[Playstation 4] Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Lethal

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Release date: January 24, 2014 (US)
Price: $59.99​




I have already done a full review of this game for the Playstation 3, so I will not go in to a full on game review here. Below is a link to my PS3 review.
Tomb Raider review for the Playstation 3.

Instead, I will be focusing on what has been added to the Playstation 4 version, and if this is worth paying full price for.


Graphics
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix did a fantastic job upgrading the graphics. Lara has gone through a complete transformation since last year. Her face, body, hair, and movements, have all been completely remastered for the Definitive Edition. The image below shows how Lara has changed since her latest PS3 debut.



[video=youtube;7NUX2rG_u8w]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUX2rG_u8w#t=26[/video]

Lara is not the only thing that has had some work done. The entire Tomb Raider universe looks better.
The Playstation 4 is running in 1080p at 60fps, and it shows! Gone is the screen tearing suffered in the PS3 version. Better rain effects, better explosions, better lighting, shadows, etc.

Voice commands
Newly added to the game are voice commands. While playing, you can simply say "bow", or "pistol", and Lara will switch to that weapon. You can also bring up the map by saying "show map". These commands work very well, and I was able to get everything work by speaking normally without needing to raise my voice. I was playing about 6ft from the PS4 camera however.

Overall
It is nice that the Definitive Edition comes with the DLC, even if it is just a single bonus tomb and some multiplayer crap.
I was blown away by the PS3 version, and the PS4 is no exception. The improvements that have been added have really made this experience nearly flawless for me. The quick time events are still present, and I am not a huge fan of those. If this is your first time playing Tomb Raider, then you are in for a real treat! I also think this game is well worth the full price. You can really see the hard work that went in to making this the Definitive Edition. And I just feel the game was made so well that playing it through again feels just as good as the first time I played it.

Screenshots taken directly from the game via Playstation 4.









 
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Christopher

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Nice job, dude. Jesus.....those PS3 shots. I never played the PS3 version and I'm glad I didn't. Last year I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it, but color me spoiled now.

Been playing for about an hour. Absolutely beautiful game. The gameplay, voice acting, story.....maybe it isn't quite Naughty Dog level, but it is damn close. It is still early, but this game pulled me in pretty dang quick.
 

Lethal

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[QUOTE="Christopher, post: 6290044]Nice job, dude. Jesus.....those PS3 shots. I never played the PS3 version and I'm glad I didn't. Last year I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it, but color me spoiled now.

Been playing for about an hour. Absolutely beautiful game. The gameplay, voice acting, story.....maybe it isn't quite Naughty Dog level, but it is damn close. It is still early, but this game pulled me in pretty dang quick.[/QUOTE]

Ya man they nailed it with the voice acting and story. I just love how you get to watch Lara go from a very vulnerable girl, to a strong willing woman. The emotions she goes through to survive just pull me right in.
 

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[QUOTE="Christopher, post: 6290044]Nice job, dude. Jesus.....those PS3 shots. I never played the PS3 version and I'm glad I didn't. Last year I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it, but color me spoiled now.

Been playing for about an hour. Absolutely beautiful game. The gameplay, voice acting, story.....maybe it isn't quite Naughty Dog level, but it is damn close. It is still early, but this game pulled me in pretty dang quick.[/QUOTE]

I envy you right now.. I just can't be bothered to double dip at full price.
 

Lethal

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[QUOTE="Fenix, post: 6290047]I envy you right now.. I just can't be bothered to double dip at full price.[/QUOTE]

That is understandable. I have maybe 5 games that released on the PS3 that I would pay full price for if ported to the PS4.
 

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[QUOTE="Lethal_NFS, post: 6290051]That is understandable. I have maybe 5 games that released on the PS3 that I would pay full price for if ported to the PS4.[/QUOTE]

I was hoping the 'next gen upgrade' would become a thing. It doesnt have to be $50 off, even $20-$30 would make me happy, but it just doesnt sit well with me at full price - nor can I really afford it right now with Feb and March preorders.
 

Christopher

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[QUOTE="Lethal_NFS, post: 6290045]Ya man they nailed it with the voice acting and story. I just love how you get to watch Lara go from a very vulnerable girl, to a strong willing woman. The emotions she goes through to survive just pull me right in.[/QUOTE]

In a lot of ways, strong female characters are so much more appealing than males.

Buffy taught me that. :p
 

-Shafty-

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[QUOTE="Christopher, post: 6290095]In a lot of ways, strong female characters are so much more appealing than males.

Buffy taught me that. :p[/QUOTE]as long as they stay in the gaming world,right!? :snicker

nice write up lethal. im on the fence whether to buy it again...
 

Sir_Scud

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Thanks for the review Lethal! I will probably pick it up, but will wait for it to drop in price. Already have a billion other games to play. Like the comparisons!
 

GazzaGSi

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Thanks for the review, I missed the PS3 version so will definitely pick this up.
Read good things about it and having not played it on PS3 I reckon I'm in for a treat.
Thanks :)
 

GazzaGSi

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[QUOTE="Admartian, post: 6290940]I played the PS3 version but want to replay this :). But price drop? Hmm... I mean the next game I want is Rayman Legends PS4 and Thief PS4 so maybe?[/QUOTE]

Over here you can pick it up around £32 - £35. Think I'll take the plunge at £25. Will give it a month or 2 as I still Killzone and AC IV I haven't started yet.
 

Admartian

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[QUOTE="SupraGaz, post: 6290943]Over here you can pick it up around £32 - £35. Think I'll take the plunge at £25. Will give it a month or 2 as I still Killzone and AC IV I haven't started yet.[/QUOTE]
Yeah but that's physical copy innit?
 

GazzaGSi

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[QUOTE="Admartian, post: 6290946]Yeah but that's physical copy innit?[/QUOTE]

Yeah I didn't realise it could be had digital?
 

Admartian

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[QUOTE="SupraGaz, post: 6290950]Yeah I didn't realise it could be had digital?[/QUOTE]
haha not sure mate. just assumed there would be on PS4 Day-1-digital.

Regardless, tempted...
 

GazzaGSi

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[QUOTE="Admartian, post: 6290956]haha not sure mate. just assumed there would be on PS4 Day-1-digital.

Regardless, tempted...[/QUOTE]

Hope there is, got £29 burning my PSN wallet that I want to spend on there :lol:
 

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[QUOTE="SupraGaz, post: 6290950]Yeah I didn't realise it could be had digital?[/QUOTE]

Every major title will be on PSN this generation. Hence, I'm going digital-only. So much more convenient.
 

GazzaGSi

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[QUOTE="Wrath, post: 6291114]Every major title will be on PSN this generation. Hence, I'm going digital-only. So much more convenient.[/QUOTE]

Excellent, that's good to know thanks. Currently have BF4 & AC IV digitally so will add TR to the collection.
I use remote play a lot so it's great to have variety to chose from rather than whats in the disc drive.

Can see a HDD upgrade coming sooner than later!
 

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I just now stumbled upon this review. Awesome write up Lethal and I agree this game rocks. And the graphical upgrades are amazing. Out of likes for now but will be back to click one on this review.