Cabin fever can make you feel a little stir-crazy towards the end of winter, so now’s a great time to dive into a first-rate adventure. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a critically-acclaimed top-down action puzzle game from Square-Enix, is now available to stream on NVIDIA SHIELD with a GeForce NOW membership.
In Guardian of Light, Lara Croft finds herself facing down Xolotl, a vengeful Mayan spirit who commands legions of demons, monsters, and other undesirables that serve as great target practice for a veteran tomb raider like Lara.
Lara’s not by herself this time around, however. She’s joined by Totec, an ancient Mayan warrior who’s gone hand-to-hand with Xolotl before. Totec’s inclusion brings the option of local co-op play, a first for the Tomb Raider series.
One player takes control of Lara, the other takes charge of Totec, and the two must work together to surmount traps, puzzles, and enemy attacks. Lara and Totec command different skillsets, making communication and teamwork vital. For instance, Totec can embed spears in surfaces, which Lara can climb like ladder rungs. Totec can also give Lara a boost to higher areas with his shield. If players don’t master each character’s strengths, they won’t get far.
That’s not to say Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light offers nothing beyond friendly communication and puzzle-solving. Enemies hunt Lara and Totec relentlessly, meaning players can compete for kills and loot-grabs. Who’s the top adventurer? Tussle and find out.
Of course, Guardian of Light is also an ideal go-to game for anyone who enjoys the lonesome atmosphere that usually accompanies Lara through her more traditional adventures. It’s every bit as intense and challenging as a single-player game as it is as a multiplayer experience.
Moreover, the fixed camera and top-down view that’s offered in Lara’s latest adventure gives Tomb Raider veterans a new challenge, whereas newcomers to the series may appreciate the expanded field view if they’re normally intimidated by Tomb Raider’s over-the-shoulder third-person perspective.