Crystal Dynamics have released an alternate playthrough of Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s [official site] ‘Advancing Storm’ demo to showcase Lara’s stealth possibilities. This is probably because even though they said stealth was entirely possible that bit got lost when the main message of the original video turned into “GUNS and then THROAT SLITTING and then EXPLODING BARRELS and then SHOTGUN YOU IN THE FACE”.
Or perhaps the stealth message went astray during the bit where they explained [at 3.13 in this video] that you could set up a poison bomb in someone’s corpse and the beeping would lure an AI over and then the poisonbombcorpse would explode. Who knows.
As per Crystal Dynamics:
“After GamesCom, some fans asked whether it was possible to play ‘Advancing Storm’ with less enemy engagement. Rise of the Tomb Raider’s expanded combat system centers on player choice, and provides Lara with even more skills, for a spectrum of strategies ranging from stealth to aggression. This alternate playthrough demonstrates a completely non-lethal approach.”
Maybe I’ve been playing too much League of Legends but I feel like the guards would have more luck defending against Lara if they warded the brush properly. I also think that if they paid more attention to the “NYARGH!” and “UNGH” noises she makes when moving about they could better pinpoint her movements.
I would also like to know how much use stealth operatives in real life make of glass bottles. Is there a bottle training course? Do you have a supply of your own bottles in a pocket in case the enemy is teetotal or uses plastic? Could you use a plastic bottle instead or would that not be suspicious enough? I mean those fall over all the time when they’re empty and you’ve left them on the table in your half-collapsed shack when there’s a howling gale. So many questions.
Oh, and as a final fact, I mistook the official site for a personal website when I misread Tomb Raider Dot Com as Tom Braider Dot Com. Mondays are hard.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out in 2016 on PC after a timed Xbone exclusive.