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.
- Bone Collector
Bone Collector is a novice skill which allows Lara to obtain extra salvage from harvests and searching animal corpses as well as bonus experience points: this salvage doesn’t diminish even when the area is considered “hunted out”. Just like with the Advanced Salvaging skill, getting the Bone Collector skill as soon as possible will help you during the main story mode: together with the Survivalist and the already mentioned Advanced Salvaging skills, the Bone Collector skill is the part of the core growth skills of the game, meaning that learning them as soon as possible will bring you a lot of advantages during the main game and save you some tedious grinding later on, when enemies become more powerful and your gear and weapons has to be upgraded to be able to move on. Invest some skill points early on and you won’t have to grind for salvage for the rest of the game.
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