A few years ago, Crystal Dynamics spun off from its usual Tomb Raider route to provide gamers with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, an isometric co-op-based adventure where Lara and her new ally found themselves exploring mysterious dungeons and battling dangerous enemies. The game turned out to be a great success for Square Enix, as well as Crystal, which prompted the development of an even bigger sequel – Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, which arrives this week.

In this new adventure, Lara, working alongside a fellow treasure hunter and two Egyptian heroes, must work to stop an evil god from rising up and shadowing the world with darkness. Of course, it doesn't help that she's infected with the power of Osiris, following the activation of an ancient relic. Her and her newfound allies will need to work together to survive and defeat the evil that lies within the tombs.

Here are some tips that will help you get started with Temple of Osiris!

The Best Weapons For the Job

When it comes to using weaponry in Temple of Osiris, you only have two that you can start out with – a glowing spear and a handgun. The spear is ideal for defeating large orbs that need to be destroyed to open certain doors, as well as taking on certain bosses, like the spinning eye that you'll come across in the first stage. Meanwhile, the handgun is a more traditional weapon that you can use against traditional enemies, such as skeletons and spiders.

The spear is a useful weapon when it comes to defeating a number of foes, as you can fire a steady beam that can damage anything that gets in its path. However, its power is limited at first, so you'll want to save it for later on, when you get a relic or bracelet that helps you power it up. In the meantime, the handguns work just fine, and you won't have to worry about ammunition, as you'll have plenty to go around.

Later on in the game, you'll be able to pick up additional weaponry, including a shotgun and a sub-machine gun. The machine gun is your best bet here, as it fires far more bullets than the traditional handgun, making it handy when you're surrounded by enemies. Meanwhile, the shotgun, while limited in firing power, has greater range, so you'll want to save it against bosses, as it packs more of a punch.

Really, it's best to experiment with different weapons – and relics – to see what suits you best. You'll be able to switch through them with ease, simply by tapping on a direction on the digital pad. Try 'em out.

Bombs Are Your Friends, Sort Of 

There's one other essential tool that you'll be able to use over the course of your adventure, and fans of Guardian of Light will be quite familiar with it – the bomb. With it, you can set down a timed bomb, then press the button again to make it explode.

Bombs are incredibly useful when it comes to destroying certain terrain, as well as obliterating various enemies at one time. What you have to watch out for is its range. Once you place a bomb, you'll immediately see a red circle on the ground. This provides its blast radius. The best thing you can do after dropping said bomb is to get out of its range, or you're likely to take damage.

From there, once you're ready to detonate the bomb – like when enemies come into its circle – press the button and it'll blow. This is especially useful against larger foes, as well as groups of enemies that you can't shoot all at once. One good timed blast will easily clear the playing field.

Don't forget your bombs when the situation calls for it. You can also use them to blast holes in the ground to find hidden gems. Look for the glowing pieces of ground to indicate where these are.

Collect and Be Rewarded

Finally, like with the original Guardian of Light, Temple of Osiris has a huge emphasis on collecting items throughout each level. You'll find three score goals provided prior to the start of each stage, with rewards waiting for each one that you complete, including special weaponry, relics and other goodies. The goal here is to collect as many gems as you can, and also kill as many enemies as possible. With each of these goals, you'll bump up your score significantly, and eventually earn a higher point value for the level.

The idea here is to search everywhere you can. There are hidden areas where you can find extra diamonds, as well as health and weapon refills. In addition, you'll also be able to break open vases and other items to reveal gems that you can pick up, so make sure you do so when you find the opportunity. (Sometimes there are levels when you're being pursued and, as much as it pains you, you'll have to pass them up to survive.)

Also, watch out for other goodies. There are red skulls scattered throughout each level, and finding all five of them will unlock even more collectibles, such as better relics. Keep an eye out in higher areas for them, and don't be afraid to call upon a friend in co-op if the situation calls for it. The rewards are certainly worth reaping.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about multiplayer co-op strategies and other advanced tips, so be sure to check back!

 

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is available now for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.