How Has Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Improved Upon The Original Trilogy?

How Has Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Improved Upon The Original Trilogy?

By  Mike Crewe - 19th Feb 2024

It’s time to lock the butler in the freezer again!

How Has Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Improved Upon The Original Trilogy?

We love a good videogame remaster when it’s done right; being able to revisit some classic titles on modern systems does make us smile! Although there isn’t too much information available surrounding the upcoming Tomb Raider I-III Remastered from developer Aspyr, what’s been unveiled so far is more than enough to get us excited about returning to Lara’s original adventures!

The most instantly noticeable upgrade is the graphics. Whilst not a complete overhaul, the increase in polygon count and high-res textures do make the three titles stand out a bit more. We’d describe it as how we remember the games looking, not how they actually did! Thankfully, purists out there can switch to the original style at the push of a button (similar to how the special editions of Monkey Island did it) to get that nostalgia hit, should they so wish. Regardless of your graphical preference, however, both will benefit from enhanced performance, which is a bonus!

A new, more modern control scheme has been confirmed — an absolute blessing for those of us who struggle with the original tank controls — and though there’s little detail on how these will work, we’re confident they’ll be adapted to suit the trilogy! Once again, for anyone who likes things exactly as they were, the classic controls will still be available; however, the confirmed camera lock-on system may only be available for the modern controls!

If you played the original trilogy on console, then you may not be aware of the expansion packs released for the PC versions. These packs, titled Unfinished Business, Golden Mask, and The Lost Artefact (for games one, two, and three, respectively) are all included in this remaster. They not only wrap up the first and third games stories — with Golden Mask being a stand-alone narrative — but feature new environments, enemies, and challenges! It’s not often you hear about these expansions, so we can only assume this will be the first time many of you have experienced them, and take it from us: they’re some fantastic pieces of content!

Finally, where would a modern game be without Achievements/Trophies? We all love to collect those virtual hits of serotonin, so having these digital icons pop in these classic titles for the first time will no doubt have achievement hunters clamouring for 100% across all three games.

So, that’s all we know about the upcoming Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, although expect more details in the very near future! The game is set for release on 14th February 2024, so get ready to explore Lara’s iconic first adventures soon!

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