Resident Evil: Revelations Review
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Resident Evil: Revelations Box Art
System: Wii U, PS3, PC, Xbox 360*
Dev: Capcom, Tose
Pub: Capcom
Release: May 21, 2013
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

To compliment these achievements, the sounds of Resident Evil: Revelations complete the survival horror package. The environment is well crafted, and enemies pop out of every nook and cranny with sounds that sometimes catch you off guard. The Queen Zenobia creaks and cracks on the sea, and, along with the swaying environment, never lets you forget you are in the middle of the ocean. Everything else in the game sounds as it should (guns, footsteps, rain, etc.).

Voice acting in Revelations can be cheesy at points, but that’s kind of part of the charm of a Resident Evil title, and I’m very glad Capcom didn’t forget that. Even though the character voices almost never line up with their mouth movement, the voice actors give quality performances, despite the campy horror script.

Resident Evil: Revelations Screenshot

However, I have always had a few gripes with the Resident Evil series as a whole. Why are there green herbs everywhere? There is no reason whatsoever for these to exist on an ocean liner, other than to give the player a means for rejuvenation. Why is there ammunition strewn about the environment? How did it get there? This is a little easier to forgive within the confines of the ship, but on the beach and mountain levels the nonsensical placement of these items only serves the purpose of restoring the players ammo after a tense attack sequence. However, I can concede that these small personal issues are menial, and have become expected within the Resident Evil franchise. Without them it would have felt a bit less like Resident Evil, and nobody wants that.

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At the end of the day, Resident Evil: Revelations is a game that delivers a memorable survival horror experience, one that’s more deserving of its lineage than most of the recent installations in the series. Even though the graphical update is evident, the mixture of high and low-resolution graphics create odd visual contrasts. However, the sound and gameplay pick up the visual slack and help to breathe life into an otherwise low-res world. Additionally, we get to play as the most iconic characters in the series, in an environment brand-new to the Resident Evil world. Overall, I’m glad they made this port. Not everyone owns a 3DS, and this RE experience needed to be available to every Resident Evil fan.

There is only one question that remains: Is Resident Evil: Revelations better for the console than it is for the 3DS? Nah, not really. It adds a few extra features and gives it a coat of HD paint, but at its core it is still the same game. But is it worth playing on console? Absolutely.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: May 21, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The handheld graphics show through the HD glaze of the character models and environmental effects.
3.5
Control
The controls translate well to the console version, shooting and moving is a plus.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Creepy sound effects set the tone for the game and the ambient creaking of the Queen Zenobia delivers an eerie feel. Voice acting is cheesy at points, but that’s part of the charm of Resident Evil.
4.0
Play Value
Good in its own right, Resident Evil: Revelations could have been great with a more in-depth graphical overhaul and a slightly tighter control scheme.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Enhanced for consoles: The fear that was brought to players in Resident Evil Revelations on the Nintendo 3DS system returns redefined complete with high quality HD visuals, enhanced lighting effects, and an immersive sound experience.
  • Classic survival horror gameplay returns: The campaign mode's single player experience sees gamers investigating a range of different locations including the dark confined spaces of a cruise ship and the treacherous snow covered mountains. With limited ammo and weapons, fight off infected enemies that lurk around every corner.
  • Hell just got hotter: Infernal Mode, a new difficulty mode for console versions, is not just more challenging than Easy and Normal modes but also remixes enemy and item placement, so even those familiar with the game will discover new terrors.
  • Meet the Wall Blister: A brand new enemy , the Wall Blister is a mutated creature borne from the T-Abyss virus that spreads through water, adding to the horrors that lurk around every corner.
  • Residentevil.net support: Resident Evil Revelations will take full advantage of Residentevil.net with content available to users once the game launches. Earn weapons and custom parts and use them in-game, collect figures that can be used in dioramas and check your stats through the online web service.
  • Improved Raid Mode: New weapons, skill sets, playable characters including Rachel and Hunk and enemies exclusive to this mode are added for this latest version.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Resident Evil: Revelations - Case File #7 - Mystery - click to enlarge
    Case File #7 - Mystery
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    Case File #4 - Survive

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