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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) Review
Posted by Todd Vote on 01.28.2014




Title: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square-Enix
Rating: M for Mature
Players: Single player campaign plus multiplayer


Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition takes 411's 2013 Game of the Year, and rebuilds it for the Xbox One. Add in all the DLC released for the game, a digital Dark Horse comic, and The Final Hours Developer videos, and you have Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.



Now this game is supposed to be more than just a port up to the next gen systems. Tomb Raider is supposed to have been rebuilt from the ground up for the Xbox One, and the PS4. What we should have is the best looking Lara Croft we've ever seen. We will get into that in a bit. But first let's recap the gameplay and touch on the story a bit for those who haven't played the original release of the game.

Tomb Raider is sort of a reboot of the original franchise, and picks up with a young Lara, on a boat expedition with several other people. She is not the dual pistol wielding bad-ass we remember her to be. Soon the boat wrecks, and Lara finds herself alone on an island, suddenly having to fend for herself.



What follows is a tremendous tale of survival, mixed in with some treasure hunting, tomb raiding, and hunting. I don't want to spoil anything about the story, but I will say that it gets a bit supernatural. It's one hell of a ride from start to finish. Exploring the island still wields rewards, in the form of optional tombs and being able to find artifacts that can help you level up your character.

You can upgrade your weapons, and skills. Everything from explosive arrows for your bow, to a silencer for the pistol you will pick up along the way. The customization is pretty deep when it comes to weapons. Lara can also level up her hand to hand combat, and her abilities. There isn't quite as much to upgrade, but you can get some new attacks, and counters. You can also upgrade her climbing ability. There are also several costumes other than the default attire you will have access to.



Gameplay hasn't been changed much at all. Which isn't a bad thing, if it's not broke, don;'t fix it. They have added a few Kinect controls. Ranging from voice controls to bring up and close menus, to the ability to rotate and examine artifacts with a simple hand control. There is also a lean command for when you are climbing on ledges, you can lean left or right to change your camera view a bit. Overall, they aren't really adding much of anything to the game. You can turn the controls off in the option menu if you see fit.

I spoke in the opening about the game supposedly being rebuilt for the Xbox One, and the PS4. The game has never looked better in my eyes. Lara looks amazing, with so much detail. I'm not saying that the game didn't already look great on the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but it does look quite a bit better if you ask me. The environments are all incredibly well done as well. It looks like they did a good job of rebuilding the game.


Was unable to find a 360/One side by side, but this will give you an idea

The multiplayer is back for the Definitive Edition as well. Getting an early code for the game, there really wasn't much time for me get a lot of time in with it before writing this review. I can tell you that things run smoothly. There wasn't any slowdown that I noticed, and no lag present. Like I said, I didn't get a lot of timewith that, so it could change a bit once more people are playing it. The multiplayer might not be for everybody, but it offers some additional things to play with.

Speaking of new things to play with, the game comes with all the DLC from the original game. You'll get “Caves & Cliffs”, “1939”, and finally “Shipwrecked”. Adding a total of seven new maps to the multiplayer experience. In addition to that, you get a digital version of the Dark Horse Tomb Raider comic, the Brady Games digital mini art book, and the documentary series, The Final Hours. Its a series hosted by Zachary Levi detailing the build of the game.



Pros
+ The game has never looked better
+ Still a fantastic game
+ Plenty of extras

Cons
- Kinect controls don't really add much

The 411:

If you have the Xbox One, and you haven't yet checked out this game, You definitely want to pick up this version. With a new character model for Lara, she looks better than she ever has before. The backgrounds are amazing. Add in the all the extra goodies, the DLC, the comic, everything you get. This is definitely the version of the game to own. Hell, even if you own original version of the game, you may want to seek this out. It looks that much better.


Graphics10.0Lara looks amazing! This truly is the definitive version of the game. 411 Elite Award
Gameplay9.0Just a really well put together game. A great story complimented by deep gameplay, and plenty of things to explore.  
Sound9.5This game features an amazing soundtrack. 
Lasting Appeal9.0Can't give the game a ten, since it is the same game that was released in 2013, but it is well worth your time to pick this version up.  
Fun Factor 10.0Such a fun single player campaign. Plenty of multiplayer maps to play around with. 
Overall9.5   [  Amazing ]  legend


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