Tomb Raider’s getting a new, extra polished definitive edition in the way of a next-gen console version. PC Gamers will happily tell you that they’ve been playing the definitive version of the new(ish) Tomb Raider reboot since the game first came out. they’re wrong – and they won’t be getting the extra shiny version either.
Yes, one of the things that makes this new version prettier is the increased resolution – which PC pundits have had all along. Plus, it also uses TressFX, giving Lara a crop of luscious, realistic hair. It’s the first console game to use the tech, which isn’t all that surprising, seeing as it’s the first (and only!) PC game to use it as well.
According to a preview over at IGN by Leah B. Jackson, the game’s got more than just hair and resolution in its favour. Lara’s face has been remodelled, just about everything’s been retextured and there’re new physics and particle effects – including a perspiration system that will see Lara getting a sheen of sweat when she’s under duress.
According to Jackson, everything’s been given a touch of physics, making everything seems a tad more realistic.
“Seeing Lara’s axe swing at her hip, each individual arrow jiggle around in the quiver, her bow bob back and forth as she runs, and even her necklace dangling around adds an exquisite level of realism.”
Even the island itself has been given a textural makeover, and further additions have been made to the weather and physics. Water splashes properly, vegetation reacts the way you’d expect and the whole things sounds like the sort of game it should have been in the first place.
If you haven’t played Tomb Raider, it’ll be well worth picking up, methinks – though eye-candy alone probably isn’t enough to get anybody to double dip at the asking price of $60 – what a brand new game costs. It does, however, include all of the game’s post-launch DLC. Not that PC gamers get the choice really; developer Crystal Dynamics has said there are no plans to bring the Definitive Edition to PC.
“Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was designed and rebuilt from the ground up for next-generation consoles. At this time a PC update is not planned,” the company said.
I wonder what sort of sales targets Square Enix has for this one.
Last Updated: January 7, 2014