Lara Croft's latest adventure, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, joins the character at the apex of her journey toward finally becoming the tomb raider she was always meant to be. In the third entry in a series of reboots from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Lara isn't playing around. That's why she's September's Video Game Heroine of the Month.
Lara heads out to the jungle as she works to save the world (that means you and me, too) from the impending Mayan apocalypse that threatens to tear humanity apart. With her friend Jonah, she heads to Cozumel, Mexico during the Dia de Los Muertos celebration and learns the organization Order of Trinity is once again up to no good. Dr. Dominguez, the new Big Bad of the game, is looking for an artifact that can be used to "remake the world." As such, Lara has to make sure she stops him before it's too late.
The budding Tomb Raider, played by Camilla Luddington, has to infiltrate some pretty shady areas all in the name of stopping Dominguez and travel across Peru to explore the ruins in question. Armed with her wits (and a sweet bow and arrow combo) as well as her adventurous spirit, she's taking the situation head-on and really shining as the adventurer we've always known and loved.
Lara may be a bit more vulnerable in these games, but that's part of what makes her such a relatable and interesting character. The new Tomb Raider titles are just as much about learning about her as a young girl as they are about sticking around for the adventure, and that's what makes the reboots so entertaining.
So let's hear it for Lara, a gaming icon we've watched grow exponentially over the years, and celebrate her in every single form she's taken: from svelte bombshell to rugged adventurer sans dual pistols, living a dangerous existence more in the realm of Nathan Drake's. She's got plenty more fight left in her, and we can't wait to see where she goes next. Be sure and check out Shadow of the Tomb Raider on September 14 when it launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.