In keeping with the Tomb Raider motif that Hobbs started with his Tomb Raider reboot review, I bring you the trailer for the next installment in the reboot series: Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The trailer begins with A hooded Lara sitting across from her therapist, played by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He begins talking to her about how he's pleased that her flashbacks have stopped, showing that Lara really did shoulder a lot of trauma and stress during her time on the island of Yamatai. Throughout the therapy session there are flashes to the shipwreck that took place in the reboot, and of sometime in the future which I assume (hope!!! I love the snow!) is a teaser to the setting of the new installment. During the session she's having she remains hooded and seems quite antsy; bouncing her foot on the ground, and shuffling her hands. Which look very beaten and scarred. We do get to see that she is still using her climbing axe and the iconic bow we've become accustomed to through these flashes into the future as well. At the end of the trailer we see that Lara has really taken something from these meetings with her shrink and is growing into what she knows she can become. Watch out antiquity! There's a new Croft out for your shinies!
As for my hopes with this title; I hope we get an even more epic adventure than the last. The island of Yamatai was Lara's coming of age story; and while she's still got a lot of growing up to do, I hope she starts to fill the role she's become known for in the past. From a gameplay perspective I'd like to see more tombs thrown into the mix. Not just the caves or small puzzles we had in the reboot; but rather, long extensive dungeons we have to climb fight, and think through. Even if they are part of the story, I want more Tomb Raiding rather than Shanty Town raiding. I'd also like to see if they're going to change the combat mechanics at all, or the upgrades system (which definitely needed some more attention).
As a big fan of the new Tomb Raider, I can't wait until this title drops in the holiday season of 2015. No stopping this Hype Train.