Release Date: May 21, 2013
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U
Genre: Survivor Horror
Rated: M for Mature
Hardcore fans of the Resident Evil series can get a little excited as the new title in the series has finally hit consoles. Resident Evil: Revelations originally released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 7, 2012 and now a little more than a year later for your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U.
Unlike other games that come out for both consoles and handles that have different, yet connected stories as a way to tempt you into buying a copy for each your console and handhelds, Resident Evil: Revelations is the same story for all your devices. This will make fans happy knowing that they don’t have to run out and play it for their 3DS, thinking it may effect the story on their console. Resident Evil: Revelations is the same game with some new features and updated graphics. Oh and of course it has been loaded full of achievements and trophies for all of you whom are completely focused on your gamerscore.
In Revelations you will find yourself in a place somewhere between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 playing as BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. The story flashes back and forth between Jill and her partner Parker, and Chris and his partner Jessica, giving you the opportunity to venture both worlds. Chris and Jessica have gone missing and it is up to Jill and Parker to try and locate them.
As with most Resident Evil titles, the story is what keeps fans hanging on for more, besides the infected, graphics and gameplay that is. And when it comes to the most recent titles, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil 6, it’s probably the only reason fans stuck around. As the gameplay has changed drastically since Resident Evil 4 and has become a very different game in general many fans have been disappointed in what the series has become. And after the promise that the series would return to its “roots” in Resident Evil: Revelations will fans finally get what they want?
Graphically, Revelations looks pretty good, especially considering it was originally a 3DS title. In fact, it’s very promising after first popping the disk in. However, the hopeful feeling fades rather quickly once you are thrown into the game and away from the cutscenes. At first you might not notice, but eventually it becomes impossible to ignore; at first you will notice your partner, Parker, moves weird. He doesn’t walk smoothly, and as a matter of fact if you need to get around him he simply glides out of your way as you push him to get by. Maybe a minor thing in your eyes, but super annoying to me. Another minor but annoying flaw is the enemy movement.
Similar to your partners, it is very choppy and irregular. Often they get caught on environmental objects and appear to move almost robotic. Almost like they jumped from one location to another in the blink of an eye. But on the flip side you can use this to your advantage when you come across multiple enemies at once.
Controls are pretty straight forward as the first chapter in game is very tutorial like. It introduces you to your weapons, tools and moves as you play making it very easy to transition through the game very easily. The only downside in my opinion was the use of the Genesis. The Genesis, which is new to the series, is a tool used by the BSAA to scan objects as a means to find items, enemies and traps. I personally would rather just search for items around the room and select a button to pick it up rather then having to scan everything to find out whether there is a hidden item or not. Then having to scan it in order to identify it.
The plus side of the scanner however is once it reaches 100% from scanning enemies and other various objects, you will be rewarded with a herb. Which, for those of you that are new to the series and don’t know, heals you. If you are at max capacity for your herbs the scanner will stay at 100% until you have room for more.
Just a couple pro-tips for you when using the scanner you will want to keep your eyes peeled for 1) hand prints as scanning a certain number of them unlocks achievements. And 2) when you activate your scanner if you don’t see a glowing yellow dot on the bottom right corner there is nothing in that room/area for you to discover. So rather than constantly scanning each room completely simply activate the scanner and check for the yellow dot.
Overall, Resident Evil: Revelations is OKAY. It isn’t spectacular and offers very few improvements to make it impress fans at “console” levels. Although the story itself is pretty good that does little in the way of replay value. Just as most people only read a book once, you will likely only want to play through this title once. It offers very little to keep a gamer entertained and fails to return to its truly “EVIL” roots as Capcom promised.
Maybe giving fans a little bit of both worlds, the classic Resident Evil mixed with the new Resident Evil, they felt they would be able to keep more fans from both genres impressed and happy with the series. In my opinion they have failed to create a true identity and have disappointed all fans alike. But maybe this is simply the opinion of a classic/original Resident Evil loving fan. After all they do say that most people hate change. But I will let you be the judge of that.
Overall Rating: 3.25/5