Tomb Raider‘s March launch is closing in fast and Square Enix wants to make sure that you’ll know what it takes to survive the jungle with their Tomb Raider Guide to Survival series of videos. The previous video in the series detailed how Lara is able to utilize skill points she earns through gaining experience points and how she is able to upgrade weapons and tools through the base camp system.
This latest video shows how Lara can use the various functions of the game to help with her exploration of the island, answering many gamers’ questions regarding whether or not this is an open world Tomb Raider game. The title will feature a Fast Travel system that will allow you to quickly jump from one base camp to another, shortening travel time and enabling Lara to explore parts of the island she’s discovered even further. In addition to this, the video also gives examples on how Lara, through gaining experience and upgrading her gear, is able to create more ways to traverse the environment. An example given in the video is her ability to combine arrows and ropes together, enabling her to cross large gaps and even create zip lines from one area to the next. Another example is through the use of the trench shotgun which, other than its obvious combat usage, is also utilized to clear large frail obstacles that tear apart with a shot from said weapon.
From its debut a couple of E3’s ago, this Tomb Raider‘s direction seems to respect and care about the essence of what the series is really all about: Exploration. Sure, there’s been some weird things like aliens, the occult, and plenty of curses that she’s had to deal with in previous games, but this more humanistic approach in depicting Lara Croft in her developmental years as an explorer could very well be her best adventure yet. We’ll have more coverage on Tomb Raider, as well as a review of this title, close to its launch on March 5th.