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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – Crystal Dynamics Dumps Lara For a New Model

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.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – Crystal Dynamics Dumps Lara For a New Model - n3rdabl3Lara’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).

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Dirk Weissenburg
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I fell in love with the new Lara instantly last year. But this step by Crystal Dynamics, I can’t and don’t want to understand. I’m sure, half of the fans, no matter if old or new one, are feeling the same way. Finally we got a Lara, you really could relate to, and then they made her this weird, not even human looking model(?) from outer space.
I’ll stick with my PS3 – Version and aren’t that exited about the next installment anymore as well.

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Agunzi

Really? You realise that the one on the right is the PS4 version? The one on the left that i think your referring to is the quote ” weird, not even human looking model(?) from outer space. ” is the ps3 version The one on the right is more ” Human ” looking, and thats the PS4 version.

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Neil

Um… The Xbox One version has the very same “major facelift”. Stop spreading lies. The PS4 and Xbox One versions share the same upgrades, including the 1080p native resolution, model upgrades, texture resolution, lighting effects and tressFX hair.

Aaron Richardson
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Thanks for your comment Neil, the article has been edited to reflect the information provided.

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yeah, in some parts of the DE trailer she looked more Asian, which slightly bothers me but whatevs. The only reason i’m getting the definitive edition is that they’re including the DLC pack; Tomb of the Lost Adventurer. It was initially only available if you preordered it, so now at least I can play it. I still hate multiplayer for Tomb Raider tho. i really hope CD drops this feature. Tomb Raider is more of a single player experience and I hope they focus more on that in the next game. More tombs, bigger and more challenging ones, more difficult… Read more »

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Pancakes

“The only reason i’m getting the definitive edition is that they’re including the DLC pack; Tomb of the Lost Adventurer.”

I just bought the DLC the other week for $0.59 when it went on sale, and honestly it’s not worth it.

Jerry Hienzfeld
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Jerry Hienzfeld

Lara has some nice DSL