Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
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It’s been almost a year since Crystal Dynamics (CD) rebooted the Tomb Raider series. In the latest installment, the developer decided to do away with the do-or-die acrobatic heroine and instead featured a more naïve, inexperienced and raw Lara Croft. Eidos didn’t move towards making a sequel just yet, however, and has chosen to re-release the game for the nextgeneration consoles as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
Obviously, the question you’re all probably asking is: “Is there anything different about the Definitive Edition?” Yes and no, actually. To address the elephant in the closet, CD didn’t change, tweak or improve anything about the gameplay. There is no new content and neither are there any bonus quests. What Eidos
“One of the major changes that you’ll notice is the massive amount of cosmetic differences in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Of the lot, the most obvious cosmetic change is our protagonist herself, Lara.”
did do, however, was to give the game a relatively major graphics overhaul.
One of the major changes that you’ll notice is the massive amount of cosmetic differences in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Of the lot, the most obvious cosmetic change is our protagonist herself, Lara. Compared to the original release, CD had given her a facelift, in more ways than one. Her eyes are bigger, rounder even. Her lips have more body and her features slightly more refined. The idea behind this change, as CD describes, was that they wanted to give Lara a more mature and ‘lady-like’ look, while maintaining that crucial ‘survival’ element within her.
There are certain drawbacks to this change. While having slightly better looks and facial features, the new Lara actually feels quite plastic. In the original release, players would be able to see Lara’s face contort with all the emotions under the sun whenever she was put in a precarious situation. With the new facelift, there is a severe lack of emotion to match her cries, shouts and screams. Long story short: while her cries of agony sound convincing, the new face doesn’t really make it seem that way.
Even Lara’s hair is different. Compared to the previous edition, it now moves as the wind blows, literally. This graphical addition may not seem much to many of us, but this small feature actually shows how adamant CD was in bringing a deeper sense of realism into the game.
Devil in the Details
Apart from the heroine, CD has also added in more details to the environment. Taking advantage of the power of the PlayStation 4, bushes and foliage bristle at Lara’s touch and overall environmental lighting is more natural. Even the physics of Lara’s weapons and items have been given life, swinging and bouncing to the rhythm of Lara’s actions.
In terms of additional content, the developer has added several digital extras, as well as new tombs throughout the game, with some of them accessible very early in the game now.
For those of you who have already played the game, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is simply a polished up version of the first. If you’re all for the humble amount of additional content within it, you won’t regret. If you’re new to the franchise: This version of the game is seriously where you should start.