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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Enhanced version of mature, violent adventure game.

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

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If you let your kids play uncharted, the last of us, bloodborne, or call of duty, than there shouldn't be an issue here. If the last of us and uncharted had a baby, tomb raider will be born. this is because this game is about lara croft a young woman who raids tombs for treasure like Nathan drake in uncharted, and learns how to survive, like the last of us. There is no sex in this game or the sequels to this game like shadow or rise of the, no sex in any of them. This game is about lara surviving off an island and finding treasure. The violence is NOT over the top at all, its true u do kill enemies but never in gruesome close your eyes moments, there is no ripping hearts or heads. if u let your kids watch tv-ma, than this is the same. You'll see corpses of blood like in Arkham knight but nothing gory at all. this game is great and advise it to 13+
age 12+

Good game but a little mature

This game is a good game with a fairly good story but it is hard to understand it's also extremely violent and includes some disturbing images including the main character Lara burning the sun queen himicos body you also bash someone in the head and realistic blood shoots out. The blood also comes out when you shoot an enemy. It also includes some strong language including f--k and sh--t and bastard are all mutterd by the main characters and the side enemy's. Over all I think it's OK for any 12 year old it also makes you solve puzzles

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (21 ):

The new game's 1080p HD visuals are, in a word, gorgeous. Played on an Xbox One, you can really see the graphical improvement over the Xbox 360 version. According to Square Enix, the Definitive Edition includes an all-new Lara model, including TRESS FX technology that delivers flowing hair motion, and reworked lighting and shading to showcase Lara's brutal fight for survival – including realistic-looking blood, sweat, and mud on her face and body. The environment has also undergone a makeover, including better-looking weather, cloth, and trees; all textures have been created at four times the resolution for added detail, says Square Enix.

The action is as good as last year's AAA game, but only after the first few minutes. This is because the beginning includes many "quick time events," where you're tasked with pressing a button rapidly or pushing an analog stick in a given direction at a precise time, in order for the animated sequence to play out. Like many gamers, I'm not a fan of these as it's not exactly interactive – rather, it has all been scripted for you and simply requires the right triggers. Fortunately, the gameplay picks up significantly about an hour in, after the shipwrecked Lara begins to master her bow and pistol skills (against man and beast alike), as well as acrobatically navigating the island and discovering secret tombs.

Also, like the 2013 version, multiplayer is the game's weakest link, with uninspiring maps and modes. But at least the bundled DLC adds more maps and modes, making it something to play with your online friends after you've finished the gripping single-player campaign. If you've looking for an engrossing adventure, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition looks and plays better than last year's version, plus it has the extra bonus material for fans, too. If your budget is tight, however, you can still pick up a new version of 2013's Tomb Raider for as low as $20 for the PC or under $30 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Note: Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are the same, except Xbox One includes Kinect voice commands.

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