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  • Writer's pictureLucas Chiquetto

Records and Praise: Reasons to celebrate the 20 years of The Last Revelation.

Produced by Core Design, published by Eidos Interactive and available for the Playstation, Dreamcast, PC and Mac consoles, Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation was released in 1999 to definitely stick to the story.

The game then sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and was considered a gigantic commercial success. In addition, the computer version of The Last Revelation received the "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) for sales of at least 100,000 copies in the UK. And for the PlayStation version, ELSPA gave a certification referring to the significant number of 300,000 copies in the region.

Not only in the land of the queen, but throughout the world, the game received very favorable reviews from critics and was considered a bestseller. Some opinion formers in the segment, such as Edge, IGN and GameSpot, consider The Last Revelation to be the game that most closely resembled the Tomb Raider origin, and was regarded as an innovative game to bring more fluid gameplay, better graphics and a very engaging storyline, taking heroine Lara Croft to a level superior to the predecessor games.

For anyone who is a fan, just like me, Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation was one of the best games in the history of the Tomb Raider franchise, mainly because of the whole history of being in Egypt which, in my opinion, is the most mysterious place and fascinating world.

For those who are not fans or are the next generation of the series and did not have the opportunity to play the classic games, here's a little bit of the wonderful story of this game that marked my life and that of many people (SPOILERS): the British archeologist, Lara Croft, returned to her roots, this time still young, in 1984 in Cambodia, accompanied by her teacher and friend Von Croy, who teaches the craft of archeology to the little girl. Although warned by Lara, the experienced archaeologist risks taking an important artifact that, at the moment in which it is taking the item, an earthquake happens that destroys the place where they were. After many years, Lara returns to the wonderful and inspiring Egypt to unravel the mysteries of the country, to face diverse dangers, from Egyptian dogs, gods, scorpions, dragon and even a gang headed by then friend, Van Croy, that had a unique goal, after so many years: destroy Croft.

Spoilers aside, all fans were devastated by the end of the game, which left in the air a possible death of Lara Croft. As a fan, I remember well: I started crying when it was all over and when Chronicles was released, I thought it would be the end of the series.

Thankfully, since that time, a lot has changed. We had a significant modernization with the life of Tomb Raider Legend in 2006, a reboot in 2013 and most recently in 2018, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which for me brought the franchise to a level of quality worthy of many awards.

We just have to wait - anxious - for the next game. Will it take too long?


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