Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/ Adventure
With the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Crystal Dynamics has not only revitalized a classic franchise that defined a previous console era, but also they’ve created an incredibly visceral cinematic experience akin to a feature length film. The game plays with such fluid grace on the PlayStation 4, immersing gamers in an amazingly detailed world that permeates with the perils and majesty of adventure.
This is without a doubt the definitive Lara Croft adventure; we see her as not an infallible hero using skill and cunning, but a more primal, instinctual side that brings her to life.
The Definitive Edition paints a remarkably vivid and memorable journey throughout the heart of history, cleaving a path through the mysteries of ancient myths and marrying that particular awe with the rigors of survival. Lara Croft is put to the test many times, and we see her face the test of courage with the heart of a lion; she is in many ways the definitive heroine, encapsulating a mystique that’s part femme fatale part Indiana Jones.
The game takes players through a myriad of stunning environments across Yamatai; from the sweltering wilders of the forests to the snow-covered highlands in the north. The ferocious storms beat against the coast, infusing a sense of dread to players. It’s been said that no one leaves Yamatai–the island’s dangers betray its beauty–but if Lara intends to escape alive, she will have to solve the centuries-old puzzle of Queen Himiko’s shamanistic reign.