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The game begins with Lara Croft, a young archaeologist, setting out on her first expedition aboard the ship Endurance, with the intention of finding the lost kingdom of Yamatai. The expedition ventures into the Dragon's Triangle, east of Japan. The ship is struck by a violent storm and shipwrecked, leaving the survivors stranded on an isolated island. A bloodthirsty, strange cult shows up to the shipwreck and tries to capture and kill the 'outsiders.' Lara soon discovers that the cult is led by a man named Mathias. Lara narrowly escapes capture at the hands of Mathias's men and must track down her friends and escape the island.
The gameplay is where the game shines. Throughout the course of the game, Lara comes across a bow, and finds a handgun, machine gun, and shotgun. The weapons can be upgraded with the use of salvage, which you can find in crates, lockers, enemy corpses and animal corpses. You can also upgrade your skills with XP which you gain through story progression, killing enemies and animals, finding collectibles and solving puzzles. The weapons and skills can be upgraded at Campfires, which also allow the player to fast travel back to areas which you have visited before.
You have to solve Mini-puzzles to open up a new path. Fire, wind, gravity, and rope arrows are just a few elements that are used throughout the game. Lara can climb rock walls and use valves with the help of a climbing axe, shoot rope arrows to create ziplines and much more.
The Enemy AI is smart and will use cover and fire to their advantage. Quicktime events are often used in cases where Lara is captured or attacked by a wolf and they are pretty intuitive. Tombs are also in the game, but they are optional to get XP and salvage bonuses.
There is also a multiplayer part. It consists of 4 game modes, Rescue, Team Death Match, Cry for Help and Free For All. Basically in all competitive modes the survivors will fight against the scavengers.
The graphics are gorgeous. There is nothing to complain about.
The ambient sound is well done. The voice acting is extremely professional.
Overall, Tomb Raider is a spectacular game and I can highly recommend it for fans of the old Tomb Raider games and also for any other type of player.