This past week I was able to get my hands on a copy of the newly released Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for the PlayStation 4. This being the third time I’ve actually purchased last year’s Tomb Raider reboot I was really hoping for new experience (thought the regular experience is perfectly fine). The best part? I got everything I could have ever wanted.
The game runs in 1080p native resolution on both the PS4 and the Xbox One and the PS4 version hosts 60 frames per second. The updated graphics make for a stunning playthrough and many, myself included, are calling the Definitive Edition the best looking console game to date.
As far as updates go, the game itself is absolutely gorgeous. There is now an incredible level of detail in the environment as well as in the characters. Lara Croft in particular is looking better than ever with her brand new make over and TressFX aided hair-do. Everyone else looks more detailed and smooth, you can see the pores in Jonah’s skin or the differing colors in Reyes’ hair with brilliant clarity.
For me, it’s all in the details. Little things like Lara’s radio bouncing while she is walking or her necklace swaying in the wind really add to the superior realism of this version. Noticing reflections in the water or dirt under Lara’s nails is really neat. It’s incredible to witness what the PS4 and Xbox One are capable of, one can only dream of what we will see in the next few years.
The Definitive Edition also comes with all of the previously released DLC right on the disc. Most of it is sadly for the mediocre multiplayer but there are a few things added to the single player side of the game such as the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer and all of the optional outfits. I noticed a few changes in the level design here and there as well, mainly little fixes that make traversing areas like Shanty Town much easier. The game is basically the same at it’s core, though. Same areas, same story, same dialog but with the addition of some shiney updates.
Overall, I really loved the new version of this game. As Tomb Raider was one of my favorite games of 2013 I truly relished the opportunity to play it again on the PlayStation 4 with so many beautiful touch ups. If you have yet to play this game or are looking to play it again then I would totally recommend the Definitive Edition. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth $60, though. For me it definitely was. Tomb Raider is my favorite game series, one that means a great deal to me on a personal level, so of course I was totally down with that price tag. If you do decide to purchase it you will not be disappointed, I can guarantee it.