Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Review

Tomb Raider remains a very good game. It was one when it was released early last year, and with some next-gen polish it's now an even better experience. If that's all you needed to hear before rushing off to buy it, then do so with our blessing. For those that need more, onward we continue.

Crystal Dynamics' reimagining of the Tomb Raider franchise actually doesn't venture that far from the template introduced years ago. Combat, puzzles, platforming – it's all here. The entertainment comes in the way it's been presented. Aside from absolutely kicking the s**t out of Lara Croft from the moment it starts to the closing credits – which does help you connect to her as a character – it's excellently placed and never falls into any sort of pattern. It constantly tries to keep you on your toes.

With the Definitive Edition, you're getting all of that again, except this time it looks better than it did before on consoles (obviously). Those returning for another go-around may not be phenomenally blown away – it didn't exactly look bad in 2013 – but it certainly competes with anything else we've seen on next-generation machines to this point. It is an exceptionally pretty game.

While all of these positives remain a huge plus, though, Tomb Raider still has plenty of flaws, the story being its biggest misstep. Incredibly obvious and packed full of cliches, you can't help but cringe at some of the dialogue as people speak to each other as if they were reciting a GCSE play. The Last of Us would laugh Tomb Raider out of the playground.

Considering that the narrative doesn't impact too much on what you're actually doing, however – cutscenes aside – it's really not that big of a deal. If you've never played Tomb Raider you should, and if you want to experience it once more and on your shiny next-gen console, then this is a worthy endeavour.

Version tested: PS4. Played for 4 hours. Finished the original.

8 / 10

  • Very well paced.
  • Remains a great game.
  • Looks excellent.
  • Story is gubbins.

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Bretty's Avatar


So this is on sale on PSN this weekend for £22 quid and I'm tempted by it.

I didn't play the original version of this but I'm a fan of Tomb Raider and Uncharted and all that jazz soooo is it worth it?

The PS4 is ramping up with games I want in the coming weeks but I don't plan to get most at release so doubt this will go much cheaper before then.
Posted 17:24 on 28 March 2014
BritishWolf's Avatar


I've heard there's blood missing. Wonder if it'll be patched in or not

"Story is gubbins" - haha
Posted 18:37 on 27 January 2014
ijs52's Avatar


If no gorilla and t.rex means Lara is going to be covered in filth and blood then bring back the gorilla.

Also can we have the sunglasses and tits back too thanks.
Posted 17:16 on 27 January 2014
essex1212's Avatar

essex1212@ tris1066

I think videos are set at 30fps on here and youtube so the only way to see the difference is actually with the real games in your home.
Posted 16:54 on 27 January 2014
WhatISayGoes's Avatar


So what are you saying good sir, are you saying the ps4 version is superior?
Posted 16:53 on 27 January 2014



Well that PS4 version runs at 60fps whereas the X1 version runs at 30fps so yes there is a difference. As for your second question, that would all depend on how good your PC is.
Posted 16:36 on 27 January 2014
tris1066's Avatar


Your video comparisson has made my day, cheers for making me smile :)
Posted 16:00 on 27 January 2014
Bretty's Avatar


So would I be better off purchasing this version of Tomb Raider for PS4 or picking up the original for 360?

Is there actually much added apart from pretty graphics?
Posted 15:33 on 27 January 2014


When asked to comment on the review scores... Square Enix said that anything above 8/10 is gravy.
Posted 15:32 on 27 January 2014


Did you play it on X1 and was there any difference? Also, which is better; the DE for next gen or Tomb Raider on PC max settings?
Posted 15:25 on 27 January 2014

Game Stats

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Out of 10
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Very well paced.
  • Remains a great game.
  • Looks excellent.
  • Story is gubbins.
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Release Date: 31/01/2014
Platforms: PS4 , Xbox One
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 708 21
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