Crystal Dynamics' new "Woman vs Wild" video series shows gameplay deep dives for "Rise of the Tomb Raider"

Vu Anh Nguyen


Crystal Dynamics’ newest promotion for the upcoming Xbox exclusive “Rise of the Tomb Raider”  is a new three-part web series, titled “Woman vs. Wild” that provides some in-depth look at the gameplay.
The first part of series, out now,  shows the titular “Tomb Raider,” archaeology extraodinaire and British aristocrat Lara Croft in a variety of situations. The story is a backdrop for explaining survival-related game mechanics both old and new, including battling wild animals, collecting resources and crafting weapons. There seems to be a lot more thirsty and hungry forest denizens of various sizes and ferocity this time around, and they will come at the player at increased frequency, which will make resource for strengthening weapons even more vital than ever before. The new crafting system also seems to be more complex, offering a wider choice for players to buff up their favorite tools of destruction. The weapons shown in the video includes a shotgun, Lara’s signature bow, and the versatile pickaxe.

A new exciting mechanics that may potentially change how you play the game lies in the ability to interact with the various NPCs from in-game factions. Earning trust from these characters will give you access to new additional items and areas, and can even influence  how the story will progress. Besides the much bigger hub of the game where these factions can be found, the video also shows various other sceneries from snow-covered mountainous areas with the occasional dark and damp ancient structures to the sunny vista of the forgotten city of Kitezh. This should be a nice change of pace from the rainy tropical island theme of the last game’s environment.
The next part of the series, coming out soon, will explore the game’s more human enemies in the form of the Trinity organization and how Lara deals with guns (hint: with her own firepower). Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to arrive on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November this year. There is also an Xbox One bundle of the game for those needing a machine for the holidays. Be sure to stay tuned for Rise of the Tomb Raider news, deals and much more.