Shadow of the Tomb Raider video shows Lara's new climbing techniques

Square Enix have been keeping a steady supply of videos coming to showcase various features of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. We've seen the series' biggest ever hub and its gorgeous jungles and in this latest video we see some "treacherous traversal". 

It includes dynamic climbing reminiscent of 2003's Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness and features Lara hanging from ropes, carefully navigating a death trap made of spinning blades, and using the grappling hook she had in Rise of the Tomb Raider—only now it lets her swing around like Spider-Man. With luck all this will add up to a movement system more interesting than we've seen in the rebooted series so far, which has tended to be about pushing in the direction you need to go and watching as a climbing animation happens—at least until something collapses beneath you. 

Near the end of this video Lara does land on a rooftop that immediately crumbles and sends her toward a flooding river, so it's not all change.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is due on September 14.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.