Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered goes on sale this week and its improved graphics change much more than it seems from the original games: check out this comparison.
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered is about to arrive on PC and current consoles, remastering for the first time the three original adventures of Lara Croft on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch).
Embracer Group, which owns the rights to Tomb Raider, has put Aspyr in charge of developing and publishing this collection of Tomb Raider games, which will be released on February 14th, and promises, among other things, to modernize the “tank-type” controls, inspired by the era of Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld.
And the graphics? The game will also undergo a major facelift, which does not conflict with preserving the art of the original games and their polygonal aesthetic from the PlayStation era, but with lighting effects only possible today, and reworked textures.
IGN has shared the first video comparison of the original games with Tomb Raider I-III Remastered:
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered allows you to switch to the original graphics and controls at any time
The original games by Core Design were pioneers of 3D games, but seen today, they were quite awkward to control. This version improves the controls, but like the graphics, they are optional.
At any time, with just the push of a button, you can activate the original graphics. It’s instantaneous, so it’s a good way to see how some areas have evolved. If you look at the snowy area, now the lighting is much more realistic (and there is, in fact, snow).
The textures have also been reworked, as have Lara’s collectible treasures, which were once 2D sprites and are now entirely new 3D models, respectful of the limitations of the era.
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered adds other new features: photo mode, over 200 achievements/trophies across the three games, and the inclusion of a health bar for bosses, one of the few “intrusions” into classic gameplay, which is actually quite welcome.
Coincidentally, the authors of this remaster, Aspyr, already have experience with this saga, as one of their first games, way back in 1998, was the port of Tomb Raider II and several others for Mac.
This remaster of the Tomb Raider games will be a teaser until we see the new from Crystal Dynamics, who faces the challenge of making, once again, a Tomb Raider reboot with Amazon Games.
Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered will be released on February 14, 2024 at the price of 29.99 euros, but all pre-orders will receive a 10% discount, at 26.99 euros.