Among the new additions to the Tomb Raider gameplay formula is skill management. In this game Lara posses three different types of skills, related to the three main aspects of the game: surviving, hunting and fighting. The skills are really diverse and all serve a certain, useful purpose: leveling them up will be bring some good advantages whenever you level them up. In the end it all depends on your playstyle: some gamers may be better and uncovering treasures and areas or discovering enemies while some other may be better in the combat sequences of the game. You can improve these skills to improve your abilities in your best field or get some help in some other field where you are not so good. We’re not talking about role playing game level of customization but having a choice is better than having none at all! The inclusion of skills also makes the gameplay experience somewhat deeper. To improve your skills you’ll have to fill Lara’s experience shield, obtaining a single skill point used to improve unlocked skills or unlocking new skills. You will have to invest 7 skill points in rookie skills to unlock the higher tier; to unlock the final tier, seven more points must be used. Get as much experience as you can and you will be able to unlock most skills in the game as soon as possible.
- Survivor Skills
Arrow Retrieval is a novice skill which allows Lara to retrieve the arrows shot on targets. What a surprise! The catch is that the arrows must be shot on legit targets and enemies must not be armored: arrows missing its target or hitting walls, the ground and other obstacles cannot be retrieved. To be honest, this skill is hardly essential: it really depends on your playstyle. If you like to use the bow a lot, especially during stealth phases, this skill will be quite useful to you; if you prefer stealth kills, this skill is hardly useful. At the same time please remember that the ammunition caches respawn between fast travels, making this skill even less useful. However, if you really rely on your bow a lot, the Arrow Retrieval skill is perfect for you since you will be able to get more out of your available arrows. In any case it’s not a skill to get in the earlier parts of the game: the three growth skills are way more useful.
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