PS4 Tomb Raider

Last updated date: July 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

PS4 Tomb Raider

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top Adventure Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Adventure Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Tomb Raider placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2019:
Checkout The Best Adventure Game for a detailed review of all the top adventure games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,020 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Gorgeous visual design. Lara Croft is a well-developed character with believable progression. Fast-paced, varied combat is endlessly exciting. Exploring the beautiful environments is a peaceful diversion from combat. Slowly unlocking new tools encourages you to further explore past sections.
- GameSpot
January 27, 2014 | Full review
Personally, I think this is one of the best games on the console at the moment and the developers should be commended for not only taking the series to a new level but successfully rebooting the franchise for the 21st century and still paying homage to what came before it. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is a must have game on the PS4, especially to those gamers who have not yet experienced the emotional rollercoaster ride of Lara Croft and so far is the best game on the PS4 at the moment. Highly Recommended!
- Impulse Gamer
January 26, 2014 | Full review
It's a great game that is of value to anybody who hasn't yet played it, and those people really should pick up this version above all else.
- The Escapist
January 25, 2014 | Full review
While other versions of Tomb Raider may be less expensive and offer a similar experience, the Definitive Edition combines the already stellar gameplay with vastly improved graphics, creating what is most certainly the best version of Tomb Raider available.
- Gaming Trend
January 24, 2014 | Full review
The biggest draw of Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is the improved graphics. They're simply stunning in perhaps the best-looking console game I've ever seen. Running smooth 1080p resolution, this new version adds an incredible level of detail to the newly modeled characters and lush environments. From Lara's uncannily realistic hair to the shimmer of water reflections on a cave wall, every inch of this game is visually striking. It's a tantalizing glimpse at the wonders that these new consoles have in store for us.
- Game Informer
January 24, 2014 | Full review
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, the control scheme was noticeably tighter as well. This may be due to the new controllers for each system, but there’s no denying a stronger sense of responsiveness and maneuverability. Shooting on the move felt much better this time around which only added to Lara’s badass persona. Platforming was given a noticeable boost as well, and I didn’t find myself falling to my death nearly as much or catching a branch through my chin as often while being washed down a stream.
- Cheat CC Game Cube
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has the luxury of being the first disc-based release for these new consoles in a while, meaning starving gamers are sure to snag it up; even those that have already taken to Lara’s adventure. Thankfully this isn’t a quick or cheap port that does a disservice to the original experience. This is still one of the best games of last year, and the enhancements make it one of the best looking games to come out in a while.
- ZTGD
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition lives up to its name. If you haven’t already taken Lara’s latest adventure for a spin, then pick this up for PS4 asap. However, the lack of new content means owners of the original release may want to pass, as despite how good the game looks and plays, there isn’t really enough new stuff packed into Definitive Edition to warrant a purchase if you have it on PS3. For newcomers though, this is an absolute must-have.
- PSU
January 28, 2014 | Full review
This really is the Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider, but only because of the graphical overhaul. If you had issues before with the direction in which Crystal Dynamics have taken the character, or with the occasional intrusion of gameplay elements like levelling up and Lara’s ability to carry six weapons in invisible holsters, you won’t find anything here to change your opinions.
- God Is A Geek
January 27, 2014 | Full review
Tomb Raider remains one of the better action games to have been released in the last twelve months, and it gives the next generation consoles some life in a rather dry time. This is without doubt the definitive console edition of Tomb Raider, but the completeness and subtle visual enhancements are not enough to warrant another playthrough. If you somehow missed the many opportunities to tryout Lara’s rebooted fiction, then the Definitive Edition offers a remedy for that.
- Hardcore Gamer
January 24, 2014 | Full review
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is now one of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's best games, at least for the moment. Its thin characters and unconvincing narrative aside, the game maintains a sense of inertia, pounding action, and a balance between solid gunplay, distracting puzzles, and satisfying environmental traversal. It's a solid foundation on which to build an even better sequel, one that keeps the sense of a living, connected world while hopefully offering a better cast of characters and a much improved narrative.
- Game Critics
March 4, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Gratuitous death sequences. Uninteresting plot and secondary characters.
- GameSpot
January 27, 2014 | Full review
I struggle to see the worth at all.
- The Escapist
January 25, 2014 | Full review
Too expensive, especially compared to the similarly featured PC version. Included DLC doesn't add much. Superfluous touch and voice controls.
- Gaming Trend
January 24, 2014 | Full review
I did experience visual glitches several times throughout the course of play. Sometimes transitions between cutscenes and gameplay were choppy and forced, something I don’t remember being an issue on the previous version. Also, I had framerate drops on several occasions, especially when moving into a new area. But all-in-all, these issues were few and far between and mostly inconsequential.
- Cheat CC Game Cube
Price disappoints. Not much added to single player.
- ZTGD

From The Manufacturer

The cinematic action-adventure that forced Lara Croft to grow from an inexperienced young woman into a hardened survivor has been re-built for Xbox One and PS4, featuring an obsessively detailed Lara and a stunningly lifelike world. To survive her first adventure and uncover the island's deadly secret, Lara must endure high-octane combat, customize her weapons and gear, and overcome grueling environments. The Definitive Edition of the critically-acclaimed action-adventure includes digital versions of the Dark Horse comic, Brady games mini-art book and combines all of the DLC.

