Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition livestream is happening... now!

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is releasing soon, but is it worth springing for this next-gen version of one of 2013's biggest games? Well, you'll need to wait for the review to find out. That said, you can see it being played live, right now, and that might help you make your decision. 

[The livestream has now finished, but you can watch the whole broadcast in the video below.]

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  • db1331 - January 23, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    Being that this is essentially just the PC version with an updated Lara model and a 30fps cap, I'm going to go ahead and say that the PC version is still the definitive one. Add to it the fact that I just bought it for $10, vs $60 for this version, and there you go. The game would be so much better if it didn't wrestle away the controls from you every 10-20 seconds for some cutscene or QTE. I also hate how it crouches and stands for you. It just feels like the game doesn't need me there to play it. The most fun I've had with it by far is when I'm just exploring an old area looking for all the collectibles and salvage. If I try to get back on with the story, I quickly lose interest at how linear and QTE heavy it is. Plus, you can barely do anything without it being turned into some high action moment. When EVERY ladder you climb falls, EVERY beam you walk across breaks, and EVERY bridge you cross collapses, that shit just looses all weight and excitement.
  • usmovers_02 - January 22, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    Okay... this is a joke right? I cannot express exactly how much respect I just lost for GR. I really thought this site was different than the others but that guy who did the interview was just kissing Squares butt. Sure, the game does look better than before but it's not even worthy of being called an HD remake. Anybody who thinks this game is even a decent step up graphically from previous gen (notice I'm not even talking about PC) either doesn't really understand graphics, is an idiot or is simply in denial (I'm guessing denial is the case for most people). I SO wanted to believe this would be a normal HD remake like most cross gen games but this really isn't even that at... all.
  • TomSJ3 - January 22, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    First of all, considering GR put Tomb Raider at #2 on their top games of 2013 list and the game looks really damn good, I'm fairly sure Greg was showing genuine interest in the game, not just "kissing Squares butt." Second, the game isn't really claiming to be an HD remake, it's a graphical improvement for a game that came out just a few months ago. It was made to offer people who missed out on it another chance to try it on next gen or people who loved the game to pick it up again on their new consoles.
  • usmovers_02 - January 23, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    They're claiming that all textures are 4x the resolution of last gen. Sounds like an HD remake to me considering MOST HD remakes are only double the resolution on some textures, not all of them. They're also claiming that lighting and physics have been redone. Given all these claims there is no legitimate reason this game shouldn't look better than it does. I bought and beat the game back in March and you know what? I had a LOT of fun with it despite it's pretty major flaws (way too easy for one). And despite the fact that the game has nearly no replay value I was cautiously optimistic when the "definitive" version was announced. I know better than to expect true next gen visuals so soon after the game came out on last gen but I definitely expected MUCH better than this. For people who didn't play it on last gen this version is totally worth it all the way. For people who DID play it last gen and plan on buying it again... you're a sucker. I could MAYBE justify $30 but even that's high. And many of the TressFX issues are STILL there (Lara's pony tail reacts to gravity but her bangs don't).
  • TomSJ3 - January 23, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Okay, I don't disagree with a lot of what you said. I probably will play the definitive edition for PS4 eventually after already beating the game on last gen, but I won't pay $60 again for it. Waiting for the price to drop to around $30 sounds fair to me. The game may not have a lot of replay value immediately, but it was enjoyable enough that I would want to go through it more than once a few months after beating it. Also, I agree that while the TressFX are impressive, they aren't perfect. I noticed that gravity didn't affect her bangs too. As far as the graphics go, it may not look like a totally new game, but considering the game came out only a few months ago I guess that's to be expected. However, their claims that textures have all been improved that much and that the lighting and physics were redone seem to be true, given the examples that were pointed out constantly during the livestream. It may not redefine graphics in games forever, but it's still a pretty big improvement over an already very pretty game. However, my main issue with your comment was your criticism of the interview. I thought Greg was a good choice for the it, as he was knowledgable and had a lot of enthusiasm for the game. It seemed like you wanted him to spend the entire interview calling out the game for not looking completely lifelike, which would have reflected worse on GR than if he was maybe over enthusiastic when interviewing the developer.
  • usmovers_02 - January 23, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Okay, so we basically agree on the game. It's a fun game to begin with and the new version has at least slightly better graphics. But my big issue with the live stream nobody ever challenges the developer. The developer comes into the interview with a bunch of prepared PR garbage where you really have to dig to find the truth and the interviewer only asks questions that the dev is completely prepared for. I only watched maybe 10 minutes of the stream but Greg never brought up any of the issues with the base game and never discussed the controversy that the definitive version has caused. I'm just sick of these kind of "interviews" in general. If you're not going to challenge the developer then why not have just the developer talking to himself?
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - January 23, 2014 9:43 a.m.

  • usmovers_02 - January 23, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    Lol. Well that was a poorly thought out comment wasn't it Token? I really liked the last gen version despite it's severe flaws. I was cautiously optimistic about the "definitive" edition but when screens didn't follow the announcement almost immediately I was instantly suspicious and this live stream confirmed my fears. The "definitive" edition is barely upgraded at all which is perfectly okay... IF they don't charge $60. But they are charging $60. It's PERFECTLY okay for anybody to be excited for the game including the GR journalist. But you can't call yourself a "journalist" if all you do is ask the exact questions the interviewee wants you to ask. Greg didn't challenge the developer at... all. And there are plenty of controversial issues the "definitive" edition has brought up. For the first few years of it's existence GR felt different from other game sites. But it's become more and more apparent that GR is the same as all the others and this interview pretty much confirms that.
  • GR_GregHenninger - January 23, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    Just going to weigh in here for a second. I am the community manager, not an editorial journalist for GR. I host a livestream show where I showcase games I am interested in and want to share. And yeah my reactions are genuine, I was floored at how great it looked. There was no pandering involved. Thanks for the feedback though.
  • usmovers_02 - January 29, 2014 8:15 p.m.

    Well that's good to hear. It just really really seemed like pandering while watching. I just never EVER see a journalist challenge a developer. I really really liked the reboot despite the fact that it's just... so... easy! and that combat featured far too much compared to tomb raiding. But I just feel like the devs are practically stealing from their overly loyal fanbase and I want to hear real answers to why they think some of the things they're doing are okay (the $60 price tag for an instance).
  • brandon-durkin - January 22, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    How soon will we be getting a sneak peek on the new story of Tomb Raider?
  • brandon-durkin - January 22, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    Why did Crystal Dynamics change the way Lara's face looks? I like all the new features of the game but a lot of people have complained about her face and are hoping that the new game will have Lara's old face from the Tomb Raider March 5th 2013 version instead. I am a big fan of Tomb Raider and Lara Croft so please can we have the 2013's face.

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