Last year’s Tomb Raider on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC was a critical success, receiving mostly positive reviews and an overall Metacritic score in the high 80’s. Crystal Dynamics was praised for creating a gritty origin story for Lara Croft with action-packed combat and strong character development. It wasn’t exactly a bad looking game either, but this fact hasn’t stopped it from receiving a fresh coat of next-gen paint in Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, a new version of the game that has just released today on PS4 and Xbox One.
Lara’s New Look
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition features an all-new character model for Lara which takes advantage of the next-gen consoles’ additional power. The updated edition also boasts 1080p resolution, an improved lighting system and various other tweaks. I personally love Lara’s new look which you can see in the image below. She looks more like a real person now with better skin tone and a noticeable improvement in the her hair.
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition – Xbox One vs PS4 Comparison
Whether you own an Xbox One or PS4, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition looks great on both new consoles. However Eurogamer has just released an in-depth performance analysis to compare the two versions. As you can see in the video below, the PS4 version of the game runs at a significantly higher—though less consistent—frame rate at an average of 53fps, while the Xbox One version sits at 30fps for the most part.
Frame rate differences aside, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition looks good on both new consoles and represents a big step forward visually compared to the original Tomb Raider game on previous generation hardware. Upgraded graphics will probably not be enough to sway people who already played the 2013 original, but if you missed out the first time around, the Definitive Edition is a great excuse to pick up an improved version of an already great game.
Below you can see IGN’s in-depth comparison between the original Tomb Raider game running on PS3, and the newly released Tomb Raider Definitive Edition on PS4.