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Publisher: Aspyr Media    Genre: Action
Min OS X: Not Supported    CPU: G3 @ 233 MHz    RAM: 32 MB    4x CD-ROM

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
August 28, 2000 | Christopher Morin

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'Twas the night before deadline and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except my USB mouse.
The USB gamepad was positioned with care,
In hopes that Tomb Raider soon would be there.'

Well, the deadline came and went. No Tomb Raider. No Lara Croft gracing my monitor. You have no idea how testy the IMG editors can be when articles are not submitted on time. It appeared as though there would be no descriptions in the next issue of IMG of searching ancient Egyptian crypts with our favorite computer-generated heroine. However, through the heroics of our own Andy Largent and Aspyr Media, you, our beloved reader, can get your fill of Lara Croft yet again.

"More Lara?" you ask. Why, yes, more Lara. Dare I say there is no such thing as too much Lara? As the old saying goes, "If it ainít broke, donít fix it." The Tomb Raider games have not quite lost all their steam yet. This latest iteration is no slacker. New skinning, better mouth movement during dialog, fancy new moves, and great new scenery are just a few things you can expect from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.

We're Not Worthy!
After installing the game and working through the now-familiar setup program, my first impression of TR: TLR was, "Wow!" I realize that reaction is not particularly literate, but the new graphics are stunning. It is more than just the fact that I got a new graphics accelerator. The scenes in this latest Lara chapter are much more detailed and colorful. Even the seat of Laraís shorts shows sign of wear in the appropriate areas. But I digress. Suffice it to say the graphics in this chapter of Tomb Raider do not disappoint. Just imagine how fantastic it will look when run on a Voodoo5 card with full screen anti-aliasing.

Unlike the last game, TR III, this one takes place in one locale. For a fourth chapter of the Tomb Raider series, the gameís creators had to come up with a new angle. It wasnít enough any longer for Lara to solve ancient riddles. Now she has to work to imprison the evil spirit of an ancient Egyptian deity. Fearless adventurer that she is, Lara unwittingly released the spirit of the evil god Set. Now she must risk life and limb to imprison him once again before Armageddon destroys the Earth. Just a walk in the park for the intrepid Lara Croft. Here is a bit of a mythology lesson for you, Set was the brother of Osirus the ruler of the earth. Osirus became the god of the underworld after Set killed him.

Back in action is the Mac-only setup program. What a great touch. It is back in the same great form as in Tomb Raider III. However this chapter lacks the option to adjust the blood effects. That is a handy option for those who prefer not to have young children see graphic violence in games or prefer not to see it themselves.


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