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Watch 9 minutes of Xbox One X Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay

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Tomb Raider (Image credit: Square Enix)

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.

Today, extended footage surfaced online. The Xbox One X gameplay showcases a small city packed with indigenous people who appear to be cut off from the rest of the world. As Lara explores the marketplace, she sees numerous civilians tending to various tasks. The first two games in the Tomb Raider reboot were very isolated experiences. Shadow of the Tomb Raider feels much more alive as a result of this.

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.

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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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

4 Comments
  • I need to go back and finish Rise. I loved the first rebooted game. Like the original Tomb Raider on the PS1, it's one of the few action games I've actually put the time in to finish.
  • why would the native people want Lara to go raid their tombs...?
  • I was also very confused. Also, if they're cut off from humanity they don't seem to be reacting with shock to Lara. She has all of this gear and technology on her.
  • They just don't care :P