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Hands-on with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4

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43w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements is back with a hands-on peek with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 below!

To quote: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is not a simple, upscaled version of last year's critically-acclaimed adventure. It's a colossal effort, soaked in visual enhancements and technical optimizations. Just when we thought Lara Croft hit her peak, she keeps on climbing.

One of the first challenges Crystal Dynamics faced was Lara herself - even though the team had smashed expectations with the impressive original game. A new head and face model have been implemented in this portrayal of Lara, bringing new life to the legendary heroine.

Among the torrent of improvements made, the developers worked with subsurface scattering technology on Lara's skin. This means light will actually pierce the top layer of her skin and diffuse, giving it a realistic glow.

Lara's equipment has also been given abundant attention. Her bow and pickaxe clatter, bob, and move with her body, giving her entire character a renewed sense of authenticity. She sweats and bleeds like the best of us when put under extreme duress, and the remarkable animation and voice work continue to instill Lara with life.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Detailed, Hits PS4 January 28th, 2014

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47w ago - Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer Scot Amos announced today that the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition hits PS4 on January 28th, 2014.

Below are the details, to quote: Hi everyone, I'm Scot Amos, executive producer at Crystal Dynamics. On January 28th of 2014, we're bringing the award-winning Tomb Raider experience to PS4 in the form of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

Recreating our franchise for PS4 was a true labor of love for the team. The critically acclaimed story and action adventure remain solidly intact and as riveting as ever. However, we took the opportunity to use the increased horsepower of the hardware to create the Tomb Raider we always envisioned.

We had a core team here at Crystal collaborating with the super talented teams at United Front Games (who worked with Square Enix on Sleeping Dogs) and Nixxes (whom Crystal has partnered with since the Legacy of Kain days). Together, we pulled the game apart and painstakingly rebuilt it with enhanced visual fidelity, realism, and a new immersive richness to the world.

Getting our gameplay up to native 1080p meant increasing all of our texture resolutions by over 4x so the details and nuances can be seen in their full glory.

However, it's subtleties like our subsurface scattering technology - how we...
 

Braid, 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2 & Urban Trial Freestyle By SiXAXiS

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56w ago - Following up on the recent Duplex PSN / PS3 releases, today PlayStation 3 scene release group SiXAXiS has made available Braid USA PSN PS3 SiXAXiS, 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2 USA PSN PS3 SiXAXiS and Urban Trial Freestyle EUR PSN PS3 SiXAXiS for Custom Firmware (CFW) users.

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Sony Announces Tomb Raider PSN Half Off Flash Sale This Weekend

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79w ago - Crystal Dynamics Community Manager Meagan Marie announced a Tomb Raider PSN half off flash sale this weekend only.

Below are the details, as follows: Have you picked up Lara Croft's first adventure yet? If you haven't taken a tour of Yamatai, now's the time to book a ticket.

Tomb Raider is currently 50 percent off in the PlayStation Store as part of a sale that runs from now until Monday, April 29th at noon. The sale is available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

Tomb Raider marks a reboot for the seasoned franchise, exploring Lara Crofts origin story and transformation from an untested young woman to a hardened survivor. Series staples of combat, exploration & traversal, and puzzles return to Tomb Raider, reimagined through an action/adventure experience rooted in survival.

New offerings include skill and weapon upgrades, fast travel throughout the island, and online play with friends.

If you're in the mood to tackle Tomb Raider with friends, keep an eye out for premium DLC such as the "Caves & Cliffs" or "1939" multiplayer map packs too. Weapon packs, multiplayer characters, and alternate outfits for Lara are also up for grabs. Don't wait - download the game now!
 

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider Out Today: The Long & Winding Road

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86w ago - Crystal Dynamics Global Brand Director Karl Stewart announced that Tomb Raider is out today and shared details on the long and winding road below.

To quote: Crystal Dynamics - where the Tomb Raider team works - can be found in a complex at the end of a long road in Redwood City in San Francisco. Without laboring the comparison, Tomb Raider's journey from inception to being in stores today has some similarities.

You exit a freeway - in our case the conventional expectations of what Tomb Raider should be, you negotiate a lengthy curve (securing support for a bold new direction), negotiate through the stop signs of constant testing and second guessing before finally enjoying what appears to be a smooth home stretch.

Here's where my comparison breaks down however. While the Crystal team has learned to watch their velocity on approach to avoid speed tickets, Tomb Raider on the other hand has hit the gas and enjoyed a breakneck ride in the past few months to launch. It's a clich├ęd term but it truly has been a rollercoaster ride for the team - an unforgettable one - to get to this point.

There's a reason why we have been using the hashtag [Register or Login to view links] to accompany all our discussion of Tomb Raider at launch. It truly does...
 
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