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  • Tomb Raider returns again for another dangerous adventure. Welcome to the Skilled channel

  • and today we're talking about Rise of The Tomb Raider. It's the sequel to the 2013 reboot

  • of the franchise and this one progresses the story and Lara Croft's character even further.

  • We're seeing a whole new setting, new combat features, and strong cinematic elements. So

  • let's take a look at 9 cool features in Rise of The Tomb Raider.

  • 09 Siberia / The Arctic Environment One of the biggest changes we've seen in the

  • Rise of The Tomb Raider is the switch to the Siberian Wilderness. This location is even

  • more treacherous than the last making survival an even more important motif. The new location

  • redefines certain aspects of gameplay such as climbing and traversing on icy mountains.

  • The in-game environment will include a weather system that will effect when certain humans

  • and animals are present. For example, to create a winter coat Lara must hunt a wolf which

  • only comes out during a specific time of day and specific weather condition.

  • Lara is shown using dual Icepicks to ascend cliff walls, and jumping or leaping to catch

  • adjoining walls. There are also returning elements of rapidly maneuvering through dangerous

  • terrain, and having to platform between crumbling ledges and around explosions or debris.

  • 08 Syria / The Desert Environment We've seen the arctic conditions of Siberia,

  • but that's not the only location in the game. The game also takes place in Syria which is

  • primarily a desert environment. This area will be vastly different from the Siberian

  • tundra and have different tombs to explore. But it's still just as trecherous. In the

  • Syria footage, we see Lara traversing across ancient structures that are falling apart

  • as she climbs. The explorable areas in both Syria and Siberia will be significantly larger

  • than the last game.

  • 07 Story Rise Of The Tomb Raider picks up a few years

  • after the events in the 2013 game. Lara Croft's experience with the supernatural leads her

  • to continue her search for the truth. She arrives in Siberia, searching for the ancient

  • city Kitezh which she believes has more information about immortality. Her rival is the well funded

  • organization known as Trinity, who is also after the supernatural secrets.

  • The last game focused on the vulnerability of Lara, but this one is more about defining

  • her place as the Tomb Raider. She's truly searching for her destiny, even if that means

  • battling against the environment, the animals, and trinity in the Siberian Tundra.

  • 06 More Tombs / To Raid And Loot There is a push for more actual tombs in the

  • new game. There will be plenty of open exploration areas in the game world, but also challenge

  • tombs and smaller puzzle oriented crypts where players can discover rare collectible resources.

  • 05 Stealth / Techniques Stealth is a much more powerful technique

  • this time around. She'll have to use stealth against both animals and humans to survive.

  • Lara can confuse enemies using the environment by hiding behind bushes or in trees. Or she

  • can avoid combat altogether by climbing trees or traveling across roof tops. She can also

  • stealthily swim underwater and come up for a stealth takedown on enemies standing near

  • water.

  • 04 Salvage / The Crafting System Salvage returns for weapon crafting and upgrades.

  • But now Lara will have to collect specific materials found in the environment to craft

  • certain items and upgrades. Some of these materials can only be found in hard to reach

  • areas at a specific time of the day. Clothing will also play an important aspect to the

  • game as different outfits will allow for different perks and bonuses.

  • 03 Multiplatform title The game was originally announced as an Xbox

  • One and 360 exclusive which really drove fans nuts. But it was later revealed that the exclusivity

  • was only time sensitive. The PC version is intended to launch in early 2016 and the PS4

  • version is planned for holiday 2016. The only version that hasn't been announced so far

  • is the one for the PS3. So fans on any of the current major platforms will have a chance

  • to play Rise of The Tomb Raider.

  • 02 Graphics / And TressFX The graphics in this game have been built

  • strictly for this current generation. There's been a great focus on making the environments

  • look lush. In addition they've focused on making Lara's player model looks as human

  • and realistic as possible. And comparison screenshots between the Xbox One and Xbox

  • 360 versions really highlight this. There's a big difference in both the environments

  • and the effects on the player models. It will also include an updated version of TressFX

  • which is the hair physics engine. The physics system treats each strand of hair as a chain

  • with several links, making it possible for gravity, wind, and head movement to effect

  • Lara's hair in a realistic manner.

  • 01 Combat / And New Additions Lara will have her classic weapons such as

  • bows and pistols, but combat also has several new additions. Melee is now a viable option

  • with the ability to attack with a knife, tackle enemies, and drop down on them from trees.

  • Some melee attacks can be used for non lethal takedowns. Takedowns can also be performed

  • on enemies standing near water. Lara's health no longer auto regenerates. Severe injuries

  • need to be treated with bandages, made from salvaged cloth. Of course she'll still have

  • access to heavier weapons such as shotguns & rifles. There' also explosive items such

  • as gas cans, lanterns, and molotov cocktails. The climbing axe that we've seen used for

  • traversal can also be a viable weapon. The skill tree is similar to the previous game

  • with the main skills being Survivor, Brawler, and Hunter having a total of 17 skills each.

  • Lara Croft is one of the most iconic heroes and this adventure is another one we don't

  • want to miss. What are your favorite features from Rise of The Tomb Raider? Are you picking

  • up the Xbox version early or waiting for PS4 and PC? Let us know in the comments. And subscribe

  • to the skilled channel for more previews on Tomb Raider and other cool games.

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9 Cool Features In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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    Amy.Lin   posted on 2017/06/22
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