Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review: Lara's PS4 debut is a shining triumph
- Posted January 28th, 2014 at 06:39 EDT by Michael Harradence
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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition lives up to its name in providing a stunning adventure that looks gorgeous running on PS4.
- Superb visuals that complement an already stunning-looking game
- DualShock 4 extras are a surprisingly useful addition
- The same action-packed adventure now on PS4, running and looking better than ever
- No new content to entice those who already own the PS3 version
- Multiplayer is still forgettable
Aside from the cosmetic touches and enhanced controls, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition offers the same thrilling ride the original 2013 release provided. Sure, the storyline is somewhat a predictable mash-up of action-horror cliches with a bad guy that has about as much charisma as a sewer rat, but it’s merely the catalyst for an adrenaline-pumping adventure that doesn’t let up until the end. With competent shooting mechanics and fluid controls, Croft’s reboot easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Uncharted series, with action-packed battles and set-pieces punctuated by quieter bouts of exploration and intrigue. It’s a brilliant mix that gets the balance just right, and it’s gripping to witness Lara’s transformation from frightened kitten to hardened survivor -- even if she ends up capping a somewhat ridiculous amount of baddies almost Rambo-style. With plenty of upgrades for Croft’s abilities and weapons, not to mention ample collectibles and hidden Tombs to explore, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will definitely keep you busy if you decide to squeeze everything out of it without dashing through.
The multiplayer remains a throwaway, by-the-numbers affair pitting scavengers against cultists, with little in the way of innovation or spark to set it apart from its contemporaries. The Last of Us employs a similar game of survival with its online component, and thrashes Tomb Raider’s effort in this respect, so it’s doubtful you’ll be spending much time here.
Overall, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition lives up to its name. If you haven’t already taken Lara’s latest adventure for a spin, then pick this up for PS4 asap. However, the lack of new content means owners of the original release may want to pass, as despite how good the game looks and plays, there isn’t really enough new stuff packed into Definitive Edition to warrant a purchase if you have it on PS3. For newcomers though, this is an absolute must-have.
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