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Crystal Dynamics has toned down the extreme violence found in one of Tomb Raider's key scenes for the PS4 and Xbox One re-release, according to a new report.

Hardcore Gamer reports that the scene, which sees Lara captured and beaten around halfway through the game, has had the original version's extreme blood and heavy bruising removed from Lara's face, "with just trace scratches left on her arms".

The site also has screens appearing to verify the claim, which we've cropped and pictured above.

"While there's not a lot of of times in the game where Lara is visibly bloody (at least from being hurt, not falling into it), we noticed it on a few other occasions as well," reads the report. "It's unclear what spurred this decision as both versions of the game are rated Mature and Crystal Dynamics has not mentioned removing it, but it's an interesting case of apparent censorship in the 'Definitive Edition' of the game."

Both the original Xbox 360/PS3/PC release and Xbox One/PS4 re-release carry the same PEGI 18 rating and – bar an additional line regarding drug references in the next-gen version's comic book – identical ESRB descriptions.

However, rather than actively censoring the game, one explanation could be that Crystal Dynamics simply failed to remodel some of the extreme wounds found on Lara's face while re-modelling her face for the next-gen versions.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition went on early sale in the US last Friday, and is due to launch in the UK this Friday, January 31. VideoGamer.com has contacted Square Enix for comment.

Source: hardcoregamer.com


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justerthought

OMG there's some scrap missing off Lara's forehead. It's a deal breaker!!!
If you can't bring yourself to double dip for extra quality, just say so but don't start making lame excuses.

I gave this a miss first time round but will pick it up on PS4. I'm fine with double dipping classics for a next gen. Give me The Last Of Us, Skyrim or Far Cry 3. I've got my money waiting.
Posted 19:13 on 27 January 2014
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Montana94

This game was great when I had it on 360 but I have absolutely no intention of buying this on PS4. I didn't buy a next gen console to play games I already own and besides maybe infamous I'd could care less about new additions to existing series, I want some fresh games with fresh ideas.
Posted 18:31 on 27 January 2014
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SPACED73

Just lost a sale
Posted 17:36 on 27 January 2014
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VG_Dave@ Syme

I like this comment.
Posted 17:27 on 27 January 2014
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essex1212

I hope not...
Posted 17:07 on 27 January 2014
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Bloodstorm

QUICK!!!! PATCH IT AS IT'S SO SEVERE IT'LL HURT SALES!!!
Posted 17:02 on 27 January 2014
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Syme

"When asked to comment, Square Enix said that anything with a PEGI rating of 18 is gravy"
Posted 15:01 on 27 January 2014

Game Stats

Release Date: 05/03/2013
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 1,413 358
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