Owners of next-generation consoles have received enhancement patches for two older games today: Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Sniper Elite 4.
The first title was released by Eidos Montréal (with the help of Crystal Dynamics) in September 2018. At the time, we rated the game an 8.6 out of 10.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider manages to give Lara the character growth she needed and also brings the reboot trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. It does this primarily by refining the strong gameplay foundation established with the previous installments while providing a great action/adventure experience in terms of storytelling and audiovisual spectacle.
Out of nowhere, as reported on ResetEra, patch 2.01 introduced ‘support for 4K at high frame rate on PlayStation 5 in high resolution mode’. At the same time, Shadow of the Tomb Raider also received the official ‘Optimized for Xbox Series S|X’ badge on the Xbox Store.
YouTuber Rubhen925 captured the game at 4K@60FPS (and HDR) on PlayStation 5. Watch it below.
Rebellion also suddenly released a next-gen patch for Sniper Elite 4, which launched in February 2017 even earlier than Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Our reviewer Rosh Kelly really liked the game at the time and gave it a 9.2 out of 10.
With gameplay that can shock, amuse and satisfy in the same slow heartbeat, Sniper Elite 4 is the best game in the series. While the graphics, story, and characters can feel a little flat, the gameplay has always been the focus and has been so perfectly tuned to make everything else seem unimportant.
Unlike Square Enix, Rebellion actually went to the trouble of sending out a press release to detail the next-generation improvements.
Available for download now, the update delivers stunning visuals up to 4K on PS5 and Xbox Series X, super-smooth 60 frames per second gameplay and vastly improved load times, making this the definitive Sniper Elite 4 experience.
Sniping has never looked so good. The increased frame rate ensures super-smooth gameplay, allowing you to take even better photos. You can then view the results in glorious detail in the series-defining kill cam, up to 4K, with enhanced contrast sharpening.
There’s even an official trailer, though you’ll have to watch it on YouTube due to the age restriction caused by all the blood and gore.
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