A year after Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics reinvented the Tomb Raider franchise, United Front Games and Nixxes have now completed Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which means that gamers can now enjoy playing on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Gamers were shocked when they first found out that the companies were getting together to release ports of Tomb Raider onto the next gen consoles. Tomb Raider: Definitive however hasn’t lost any features in the cross over and it benefits from new functions thanks to Kinect 2.0 and the PlayStation camera.
However fans may want to steer clear of the game as while it is one of the best looking renditions of Tomb Raider to come out, it doesn’t really justify having to pay the full price tag for a game that doesn’t look that much different or offer much difference from the game that was released a year ago.
This time around gamers play as Lora Croft in her very first post graduate expedition. This means that players get to see her evolve from a student to an explorer that is hardened for battles. She also has to work with other people of the expedition who have been shipwrecked with Lara and are now stranded on the island.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition does offer some great gunplay, the best seen on a console release. There are around a half dozen tombs on the island, which offer a connection between the original Tomb Raider and the new game. while players don’t have to explore all the tombs, it can pay to do so as they offer extra salvage and collectibles.
Throughout the game Lara gets experience from hunting, finding treasure and killing and players are rewarded with skill points. gamers also have to find parts and salvage which are needed for upgrades to weapons at the camp sites in the game.
The game should take about ten to twelve hours, but this would depend on skill level and the difficulty level chosen to play the game. Gamers could play the competitive multiplayer mode but few will stick with it after completing the main game.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a great way to spend a few hours of free time and it does offer cinematic storytelling blended with horror/survival and it is very easy to see why Tomb Raider was put up for Game of the Year, however there isn’t that much to set the game apart for the version that was offered last year.
The PS4 does offer some of the best looking effects for lighting and you can tell that a lot of work went into the physics engine. However this doesn’t make much difference when playing as you don’t notice it. It is nice to see Tomb Raider in 1080p at 60fps but there isn’t any new content in the game that wasn’t in the game last year. if you didn’t buy Tomb Raider last year and you have the PS4 it may be worth paying out for, but if you did then you might not want to bother with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.