Crystal Dynamics releases Tomb Raider 'Guide to Survival' preview

By Sameer Mitha | Updated 20 Dec 2012
Crystal Dynamics releases Tomb Raider 'Guide to Survival' preview
  • The Tomb Raider reboot brings with it a number of new features and gameplay to the franchise. Here’s a look at episode one of Lara Croft's Guide to Survival.

The new Tomb Raider game that will hit store shelves in March 2013 is an origins story. It is the journey of Lara Croft before she became a Tomb Raider. To celebrate this origin story, publisher Square Enix has released a video to signify the new gameplay elements as well as give a quick look at the journey that players will undertake.


The new Tomb Raider game's story story of course begins with Lara and her friends who embark on an adventure that goes wrong. You don't begin the game as the accomplished heroine we have grown to love from the PS One days. You acquire these skills as the game progresses.

Base camp is a new system that makes its debut in the game. This is the customization and upgrade hub for Lara’s skills. Games cannot only upgrade their skills but weapons as well in the game. Gamers earn experience through actions such as exploring, completing missions and succeeding in combat. Earning skill points from these actions helps you upgrade your character.

Gamers will also be exposed to a number of new “gadgets” such as the climbing axe and bow and arrow that can be upgraded to perform newer combos and add to their functionality.


Lara also has an ability called Survival Instinct. This is similar to the instinct feature we have seen in Hitman: Absolution and it gives Lara a hint as to which objects in the environment can be manipulated and worked with. It can also be used to solve puzzles.

Enjoy the first episode of Lara’s survival guide below:

Sameer Mitha
Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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