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.
- Dirty Tricks
Dirty Tricks is a novice skill which will allow you to throw sand and dirt at the enemies when you’re dodging their attacks. This skill will leave enemies stunned. While this skill can be quite handy in certain situations, it’s not a skill you may want to learn in the earlier parts of the game. This skill is also not necessary for Dodge Counter, Dodge Kill, and Dodge Kill Mastery. Consider buying some other skills before investing in this one: it’s hardly necessary to improve your performance and it will not bring any advantage in amassing huge amounts of experience points. Using the skill and leaving them stunned will allow you to use the Weapon Expert skills more easily.
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