Next Gen Tomb Raider
Will Tomb Raider Be More At Home On The PS4 And Xbox One?
The well loved Tomb Raider series was given a huge overhaul and reboot last year to huge acclaim from reviewers and gamers alike.
It was an fantastic adventure and an incredible origin story to show fans how Lara Croft became one of the world’s most revered treasure hunters. So much so that a direct sequel has been confirmed with Lara’s origins continuing to unfold.
But before that we’re going to get a reboot of a reboot with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition set to hit the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the end of January.
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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is ‘more than just a facelift’, according to developer Crystal Dynamics.
So, what should gamers expect from the Definitive Edition?
A fresh lick of paint, for one, with Crystal Dynamics saying the game has been pretty much rebuilt. Yamatai Island will feature brand new textures and lighting, while the game will debut ‘next-gen hair’ for Lara.
Lara’s hair will flow more naturally according to the developer with the island’s environmental conditions affecting her locks thanks to TRESS FX technology (and because she’s worth it).
Lara will also get six extra outfits, while the Definitive Edition will also feature original pre-order bonus The Tomb of the Lost Adventurer and multiplayer add-ons, including eight DLC maps, six new weapons, and four characters.
Multiplayer has also been tweaked with Crystal Dynamics rewriting the back-end architecture of the game, which equates to less lag and a smoother online performance.
Players will be able to take advantage of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s voice features with gamers able to relay voice commands in-game, while the PS4’s controller lights up when Lara uses the torch.
Comic fans will also be delighted to hear that the Definitive Edition features digital copies of comics and art books.
Included will be Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider: The Beginning, the Brady Games' art book Tomb Raider: The Art of Survival, and Zachary Levi’s documentary series The Final Hours of Tomb Raider.
It all makes for a splendid package, especially for those that didn’t get around to picking up Tomb Raider the first time it hit retail.
With the Definitive Edition running in gorgeous native 1080p Lara has a great chance of getting a head start on other platformers in 2014 by being one of the first open-world adventures released on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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