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28 Jan 2021

Tomb Raider: 5 Things We Want to See in a New Game - Croft Manor, Open World Gameplay & more

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1. More of the old Lara

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2. The return of Croft Manor

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3. Bring back more fantastic elements

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4. More driving and vehicles

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5. Open world exploration

This year, Crystal Dynamics is celebrating 25 years of Tomb Raider.

As part of the celebration, the team announced it was working to bringing the games of the past and present together in a way that makes sense.

Unfortunately, a new game announcement isn't ready just yet.

When there is a new game on the way, however, here's what we'd like to see in a new Tomb Raider game.

1. More of the old Lara

RETRO COOL: The original Lara sported cool shades and attitude
RETRO COOL: The original Lara sported cool shades and attitude

Lara's new design is great, but there's something about her that just doesn't grab us the way the original Lara did.

In the new game, perhaps Crystal Dynamics can mix more of the old Lara with the new.

Lara can have her old attitude and signature glasses and braids, while keeping the same kind of action in-game.

It would be a nice nod to fans who have been there since the PlayStation days.

Plus, Lara looked way cooler before her redesign -- you can't dispute that.

2. The return of Croft Manor

WELL-'MANOR'-ED -- We need a swift return to Croft Manor
WELL-'MANOR'-ED -- We need a swift return to Croft Manor

Granted, the Tomb Raider reboot series is meant to follow Lara's early years.

It's time for the glory of Croft Manor to return with the next Tomb Raider game.

Croft Manor can be something of a hub for players to visit and partake in various activities between missions.

It could also act as a place for players to look over records, clues, and Tomb Raider lore from yesteryear.

Lara could store her weapons, outfits, equipment, and more there as well for a utilitarian factor.

3. Bring back more fantastic elements

DINO-MITE -- Lara should get to fight a dinosaur again in the new game.
DINO-MITE -- Lara should get to fight a dinosaur again in the new game.

Tomb Raider has always been about over-the-top action, and the new games deliver that, but in a different way.

In the past, however, Lara fought off dinosaurs, dragons, and other fantasy creatures.

The new Tomb Raider doesn't need to be a western fantasy game, but it would be interesting to see a return of some of these elements to play around with in the future.

Some of the fun has undoubtedly been lost for realism, and that's what the series is missing so much of right now.

4. More driving and vehicles

START YOUR ENGINES -- Lara has her driver's license.
START YOUR ENGINES -- Lara has her driver's license.

There are plenty of things Lara did on foot in the new Tomb Raider games, but we need more vehicles, too.

Lara needs to be handed the keys for more vehicles, because driving in Tomb Raider can be tons of fun, especially if you get to add aquatic vehicles into the mix.

Perhaps context-sensitive vehicles might do the trick, especially in water or snow segments.

It doesn't need to be much, but Lara deserves more ways to get around.

5. Open world exploration

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE -- Lara needs a larger playground
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE -- Lara needs a larger playground

Offering players plenty of space to explore as Lara Croft would be a great move for the series.

While open world games can be overplayed, it makes sense in the context of Tomb Raider.

Letting players stumble upon cool finds and tombs themselves would be in the spirit of the game.

If done well, this could mean a whole new direction for Tomb Raider in general.

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