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.
- Brawler Skills
Pain Tolerance is the first Brawler skill. By learning this skill you’ll be able to gain more health, allowing you to take more damage before being taken out. Unfortunately, this skill is less useful than expected: even after having learned it, only a few gunshots will be enough to kill Lara, meaning that avoiding damage will still be the best way to go. There’s a decent side effect, however: the Pain Tolerance skill will increase Lara’s resistance to fire, which will en d up being quite handy. In any case, it’s defnitely not a skill to learn in the beginning of the game since its usefulness is incredibly limited: there are better skills to learn which will end up being way more useful than this one. If you have nothing better to learn at a certain point, you may benefit from the increased fire resistance.
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