Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

88%

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Based on 48 critic reviews

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Jan 25, 2014

Personally, I think this is one of the best games on the console at the moment and the developers should be commended for not only taking the series to a new level but successfully rebooting the franchise for the 21st century and still paying homage to what came before it.

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Digital Spy
Jan 30, 2014

A lack of decent bonuses makes the Definitive Edition a hard sell for existing fans, but for newcomers it's a slice of platforming perfection that will make the wait for next-gen blockbusters easier to bear.

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Dealspwn
Feb 1, 2014

11 months on and Tomb Raider has lost none of its initial magic. In fact, it's just walked in and took the crown for the best action game on the PS4 or Xbox One. The new experience-enhancing controller features and voice-commands on the PS4 and the often startlingly-gorgeous visuals do indeed make this the Definitive Edition of one of the all-time greats.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jan 26, 2014

While other versions of Tomb Raider may be less expensive and offer a similar experience, the Definitive Edition combines the already stellar gameplay with vastly improved graphics, creating what is most certainly the best version of Tomb Raider available.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, is last years best triple-A game rebuilt for next-gen consoles, outpacing even the PC version in some regards for graphical fidelity

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Digital Trends
Jan 27, 2014

The Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider is a marginal presentational enhancement to the undeniably excellent 2013 release.

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COGconnected
94 / 100
94 / 100
Jan 27, 2014

The amount of work put into offering next-gen consoles an upgraded Lara Croft makes the Definitive Edition much more than a simple cash grab. One of the pinnacles of last-gen gaming is presented as one of the best looking games on offer for your new console if not one of the best looking games you've ever seen, period. Perhaps not worth the full price tag if you've already played it there is no doubt that if you missed it on round one that it's better than ever now and worth every penny.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2014

If you've already played Tomb Raider, it's not worth $60. If you haven't, this is the best game currently available on Xbox One or PS4

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Cheat Code Central
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Jan 31, 2014

Did Tomb Raider really need a Definitive Edition? No, it didn't. Honestly, I would have been happy with a straight port, but it did allow the developers to bring an amazing game to consoles that are desperately starving for good content. At the end of the day, Tomb Raider looks better, plays better, and (for the most part, stupid controller echo) sounds better than it ever has before, and contains all the DLC that was released in one easy-to-buy package. I guess it is a Definitive Edition after all.

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IGN
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2014

TR: Definitive Edition's good looks are a bonus. It's still Lara, great pacing, and clever design that make it amazing.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2014

Definitely the best version of Tomb Raider and it shows exactly what the new generation of consoles has in store for us in the very near future.

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PSX Extreme
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is indeed "definitive." It's a definite step up and that's undeniable. We can argue all day long about whether or not it's "worth it.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2014

Without question, the full retail price is too high for a slightly shinier version of a game you clocked 10 months ago, but if you missed the original release for whatever reason, or even played it back in March last year and really feel it's worth another go around, the Definitive Edition is recommended.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2014

Thankfully this isn't a quick or cheap port that does a disservice to the original experience. This is still one of the best games of last year, and the enhancements make it one of the best looking games to come out in a while.

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USgamer
Jan 24, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an excellent port for PS4 and Xbox One, with some great graphical improvements. You can tell Crystal Dynamics pulled out all of the stops to make this the best version of Tomb Raider. If you've played it before, it may worth a rent. If you haven't, the Definitive Edition is great purchase that outclasses the PC edition. Unfortunately, the potential price gulf between this version and the PC version can make it a hard sell.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2014

"Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition" would be an absolute must-buy if it were priced between $40 or $50. Even an inclusion of some single player DLC would increase the value. Currently, a 360 version of "Tomb Raider" costs $23.99 on Amazon.com, and the PS3 version is less than a dollar more than that. You're essentially paying almost $40 for updated graphics, and maps for a multiplayer mode that I was never a fan of to begin with. "Tomb Raider's" single player holds up extremely well, and was arguably better the second time around. If you never played the original, I'd suggest picking up the "Definitive Edition," but it's a steep asking price if you're revisiting the game.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Krystophermander

Top Critic

Feb 3, 2014

If you have already played Tomb Raider, there isn't much sense in paying $60 to play this again; just stick with the current gen version. But if you haven't played Tomb Raider and own a next-gen console, you should definitely give this version of the game a look, as it's worth every penny.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2014

Tomb Raider was already a gorgeous game, but seeing it on one of these newer consoles is breathtaking.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 24, 2014

Tomb Raider remains one of the better action games to have been released in the last twelve months, and it gives the next generation consoles some life in a rather dry time. This is without doubt the definitive console edition of Tomb Raider, but the completeness and subtle visual enhancements are not enough to warrant another playthrough.

