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Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

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































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • 日本語
  • 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.

    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
    Dutch Tomb Raider: De Laatste Onthulling Tomb Raider: The Last Unveiling

    Magazine articles

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

    Promotional material

    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]

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

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

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

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

    CVG UK 220.pdf

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

    ConsolesPlus FR 098.pdf

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

    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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    Dreamcast, UK
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    Cover
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    Disc
    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, NL
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    Dreamcast, BR
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    Cover
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    Disc
    TombRiderLRDCBRManual.pdf
    Manual
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    Inlay
    Dreamcast, UK (white label)

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    Disc
    Dreamcast, DE (white label)

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    External links

    • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

    References


    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)