Did you spot these references in Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Nightmare?Beware: mild spoilers for Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The latest DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes Lara Croft on a terrifying trip through her own mind.
Over the course of the new adventure, she’s forced to walk the Path of Fear, and confront her memories, the friends she’s lost and the lives she’s taken.
But while the Path of Fear’s a nightmare for Lara, the numerous callbacks to the Tomb Raider series make it a dream for long-term fans. The DLC is packed with references to Lara’s earlier experiences. Here are just some of the things you might have noticed:
An Oni warrior
In one particularly grueling section of the Path of Fear, Lara swims past a number of key figures from her past. The first will be very familiar to anyone who’s played Tomb Raider - an Oni.
Also known as the Stormguard, these immortal warriors served Queen Himiko and dispatched anyone they deemed a threat with extreme prejudice. Unfortunately for Lara, that included her.
Pay attention during the swimming section and you may spot the corpse of Conrad Roth. In many ways, Roth was Lara’s other dad - Richard Croft’s obsession with history may set her on the path of the Tomb Raider, but it was Roth who gave her the skills to survive it.
Roth bravely gave his life to save Lara during the events of Tomb Raider, but his teachings continue to protect her to this day.
Further along this swim, you’ll see some Trinity forces. Eagle-eyed fans will notice they’re clad in their uniforms from Rise of the Tomb Raider.
It’s hard to miss this one, but it would be remiss not to mention it. Ana’s relationship with Richard Croft made her one of the most important people in Lara’s life. So when she turned out to be an agent of Trinity… well, let’s just say that Lara was unhappy.
Ultimately, Lara refused to kill Ana, but a Trinity sniper did the job anyway. And thus Ana became another victim that Lara was unable to save.
When Lara first enters her nightmare, you may notice some paintings in the background. They were painted by Lara’s mother Amelia, and it’s not the first time fans will have seen them. The abstract piece (red cubes in front of fields), notably appears in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Blood Ties DLC, for example.
Monument to a mother
One short scene in The Nightmare shows a young Lara and her father mourning over the ornate coffin of her mother. This same monument can be found in Croft Manor, also during Blood Ties.
There are more to find!
Those are just some of the callbacks in The Nightmare - but there are even more to find! How many references did you spot? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@TombRaider)!