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.
- Dodge Counter
Dodge Counter is a hardened skill and one of the best Brawler Skills available: when dodging an enemy close range attack, you’ll be prompted with a Quick Time Event. If you complete it successfully, you’ll be able to stun the enemy with an arrow to the knee. This is a truly handy skill to have in all situations, especially if like to fight your enemies in close range: stunning them means that they can be easily finished with any other of the Weapons Expert skills, making confrontations more easier than ever, even for the Hard difficulty setting. As always it’s not essential to get this skill as soon as possible since you’ll still be able to defeat enemies and proceed in the game without it but it offers such a good advantage that you may want to invest in this skill after the most essential skills have been learned. This skill is also a requisite to Dodge Kill and Dodge Kill Mastery.
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