Summary: If you have the Xbox One, and you haven't yet checked out this game, You definitely want to pick up this version. With a new character model for Lara, she looks better than she ever has before. The backgrounds are amazing. Add in the all the extra goodies, the DLC, the comic, everything you get. This is definitely the version of the game to own. Hell, even if you own original version of the game, you may want to seek this out. It looks that much better.
Excerpt: Last year’s Tomb Raider reboot was an outstanding game. It took a few cues from Uncharted to help modernize the franchise, which was fitting since Uncharted took more than a few from the original Tomb Raider series as well. Tomb Raider felt like a natural evolution of things, with an increase on logical reasoning behind what was going on.
Excerpt: Splashing a fresh coat of attractive paint on what was an already incredibly polished game doesn’t necessarily change it, but the makeover can sure enhance it. Such is the case for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition , Crystal Dynamics’ Xbox One launch of last year’s excellent series reboot, which now boasts environments that drip and sizzle with inclement weather effects as a remodeled Lara Croft scramble, grapples, and emotes like a new-gen champ.
Pros: + Dramatic upgrade in visuals make for a prettier (and gorier) journey., + The same fantastic gameplay experience as on 360.
Cons: - Kinect features feel a bit like shoehorned novelty additions; game still lacks a certain sense of discovery., ? Does anyone have an extra-large tube of Neosporin handy?
Excerpt: Tomb Raider remains a very good game. It was one when it was released early last year, and with some next-gen polish it's now an even better experience. If that's all you needed to hear before rushing off to buy it, then do so with our blessing. For those that need more, onward we continue. Crystal Dynamics' reimagining of the Tomb Raider franchise actually doesn't venture that far from the template introduced years ago. Combat, puzzles, platforming – it's all here.
Conclusion: It might lack the puzzles that Tomb Raider of old had, but what this reimagining has is a lot of fight. It’s an interactive, cinematic and grim glimpse at the power of spirit, and Camilla Luddington delivers the most compelling Croft I’ve seen in any medium. Tomb Raider may be dark in tone, but it sure is a bright new beginning for one of gaming’s first ladies.
Pros: A gritty origin story for Lara, Yamatai draws you in as a setting, Brilliantly tense in its first couple of acts.
Cons: No reasons to re-buy, Lara’s look has morphed dramatically (not for the better)