‘Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’s’ visual upgrades are out of this world
Let’s get the obvious questions answered right away.
Yes, “Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition” is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. We’re talking full-blown, “I’m just going to just sit here and watch the bushes sway in what must be a pleasantly gentle breeze” gorgeous. The comparison between the PlayStation 4 version and its predecessor on the PS3 are striking, in part because of how sharp the differences are and as a reminder of how powerful the PS4 is. Everything seems to dance around you, casting the most amazing shadows and lighting beautiful locales. Everything is active and life-like. It really is a technical wonder.
As for being particularly different, DE is more or less the same offering you experienced when you played the first rendition. Outside of the stellar graphical upgrade, you know the story and the missions. (Downloadable content has been added to the mix, but it consists of the multiplayer maps and costumes we didn’t like the first time around.) Also, there’s an official artbook and a background-filling Dark Horse comic book to browse through, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Four high-def stars out of five.
Editor’s note: This comparison was completed on the PS4. A full review of the game — gameplay, story and everything else — will be posted as this version of the game is completed.