In 1996 I was 16 years old and would be forever changed by two things. The first thing was my PlayStation One and second was Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. With the original creativity and gameplay I quickly fell in love with Tomb Raider and rank the original in one of the top three games I ever owned for the PlayStation one. Fast forward 19 years later and I thought my love for Tomb Raider would never be experienced again, but then Crystal Dynamics stepped in and rocked my gaming world with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

In 2006 Eidos, the publisher of Tomb Raider, felt that Core Design had run the series into the ground and wanted to breathe fresh air into a historic franchise. Since handing Lara Croft over to Crystal Dynamics the world has seen two solid titles as well as remakes of the original games and a relaunch of the character in 2013’s Tomb Raider that would have the gaming community talking about the franchise once again. Critics would rave about the 2013 reboot and many top critics place it as the best Tomb Raider game to date.

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In the 2013 relaunch of Tomb Raider takes a young Lara Croft and throws her into the fire to pull out modeled into a woman deeper than any other Tomb Raider experience. In the Tomb Raider relaunch Lara is tested through violent and dark experiences that push her to the human limits testing her will to survive and how far she will go to protect those she cares about.

After the praised release of Tomb Raider in 2013 Crystal Dynamics felt that the next generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, deserved the ability to experience the world of Lara Croft as well. The addition to the title of “Definitive Edition” may fool people to buy it again believing the additional voice commands and motion commands push the title farther. These commands are extremely cleaver and are nice to see in the game, but in the end you never use them for the majority of gamers are faster in changing aspects of the game than any audio device is currently.

The gameplay and story itself stays true to the gameplay of 2013’s Tomb Raider. The major difference and the aspect that makes it a buy it title for either the Xbox One or Playstation 4 is the improved graphics. You will look through sections of the game and will be lost beauty created at the hands of Crystal Dynamics. The images are so amazing to look that it may be the best looking console game ever created. With its use of 1080p resolution Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition adds incredible detail to characters in the game and the lush environments Lara Croft is trying to survive. Every aspect of the comes to life through the improved graphics and display the potential these consoles can bring to the table.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is by far the best version of Tomb Raider and the most believable Lara Croft ever seen. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is also easily one of the best, if not the best, games currently available for both new consoles.


  1. Throughout the game you really have a strong sense of gameplay and no matter what people say they did a amazing job bridging the gap between gameplay and quicktime.