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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . With an emphasis on improved graphics, this PlayStation 4 port is the best Tomb Raider yet. Unfortunately, this Definitive Edition doesn't add enough new content to warrant a second purchase. If you have somehow missed out on Lara's newest adventure, then Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a must-buy. Rating: 71%
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
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With developers hard at work on a new wave of next-generation game, consumers should expect a number of speedy ports of high-profile Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition isn't the first example of this phenomenon and it probably won't be the last, so there's no point in being disappointed. It is what it is, an incredible looking port of one of last year's most exciting action games. But is that enough?

Released almost a year after its last-generation counterpart, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition doesn't add anything substantial to the existing package. At most, this new version only adds the downloadable multiplayer content and an impressive facelift. Sadly, the single-player campaign remains untouched. This is fine for gamers who somehow missed out on 2013's best Uncharted clone, but may not be enough for returning players to warrant the $60 asking price.

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But let's not gloss over the facelift too quickly. Tomb Raider already looked great, even on aging hardware. There were times when I was blown away that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 could pull off the amount of detail in every frame. If that's what an eight year old console could do, I couldn't wait to see what the next-generation would bring. And sure enough, Tomb Raider looks a whole lot better on the PlayStation 4.

From the way the foliage moves with the wind to being able to see each strand of Lara Croft's hair, nearly every element of Tomb Raider looks better. And at 60 frames per second, this PlayStation 4 port also runs faster. Throw in the next-generation lighting and particle effects and you have a game that has never looked better. If this is the port, then I can't wait to see what Crystal Dynamics comes up with for Tomb Raider 2.

But let's not jump ahead to sequels, because we haven't even discussed Tomb Raider's story. It all begins with a nasty shipwreck in the middle of the ocean. The good news is that Lara has survived and washed up on what appears to be a deserted island. Unfortunately, she's not alone. Lara is immediately kidnapped and strung from the ceiling. But don't worry; Ms. Croft knows how to get out of sticky situations. It doesn't take long for this iconic character to get free and begin solving the many mysteries of this island.

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Her first objective is to find the rest of the survivors, hoping to work together to figure out a way off this stormy rock. It doesn't take long for Lara to realize that this is no ordinary island; it holds a series of secrets that verge on the supernatural. To make matters worse, the island doesn't seem especially keen on letting people leave. With no way off the island and no communication to the outside world, Lara Croft is officially lost.

The well-paced story sends our hero all across the island fighting "Others," battling the elements, climbing huge mountains and, yes, raiding tombs. You'll visit the rocky shores, where you can see wrecked ships dating back hundreds of years. There's an old military base on the island, a relic from decades ago. The shantytown suggests that people may have lived here for a long time. And don't forget the monastery in the mountains that may hold the answer to the island's power.

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But even with the odds stacked against her, Lara knows a thing or two about surviving. She has all the right moves and plenty of firepower to get out of even the hairiest situations. She starts out the game with a simple bow and arrow, before eventually picking up a handgun, assault rifle and shotgun. Each of these weapons can be improved and upgraded over the course of the 12 hour adventure, giving the player more than enough incentive to loot every single body and seek out hidden treasures.

Most weapons have a dual purpose. Not only can you use them to kill "Others" and wild animals, but they can also be used to access new sections of the island. The bow and arrow, for example, allows Lara to create zip lines and open certain types of doors. The shotgun will allow you to break down specially marked walls. The assault rifle can be equipped with a grenade launcher, which can clear rocks to create new paths.
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