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This week's headlining title for PlayStation releases is a blast from the past, if you want to consider just one year ago much of a “past” to be blasted from. The PlayStation 4 update to Lara Croft's most recent adventure, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, arrives this week, finally giving gamers on Sony's new home console something to get excited about.
It's not uncommon for a post-launch game line-up to be slim. That's pretty much always the case. But that doesn't mean that we have to pretend that we like not having anything new to play on our shiny new console for weeks on end. And that's exactly why I'm so pumped for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. I never got around to playing the PS3/Xbox 360 version of the game when it launched in 2013 and, once I heard a next-gen update was going to be made available, I knew it would probably be best to just wait it out and pick up the Definitive Edition when it finally launches on Jan. 28.
In case you don't have a calendar handy, that's tomorrow (Even though GameStop was allowed to break the street date on this one and, if you can find a copy there, you can go ahead and buy it right now). The origin story of the greatest spelunker the world has ever known is ready to be told (again) and, if you're gaming on the PS4, you'll be able to enjoy said story in a glorious 60 frames per second.
“This reboot showcased the breathtaking and brutal origin story of a gaming great,” explained Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements on the PlayStation Blog. “But the team at Crystal Dynamics wasn't satisfied with its already critically-acclaimed project. The developers doubled back and addressed every detail, making huge technical overhauls to take advantage of PS4's hardware. The result? A visually stunning adventure, all displayed in native 1080p and running at a silky smooth framerate.”
If for some crazy reason you don't feel like spending some quality time with Ms. Croft this week, there are a handful of other options for you to consider on the PS3, including a few old-school classics and a game about aliens waging war across the galaxy with shiny golden hair.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z arrives on PlayStation consoles this week including the Vita and the PS3, giving players a new way to experience the legendary DBZ storyline in four-player battles featuring a huge roster of customizable characters.
Digital anglers in the audience will want to check out Mark Davis Pro Bass Challenge for some PlayStation 2 fishing goodness, while a pair of PSOne Classics will offer over the top arena battles, Cyber Sled and an import featuring a pair of fire-fighting heroes, The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny.
Look for all of that, along with the usual dose of demos, videos, DLC and the like, to arrive with the regular weekly PlayStation Network update sometime Tuesday afternoon.