Usually when a developer announces a "New Game +" mode, it's not terribly exciting. It basically means that you can keep your gear and replay the adventure. A lot of gamers prefer it because they have powerful gear with which they can just dominate from the start. However, it looks like Shadow of the Tomb Raider is adding a new twist to the mechanic. The game is the conclusion to Lara Croft's origin story. Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

As expected, Shadow of the Tomb Raider's New Game + mode allows you to keep all your weapons and upgrades, but it also gives you an additional "path" — think of it as a skill tree — to further perfect your playstyle. Let's say you want to become really good at stealth. Choosing the "Path of the Serpent" will allow you to further master stealth skills. The "Path of the Jaguar" is combat-focused and the "Path of the Eagle" revolves around traversal. Going down these avenues will unlock special themed weapons and outfits too.

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This is definitely a unique approach to a New Game + mode and it's a welcome change. We can't wait to see how it enhances replayability when we get our hands on the game next month.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently available for preorder at various retailers. The game should launch on Xbox One and other platforms on September 14, 2018, starting at $59.99.

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