplies, which could prove vital as she fights for survival.
The first Woman vs. Wild video also mentions the game’s hub spaces which are “two to three times larger” than those in Tomb Raider (2013). These hub spaces, will offer lots of exploration opportunities as well as side quests as you help “local inhabitants” called Remnants, which bags Lara more XP and it can get her access to new areas, items and abilities. The obvious fear is that these side missions will feel mundane or like a grind, even, but as the video doesn’t give us a proper look at them, for now that’s hard to say for sure.
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.