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Square Enix details Tomb Raider Definitive Edition's fancy new effects

Insists Lara's new, sweatier skin is "a very big deal."

Some would say Square Enix has a lot of nerve for shilling out a full-priced next-gen version of its 2013 Tomb Raider reboot a full year after the game hit store shelves, but the publisher is adamant that the new enhancements are worth the high asking price. Now, it's detailing exactly what these additions are in the following tech trailer.

Executive producer Scott Amos points out such nifty effects as how Lara's character model has been completely redone. "We've even added dynamic effects for how we light her skin and for materials that change for sweat, mud, and blood." More realistic sweat! That's a selling point I've not heard before.

Her face too has been redone with apparently five times the density of improvements on her facial features. But does the HD version make her look better, or just shinier (or sweatier)? Either way, Square considers her new skin "a very big deal."

Some of these effects are more noteworthy, like every strand of her hair and her gear - right down to the arrows in her quiver - shuffling around around realistically as she moves about the environment.

These are pretty cool additions, but are they £49.99 cool? You tell me.

Despite huge sales at launch, Tomb Raider only recently broke even in the end of 2013. The Definitive Edition launches on 31st January on PS4 and Xbox One.

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