Ah. I wasn't expecting an ET mummy here. Or more correctly, an Atlantian. Is that technically revealed right now? Well, time for the big girl guns. This turns out to be a mild overreaction, because while he's fast and presumably deadly in melee combat, I'm at a distance and he doesn't take that many rounds. Right, explore here. Well, there are no secrets I can reach outright. To the left and right are door I can't open. That big pillar has four slots for items I don't have. Pulling that block out of the way reveals another door I can't open. Into the pool it is...which just has magnum ammo. Okay? Well, I can climb up in the far right corner, which lets me jump on top of that pillar...which has shotgun shells. Turns out it was behind the Sphinx head, the key to open the Sphinx door. And shotgun shells.
|Sorry, crocs aren't very visible when not in motion.
|In the original game the ceiling would just be completely dark from here.
Taking all four artifacts opens a door under the obelisk, the usual underwater passageway, but boy oh boy, does it drop some stuff. I do not need to worry about magnum ammo. I do not. Health is more of a concern since these Atlantians are just so hard to fight. They throw another one after this, but thankfully from a sniping position. This allows Lara to return to the first obelisk, where she can place the artifacts. I look around, because of course some stuff would be here, just a pack of shotgun shells.
|If you pay attention to this screenshot, you can find something I only noticed later.
This pushs Lara further in, eventually spitting her out in front of some pillars. Very tight use of jumping here, Lara has just enough room to reach one...and then it takes me back to the chute I spotted earlier. Oh, I can see a winged Atlantian. I shoot at him, but he seems mostly disinterested, unless you drop down some, in which case he'll knock you off, likely to Lara's death. This allows me to pull the other switch, opening the other door and then another path up. Suspiciously generous with a drop of magnum magazines...and another. Hey, it's the tablet I spotted behind a door near the start. That means the level is over soon.
|Yes, he's shooting Lara's corpse.
Next up, Atlantis and the game's big reveal.
This Session: 4 hours 00 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes