9-minute video gives us a look at the “largest hub ever found in a Tomb Raider game”

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming in September, but hype for the game has been a little slow. That’s despite two stellar entries in the rebooted action-adventure series. that’s slowly starting to change – because every new trailer or gameplay reveal for Lara Croft’s latest adventure showcases something that makes it a little more intriguing.

In a new gameplay video from Square Enix, we get to see a bit of the game’s new central hub, Paititi. Patiti is described in the video’s description as “home to a civilization untouched by modern culture” that serves as the “largest hub ever found in a Tomb Raider game.” In it, you can expect to find “a bustling city with challenge tombs, side missions, and more.”

This looks a lot more polished than what we managed to see at E3 and at ICON, with the graphics being dialled up a notch. An interesting (and in my opinion, lovely) option is the ability to hear the inhabitants speak in their native language over your chosen language. It’s far more immersive and engaging, and I wish more games that explored places like this had that option. There’s also an “exploration” mode that removes the white paint markers for where you’re able to climb, for those who complained that it broke immersion. Hooray for choice!

Gameplay itself is indeed familiar, but it looks like Lara has a few more tools in her arsenal, along with a much better take on stealth.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide on September 14 – skipping the timed Xbox One exclusivity from previous games that made players gnash their teeth. If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to read Ten things we learned about Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Last Updated: July 24, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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