Recently, Square Enix unveiled Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the conclusion to Lara Croft's origin story. In the game, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. According to the company, 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.
The new Xbox One X gameplay showcases a jungle environment packed with enemies who want to find her. There's a strong emphasis on stealth because even though Lara Croft seems deadlier, the combat appears to be more realistic. You have to sneak around and take out soldiers one at a time. While a "Rambo" approach might be possible, it seems like going the other route will lead to more successful combat scenarios.
The environments are also much more interactive this time around. Unlike Rise of the Tomb Raider, you can climb trees and do so much more. The visuals are also better, but should be seen as a refinement over the prequel rather than a significant leap. The textures seem to be the highlight of the upgrade, especially at 4K resolution on Xbox One X.
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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