Shadow of the Tomb Raider Shows Off the Hidden City Paititi, The Series’ Biggest Hub Ever

It looks like Shadow of the Tomb Raider is shaping up to be the series’ most open game to date. A new 10-minute gameplay video shows off the hidden Peruvian city of Paititi, which is the biggest, most complex hub ever in a Tomb Raider game, boasting plenty of Challenge Tombs, sidequests, and a bustling marketplace. You can check out footage of Lara exploring Paititi, below.

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In a nice touch, you can set whether you want the inhabitants of Paititi to speak in their native language or whatever language you’re playing the game in. There’s also a new barter system, which lets you trade trinkets, crafting items, outfits, and weapons. Oh, and most importantly of all, you can pet llamas. Forget the tombs, that’s what I’ll be focusing on.

It will certainly be interesting to see how people respond to Paititi. Having Lara Croft swoop into town to solve all these indigenous people’s problems isn’t the most modern or culturally conscious approach. It’s also a little odd that the inhabitants of this hidden city don’t seem to care about this outsider charging around stealing their artifacts. Still, purely from a gameplay perspective, Paititi looks like a fun place to explore.

I got to go hands-on with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and came away impressed. In fact, Wccftech handed the game our award for Best Action-Adventure:

“Lara Croft’s latest not only measures up to past adventures, but, based on what I’ve played so far, could be her best yet. First off, SotTR might have been the best-looking title I got to go hands-on with at E3 – the environments, from crumbling ruins to steamy jungles, are amazingly detailed, and the game’s lighting and water effects are equally impressive. The game’s tomb exploration and puzzle solving are more than up to snuff, and combat, while streamlined, is challenging and satisfying. Add the series’ most dramatic story to date, and you have a game that looks like it could be a serious threat for Game of the Year awards.”

Shadow of the Tomb Raider swings onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 14.

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