Pressing Up/Forward moves Lara forward at a running pace
Pressing Down/Back makes Lara jump back a short distance.
Pressing Left or Right turns Lara Left or Right.
By pressing the Walk button in conjunction with the direction buttons or keys, Lara can carefully walk forwards or backwards. Whilst the Walk button is held down, Lara will not fall off any edge – if you walk up to an edge Lara will automatically stop.
Side-step right and left do exactly as you might imagine.
Selecting Roll will make Lara roll forward, and finish up facing the opposite direction. This also works when Lara is underwater. Roll may also be activated by pressing the Up and Down Keys simultaneously.
Lara can jump in any direction, to evade her enemies. Press the Jump Key and Lara will jump straight up into the air. If you press a direction Key immediately after pressing Jump, Lara will jump in that direction. In addition, pressing Down or Roll straight after starting a forward jump makes Lara somersault in the air and land facing the opposite direction. This also works when jumping backwards by pressing Up or Roll immediately after takeoff.
If Lara finds a deep pool of water, she can jump in, and have a jolly good swim around. Lara can hold her breath for about two minutes; if she is still underwater after that she’ll drown. Pressing Up, Down, Left or Right makes Lara rotate in that direction. Pressing Jump makes Lara swim. Lara can pull levers and pick up objects under water. Just position Lara as close as you can and press Action.
Swimming on the surface
Left and Right will rotate her, and Up and Down make her swim in those directions. You can also use the side step actions to swim Left or Right when on the surface of the water. Pressing Jump will make Lara dive under the surface again, whilst pressing Action when Lara is close to an edge will make her climb out.
Wading in shallow water
Lara won’t swim in waist deep water; instead she wades. The controls are basically the same as when she is on dry land, except it is slower going and she can only jump on the spot, not in a direction.
Lara starts the game carrying two pistols and a shotgun. Later in the game she may find some extra weapons. Note that the pistols have unlimited ammunition, but the other weapons require ammo to be picked up to use.
Press Draw and Lara will draw her guns. If she sees something she doesn’t like the look of she will point her guns at it. If there are multiple enemies, Lara will lock on to different targets, choosing the best one as she sees fit. Pressing Action while Lara is aiming at something will assign that enemy as the current target. It will remain as the current target indefinitely while the Action button is held down, regardless of whether or not Lara loses her lock. While the Action button is held, Lara will only fire at the current target, ignoring any other enemy in the vicinity. If Lara loses sight of the enemy, it will break her lock, but that enemy will still be assigned as the current target. The camera will track the current target, so even if Lara loses sight of it, you can still see where it is. To make Lara continue shooting the current target after she has lost her lock, simply point her in the right direction and Bob’s your uncle. If you want to shoot a different enemy, simply let go of Action , and Lara will pick a new target. While you have your guns out, Lara can no longer do anything that would involve the use of her hands. These actions are described below.
If Lara is faced with an obstacle that she can climb over, pressing Up and Action will make her vault onto it. Climbing Some walls are climbable. If Lara comes across such a surface, pressing Up and Action will make her jump up (if there is room) and catch handholds on the wall. She will only hang on whilst Action is held down. She can then be made to climb up, down, left and right by pressing the direction Keys. Pressing Jump will make Lara jump backwards away from the wall.
If Lara is near to a ledge while she is jumping, pressing and holding the Action Key will allow her to grab the ledge in front of her and hang there. If a wall is climbable, Lara can catch onto it anywhere (not just ledges). Press Left or Right, and Lara will shimmy sideways. Pressing Up will make Lara climb up to the level above. Let go of Action and Lara will drop.
Picking objects up
Lara can retrieve objects and store them in her inventory. Position Lara so that the object you want to retrieve is in front of her feet. Press the Action Key and she will pick it up. Often, enemies will drop objects when they are killed, it’s always worth checking out their bodies just in case.
Position Lara so that the switch is in front of her. Press the Action Key and she will use it.
Using puzzle items/keys Position Lara so that the object receptor is in front of her. Press the Action Key and the Inventory Ring will appear. Left and Right will allow you to select the object you want to try, and pressing Action again will use it.
If Lara finds herself in the dark and has any flares in her inventory, she can get one out and light it by pressing the Flare button. This will light up her surroundings for a minute or so, and whilst she is carrying it she can still vault or climb – they even work underwater. If she wishes to discard the flare, it can be thrown a short distance by pressing the Flare button again. She will also drop it automatically when it goes out or she draws her weapons.
Lara can push certain blocks around and use them to climb up to greater heights Stand in front of the block and hold down Action, Lara will get into her ready stance. Once she is ready, press Down to pull the block, and Up to push it, or if you decide you no longer wish to carry on with this task, simply release the Action Key.
Pressing the Look Key will make the camera go directly behind Lara, whatever the camera is currently doing. With the Look button held down, the direction Keys allow Lara to look around her. Once you let go of the key, the view returns to normal. (TIP: if you are trying to line Lara up for a jump, and the camera is in an awkward position, pressing just the Look Key on it’s own will show you exactly what direction she is facing.)
On certain levels, Lara may encounter vehicles which she can use during the level. To get on board, move up to the side of the vehicle and press Action . Once on, the direction Keys control movement exactly as on foot, except a bit faster. The Walk button makes the vehicle move more slowly (but it won’t stop it going over edges, so careful). Pressing Action will either make the vehicle travel much faster or fire the vehicle weapons if it has them. Note that when a vehicle is travelling faster because Action is being pressed, Lara will take damage if she crashes into anything. To get off the vehicle, press Jump and Left or Right to choose which side to exit.