There is no way to deny that the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013 was one of the best revival of the series that the gaming industry has seen. The reboot showed a young Lara Croft on her journey, completely unaware of what she will become down the road; for many gamers, it was an exhilarating journey into the wild, and the game actually amassed an amazing critical reception. With the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider – a sequel, Lara Croft had become the ultimate apex predator as some would say, but there was one thing that was still the same in her life – her suffering.
Square Enix recently released the CGI trailer of Shadow of the Tomb Raider; the third installment in the series, and while the trailer has received both positive and negative feedbacks, the one thing that we still see in the game is Lara’s suffering. Sure, she has gone through a lot, and you would also imagine that she’s not the merciless killing machine anyone would become after killing waves of highly trained assassins, but right at the end of the trailer, Lara does kill someone, and as soon as she looks at the dagger she used, she drops it in shock.
This only goes to show that Lara is still going through the transformation; the question here is that does she really have to go through all that suffering again? This was just the trailer – but it does not end there. Based on demo we were given to play for an hour, we figured out that there are so many different ways through which Lara is going to suffer even more, however, this time, she is not only going to suffer physically, because that has become a staple of the series, but also emotionally.
This raises more questions though. What exactly is the developers trying to achieve here? Are they trying to show the diverse traumatic events Lara has gone through, or are they trying to show her evolution into a cold blooded killer? Sadly, the one-hour demo was not enough for us to determine that, but we do know that Lara has a handful of new skills, making her an even deadlier explorer than she was before, but at what expense? That is something that we were not able to find out.
As far as the synopsis is concerned, the Shadow of the Tomb Raider is mostly revolving around Lara trying to stop the Mayan apocalypse, however, you can already speculate that there is going to be a lot of killing of both Mayans, and some soldiers, because it would not be a Tomb Raider game without an evil organization trying to change the course of the history.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider comes out on September 14th, later this year, and will be available on Xbox One, PS4, as well PC. For more news on gaming, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, keep visiting us again.