Our friends over at IGN just posted a video comparing Tomb Raider to Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, along with an interview with with developer Scot Amos. It's a nice interview, but it's a lot of preaching to the choir.
I was curious about what someone who has no vested interest in being at the forefront of the technological innovation may think of the improvements in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition --someone who can tell the difference between DVD and VHS picture quality, but who isn't going to necessarily value something more just because it has "more graphics per inch". So I asked my wife to give me some commentary on the differences she perceived between the two versions. See her type-written comments below.
00:20- "It looks like they instagram-ed it"
00:52- "It's a little darker"
01:03- "Her hair moved a little more"
01:11- "It's more shadow-y"
01:31- "The hair is more piece-y, more flow-y. That's pretty cool I guess. It's like when they got that special paint to make Belle's hair go just right, with just the right amount of wispiness, in the cartoon movie Beauty and the Beast."
Me- "What? What are you talking about?"
Her- "They made a really big deal out of it in that movie."
01:56- "I mean, they both look pretty fake."
02:11 Me- "Do you prefer one over the other?"
Her- "No, I mean, her face is more fleshy colored on the right. More living colored, but that's not necessarily better."
02:27- "Oh, she's slouching! She's slouching more in the PS4 one for some reason."
02:35- "She tripped! (giggles)"
2:45- (losing interest, watching The Wrestler on TV, a scene where Mickey Rourke's character is shopping for cheap clothes.)
Me- "How about now? Big difference, little difference, no difference?"
Her- "Uhhhh, a little different? The colors are a little brighter."
03:13- "She's all wet! Was she wet before?"
03:29- "The angle is different?"
3:54 Me- "Anything?"
Her- "... no."
04:02- "Uh, the rocks are a little more defined?"
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11:00 AM on 08.23.2014