Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Action/Adventure > FPS
I've been a big Tomb Raider fan since the beginning, also been pretty bored with the limited selection of X1 games. Picked this up and completely LOVE it! Great job to everyone that put in work for this game. I hope to see another T.R in the future. If you are tired of the FPS fad, pick this up!
i am a die hard tomb raider fan. and when this game came out and i played it on the 360 it was better than any other tomb raider game befor it. the price tag is a little much considering its been out a year. but it is a new game for a new generation. i did pre-order this and cant wait for the 28th. :-)
Amazing Reboot, High Visual Fidelity
So basically, I'm going to split this review into the four parts listed on the right. Gameplay, graphics, sound, and lasting appeal, otherwise known as replay value. The last paragraph will be a summary of the whole review, also known as the Verdict. Please take the time to read this review since I'm actually trying hard here to interpret what this game is all about and whether or not it is good. Enjoy!
GAME-PLAY - Many people compare Tomb Raider to the famous and well-known PlayStation 3 signature franchise, Uncharted. It is, in many ways, very true. The climbing mechanics are very similar, the whole environment, and the online can also be compared. However, they are also, in many ways, different. Although I will not touch on that at this very moment. Let me start with the award-worthy Campaign. Lara Croft and her crew-mates of the Endurance Ship crashed onto the shore of Yamatai, a very infamous island in the region of Japan and the Dragon's Teeth. Lara is alone at the beginning, and left to fight for survival. The whole game is full of action-packed FUN. I had to play through the game 3 times for collectibles, achievements, and just plain fun. I can't stress how strong the story is. Now let's get to the actual gameplay. The Xbox One version may be 30fps while the PS4 version sits at 60fps, but that doesn't mean the X1 version isn't smooth. In fact, the game is very seamless and fluid. I rarely find any frame-rate stutters or drops. The gun-play is much better than Uncharted's and you have a great arsenal of a Bow, Pistol, Shotgun, and the awesome Assault Rifle. The climbing mechanics fit well with the manner of the game, and Quick-time events (QTE) are great but you only really have to shake the control stick or press Y. There are explosions galore and a gamut of enemies to kill. There are 3 types of Skill trees to fill with the Levels you gain by achieving Experience Points (XP) from loot and killing enemies. Also, you can upgrade the four types of weapons with your Salvage that is attained through hunting animals and loot caches. And of course, TOMB RAIDING!
GRAPHICS - Now this is where the difference between the last-gen and next-gen versions of the game really comes in. United Front Games, the developer of the Xbox One Definitive Edition (Not Crystal Dynamics), have done a great job with this version. Lara Croft herself was very obsessively detailed and now includes TressFX hair. This means that every single strand of hair on her head moves its own way with the wind instead of being all cluttered and glued together like the inferior PS3 and Xbox 360 editions. You can also make out many blood stains and dirt stains on Lara's face and skin, with her skin pores also showing, making for a true next-gen graphical experience. The nature itself looks gorgeous. There is a much improved atmosphere, like smoke particles in the air and leaves falling from the trees. The rain splashing on Lara is a nice touch too. And an added touch is the fact that this game is 1080p on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The whole point of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is the HIGH visual fidelity.
SOUND - There isn't really much to say here. Explosions sound nice and realistic, along with the gun shots. Animals like wolves and deer make their respective noises and barks that makes for a great sense of realism. The voice actors for the Endurance Crew, Lara Croft, Mathias, and everybody else did an excellent job and there isn't really any problem with the character's lip-synching.
