This week, Joe @IGN had the job of testing and reviewing Tomb raider on PS3 and then the Definitive Edition, on Xbox One. The comparison of the two can be found here as well, as on our recent posts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUX2rG_u8w
IGN Joe's Review on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
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Overall Rating from Joe: 9.0/10
Overall IGN Rating: 9.1/10
Hey guys, this is Joe @IGN, today I will be reviewing the above title, Tomb Raider. I put myself forward to review this one just because it means allot to me. Tomb Raider was the first game I got on the PS2 which was the first console I owned just for myself.
What should you expect from the definitive edition? Tomb Raider like it should be! Smooth, satisfying, genuinely thrilling action game, held together by an iconic, sympathetically written main character, fast-paced and varied combat, and some breathtaking action set-pieces. The linear story pulls you through at breakneck speed, taking Lara from frightened castaway to hardened survivor. The opening hours still feel self-indulgent, relying a little heavily on carefully planned cinematic moments, but it’s all for the sake of setting up Lara’s character. This is done so well that the forced linearity is easy to forgive. Tomb Raider reconnected me with Lara Croft, adding a new emotional dimension to one of gaming’s great heroines.
Realistic mud and sweat is not the next-gen revolution that gaming has been waiting for - but happily Tomb Raider doesn't need extra special effects to make it worth playing. It’s still an excellent cinematic action game, up with Uncharted at the peak of the genre. The question for you, then, will be whether you fancy playing through it again and marveling at a 1080p version of its stunning setting and resilient, likable heroine. (Assuming you haven’t already played on the great-looking PC version, that is.)The Definitive Edition comes with all the DLC of the original game.
More interestingly, the Definitive Edition employs voice and gesture control on Xbox One and PS4 (if you have the camera add-on). You can say “show map” to pinpoint your location or name a weapon to equip it. I did actually start using that last feature via Kinect on Xbox One. Kinect comes with the xbox initially, so there's no need to purchase it like with the 360, another bonus. This is the same with the PS4 camera.
The last new addition is the ability to use Kinect (or PS4 Camera) to physically grab and rotate the artifacts that Lara finds, or lean left and right at cinematic moments to change the camera angle.
It’s a much improved version, well-realised, action reboot for Lara Croft that came as such a pleasant surprise last year. It’s still well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful, and just incredibly well-made.
-REVIEW APPROVED BY IGN-