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What Do You Make Of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition?

For the record, I really want this edition for my PS4.

There is nothing between Killzone: Shadow Fall and inFamous: Second Son (now listed for release on April 1st at Amazon) that I just gotta have for my PS4. I could probably wait for this new Tomb Raider but it would fill a big gap in the 2014 release schedule and I loved that game. I'm also intrigued by the updates.

The PS3 version already looked great but the PS4 one has been rebuilt to run in native 1080p with some cool enhancements. The texture fidelity is four times what it was, some new physics are involved, and Lara has a brand new character model among other things. I've been planning to play it again anyway to look for 100% completion but now I will likely wait until I get this version.

However, the idea of this definitive edition raises a number of discussion points that the PSXE community probably has some thoughts on. I'll just make a few points and then if folks would like to chime in they are welcome.

Essentially this game could be the first representative of a new wave of HD update equivalents. Instead of getting our favorite PS2 games in HD we would, in theory, be getting upgrades of PS3 games. Since many late gen projects were on scalable engines we might not be facing the resurfacing of just the huge fan classics this time but a bevy of older projects seeking new sales.

So long as the updates are popular there's the possibility that they could detract from the work that needs doing on genuine next-gen projects. Those projects all seem to be a little further out than we had all hoped don't they? Something doesn't seem quite right about subsisting on shinier versions of old games until then, even if we do want to see how they look.

Cross-gen titles are making their scheduled appearances, but I don't think most people want that period to last too long. After Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag there is still The Evil Within, Titanfall for Xbox fans, and Destiny for online gamers. If these new super duper updates become normal it could extend the cross-gen period for years, leaving little pressure on developers to complete next-gen projects on time.

Where PS4 is concerned there is the topic of Gaikai support to consider. We were told that the big games would be supported but what if Sony really wanted to sell an updated version of The Last of Us? You can bet that backwards Gaikai support for the PS3 version would be put well off in such a case. Since the PS3 had some pretty solid PS2 emulation capabilities it was obvious that backwards compatibility was removed to sell PS2 classics.

What do you make of the Definitive Edition topic? Good for the industry and us, or possibly problematic?

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12/8/2013 10:00:07 PM David D. Nelson

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Comments (30 posts)

Knightzane
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 10:28:04 PM
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Banshee hair physics. Seriously, its funny looking.

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greg238
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 10:36:50 PM
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Y not just make another game makes more sense im wondering if there going charge people 60 bucks 4 a game that been out 4 lik 8 months

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 10:51:36 PM

So far it is listed for $60 on Amazon.

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greg238
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 10:41:55 PM
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But I'll probably end up getting it anyway lik ben said there nothing here coming out 4 ps4 en till infamous plus I need another ps4 game besides ac4

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Akuma07
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 11:41:48 PM

This wasn't Ben ;)

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Jawknee
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 11:41:42 PM
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I saw this for $14.99 today at Target. Was tempting but I decided to just wait for this version.

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Akuma07
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 11:44:32 PM
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I think it is a good idea. I mean, late last gen there was a pretty big difference between PC and console versions. So this is a chance for those devs to bring those games up to the same quality of the PC version.

It's also a great chance for those of us who missed out on it last time.

Also, another way to see it, is that normally games that have multiple DLC packages eventually get a 'complete' edition with everything included, this is simply that, but on a next-gen console.

I don't think it would have taken away from Tomb Raider 2 development. But I agree, it shouldn't.

I am actually kind of excited for this, whereas it was previously just a "hey that looks cool" kind of game. I will definitely buy this now.

Looking back, there isn't many PS3 games that I would say "yeah I would buy a PS4 version of that", but this is one of them, it seems like it would REALLY benefit from the increased horsepower.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 8:46:28 AM

Interesting idea about bringing us the PC quality version.

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Xombito
Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 11:55:00 PM
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Hmmm. If Naughty Dog won't bring The Last of Us on PS4, maybe they can commission Bluepoint to do the conversion. My prediction. You know, because why not? Anyway, there are a ton of games I'd like to see get a PS4 update.

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SaiyanSempai
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 12:14:49 AM
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If you haven't played Tomb Raider yet and have a PS4 then getting the Definitive version is a no brainer (if this type of game is your thing, that is).

I already played through it on the PS3 not that long ago and have no desire to play through it again. It's a great game, don't get me wrong, but I JUST RECENTLY went through it. Like 3 months ago. I don't need to revisit it so soon, especially if they want me to fork over another $60 for it.

