Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

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Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Publisher: Eidos, Capcom (JP)
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack, Visual Memory Unit
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
¥5,800 T-1233M
Sega Dreamcast
$49.99[1] T-36806N
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
DM ?
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
$89.95[5] ?
Sega Dreamcast
R$R? 197216

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation is the fourth Tomb Raider game, and was released for, among other systems, the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. As it is the fourth Tomb Raider game it is informally known as Tomb Raider IV, and in Japan by the extended title of Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation (トゥームレイダー4 ラスト レベレーション).


The Last Revelation continues an Eidos Interactive-demanded tradtion of Core Design releasing a Tomb Raider game every year. While choosing to target the PC as the main platform rather than the PlayStation gave the team more flexibility, the short time frame meant that much of Tomb Raider IV is built on the engine which powered its predecessor, Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft (itself an extension of the Tomb Raider II engine, which was built on the original Tomb Raider code).

Lara carries over her moveset from the previous game, but can now grab onto ropes and poles, and "shimmy" around corners. It is also less linear than its predecessors, allowing Lara to revisit levels once they are completed. Unlike previous games, The Last Revelation takes place entirely in Egypt.



After working on these games continously since 1996, Core Design were suffering from creative fatigue, with the developers choosing to kill Lara at the end of the game (much to the distaste of management), and hence it was to be the last reveleation. However, despite this attempt to pause the franchise, a pseudo-sequel, Tomb Raider: Chronicles was released the following year.


The Dreamcast version of The Last Revelation was released a few months after its PlayStation and PC counterparts, and contains the same amount of content as both. Screen resolution, texture quality and draw distances are all higher on the Dreamcast compared to the PlayStation. The lighting engine is also simplified on the PlayStation, while on the Dreamcast has a more realistic look as a result.

The assets in the Dreamcast port of the game are a near match for the PC version running on high settings, although if pushed the PC can run in at higher resolutions and frame rates. However, to achieve these feats in 1999, much more expensive PC hardware than a Dreamcast console would have been required - for the average PC user, the differences would have been negligble in these areas.

The only major addition to the Dreamcast version is the inclusion of dynamic shadows. Polygon counts for character models and objects are the same across all versions (with the PlayStation exhibiting rendering problems seen in most 3D games for the hardware).

With fewer buttons on a Dreamcast Controller than on the PlayStation (even before a Dual Analogue or DualShock controller is involved), some actions require two buttons (or triggers) to be pressed.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Japanese トゥームレイダー4 ラスト レベレーション Tomb Raider 4: Last Revelation
French Tomb Raider: La Revelation Finale Tomb Raider: The Final Revelation
German Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation

Magazine articles

Main article: Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


GamePro US 139.pdfGamePro US 139.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #139: "April 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #130: "May 2000" (2000-04-04)[6]
  • GamePro (US) #140: "May 2000" (2000-xx-xx)[7]

DCM JP 20000707 2000-22ex.pdfDCM JP 20000707 2000-22ex.pdf

Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #75: "2000-22 extra (2000-07-07ex)" (2000-06-23)

DCM JP 20000728 2000-25.pdfDCM JP 20000728 2000-25.pdf

Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #78: "2000-25 (2000-07-28)" (2000-07-14)

CVG UK 220.pdf

Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #220: "March 2000" (2000-02-16)
also published in:

ConsolesPlus FR 098.pdf

Print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #98: "Mars 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:

ConsolesPlus FR 099.pdfConsolesPlus FR 099.pdf

Print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #99: "Avril 2000" (2000-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №18, p88-90[10]
91 №99, p108/109[11]
80 №222, p84[3]
70 №2000-25, p20Media:DCM_JP_20000728_2000-25.pdf[12]
87 №, p34[13]
70 №606, p32
80 №93
80 №5, p48-51[14]
Sega Dreamcast
Based on
8 reviews

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Dreamcast, UK
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Dreamcast, FR
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Dreamcast, DE
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Dreamcast, ES
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Dreamcast, IT
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Dreamcast, BR
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Dreamcast, UK (white label)

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Dreamcast, DE (white label)

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External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast


Tomb Raider games for Sega systems
Sega Saturn
Tomb Raider (1996) | Tomb Raider II (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (2000) | Tomb Raider: Chronicles (2000)