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.
- Survivor Skills
Scavenging is a novice skill allowing Lara to get more ammunition from dead enemies by checking their bodies once the fight is done. This skill is pretty useful especially on Hard mode and if you’re not too good with headshots: taking down enemies without them in Hard mode requires a lot of bullets and with this skill you’ll be able to recover more of them without risking ending up without ammo during a fire fight.If you’re playing on Normal I think this skill is not worth it, at least during the beginning of the game: the three growth skills, Survivalist, Advanced Salvaging and Bone Collector, are way more useful furing the whole duration of the game so invest your early skill points in these skills and consider obtaining other Survivor skills later on, when you have naturally acquired your own playstyle.
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