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[February 01, 2014]
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Xbox One, PS4, Square Enix, cert: 18
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Last year's Tomb Raider reboot was not only a truly great game but it was a wonderful return to form for the franchise, with a gripping story that told the origins of Lara Croft. Set on a mysterious island that our heroine must escape from, the title mixed platforming with excellent gun (and bow) combat. It was a grittier, at times unsettling, adventure starring a more believable Lara. A year later and developer Crystal Dynamics has updated the title for PS4 and Xbox One. It's certainly prettier, with particular attention played to Lara's character model, while the epic set pieces look resplendent on the new machines.
Yet apart from a visual facelift, there's little else to get excited about. All the downloadable content is incorporated, but this mostly includes extra maps and character skins for the lacklustre multiplayer, while the solitary extra tomb is easily finished in 15 minutes. Voice control has also been added to bring up menus, but the novelty soon wears off and the controller is simply more intuitive. This is certainly the best version of Tomb Raider, so it's an essential purchase for new fans. But if you're wondering if it's worth buying again, it isn't. Chris Dring (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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