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This review is going to be longer because I really like this game. I'm also going to compare this to The Last of Us at times as I feel they're similar games.
This game is a must own if you've never played it before. If you owned it on the PS3, then I can't comment on if it's worth the upgrade or not. Currently the game is selling for $29.99 and I think that's a great deal for this game. I purchased a PS4 for Christmas and this is the game I've had the most fun playing so far. The story isn't as prominent in the game as it is in the Last of Us, but the action and controls are much more fun. The Last of Us is a lot slower and much more eerie. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is like being in an Indiana Jones movie.
I'm not sure how much time I've put in the game so far, but the last time I started playing I was barely at 50% and probably in the 60% range when I finished up. When I did hit the halfway point, I was shocked to find out that I had another half of the game to go. I thought I was all done, but nope, many hours more were ahead of me. As another reviewer stated you'll go from quiet running around searching for items/trying to find out where to go, to a shootout with guys firing flaming arrows at you, Molotov cocktails & TNT blowing up around you, arsenals of guys firing away with shotguns and machine guns. The game is slightly gory when using the guns. Not too graphic, just a good splash of blood if you hit the bad guys in the right spot.
I haven't kept up with Tomb Raider from when the series started back on the original Playstation, so I don't know the direction the story has gone over the years, but I will say this one starts out with a much darker tone. It doesn't stay completely dark as you go from a dark rainy forest type area to a very sunlit mountainous area. You'll explore hidden caves, beach fronts, jungles, mountains, radio towers up in the clouds, etc. At times it seemed like I was playing Assassin's Creed Black Flag because of the beach scenes and some of the aerial footage. That's why I'm excited for Uncharted 4 because I've read it's like Indiana Jones too.
The cut-scenes/video sequences are handled a bit different in this game than I've experienced before. Other games might have done this before, but it was new to me. Basically in these action sequences you have limited control of the scene. So lets say Lara Croft falls down a cliff that she's stuck sliding down with tree branches flying by you left and right, the game will allow you to control the character to avoid these obstacles, instead of you just sitting there watching a 30 second action clip to transition you to the next scene. At times you'll have access to your weapons too, which can help get you through one of these sequences. I don't want to say too much, but at times you're on the edge of your seat. I've personally never seen anything like it and I love it.
My one gripe about a lot of games "today" along with Tomb Raider, is that the puzzles are extremely easy to figure out. I don't even know if I'd call them puzzles. I understand it's probably to minimize the frustration of these games, but it almost zaps a lot of the fun out of the game. I remember some games I played as a kid and they'd take me forever to finish the puzzle. In this particular game, if you hit the L1 button, it basically highlights the elements you need/can interact with. Basically a giant neon sign saying "use these things". I'm playing on "normal" difficulty and I wish I would have started with "hard" if it would increase the puzzle difficulty. Even if you avoid the L1 button, the puzzles are very straight forward. Basically everything you need is right in front of you. Part of older games was that you'd have to search around for the different parts or pieces to solve a puzzle. Then you'd have to figure out how those pieces fit together. With these new games, it feels like you're riding along with training wheels.
The character development is fun too. As the game progresses you'll earn what I'll call "experience" points. As you get more points you unlock different abilities for your character which makes dealing with the bad guys a little easier. Same thing with your weapons. You'll start with a bow and eventually you'll pick up other heavy duty weapons along the way. Each weapon will be upgraded as you progress. My one complaint is that you don't have any bombs or things like that that you can throw. In The Last of Us, there are multiple items that you can throw, Molotov cocktails, bombs, bricks, bottles, etc. I think that would have been a nice touch because it's always nice to lob bombs/fire over enemy barricades.
I'm curious how this game will end, but so far I haven't been disappointed once. The landscapes are gorgeous, the lighting is a first of its kind, the controls are excellent, the gameplay keeps you very entertained, there's enough story to carry you along. I highly recommend this game.
****Update 1/19/2015: So I finished the game and I originally gave this a 5 star review, but I'm going to scale it back a star because it was a very fun and "good" game, but not top notch. I'm newly returning to the gaming world so I'm just getting a feel for what is out there at the moment. My gripes with this game are the lack of puzzles that many of the early games relied on. Everything is basically handed to you. The final boss was slightly challenging, but quite a disappointment after you realize that it's the end of the game. I was hoping it was going to continue on at a new location, nope. As far as the "action sequences" they're awesome to people that have never seen them, but after you have you get over them pretty quick. This is why I'm going to hold off on The Order: 1886 because it looks like there's a lot of on command button pushing which happened quite a few times in Tomb Raider. This overall is an outstanding game, but don't pay more than $30 for it.
Also the %completed basically means how much of the stuff you've found, not how far along you are in the game. After I beat the game I started going back to complete the other "lost items" "challenges". Most of them are ridiculous. I finished the 1st two main locations, but gave up. Just like I didn't finish the Last of Us side story. Right now I'm playing Far Cry 4 and having a blast. The open world is something to be marveled. Having seen the 2 different types of games, I'll say I lean towards the open world type game as opposed to the linear story based games. Both can be fun though.