Tomb Raider HD Trilogy comparison screens compare, contrast

Along with Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider will soon be getting a shiny new PS3-exclusive HD trilogy release. The compilation will include remastered versions of Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Legend, and Tomb Raider Underworld, as well as some exclusive new content. But what difference does all this HD retouching actually make?

Good thing I asked that question for you, because Ripten has posted several comparison shots, and based on the admittedly small, pre-selected samples, the upscaled games are looking as alluring as Lara's footloose life of adventure. I know, I thought I was going to say "boobs" too, but sometimes I surprise myself.

The collection is out March 22, and if it's being treated the same as the Splinter Cell and PoP trilogies, it'll be available as both a PSN download and retail Blu-ray copy for $39.99. Though the other collections were initially pegged with the same release date, listings now indicate an April 19 release for Prince of Persia, and a June 21 release for Splinter Cell.

[Source: Ripten]

Mar 7, 2011




  • taterboob - March 8, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    A remake of a remake, huh?
  • jmcgrotty - March 8, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    (Son of a bitch. Screwed up and erased a long post. Time for a cliffs notes version of what I wrote.) While someone else already said it, it is 100% confirmed that the Xbox DLC will remain exclusive. Someone asked why they were comparing PS2 versions and PS3 versions, rather than PS3 versions with Xbox versions. The reason for this is that they aren't out there to sell more systems. They want to sell games, and the customer for a collection like this is more often than not someone who already owns the system. I might be wrong on what was actually being asked here, so this may be way off. Someone else asked why they compared the PS2 version running on a PS2 to the PS3 version instead of the PS2 version running on a PS3 against the PS3. I think what you are asking/implying is that the upscaling that the PS3 would do to a PS2 game would make it look like PS3 quality. The problem in this is that, between this set and the Xbox set, all the textures have been redone. Upscaling isn't going to change the actual textures into HD versions. One other thing, and this is speculation, is that they might have also improved the Crystal engine the game was on, allowing some new effects, etc. For example, maybe the games were built on version X originally and now they've been upgraded to version X.5. Again, only speculation.
  • majorlynch - March 8, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    hank 34 "So will Tomb Raider Underworld have the DLC that Xbox had when the game came out? Does anyone know the answer to this?" I've heard that no, it won't. That Microsoft paid for that DLC to be exclusive.
  • EvilChicken - March 8, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    @Blasto, that's because the games weren't on the original xbox, they were already on the Xbox 360. it would be pointless to say "here the graphics before, and here are them after" "there the same" "That's because nothing has change, except there all in one and are for $40
  • Nemesis2k9 - March 8, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    Dont realy see the need for this. Its not like the games are that old!
  • Fuzunga - March 8, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    I kinda think it looked better before.
  • Blasto - March 8, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    Ummmm....Why are they comparing it against the ps2 versions? They do know there were xbox 360 versions as well...right?
  • Scammeleon - March 7, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    For about the same price in total too.
  • Scammeleon - March 7, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Aren't all three of these already available (in HD no less) on the 360's games on demand service? I'm not sure why this release is demanding so much attention.
  • Nemesis2k9 - March 7, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Well I already have this in HD on my PC:)
  • dagresham112288 - March 7, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Might be cleaner than the 360 version, too.
  • Redeater - March 7, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Underworld was pretty terrible. Might get this for Legends though. How did they go from a fresh game like Legends and then proceed to shit out Underworld?
  • Fredeur - March 7, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    "Tomb Raider will soon be getting a shiny new PS3-exclusive HD trilogy release" Yes, that's really exclusive to have 5 years later 2 games which have been realeased on the 360 (therefore in HD). Are there differences between the 360 and PS3 versions of Legend and Anniversary ?
  • TheDarkslyder - March 7, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    Interesting that these are comparisons to the PS2 and not the same games on the PS3. Probably because there wouldn't be much a noticeable difference. Still an awesome deal though (3 games for $40!).
  • sgloomy - March 7, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    I have actually never played any of these but this makes me want to try!
  • TheWebSwinger - March 7, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Looks nice, especially as compared to the PS1 Tomb Raider games. Wonder how this conversion compares with the GoW and Sly collections.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - March 7, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Since very few console games actually run at 1920x1200, PC versions pretty much always look better. I'm sure that will be the case here as well.
  • db1331 - March 7, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    Underworld got an HD remake too? Isn't it only like 2 years old? I love all these, and have them on PC already. I just bought a PS3 today, but I'm not sure if these would look any better than what I've already got running maxed out at 1920x1200.
  • jackthemenace - March 7, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    HD BEWBX. That is all. Except that in the third screen, i think you can actually see her nipples in the HD upscale. Nice.
  • Sy87 - March 7, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    Well to be fair the boobs do seem bigger and more round in the update. But the color is a nice touch up.

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