What we want to see from Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Lara’s return has been confirmed, but where should the rebooted series head next?
LARA TAKING CHARGE
The Tomb Raider reboot saw a young Lara having to survive against the odds, and Rise had her recovering from that experience and reconciling her feelings and memories of her father. As much as we quite like the personal journey that
Lara has been on over these games, we’ve been waiting for more of that classic, brash character to emerge. Now may be the time.
KEEP IT MYSTICAL
We’ve enjoyed some of the supernatural elements that the series has embraced in the last couple of games and we’re keen to see that continue. One of the great things about Lara is her adaptability and wits. Bullets and arrows may get the job done most of the time, but when she faces something otherworldly, it offers a new kind of test.
This new incarnation of Lara is as synonymous with her bow as the classic Lara was with her twin silver shooters, but we can’t help but want to see her dual-wielding those guns again. Lara’s ambidextrous nature is one of the many things that makes her unique and it would be good to lean on that again. We’ve had a glimpse, but we could stand to see more.
LEAN INTO THE OPEN WORLD
The open, almost Metroid-style island of Tomb Raider was something pretty special and really helped this rebooted series stand out from its closest competitor, Uncharted. With Naughty Dog stepping back a little from its adventurous treasure-hunter, this is a good opportunity to double-down on that sandbox design as a unique selling point for the series.