Should You Buy Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition?

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will be out in the shops within the next couple of weeks so Playstation 4 and Xbox One users will finally be able to enjoy last year’s reboot on their next-gen console. But for those who already own a copy of Tomb Raider 2013, is it worth forking out your hard-earned cash for the Definitive Edition?

IGN have posted a video that compares the PS3 and PS4 editions and highlights the latter’s enhanced graphics. The PS4 version features improved environmental effects, dynamic lighting, 1080p resolution, TressFX, and a brand-new character model for Ms Croft.

As you can see, the Definitive Edition certainly looks amazing from a graphics point of view but, ultimately, it’s still the same game as the one released last March. If you already own a copy of the game and aren’t too bothered about improved graphics or the included DLC costumes and multiplayer maps, you may want to give the Definitive Edition a miss or simply wait until the price has gone down.

Collectors may be tempted to purchase this new edition as it comes with a range of digital books and videos, including the Dark Horse digital comic book “Tomb Raider: The Beginning” and the Brady Games digital art book “Tomb Raider: The Art of Survival. Those who pre-ordered their copy of the Definitive Edition will also receive artbook packaging featuring exclusive concept art from the game. This would no doubt be a fine addition to a die-hard fan’s collection.

And for those who own a next-gen console but haven’t yet played Tomb Raider 2013, the Definitive Edition is the perfect edition for you. You might be almost a year late to the party but at least you’ll get the chance to enjoy Lara’s adventures in their full high-def glory. ๐Ÿ˜‰

UPDATE: The lovely folks at Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have put together this handy chart to help gamers decide which edition of Tomb Raider is right for them. The three editions available are the original Tomb Raider 2013, the Game of the Year Edition and, of course, the Definitive Edition (PS4 and Xbox One only).

Which Tomb Raider is right for you?
Which Tomb Raider is right for you? (Image credit: Tomb Raider)

So, will you be getting Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for your next-gen console? Is Square Enix right to re-release the game at full price or do you consider it a rip-off? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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10 Comments on “Should You Buy Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition?”

  1. For xbox one and ps4 owners, itโ€™s not a rip off at all! Itโ€™s an amazing game in a higher definition. Itโ€™s perfect for those who are hard-core fans or who have never played. Besides, there are not many other games out for these systems yet. Who doesn’t want to stream their favorite game on a hand-held vita? As a die-hard fan, I completed the game 100% (campaign & multiplayer) but still find replay value!!! I pre-ordered the definitive edition, I already have 2 copies of the ps3 version, and I plan to eventually buy the ps3 goty. I canโ€™t wait to stream my game play on!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ !!!

    1. You do have a point. There aren’t many good games out for either the PS4 or Xbox One. This is the reason why I haven’t bought a PS4 yet.

  2. I really feel it should be in the $30-40 area. I just don’t think there are enough improvements here to warrant full price so long after the original launch.

    1. Exactly. It seems a little unfair to charge fans the same price for what’s essentially the same game (added effects aside). :-/

  3. With TombRaider 2013 on my re-play list and looking forward to get my own PS4 sometime this year, I’d say I’d probably buy it, but not at full price. It kind of sucks how they’re not going to give the owners of the original edition an incentive though.

    1. Indeed. They should have offered a trade-in deal, like getting the Definitive Edition for half price if you traded in your copy of TR 2013.

  4. I couldn’t not buy it! I love the Tomb Raider reboot so much, I think it was clear playing through the game that the graphical limitations of the generation were holding back the cinematic experience it was trying to convey, so it’s nice that it’s getting an upgrade.

    And honestly I don’t need to justify it to myself, I’d buy a cardboard box for fifty bucks if it had Lara’s face printed on it and it was official merchandise. I’m a Tomb Raider addict and I accept myself for who I am.

    1. I’d like to think of myself a huge TR fan but there are limits to my addiction…and budget. The Definitive Edition looks great but I’m going to save my cash for the upcoming sequel. Hopefully they’ll incorporate all of the new environmental effects etc into the next game. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bought the PS4 version, making it my third version of the game (PS3, PC, and now PS4). Sadly, I wasn’t privy on the pre-order bonus, and I totally skipped it. (kicking myself, as I wanted to art book). This game is one of the best games to come out in 2013, and I would not mind spending the money on it. Besides it gives me a chance to use my PS4.

    Having played a little bit of DE, and directly comparing it to the PC version running Ultimate settings, I have to give the slight edge to DE, I like Lara’s new textures, and the jungle seems more livelier. I will throw comparison footage between the 3 versions I have.

    Aaand I just looked on Amazon, they still have the pre-order version available, and…I’m about to hit the order button…….

    Anyone want the PS4 non-pre-order version for $50? Like new…=D

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