If you or I, or any other normal fellow would get stranded on an island, we’d really just go on about trying to find some food, before going completely nuts. But if you’re Lara Croft, (in which case you should send me your phone number), you’ll probably give yourself an excuse to complete some challenging tasks and explore the island inside out.
That’s pretty much what’s happening in Tomb Raider, and there’s more than just the conventional reasons to stick around. Alongside collectables and raiding tombs, Lara can engage in completing some odd types of challenges to gain a shiny achievement. If you’re one those completionist fanatics, then this is a little co-curricular activity you should seriously look into.
Tomb Raider Challenges require you to go on here and there in a specific region of the island, performing apparently completely useless stuff just for the sake of it. At times you’ll be hunting down skull totems that a hanging on walls, while other times you’ll be burning corpse bags in some caverns.
Yes, it’s indication enough that Lara’s really losing it, but it’s never too bad to have some fun doing random crap that could earn you a couple of nice achievements worth 70 points or 1 silver and 1 bronze trophy.
There are a total of 13 different challenges in the game, and as stated many times before, you’ll be blowing up or burning random stuff for each challenge. The challenges themselves are all area specific; you’ll be able to find the necessary items for completing the challenge in the same place where the challenge is offered.
It’s important to note that the challenge items will be highlighted if you activate Survival Instincts. Thus, it’s highly recommend that you use it as often as possible to spot your target with ease. Another advice that I’d give is to go have a go at the challenges towards the end of the game, so that you have the necessary equipment and upgrades to tackle the odd locations you’d find them in.
The first challenge demands that you go around breaking some skull totems hanging here and there in the Coastal Forest. Actually, it asks you to break no less than 10 of them. So, shoot ‘em, punch ‘em, or shove ‘em up a Solarii’s butt; it’s your choice, as long as they break (though I can’t promise that the game gives you all those options).
It was the skull totems that had to be abused in the first challenge, and in the second one you’ll be doing similar stuff to Lanterns (for Pete’s sake Lara! What have the lanterns ever done to you?). You have to go around shooting five lanterns in the Mountain Temple region of the island.
Getting stuck on an island can be a mentally stressful thing. So let’s just chillax a bit and use good old shrooms to have some happy-time. You’ll have to go around collecting ten mushrooms in the Summit Forest for this challenge. Whether they’re psychedelic, edible, or good ol’ toxic is really based on luck (hey, I’m no shroom expert).
Normally people like to play volleyball or have a sun bath on the beach. Lara on the other hands seems to be more interested in finding cairns. You need to find 5 of them on the Shipwreck Beach to complete this challenge.
We hate the Imperial Japanese Army even though we didn’t even participate in the World Wars. So let’s just go and burn four of their Chrysanthemum Banners in the Cliffside Bunker and give ourselves a pat on the back while we’re at it!
Challenge 13 – Sun Killer Associated Area: Research Base
Ever wanted to kill of the sun? That mean bugger can get annoying at times, and since you can’t go so far to stick a katana in it, let’s just shoot at a few Sun Totems in a Research Base on a virtual island to make ourselves happy – five of them to be exact.