LASTING APPEAL - Now here is where the game falls. I was able to pour over 25 hours into this game because I'm an Achievement hunter and I wanted to gather every last bit of information from the storyline and Campaign in itself, but this is really where the problem is. There have been many people calling this game the Tomb Raider: Fraud Edition which isn't entirely true. Yes, I know that the game shouldn't really have been the full $60 since it's just a graphical update, and many may argue that the Downloadable Content added wasn't worth it, but if you never played the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions, this is definitely worth the money. THE ONLY PROBLEM is have with this game is the Multiplayer. It's terrible and I do not know how Crystal Dynamics went from award-worthy Single Player to garbage Multiplayer. The graphics in the Multiplayer haven't even changed seeing as how United Front Games didn't care to work on that part. The connection sucks and it always kicks me to the Main Menu. Barely anybody plays on these Next-gen versions and the modes just suck. Everything about the online is dull and boring. The only reason I play it is because I'm a completionist and I'm boosting my way up to Level 60. After that, I'm never laying a finger on it again.
THE VERDICT - Overall, this game is a very exceptional masterpiece and deserves to be played by all Xbox One and PS4 owners. I wish the Multiplayer had been much better, but the Single Player makes up for it's downfalls. I think if the Online had been removed and they touched on the Single Player a little more with the better resources, this would have been a solid 10/10. This game makes me beg for Tomb Raider 2, and I cannot wait for another installment!
graphics out of this world
I had such a great time playing back through tomb raider. The graphics are amazing. Dont listen to people saying that ps4 has better graphics and framework. I own both. I would have to say it looks better on xbox one
Funnest game I've played so far
I got my xone at launch, and picked up BF4 as my first game. Then COD ghosts, and then traded in the two to get Titanfall. All first person shooters that weren't giving me the edge I wanted. I was barley even touching my xbox because I just had no urge to play. I finally decided I wanted to try something new, something more adventurous. It was between AC4 and Tomb Raider, and I must tell you TR was an excellent choice. Graphics are Great, Story is great, sound is great. I love looking for the different artifacts and documents placed throughout this game, and become real excited when I discover a new tomb to explore. The story of this game is great and some parts get eerie when your out in the woods at night and you can hear the wolves coming. As for the multiplayer, I think there's really something there, but there's not enough people who play it. The level designs are cool, you can set rope traps which I think is pretty funny, and there's lots of characters to unlock and play. If they could improve the graphics and mechanics of the multiplayer, then they could be on to something big.
Graphics are horrible, Game is stale
This game is really not that fun. The worst part about it is that it looks no better than the xbox 360 version. The graphics are terrible in this game.
Hopepul, but doubtful..
First, I wish the game wasn't re-releasing as a full 60$ game. I would gladly pay 40$, but 60$ seems excessive. Considering it will contain all DLC though, and a texture and slight gameplay update it might be worth the full 60$ I guess. Second, I really hope it contains a new set of achievements. I would be upset if my achievements from the 360 version carried over considering I would think of this as a different game. I really hope there is even changes to existing achievements. Third, will my multiplayer status carry over? Like, rank, loadout, KD, etc. So many questions that I haven't seen answered yet. So far, I see no reason to get the new game until they provide more detail to achievements and multiplayer questions. (Here's to hoping that the MP on this version is updated and funner...)
own it for 360, looking forward!
Very happy to see Tomb Raider coming to Xbox One!
Job well done one the 360, great graphics, story line drags you right in!
Similar game-play to Uncharted
a Title to watch for sure!
Better then i thought it would be
This game was great on the xbox one. Best graphics I have seen and the sound was awesome . The live death match was fun as well.
Great change of scenery
Having just gotten my Xbox One a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't sure what games to get and was disappointed by how few games are out for the new Xbox. I decided to try Tomb Raider because I had a roommate who had been playing it on the PS4 and it looked cool. I loved the story line and how it combined history with a little fantasy. I found the game play a nice change of scenery from the first person shooter genre that has been beaten to death. I would say that Tomb Raider closely resembles Splinter Cell in certain aspects like the 3rd person stealth/parkour based game play. I really enjoyed the game and it looks amazing with a 1080p tv and an hdmi cable. I would definitely recommend Tomb Raider for anyone looking for a slightly different game with and interesting story