Although I have never played any of the previous Tomb Raider titles from the previous generations of game consoles, I thoroughly enjoyed this title. In my opinion these graphics are the best on Xbox One. Overall, the game play is immersive with great execution of music and various changes in camera angles to add intensity. From the very first level, I was impressed with the way this game pulls you into the moment. There are several game play sequences throughout the campaign, such as sliding uncontrollably down a river or parachuting through a forest, only barely missing certain death, that really mange to get you heart pumping. Level design is creative as is the integration of various tools which are used to access previously inaccessible areas. Puzzles are placed throughout the game; however, the frequency and difficulty of the puzzles are not too great to distract from the main story. I found the story line very interesting an surprisingly dark. The combat was fluid for a third person perspective, and included various melee moves, a bow, pistol, shotgun, and machine gun style rifle. As the game progressed, the combat did become somewhat unexciting; however, unlocking new finishing moves as the game progressed did add some new excitement. This game has more collectibles hidden throughout the levels than any other I have played. Although I am the type of gamer who typically enjoys taking the time hunting for hidden objects, the sheer volume of collectibles did have me wondering if this was an over attempt to add substance to the game.
I found this game to be a great breath of fresh air amongst the sea of first persons shooters, racing games, etc., and though the experience was incredibly unique and enjoyable.
To be clear, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is the same game you may have played in 2013 on last gen consoles/PC. If you're expecting an expanded story, levels, etc., you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a better looking version of one of the best games of 2013 with some multiplayer DLC included on-disc, you'll be quite please.
I can't say that the Definitive Edition holds the same "wow" factor that Tomb Raider did on Xbox 360 - the game looked great then and it's not a giant leap over the PC version, but it does look better. The key here is the awesome gameplay has not changed. The shooting and platforming are still fun and the explosive moments still stand out. If you've played Tomb Raider, you can probably wait to try out this version but if you haven't, no excuses. Play one of the best games of 2013 and now 2014.
Anyone who says the PC graphics are better hasn't played both. Just do a quick search to see plenty of examples of how much better this looks on xbone. Not only does it look amazing, gameplay is spot on. Been playing the series since the original PS days and this is as good as any release to date. If you've already played it on another system it's probably not worth another run through, but if you haven't played through this one the xbone or ps4 versions are the way to go.