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EndZero
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 1:40:17 AM
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40 bucks would have been ok. 60 bucks is too much

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___________
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 4:03:26 AM
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really cant see the point of this, especially since a next gen versions been out since march!
especially since most ps4 games are PC games on medium settings, your still not getting the full experience as you would on the now 9 month old, 30 dollar PC version.
mostly the same for other ps3 games, i mean id love to see GTAV come to next gen systems but thats about it.
the rest no point, id rather see their teams working on new games than ps4 versions of ps3 games!

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Beamboom
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 4:23:50 AM

The point is, not everyone has a gaming PC.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 8:47:35 AM

Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

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___________
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:00:02 AM

of course not, but are enough people going to buy this to warrant the year and 3 development studio waste?
especially for crystal, if it was such a big studio who cares but crystals such a small studio this easily would of put off development for the next TR quite significantly.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:02:24 AM

I suspect Square Enix pushed them to do this, they always wanted Tomb Raider to sell more than it did and they have become masters of squeezing extra bucks.

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___________
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 8:24:27 AM

another example of publishers destroying this industry!
wouldent be surprised if allot more of self funded studios start turning to kickstarter type funding in future.

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Beamboom
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 4:23:31 AM
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If they do some actual improvements that requires some work and not just ramp up the resolution I'm fairly positive about it.

Like for instance, a "jubilee edition" of Fallout 3 with a better engine and upgraded textures? Why, sure!

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slow and smart
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 8:04:52 AM

O yeah,Now THAT would be a real improvement:Fallout 3 with better graphics and without the bugs,bring it on

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 8:47:58 AM

And some mods too!

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Beamboom
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:07:00 AM

Throw in a coop mode and I'm sold. I wanna meet you guys out in the wasteland somewhere and go hunt some deathclaws!


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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:51:05 AM

The DC wasteland is the greatest wilderness created last gen.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 8:26:55 AM
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Not convinced myself, the reason I bought into PS2 HD Collections on the PS3 is because Sony cut out backwards compatibility, so there is now good way to play a PS2 game on a HDTV - Which I still hold against Sony as their worst mistake this gen.

But PS3 games still look great, I intend to keep my PS3 operational while I have my PS4. The PS3 runs in 720p/1080p mostly so I have no reason to upgrade to the PS4 versions of games. So far, the graphical jump isn't that distinctive - Just compare the PS3/PS4 version of Assassins Cred 4. So, I don't really see the point of this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:03:32 AM

That's why I'm intrigued about this, the details seem to indicate it is much more than just a resolution upgrade.

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spoonTRex
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 10:09:44 AM

One thing that really stood out to me about this particular game on the PS3 was the low res textures. The PS3 can only do so much with 256MB of vRAM. The higher res textures alone will be worth it to me. I've already played through this game 3 times this year, so I'd love to have the best looking version of this game to play it again (and again) in the years to come.

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PC_Max
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 3:11:03 PM
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Cash cow and I am not referring to Lara Croft specifically. Stop playing them as she is a boring character from the get go and the latest iteration tried to take element from the Uncharted series because guess what, ND did it right and gave us some good character development let alone the story.

Nah, cash grab, BUT if you have a PS4 and have not played it and you are desperate for a game... go for it I guess. Its not a new game so if they charge full price again without any additions specific for the PS4 version.. well you decide.

Keep playing!

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Kai200X
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 3:53:31 PM
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What do I think? if there's no new contents just better graphics then count me out. I've already played it on PC, but I won't play it again on my PS4.

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shaydey77
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 6:16:59 PM
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I have a simple question for people that have played this.

Are the puzzle elements of this game as good as the older Tomb Raider games?

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PlatformGamerNZ
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 7:14:11 PM
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well the fact that they brought out the ps3 which i have already and that they are making a like legendary version for ps4 is interesting and hopefully it'll do well.i mean the game visually was gud before the ps4 came now it'll look amazing i bet.

happy gaming =)

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slugga_status
Monday, December 09, 2013 @ 9:51:48 PM
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I haven't played Tomb Raider yet so this is appealing..but the price i can't justify. With BF, AC, and COD..you can get away with it being that they released in the same time period..this game had been out for months and it's more reasonable to buy the PS3 version than the PS4 version..

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