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Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (Windows)

77
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Improved graphics and animation with an interesting story, but #!@*$& hard puzzles! kbmb (399) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (52 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
I have since played most of the other Tomb Raider games on PC. TR2 is much more a straight shooter than an adventure, but that aside, the first few beginning and last few ending levels really ignite. Its expansion pack, TR2 Gold, sparkles as well. TR3 Gold: Lost Artifact, however, was on the vanilla side. Most vanilla was TR5: Chronicles, with the exception of the three "Black Isle" levels in Ireland, which are classic, mythical, creepy, and unique, featuring an unarmed, childhood-aged Lara ... My favorite all in all would still have to be TR4, though! I give it a gold star and highly recommend it if you can stand being chased by flying fire demons, mummies, skeletons, ghostly tin men on horseback, and ancient raging bulls, or ... even if you can't!
100
Game Vortex
Again, this opens up new possibilities for exploration. I can't say enough about this game, it's just that good. Plus if you get the Millenium Edition, it comes complete with a special edition Lara comic, pewter figurine and collector's card. No true TR fan should be without it. Love it or hate it, Tomb Raider is here to stay.
91
Just Adventure
All told, I had a great time playing The Last Revelation, with the exceptions I listed above. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I've purchased the first two games in the series (for the Playstation, though--hopefully I'll be able to deal with the controls a bit more intuitively that way). There's a minor amount of violence in this game--nothing much worse than what's on Saturday morning cartoons these days, so it's appropriate for most kids over age ten.
91
PC Games (Germany)
Zweifellos ist der vierte Teil der Serie auch der bislang beste - selbst wenn böse Menschen anderes behaupten werden. Die optischen Verbesserungen sind klar zu erkennen; auch die Hinwendung zu klassischem Level- und Puzzledesign tut der in letzter Zeit oft geschmähten Abenteurerin gut. Trotzdem bleibt festzustellen: ohne den Lara-Bonus wäre Tomb Raider 4 lediglich ein mit wohlwollendem Kopfnicken bedachtes Action-Adventure - und sicherlich nicht der Verkaufsschlager, der es so wahrscheinlich wieder werden wird. Um wirklich neue Akzente zu setzen, müsste sich die attraktive Dame einfach mal bei ihrer Kollegin Rynn aus Drakan oder dem Shadowsman inspirieren lassen - aber vielleicht klappt's mit den Innovationen ja dann beim fünften Teil.
90
Power Play
Während der Streifzüge durch die Schauplätze trifft die einstige Kultfigur natürlich auch auf jede Menge verschlossener Türen. Um diese zu öffnen, legt Ihr wie gewohnt Schalter um, verschiebt Statuen oder plaziert Skulpturen an bestimmten Stellen. Bei den anspruchsvolleren Denkaufgaben müßt Ihr schon mal ins übernächste Level vordringen und ein oder zwei Zwischenrätsel lösen, um dann durch einen unglaublich gut versteckten Unterwasserausgang zum Ausgangspunkt zurückkehren zu können. Diese neue Qualität läßt die beiden letzten Teile vergessen und macht “The Last Revelation“ zum würdigen Nachfolger des ersten Abenteuers.
87
GameZone
Immersive graphics, solid sound and fully interactive gameplay make Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation a delight, pure and simple. The controls are easy to grasp and use, and can be configured for keyboard or joystick. The program demands that gamers think, not just react. There are more puzzles to solve, seemingly more enemies to outwit, and, of course, Set to defeat. Tomb Raider was one of the first titles to feature a female hero, who could adventure and shoot with the best of them. It has attracted an almost-fanatical following. In spite of that, this is a title that will appeal to the role-playing adventurer for its sheer entertainment value.
85
PC Zone
The original Tomb Raider was ground-breaking enough to warrant a massive Classic score, but I would argue that, in retrospect, neither TRII nor III deserve that status. It's not that they're bad games, it's just that they don't provide the amazing experience a Classic award warrants. And, frankly, neither does The Last Revelation. It would have to go far beyond a platform adventure and become something that defied categories; it would have to draw us into the story to the point where we'd forget we were playing a game. By its very nature, Tomb Raider can't do either of those things. If you enjoyed any of the other titles, The Last Revelation will blow your socks clean off. Just don't expect any miraculous changes if you never liked it in the first place.
84
Power Unlimited
Het laatste hoofdstuk in de Tomb Raider sage is niet revolutionair of vernieuwend maar desondanks een waardige afsluiter. Alles ziet er toch weer beter uit, de gameplay is puik en Lara blijft natuurlijk een juicy babe. Als je nog geen Tomb Raider game hebt, kun je dus gerust deze checken en ook de hardcore Lara fans zullen het allemaal weer fantastisch vinden. Kritischer bekeken is het toch ook meer van hetzelfde, is de engine nu echt achterhaald en moet het nu maar eens over zijn met de melkkoe van Core en Eidos.
