The boat is nearly fixed but Lara is convinced that this is not the way off the island. She decides to go off the the Research Base for more information to see if she can understand what is going on and fix it so they can all go home.
So after a tough climb, Lara has nearly arrived at her destination. All she needs to do now is walk through the building, out the other side, around to the left and she has arrived at the entrance of the …
Jump across the gap and attach onto the climbing wall and drop down into the water below. If you are hunting of the collectables then have a look around here before moving on. Otherwise follow the watery path around the loop, climb up another climbing wall, through the little crevice in the stone to the tunnels beyond. Again if you are completing challenges look up and ahead to start the sun killer! Next move on, dropping down to the floor below. Walk on and into the room beyond, here you will find a camp. Check in here, although be aware there are some Solarii around so you may have to deal with them first.
Then look around as you will find a number of different ammo as well as collectables etc. When finished walk around into the area parallel to where you are now. Drop down into the water walk forward and then climb up again. Walk forward til you reach some metal electric gates. Press the button on your left to open them. The doors open to show a door and an elevator. The door is locked so the only way forward is the elevator but when Lara goes over and presses the button for it the elevator crashes down damaged. Lara will need to fix it. The idea is to break off the four cogs so it will go all the way to the ground floor:-
- With your back to the metal doors you came through, climb up on the cages on your right. Here you will see the first cog in front of you. Use your axe to pry it free. It will fall a little more but still not enough.
- Jump up onto the elevator platform, walk to the back right corner and climb through the gap. Jump down to the stairs. Take this opportunity to open the door that was blocked by nipping down the stairs before making your way up to level 4. Call the elevator using the button. It will raise up but not very well. When it has stopped go back to level 3 and jump up onto a ladder hanging down just by the call button. Climb up it and then just across from you is another cog. Pry it free.
- Still on level 3, call the elevator by pressing the button. Go back down to stairs between level 2 and 3. Turn and look down the stairs and you will see a suspended platform. Jump up onto it and from there pry the next cog.
- Go to level 4 but do not call the elevator yet. First using your shotgun blast the wood plank away from the far side of the elevator shaft. Now you can call the elevator. You need to time this just right. As the elevator comes up you need to run across the top of it, jumping through the hole you just blasted and then clinging onto the climbable wall opposite with your axe. Climb around and then jump down to the platform below. You will see some salvage which you can grab and then you can get on and pry the last cog.
Drop down from the raised platform and then make your way down to where you can jump down on top of the elevator. Move across it and around the edge of the wall. You will here a Solarii call out so you know there is at least one to deal with. So move forward, making sure if you are collecting the collectables to check out the area, dispatch the soldiers and move down the corridor right to the end where there is a tunnel. Move though it, but do make sure you have finished hunting around the Research Base as once you go through the tunnel it will get blocked behind you.
The General’s Final Resting Place
As you exit the tunnel you find yourself in a huge cavern. Go up the stone steps in front of you and around to the front of the statue. Here will be a cut scene where Lara talks about what she sees, takes the sword and finds a hidden note. During the cut scene she has n epiphany on how to escape the island and what she needs to do. However as the cut scene ends a whole bunch of Solarii soldiers descend on the cavern. Lara needs to defeat them before we can move on. Once defeated hunt around the cavern for ammo and collectables, loot bodies etc and then clamber up the wooden frame and exit via the tunnel at the top.
As you follow the tunnel, you will come to a low area where Lara will crouch automatically. However at the end of this low section the path slips away and so does Lara. As she slides down you have to be sure to jump just at the right moment in order to be able to leap across to the climbable wall, grabbing on with your axe. Climb up and continue along the tunnel. A short way along Reyes comes over the radio, asking where Lara is because they are under attack. Lara wants to rush back to help them. We don’t need to worry about time as the battle will wait for us. As you exit the tunnel you come out on a grassy knoll on the cliff side overlooking the area where we first climbed up the tower etc.
Walk to the left side and create a zip line to get across to the other side. Once over you will see and hear some Solarii, there is quite a bit of ammo here so it would be a good idea to stealth remove these two and stock up. Again you have a cut in of the radio where the others are very much under attack but again you are in no rush. Once you have finished in this area, there is an opening where you can jump down to little paths on the edge of the cliff. Jump across and down a couple of these collecting any ammo as you go, then you will come to a zip line which takes you up to one of the tower platforms we are at on our way up.
To make it quicker use the ascender. Once at the platform jump onto the next zip line and fly down to the beach right by the boat and the battle. However by the time you arrive it is all over and it goes straight to a cut scene where it seems Whitman did a flit taking Sam with him. Lara believes he has taken to Mathias. Reyes admits she was wrong and agrees to take the boat inland as Lara suggests. Before you leave if you want have a hunt around the beach area for any remaining collectables and also check in at the camp to upgrade any weapons and skill points.
When you’re ready to continue return to Reyes and jump onto the boat. Another cut scene then starts where we see Lara, Reyes and Jonah motor up the river inlet. They then drop Lara off to carry on inland on foot, while Jonah and Reyes stay put to help keep the Solarii off Lara’s tail. We then follow Lara as she limbs to the top of a rock face, it is then time for us to take over creating a zip line bridge across to the climbable wall. Zip across and climb up onto the ledge where you are straight into a tunnel.
Follow the path to the end where you go to a cut scene of Lara crawling on her stomach to look over the edge where she sees Sam is still alive. Whitman is there with her and Mathias and attempts to introduce the new ‘queen’ to the One. They don’t take it so well and well Whitman is no more. Oh dear! Mathias uses this diversion he created to runs off past them unnoticed with Sam, Lara tries to run after them but to no avail because in the mayhem of the storm the bridge has collapsed with Lara on one side and Sam & Mathias running off on the other.
So Lara now must get across to the other side as near to where they went as she can. Using you rope arrow and the wooden post as your base, shoot into the climbable wall opposite and make your way across. Climb around then up.
Ahead is a scramble wall which will take you into the Monastry. As Lara lands she sees ahead the Storm Guard marching and still protecting their Queen. Follow the hallway ahead and then left, but be quiet as the Storm Guard are marching close by. At the end of the hallway is an larger area with doors opening off it. These are both sealed so fire a fire arrow into the pile of debris ahead. This will burn away allowing you to move on through a small tunnel. At the end of the tunnel Lara comes to the big ceremonial Hall where the Oni are marching. Lara is in a one of the side areas that has a low wall between her and the Oni. Carefully crouch walk out to the wall and then following it to the right, along and up the steps until you reach the top platform. Here you will find a beam going across to the other side.
If you don’t dilly dally on the beam they won’t spot you. Move close to the back wall, jump across and grab the little ledge that runs along the length of the hall. Go right, at this time the Oni warriors above and below will not spot you Keep going around the corner and then jump past the hanging cloth banner to grab the window ledge beyond. It’s a big jump and make sure to be ready to press the button to stop Lara falling when she has a wobble. However as she scrambles up onto the sill she knocks some of the skulls down. In a cut scene we see the Oni are alerted o her presence and that they start shooting arrows at her including some fire arrows which start exploding the building behind her as she runs. Its then up to us to run like crazy from the flaming building until Lara finally slides down a tunnel to a cavern below.