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AusGamers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

Reactive hipoints on enemies would have been a much more "definitive" way to go here, but like the core story and animations, it's delivered in the same broken (or unrealistic) fashion as the 2013 release. Combat is the least fun in the game, but it's passable regardless. What's best to take away from this is you get the full game and all content released, updated visuals that actually make the game look next-gen, and that same rewarding sense of adventure and exploration coupled with Lara's personal, traumatic ascension to true Tomb Raider. Bring on the inevitable sequel, I say.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 27, 2014

With Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Square Enix has provided action gamers with an impressively upgraded version of one of the best games in existence.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a tough sell for those who have already embarked on Lara's adventure, but those who have never played it will find a lot to like here, and the numerous upgrades make this the best version available to those without access to a gaming PC.

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Game Debate
9 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

This isn't a package made for those who've already explored Yamatai, this is for those first setting foot into Lara's adventure. For them it's an essential purchase, for everyone else it really doesn't matter.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2014

Tomb Raider is one of the games of the last generation and now it's that little bit prettier, and better for it. More realistic, more visceral as a result and an absolute delight to play through one more time. If you missed it first time around buy it now, if you loved it originally it's better the second time around and if you are still on the fence, trust us when we say you really should pick up the definitive version as soon as your wallet allows for it. A great release to fill the void before some decent games come out on both next gen platforms.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2014

It's one of the best Tomb Raider games ever made, and it'll live up to the Definitive Edition moniker for those gamers who never set foot on Yamatai Island last year.

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Pure Xbox
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 27, 2014

If you never had the chance to experience the game a year ago, then the Definitive Edition is an absolute no-brainer. In fact, we're even slightly envious of those people that waited, because Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is one of the Xbox One's best games.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition lives up to its name in providing a stunning adventure that looks gorgeous running on PS4.

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High-Def Digest
Feb 3, 2014

If you passed on 'Tomb Raider' when it released earlier in 2013, or opted to hold out for the Definitive Edition, now is a great time to experience this incredible franchise reboot; highly recommended on a current gen console. While I was disappointed to see a $60 price tag associated with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, I realized after playing it that it is much more than a simple up-rez of a game nearly a year old. The opening moments of 'Tomb Raider' on the PlayStation 4 confirmed for me that the developers at Crystal Dynamics put their heart and soul back into a game they so clearly love. While the updated visuals are quite stunning and, at times jaw-dropping, the gameplay continues to be immersive – with incredible set pieces, high action, acrophobia-inducing platforming, and an interesting story with likable characters. I said it in 2013 when I completed 'Tomb Raider' the first time, and I'll say it again here – 'Tomb Raider' has found a way to give Naughty Dog's 'Uncharted' series a real run for the money, and I can't wait to see where Lara's adventure's lead her next.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, is certainly not a misnomer - if you're picking up the game for the first time, this is absolutely the one to go for. It's the same brilliant game that came out last year, all polished up and looking its finest. For returning adventurers, on the other hand, there's so little in the way of new content that there's not much point buying the new version unless you had an urge to replay it anyway.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition's enhancements are cosmetic-only so the flaws present in the game's last-gen version are still present. Even so, it's a great game made greater, so for those yet to play it, this is the version to get.

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PushStartPlay
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition features a rebuilt Lara Croft, improved textures and lighting effects, not to mention all the previously released DLC.

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Elite Gamer
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2014

The upstep in visual detail from the older console versions is a nice bonus, but Tomb Raider didn't need massaging. It's the same well-realised action reboot for Lara Croft that came as such a pleasant surprise last year. It's still well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful, and just incredibly well-made.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2014

Tomb Raider itself is well-worth the purchase—it's a great game. The decision you must make is if improved visuals are enough to warrant buying this Definitive Edition. Frankly, I'm convinced that its release is more about profitability on a product that's already crafted than it is about bringing a vastly superior next-generation version of Tomb Raider to the market. For $59.99, it's not that much better than the PS3 version aside from some visual sprucing. Those that have already experienced the game aren't missing much with the Definitive Edition. However, had you missed Tomb Raider on the PS3 and have interest in Lara Croft's surprisingly fast transformation into a resilient killing machine, then you may as well pony up the extra cash to play the best version of the game: the Definitive Edition.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 26, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is as exciting as it is gorgeous, offering a robust adventure that satisfies on almost every front.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 27, 2014