84
WomenGamers.com
For those who have never played TR before, The Last Revelation will be a unique and entertaining experience. If you have played TR before, and have had your fill, The Last Revelation will not offer you anything you haven't really seen before. Sure, there are new levels to explore, vehicles to drive, and character moves, but overall it is nothing new. Meaning no disrespect to Lara enthusiasts, but TR4 truly is the same formula we've seen three times before. However, die hard fans such as myself will enjoy this newest installment in the series for the same reasons we always have: an interesting, sassy, intelligent lead character, great gameplay, nice graphics, and some mind flexing puzzles mixed in along the way. TR is still the best game of this type out there.
83
GameStar (Germany)
Die Beschränkung auf den Schauplatz Ägypten verbreitet Wiederholungscharme: hier ein Skorpion, da ’ne Mumie, dort ein wenig Sand im Getriebe. Fans der Serie bekommen mehr von dem, was sie schon immer liebten. Das ist weder zu verurteilen noch übertrieben aufregend. Doch selbst das leckerste Spielprinzip verliert durch zu häufiges Aufwärmen an Geschmack. Vielleicht sollte man dem kreativ entsafteten Stamm-Programmierteam allmählich das Sorgerecht für Lara entziehen. Ich für meinen Teil spiele lieber Indiana Jones 5.
82
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Tomb Raider 4 is verrassend goed meegevallen. Voor de fans is dit zeker verplichte kost. Als je je niet stoort aan het feit dat je geen vier verschillende continenten te zien krijgt, of dat ons Lara geen andere kleertjes aantrekt tussen de levels dan is deze Tomb Raider zeker een plaats waard in je Tomb Raider verzameling. Voor diegenen die nog nooit van Tomb Raider of Lara Croft gehoord hebben: de vloek van Seth zal over u dalen en uw ziel plagen voor de volgende duizend jaar!
81
Svenska PC Gamer
En av nyheterna i denna fjärde del är grafikmotorn. De tidigare spelen är kända för sina grafikbuggar och nu ska allt vara bra. Ändå försvinner delar av Lara in i väggarna, kameran fastnar och texturerna passar inte ihop överallt. Visserligen är dessa problem inte lika uppenbara denna gång.
80
PC Joker
Das neue 3D-Actionabenteur der alten Polygonheldin: viel Bewährtes, wenig Überraschendes.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
It seems that the designers at Core finally listened to all the com plaints about the various TOMB RAIDER games and put out a game that finally does the series some justice. They went back to what made the first one good — elegant level design, a continuous sense of discovery, and a mood that strikes a perfect balance between tension and satisfaction. If you’re like me and were enraptured by the first game in the series, but consistently disappointed by the sequels, then THE LAST REVELATION will revive your faith. If you’ve never played a TOMB RAIDER game, then there’s never been a better time to start.
80
Gamesmania
Dass der nun schon vierte Teil der Tomb Raider Reihe so viel Spaß machen könnte, hätte ich nicht gedacht. Nette Ideen, gespickt mit einer angenehmen Spielweise, verleiteten mich des öfteren dazu, länger zu spielen als ursprünglich geplant. Ein großes Plus dabei ist, dass die Rätsel logischer und interessanter, die Fallen dagegen ungefährlicher sind als im Vorgänger. Ganz klar, dass Tomb-Raider-Fans bei diesem Titel zugreifen und ihren Spaß haben werden. Aber auch für Action-Adventure-Fans, die von Tomb Raider 2 und 3 Abstand genommen haben, dürfte sich ein Blick lohnen.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Tomb Raider 4 ist zwar keine Offenbarung, aber auch nicht das Letzte. Für meinen Geschmack kommt das Spiel trotz aller grafischer Polierarbeit nicht an die Atmosphäre von Indy heran.
80
Computer Games Magazine
Even if The Last Revelation doesn't have the overall "wow" impact of the original Tomb Raider, it's in every respect a better game, with significant improvements in storyline and level design. In fact, if it weren't for a few bug-related and game-balancing issues, this would be one of the better games of the year. As it stands, it's merely an excellent one, humbling most of its competitors. Welcome back Lara. Thanks for the reminder why we loved you in the first place.
78
Gamer's Pulse
The title seems to indicate a finale of sorts, but is Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation the last end of Lara’s adventures? Somehow I doubt that, as Eidos and Core would be foolish to give up this cash cow. As most of you have probably heard, there is currently a live-action movie featuring Lara in the works, and you can bet there is yet another sequel being planned as you read this. Hopefully, the title means that this will be the last time we see the venerable Tomb Raider engine used, modified or not. It is beginning to show its age, and it appears that it is impossible to avoid some clipping as it now stands. This is the best game in the series since the first one, and gives even it a run for its money in all areas except for concept. We’ve been there, and done that, but never in such a beautiful environment. TR4 is a welcome return to Lara’s roots, and a promise that we can hope for more and better improvements in the future.
78
Game Over Online
The Last Revelation starts and finishes strong. If you can manage to last through the exceedingly dull and repetitive middle sequences in the game, you’ll be well rewarded come the climax. The Last Revelation is by far the best in the Tomb Raider series. It doesn’t quite offer the impact that the original had, but that’s a given. What it does have is a great story, some excellent puzzles, smooth visuals, and a level of detail unseen in previous Tomb Raider adventures.
