It’s not often you see developers completely change the face of games when they update for a higher definition release. It’s also unknown to see the faces of popular characters change so drastically that it’s bit reminiscent of Batman movies… At least our busty, dusty lass doesn’t sound like she’s been gargling gravel after a pack of 20 Marlboro.
Lara Croft has had a few facelifts throughout her long career, with minor tweaks between the first outing and Angel of Darkness. Tomb Raider: Legend saw our favourite relic hunting heroine go through a huge change and with the recent reboot, she was overhauled completely.
For some reason, Crystal Dynamics have seen fit to give Lara some virtual surgery for the Playstation 4. If you look at the comparison picture above, you’ll see that she’s had a burger or two and her eyes resemble a more human than cat-like colouring and imagery. Before you start on the burger comment, I’m all for women of a more full figure, it gives a more realistic take on humanity and doesn’t make Miss Croft look so, well, alien.
Lara’s last generation, slightly more pointed face shape has been replaced, adding a little more padding and some colour to that pasty countenance. She does however look slightly more Eastern, which is a strange choice as her parentage is firmly British according to previous canon. Not that I’m complaining, the facial model looks fantastic and is a treat for those owning Sony’s new black box.
It remains to be seen whether die hard fans are happy though and changing characters in other media is sometimes a big debating point among fans. You just have to look at the upcoming cast shift in Game of Thrones to see that, although seeing the back of the previous, slimy Daario Naharis for a hopefully more fitting one is a great move… With a blue beard, please!
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will be released for Playstation 4 and Xbox One on January the 28th (US) and 31st (EU).