A great cinematic action adventure, with one of gaming's great lead performances, although its Tomb Raider DNA seems fragmented and even degenerative in parts.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2014

While not as "definitive" of a package as one might hope for $60, thanks to its markedly improved graphics and performance, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is now the only way I'd want to experience Crystal Dynamics' rebooting of gaming's leading lady.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2014

With an emphasis on improved graphics, this PlayStation 4 port is the best Tomb Raider yet. Unfortunately, this Definitive Edition doesn't add enough new content to warrant a second purchase. If you have somehow missed out on Lara's newest adventure, then Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a must buy.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 2, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an exceptional port of an already entertaining escapade, but outside of the extravagant visuals, there's not a whole lot to sweeten the purchase a second time. If you have a perverse penchant for grave robbing, or you've never stepped foot on the strange shores of Yamatai before, then this is an enjoyable band-aid for the emerging next-gen drought. Just don't expect it to change your mind if you didn't like the original game.

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The Skinny
Feb 25, 2014

This is a fantastic game, but for anyone who previously played it on last year's consoles, this version could go amiss. For everyone else with a next gen console wanting to take it for a spin whilst waiting for some true next-gen games, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will thoroughly entertain and leave you an instant fan of this re-booted series.

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gameranx
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

If you're a huge fan of last-gen's Tomb Raider reboot, you should probably pick this up. The same goes if you have yet to play it. If, like me, you played Tomb Raider the first time round and enjoyed it, there's not really enough here to justify another, full price purchase, however. This is for superfans and newcomers only – casual veterans need not apply. Now, where did I put my waterproof face cream?

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jan 26, 2014

Tomb Raider is a fantastic solo adventure. Admittedly, I couldn't help but wish my first experience with Tomb Raider was the Definitive One. If you come into Tomb Raider, this "Definitive Edition, thinking that it's anything more than a shinier port, you'll likely leave disappointed.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 26, 2014

A great game made better thanks to a lovely lick of paint.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 27, 2014

Even ignoring its gussied-up next-gen clothes, the game's strengths outshine its weaknesses as an experience, though its flaws outside of the visual realm remain impossible to ignore.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 20, 2014

I was absolutely wowed by this game the first time I played it through because I was paying so much attention to the cut scenes and redesigned Lara Croft was a joy to behold. The Definitive Edition adds a few neat little features like alternative costumes and a comic book describing the events before the game, and I can't remember that being in the original game release. But having had a year to sit and consider the game's broader meaning, the second time around the game's flaws are all the more apparent.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition really is the best looking version of the game, managing to surpass even the PC version.

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The Escapist
Jan 24, 2014

Tomb Raider is a terrific game, and the Definitive Edition is a gorgeous looking version of it. It's the same game it was in 2013, though, with no further improvements justifying its "definitive" status.

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Kill Screen
51 / 100
51 / 100
Feb 14, 2014

As an action-adventure game, Tomb Raider needs to have you spend eight to ten hours shooting people in the face. That the developer at least tries to address this dissonance in earnest is perhaps commendable—so few games strive to account for the expected incongruities that even the ambition distinguishes the effort. And yet their attempt makes their failure more pronounced.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 16, 2015

The different gameplay elements that comprise Tomb Raider are very well done, and they are a lot of fun. During the TPS parts, Tomb Raider is competent. During the survival horror parts, Tomb Raider is competent. During the survival crafting parts, Tomb Raider is competent. This doesn't leave the whole package as competent, though. Even if someone used the best noodles possible, the best chocolate syrup, a lavish Lamborghini steering wheel, and a $900 pair of shoes, a lasagne made out of these ingredients wouldn't be very good—even if all the different parts are high quality. Tomb Raider needed someone to stand up and tell the marketing department that disparate gameplay elements weren't going to be shoehorned in simply to increase sales by 0.025%. Lara Croft does a wonderful job of redeeming Tomb Raider, and is the only reason it's playable, but it's only marginally more fleshed out than the myriad of mini-game collections found for the Kinect and Move.

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