At long last, we made it to the final challenge tomb which is now available in Shadow of the Tomb Raider's season pass.
This Mother Protector DLC has Lara on a search for her unlikely allies, The Yaaxil. Set in the post-game world where Lara has stopped the apocalypse and taken down the cult leader Amaru, Lara and her buddies are worried about the fate of the Yaaxil. After some ground shaking in the town of San Juan, a tunnel opens up and Lara promptly agrees to enter it in the hopes of finding out what happened to her creepy Yaaxil chums. Upon entering the tunnel, you're greeted by some tough Trinity soldiers who are all armoured so you can't take them out with a simple arrow shot to the head or melee attack. It's a small area for you to cover but there's a handful of bad guys in your way so if you can take some out stealthily by hiding in the water and popping your head out to drag them under with you then you'll be able to take the rest down more easily. Just make sure you have a lot of ammo. Once you've cleared the area of Trinity soldiers, you'll move on to the last remaining puzzles in the DLC series.
There are a few traps to dodge although all 3 of the first collection of traps are basically solved the same way and there really isn't much challenge in them other than remembering to hold the sprint button. Deactivating each trap will uncover a piece of a symbol that you need in order to open a big door. Once you get through the door, you're faced with a gigantic statue that you must rotate correctly in order to unlock the entrance to the tomb where Lara expects to find some information on the location of the Yaaxil. Solving this puzzle required more skill than the previous ones and featured a couple more traps to dodge but there's still nothing that blew me away gameplay-wise in this DLC, especially compared to some of the previous challenge tombs.
List of unlockable items
The following items are unlocked upon purchasing the Mother Protector DLC pack:
Magic Touch skill: craft powerful ammunition with fewer resources while you're in combat.
Silver Strike: a bow that sends charged arrows right through body armour, allowing you to target enemies behind others.
Midnight Sentinel outfit: a colourful outfit that provides longer focus and perception time.
Tactical Adventure Classic outfit: Lara's classic gear that ironically gives a bonus when taking down enemies stealthily.
The statue has to be solved in multiple parts and requires you to push and pull switches and retrace your steps a few times to get it just right. Finally, after Lara makes her way through the last gateway, a short cinematic plays where she radios her friends who are waiting safely outside of the underground tomb, giving them the news about what happened to the Yaaxil.
The scenery in this Mother Protector DLC pack is mostly jungle themed but with dark undertones as you'll often see the armour of the Yaaxil strewn about, making you wonder where they are. There's a good amount of detail and the layout of the tomb is interesting as it often requires you to jump and swing to get to your destination.
Overall, this pack feels like it's tacked on, making it one of the least enjoyable pieces of content within all of the DLC packs in the series. However, one nice addition to this pack is that you get 2 costumes, not just one and its variant. The coolest of which is the Tactical Adventure Classic outfit which plays homage to the very original Tomb Raider games quite nicely. I wear this outfit in my gameplay video below so check it out if you're curious how they took the old simplistic design and made it fit on a way more visually detailed Lara. As a bonus, wearing this outfit gives you a boost in experience points when you take down enemies stealthily which is cool.
As the final DLC pack, Mother Protector won't blow you away but it does a good job of tying up one of the loose ends in the main story and offers a fun decently-sized puzzle to solve, too.
- + Story relates to the main plot and it ties up some loose ends
- + The larger puzzle is fun to solve
- + Some interesting jungle scenery
- - Lacks a sense of challenge and originality
- - As always, it's very short