75
ComputerGamers.com
I was a little disappointed that Eidos and Core Design were not able to break new ground with this, the supposed final in the series, but hats off to them for giving us a great series, and ending in on a high, if not magnificent, note.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Tomb Raider 4 ne sera peut-être (sûrement ?) pas le dernier des Lara Croft et même si celui-ci est meilleur que les épisodes précédents sans toutefois retrouver les émotions du modèle original, on s'amuse bien moins qu'avant et les répétitions de plate-forme - piège - monstre lassent. EIDOS nous avait promis le renouveau et un véritable retour aux sources, il faudra attendre le numéro 5 alors.
75
Game Revolution
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation is easily the best game since the original, ground breaking Tomb Raider. However, besides a couple new moves and some better textures, it's exactly the same game. It's a breath of tomb air: spooky, challenging and enthralling, but perhaps a bit stale, sealed underground for a little too long.
74
GameSpy
It's a good game, though not great. It has strengths and flaws, as with any game, and it's up to an individual to decide for himself or herself if the flaws are worth dealing with for the strengths.
74
GameSpot
Ultimately, Tomb Raider IV would have made a brilliant Tomb Raider II. The changes are great, but should have been made years ago. They are less impressive now that the basic play mechanics are so familiar. Fans who want one more spelunking adventure will be pleased that this is far and away the best of the sequels. Those of us who hoped our favorite gaming girlfriend would evolve into something better will be disappointed again, only less so this year than in the past. Core has breathed just enough new life into the old girl to make it worth one more go. But, we're warning you, Lara: We're not going to fall for this little game of yours again. All of us need to move on. This is it. Last time. We mean it this time. No kidding.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Core’s formula has remained unchanged since the first title in 1996, and the graphics engine and movement and control mechanics should have been buried in a time capsule after the first sequel. Yet Core Design has done a good job of focusing on the things that constitute a solid Lara Croft adventure–interesting locations, a decent plot, some memorable puzzles, well-designed levels that challenge without being frustrating, and light smatterings of combat. Although all the foibles for which the series is infamous, including the errant third-person camera and horrendous clipping problems, are still present, the game is a fun one-time romp. Some of the puzzles are downright unfair and the implementation of ropes could have been better, but these shortcomings are balanced out with a host of entertaining touches. Eidos and Core has proven themselves to be raiders of the lost art of adventure with the best Tomb Raider sequel to date.
70
Spel för Alla
Gillade du de tidigare Tomb Raider-spelen lär du älska The Last Revelation. Undertecknad får i alla fall inte nog av miss Croft och hoppas på del fem.
70
IGN
Yes, it's as good as the first one, but even so, if this was Tomb Raider 2 instead of 4, it would still be criticized for bringing nothing new to the table. And years after the fact? It's just unacceptable. There's a reason why the Core team can release a new TR game ever year on the dot, while other companies struggle to stick to release dates -- they don't spend very much time on design. Though levels have some new tricks in every iteration, they still rely on a massive amount of recycled material in order to keep the game alive, and for those of us that used to have an active interest in the series, it has done nothing but ruin any respect that Tomb Raider used to garner. If you've never, ever -- not once, not even for a second, played Tomb Raider, than this should be the one to start with.
60
incite PC Gaming
Only hardcore Tomb Raider fans will want to make it through this hard to play adventure.
60
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Долго я думал, признаваться или нет в том, что не довелось мне видеть ни первой, ни второй, ни третьей части Tomb Raider’а. В конце концов решил признаться: да, до сих пор я вел скучную и серую жизнь любителя стратегий и симуляторов, некоторое разнообразие в которую вносило лишь редкое появление на моем винте 3D-шутеров. Занимая ум и пальцы, все эти порождения компьютерных гениев ничего не могли дать моей душе. Но вот, свершилось! Пришла ОНА, помахала косой, повела плечиком, повертела...
60
UHS (Universal Hint System)
While occasionally interesting and better than the last two Tomb Raider games, the fourth game will seem too repetitive and dated to many.
50
Komputer Świat GRY
Czwarta część serii o Larze nie przyciągnęłaby nikogo mimo niskiej ceny, gdyby nie to, że najnowsza gra z panną Croft, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness jest przeciętna, i ma te same wady co The Last Revelation. A skoro firma Core Design w ciągu pięciu lat poprawiła tylko grafikę, The last Revelation pozostaje pozycją do rozważenia - głównie dla tych, którzy lubią zręcznościową rozgrywkę polegającą na skakaniu, wspinaniu się i bieganiu po antycznych grobowcach.
50
PC Accelerator
One final plea: Please fix this game! We still want Lara, just not in the same game we've been playing for four years. Despite what the title may indicate, we are certain there will be another game next year. There are there are three things you can count on in this life: Death, taxes, and Tomb Raider. TR is the lesser of these evils. Barely.