Survival Instincts

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Survival Instincts is one of the new features in Tomb Raider (2013). It enables you to spot important game play elements (like structural weaknesses, climbing spots...), ammunition (like Arrows for the Bow) or your target. When you enter Survival Instincts, all these elements are lit up in a yellow light.

Lara has a keen sense of Survival that can be relied upon to find items and objectives or determine what needs to be done next. Pressing the Survival Instinct key will cause anything that can be used or attacked to light up as well as displaying the Objective Beacon which guides Lara towards her next destination.
TOMB RAIDER Instructions Booklet[1]

Controls

  • Xbox 360: LB
  • PS3: L2

Survival Instincts: Combat

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider Lara's Survival Instincts have been improved, adding new combat instincts, allowing for Lara to determine whether it is safe to take out a certain enemy undetected.

Press RS/R3 to activate Survival Instincts. Enemies highlighted in RED are visible to others and those in YELLOW are isolated.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider on-screen instructions

References

  1. http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/203160/manuals/TRpcMANOLeUS.pdf?t=1410900699 TOMB RAIDER Instructions Booklet via Steam, PC version, page 4. Retrieved on Jan 1st 2015.