Overall Product Rankings

Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
1. Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 6
Sony God of War 4
2. Sony God of War 4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
XBOX ONE Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
3. XBOX ONE Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
PS4 Shadow of the Colossus
4. PS4 Shadow of the Colossus
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
PS4 Tomb Raider
5. PS4 Tomb Raider
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence
6. PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
7. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
XBOX 360 Minecraft: Story Mode
8. XBOX 360 Minecraft: Story Mode
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 6
PS4 Adam’s Venture Origin’s
9. PS4 Adam’s Venture Origin’s
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Adventure Games

Looking for the best adventure game for your game day with friends? Whether you play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, there are adventure games galore. You may find it a bit overwhelming, so let’s make it easy for you and show you some top-rated options for those consoles. Let’s first take a look at the different consoles and what they have to offer the adventure game-lover in you.

PlayStation 4 is a pioneer in original, exclusive titles for console game players. With outstanding ratings for their exclusive games, players will surely find a unique, intriguing game experience through the PlayStation 4 console. For PlayStation 4 players, there are two fantastic recommendations for adventure games. “God of War” by Sony takes the player through the experience of Kratos, who lives and has to survive in the world of monsters and Norse Gods. This game is packed with unparalleled graphics and incredibly realistic, unique monsters that may make you shake in your boots. Another such adventure game for the PS4 fanatic is “Final Fantasy XV.” In this game, the player can explore freely through the world in multiple modes of transportation, use incredible action moves such as double jumps and enjoy realistic graphics.

If you are an Xbox One owner, you will find a great selection of games. In addition to games designed for Xbox One, the console also allows for Xbox 360 and Xbox games. This makes your choice of games much wider and more diverse than the PS4. Besides the games, Xbox One has a leg up on other console games with endless access to entertainment apps and media servers, including Kodi, which PS4 does not offer. For an excellent Xbox One adventure game, check out “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.” This game has it all, from old-time game features to improved graphics that impress even the toughest critics.

Both PS4 and Xbox One allow for compatibility with third-party games. Some of those games include “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Mortal Kombat 11” and “Resident Evil 2.” This creates an even bigger pool of options for console game players.

Now throw in the Nintendo Switch for comparison. The Switch has exceptional controller choices and super portability. With the option to use it as a home system or an on-the-go handheld system, the competition has nothing on it in that category. While it has awesome gamepads of its own, the Switch also offers compatibility with third-party gamepads if you so choose.

In terms of game selection, Nintendo is extremely exclusive with its trademark games, such as the “Mario” series. The item does support third-party games, which has been a huge selling point for the console. In addition, the Switch is accommodating to the indie genre of games, including “Night in the Woods”.  This is a huge plus for Nintendo Switch users.

One highly recommended adventure game for Switch players is “The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.” This super popular game is a favorite because of its open-air roaming that allows you to explore a beautiful kingdom with all different landscapes available.You will happen upon adventures as you switch from each climate and landscape.

When comparing the console games, it’s important to note the subscriptions that may be needed to access the games and all their fabulous features. Every console has its own service, and some are better than others in terms of what they offer. For PS4, players will want access to and subscribe to the PlayStation Network; the Xbox One users will want access to Xbox Live; and Nintendo Switch Online services the Switch users. The PS Network and Xbox Live offer substantially more services than the Nintendo Switch Online, but players will also pay quite a bit more for the subscription. These services are absolutely essential if players want to connect online with friends or fellow gamers when playing their favorite adventure game.

DWYM Fun Fact

“The Brown Box” was created in 1967 by a team led by Ralph Baer. This was the first video game system used in the home. It was sold with the name “Odyssey” in 1972 after Baer sold it to Magnavox. This would, as most video game consoles do, phase out over just a few years. During those years, it had 28 games that the player could choose from, one of which inspired the uber-famous “Pong” that would later be seen on the Atari systems in 1975.

“Space Invaders” came out in 1978, and in 1979, Activision was the pioneer in console game creation without making a console, or as some would call them, ‘third-party’ game developers. This opened the door for many other companies to get into the business.

The early 1980s welcomed the still-popular “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and Microsoft’s first “Flight” simulator game, before the crash of 1983. The crash was a direct cause of oversaturation in the industry. Consoles were being released by new companies constantly. The games were extremely low-quality and not very captivating to players, and the competition between third-party developers was causing the market to dive.  It caused multiple home console creators to go into bankruptcy, which ultimately brought the market back up in 1985. Nintendo was a huge contributor to bringing the video game market back to the United States. It offered the incredibly long-lasting games “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Metroid”.

In 1991, Genesis created the “Sonic the Hedgehog” game that finally gave Nintendo some competition in the market. The game became super popular, and Nintendo and Genesis entered a rivalry. That year, Nintendo released a new console to compete and thus began the console war that is still happening today between several companies.

The Adventure Game Buying Guide

  • Always keep in mind the ratings on adventure games, especially when looking for kids. Many of them have explanations for their ratings, such as violence or crude image, so you can make a well-informed decision on the right adventure game for your player.
  • Getting a subscription to the console service networks will make gaming super convenient. You will have countless games at the click of a button. Having the subscription will allow you to track your progress and see how you match-up against the competition.
  • Try multiple different types of games in the adventure game genre. Diversify your library of games so you never get bored of playing.
  • Create your dream team within the online networks with friends or fellow gamers and set up game times for you all to meet and play together. This keeps things interesting and fun.
  • Stay on top of the best adventure games for your console through your subscription. You will get updates about new games coming out and how they compare to the most popular adventure games today.