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 Kill
Dodge Kill is an expert skill which allows Lara to kill an unarmored enemy instead of stunning him by pressing the indicated button at the end of the quick time event. To learn this skill Dodge Counter is a necessity and Dodge Kill itself is a requirement to learn Dodge Kill Mastery. As far as usefulsness goes, this skill is quite useful if you like confronting enemies directly: if you like playing the game without getting detected by enemies, this may be a little less useful. If you intendo to learn the Dodge Counter skill, learning the Dodge Kill is the natural next step since you’ll be getting the extra death feature which is not bad at all. However, like with a lot of other skills, this one is not essential to complete the game: you may want to learn all brawler skills after you have learned the three basic growth skills, which are the ones giving you the most advantage for most of your common actions.
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