Mar 7, 2017
The award-winning reboot of Tomb Raider is now available to download on NVIDIA SHIELD TV, delivering one of Lara Croft’s most thrilling adventures to date. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and brought to SHIELD TV by Lightspeed Studios, the game allows players to travel the world and outwit dangerous mercenaries while uncovering all-new mysteries. To make the most of your time with the game, however, you’ll want to follow a few important strategies. The following tips will help you succeed during your adventure in Tomb Raider.
A Tale of Two Camps
Lara isn’t exactly on a camping trip, but she can use campsites to make her adventure go more smoothly. Though it might not be obvious at first, there are two separate types of camp. The first is the day camp, where Lara can improve her skills and equipment. Those are useful options, but you’ll need to find a base camp if you want to take advantage of an even more impressive resource: fast travel. You can use it to quickly warp from one discovered base camp to another, as if by magic, avoiding lots of unnecessary backtracking in the process. Look for new camps first, and then fill in the unknown regions around them once you know that a return trip won’t take as long.
For Every Obstacle, an Approach
Along the way, you’ll come across piles of debris, wooden barricades, doors secured by rope, stouter metal barricades, and even the occasional cement wall. It’s up to you to find a way around them, but there are general solutions to each puzzling obstruction. Look no further than your inventory, which should include a torch or flaming arrows (good for debris), a shotgun (it makes quick work of weak wooden doors), a grenade launcher (explosives can destroy metal) and your rope arrow (because the best way to get past a cement wall is to find a way around it). If you can’t immediately find a way in, don’t fret: in many instances you’ll have the opportunity to revisit and gain entry into these locations later on in the game.
A Girl and Her Gear
Lara is a resourceful hero, bringing along plenty of equipment that suits the dangerous life she leads. Many of her supplies prepare her for encounters with more than just abandoned ruins and unhelpful doors. She must also deal with a human element, and that means guns. The weapons she finds early in her adventure won’t be nearly as effective by the time her journey concludes, though, which also means lots of upgrades. As Lara finds scrap, she can use it to improve features such as ammo capacity and accuracy, allowing her to become a more lethal treasure hunter.
The Cover Story
Although Lara eventually gains the skills necessary to survive dangerous confrontations with the assorted goons that are working to make her life miserable, there’s no point in going in with guns blazing if it leads to her getting killed. Lara must use the surroundings to her advantage, ducking behind boxes, crates, and walls whenever they are available. She can always pop out for a minute and squeeze off a few rounds, but she’ll be thankful for the shelter when things get frantic. A little extra breathing time might be just what she needs to mount a successful counter-attack.
Bow to the Pressure
In a lot of artwork for the new Tomb Raider, Lara is shown equipped with a bow and arrows. There is a reason for that: the bow is too useful to ignore. Lara can upgrade it, as she can the other weapons, but it’s a more versatile tool than is first evident. Rope arrows allow her to get around some of the obstacles noted above, plus she can pull some objects toward her and even create makeshift bridges over treacherous gaps. If you ever find yourself stuck, ask yourself what Lara would actually do in that situation (and keep in mind her fondness for that precious bow).
Tomb Raider is an unforgettably satisfying chapter in the series that has kept gamers enthralled for decades, and it’s a natural fit for SHIELD TV. Give it a shot today and discover the treasure you’ve been missing.
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