Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Four Reasons to Delve Into Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

February 12, 2014 0 By The Nerdcotics Staff

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

The reboot of the venerable Tomb Raider franchise launched on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC nearly a year ago accompanied by mostly favorable reviews. Now, courtesy of Crystal Dynamics and Square-Enix, the adventure continues in the aptly titled, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition which was recently released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Having thoroughly put Lara Croft through her paces on both next-generation machines (as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) we’ve compiled four reasons why we think the “Definitive” version of Tomb Raider is worth playing.

It’s Gorgeous. Whether played on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, this latest version of Tomb Raider truly offers the definitive graphical experience for fans of the franchise. Upcoming games like Infamous: Second Son and Quantum Break are likely to surpass what Crystal Dynamics has achieved here in short order, but for now the game represents a significant improvement over prior console versions. In-depth frame rate and resolution breakdowns aside, the environments, effects, and animation are suitably lush on both next-generation machines.

The Gameplay is Varied and Fun. Similar games have attempted to combine quick-time-events, exploration, puzzle-solving, and shooting elements with mixed results. Like its current generation predecessor, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition offers the perfect mélange of all of those core gameplay elements in a package that’s consistently challenging while remaining generally fun throughout. The comparisons to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series (which we’re fans of) are valid, but Lara Croft’s latest adventure is a far more open and organic experience.

Engaging Customization & Crafting. Weapon and skill upgrades certainly aren’t new, but looting every tomb you discover and pilfering every slain bad guy yield exciting gameplay options in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Whether unlocking advanced melee techniques or equipping explosive arrows there’s always a drive to tinker with your gear and abilities. Admittedly, I spent way too much time switching between the assortment of selectable outfits that Lara Croft can doff and don.

Play While You Wait. By hitting store shelves during the lull between the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and debut of their respective killer apps (Infamous: Second Son and Titanfall), the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition couldn’t be better timed. It the perfect game to bridge the software gap while portending the technical step forward of the powerful new machines.

Bottom-line: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an example of a high profile, long-anticipated reboot that has largely met or exceeded the hype surrounding it. Adventure-seeking next-gen early adopters shouldn’t miss out on Lara Croft’s latest explorative thrill-filled adventure. Grab it now for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

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