Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition review round-up

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What’s new is old again, amirite? Tomb Raider hit shelves last year on various consoles and PC to widespread acclaim. Nearly a year later, and the game is back in action, with some new-gen shine. Here’s what the critics have to say.

Currently sitting with a Metacritic score of 83, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is once again snapping up all the praise. General consensus is that the PS4 version is far superior to the Xbox One version, but you already knew all that.

On the hyperbole side, ImpulseGamer gave the game a perfect score:

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition really showcases the capabilities of the PlayStation 4 console and even though in essence it’s the same game as the PC, PS3 and XBox 360, the amazing high definitive graphics and tweaked controls really makes this title its own game.

Back in reality, Game Informer gave TR: DE a score of 93, praising how it took advantage of the new-gen hardware to create a great game for both consoles:

It’s undeniably the best version of Tomb Raider yet – and the best game currently available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you haven’t played it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.

And that’s a trend that continued with several other publications as well actually, as everyone once again fell in love with Lara and her newer, more realistic hair:

IGN

It’s still well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful, and just incredibly well-made.

GamesRadar

One of the best adventure games on console, with a fantastic blend of action and exploration. The Definitive Edition really is definitive, but isn’t worth a repeat buy for those who’ve already experienced Lara’s story.

US Gamer

You can tell Crystal Dynamics pulled out all of the stops to make this the best version of Tomb Raider. If you’ve played it before, it may worth a rent. If you haven’t, the Definitive Edition is great purchase that outclasses the PC edition. Unfortunately, the potential price gulf between this version and the PC version can make it a hard sell.

The game isn’t without critics though, as numerous other reviews pointed out that the only reason to play the game would be because you never got your hands on it when it released the first time.

Slant Magazine

Even ignoring its gussied-up next-gen clothes, though, Tomb Raider’s strengths outshine its weaknesses as an experience, though its flaws outside of the visual realm remain impossible to ignore.

PlayStation Official Magazine UK

Prettier and choked with superfluous PS4 control additions, yet still the same brilliant game underneath. Never played it? Buy this. Want to re-play it? Stick to the PS3 version.

The Escapist

Tomb Raider is a terrific game, and the Definitive Edition is a gorgeous looking version of it. It’s the same game it was in 2013, though, with no further improvements justifying its “definitive” status.

I played over 50 games last year, and unfortunately Tomb Raider wasn’t one of them. So naturally, I’m pretty damn excited for this Tressed-up update. It’s hitting shelves in a  few days actually, on January 31. And right now, it’s making me thankful that I went with a PlayStation 4 first.

Last Updated: January 28, 2014

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