We're almost halfway through the DLC packs for Shadow of the Tomb Raider so let's check out Lara's latest mission.
At the beginning of this new side mission, Lara is handed a cipher wheel that once belonged to the cult leader Amaru. In typical Lara fashion, she quickly deciphers the meaning behind the key and goes on a journey to find out what may be hidden at the destination that it points to. However, she soon finds out that the origin of the wheel may be more personal to Amaru than she expected.
In this new mission, you'll find yourself running around Paititi and its surrounding area. Lara then climbs to the top of a cliff and enters a secret area where she must stealthily take out guards in order to enter a hidden entrance. I had fun climbing in the tree canopies and found a small amount of challenge in taking out all of the soldiers without alerting the guards. It's nice to see a DLC pack that goes the extra mile to integrate a new story within the existing one which is similar to what The Forge DLC did back in October last year.
After completing the combat section, you'll head back to Paititi then on to the first of two puzzle areas. The largest and toughest puzzle that you will have to complete takes place in a room that fills with water when you open gates. This was the most challenging puzzle I've come across so far in any Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC as it required me to critically think about what state I needed the water and ropes to be in so I could unlock the gate to the next room.
List of unlockable items Classic Trinity Gear
The following "Classic Trinity Gear" items are unlocked upon purchasing The Price of Survival DLC pack:
Raptor's Eye skill: improve tracking of enemies by making their outline visible through walls and obstacles.
Silent Sting: a suppressed pistol that allows for quieter kills.
Hunter's Array outfit: a classic hunter's outfit complete with leather accessories.
Finishing this puzzle doesn't end the DLC as you then head back to Paititi and make your way to the old village that you visited in previous missions from the main campaign. I always liked this area and found that there was a lot of care put in to making a convincing dilapidated village so I'm glad this mission took me back through there. Once you reach the village, you'll find an entrance to the final puzzle that has you pulling around trolleys and jumping over pits of poisonous gas in order to open up the entrance to the final hidden chamber. This puzzle is less challenging than the previous ones but I enjoyed the visuals of the red poisonous gas clouds.
A nice treat when you download this DLC is that you get not just one new challenge tomb to complete in score attack and time attack mode, there are also 7 tombs from the main game that are now available in these modes. If you've been enjoying these couple of modes in the DLC packs so far then this is a fantastic addition and it even extends the replay value of the main campaign.
The Price of Survival is by far the most impressive DLC pack yet as it features multiple challenging and visually interesting puzzles that are wrapped in a plot which actually integrates into the main story impressively well.
- + Multiple interesting puzzles to enjoy
- + Story fits well into the main narrative
- + 7 existing levels have been added to time attack and score attack modes
- - No new gameplay elements