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Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Publisher: Eidos, Capcom (JP)
Developer:
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
JP
¥5,800 T-1233M
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.99[1] T-36806N
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[3][4]
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ?
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas
Sega Dreamcast
IT
T-36804D-13
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.95[5] ?
Sega Dreamcast
BR
R$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).

Gameplay

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.

History

Legacy

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.

Versions

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.

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

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GamePro US 139.pdfGamePro US 139.pdf

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

PDF
Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #75: "2000-22 extra (2000-07-07ex)" (2000-06-23)
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DCM JP 20000728 2000-25.pdfDCM JP 20000728 2000-25.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #78: "2000-25 (2000-07-28)" (2000-07-14)
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CVG UK 220.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #220: "March 2000" (2000-02-16)
also published in:
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ConsolesPlus FR 098.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #98: "Mars 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:
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ConsolesPlus FR 099.pdfConsolesPlus FR 099.pdf

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
80
Based on
8 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, JP
TombRaider4 DC JP Box Back.jpgTombRaider4 DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
TombRaider4 DC JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation DC JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Dreamcast, UK
TombRaider4 DC UK Box Back.jpgTombRaider4 DC UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
TombRaider4 DC UK Disc.jpg
Disc
Dreamcast, FR
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, DE
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, ES
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Cover
Dreamcast, IT
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Cover
Dreamcast, BR
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Cover
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Disc
TombRiderLRDCBRManual.pdf
Manual
TombRiderDCBRInlay.jpg
Inlay
Dreamcast, UK (white label)

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Disc
Dreamcast, DE (white label)

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Disc

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References

  1. File:ODCM US 06.pdf, page 103
  2. File:ODCM US 05.pdf, page 98
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 222.pdf, page 84
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:DreamcastMagazine UK 07.pdf, page 54
  5. File:Hyper AU 079.pdf, page 68
  6. File:EGM US 130.pdf, page 128
  7. File:GamePro US 140.pdf, page 48
  8. File:DreamcastMagazine UK 07.pdf, page 11
  9. File:DLMO FR 03.pdf, page 119
  10. File:Arcade UK 18.pdf, page 88
  11. File:ConsolesPlus FR 099.pdf, page 108
  12. File:DCM_JP_20000728_2000-25.pdf, page 20
  13. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 34
  14. File:ROD ES 05.pdf, page 48


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)