Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
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On a personal level, I've softened a bit on Tomb Raider in the year since its release. I still think it represents a huge missed opportunity for a rebooted origin story Lara's journey from a young, inexperienced girl to a more-sure-of-herself survivor isn't handled with the grace or pacing that I'd love to have seen but it also gives me not only one of my favorite Tomb Raider adventures, but also my favorite interpretation of Miss Croft by far. Definitive Edition offers a chance to rediscover that adventure, this time with a graphical and technical prowess that's undeniably improved thanks to next-gen hardware. This is what I want out of future remasters, and I'm now convinced that re-releases in this new generation will prove more worthwhile than such efforts did on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Just, if you can choose, go with the PS4 version and its better framerate.
The Definitive Edition giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other. While many textures and models look decidedly better, other aspects Lara's creepy, dead-eyed animations, for instance haven't changed a bit. That sameness makes for an incongruous presentation. It's like a well-manicured man wearing a bowtie and tuxedo tails with cheese-stained sweatpants. If you missed out last year, Tomb Raider's still a solidly designed game that can help fill out your new console's library but cutting edge, it is not.
Tomb Raider ms one of my favorite games of 2013, and everything that made me love it remains. Lara's development and the exploration of the island have only been further enhanced now with new-gen graphics and, for the most part, they do look great. But as someone who's already played the game, there's nowhere near enough new content to warrant a second $60 purchase. If you missed it the first time around, though, you need to play Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.