Capcom decided to take a different route a few years ago when they developed Resident Evil Revelations for the 3DS. It was a way to get back the fans of the series that liked the old-school survival horror style that the first 4 Resident Evil games had. Fans were getting fed up with the gun and run gameplay that the newest Resident Evils had. The games still sold really well, Including the recent Resident Evil 6. Capcom has decided to continue this old-school style of Revelations by putting out a sequel on current gen consoles, besides Wii U. Sorry Nintendo. Does this downloadable episodic game bring back the horror of Resident Evil? Or should Capcom just give up survival horror and stick to creating bigger titles that appeal to the consumer?Welcome back Claire Redfield and Barry Burton! Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a 4 part downloadable sequel to Revelations that came out originally on the 3DS and then later ported to the Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360. It has two different campaigns starring Claire and Barry Burton. We haven’t seen Claire Redfield since the movie Resident Evil: Degeneration which came out in 2008. Video game wise, she was in Code Veronica.
Claire Redfield finds herself trapped in a cell on an island in the middle of nowhere with a girl named Moira, who happens to be the daughter of Barry Burton. They soon realize that they have been kidnapped by an unknown assailant. Working together with Moira, you have to find a way out of this deserted island and figure out whats going on.
Starting with Claire’s campaign, I want to commend Capcom for sticking with the Revelations series. It has that survival horror gameplay that I love and this game seems to do it well. I found myself jumping in fright at some moments during her story. These “monsters” that you fight aren’t zombies but infected humans that will kill you mercilessly. They are not slow at all and are terrifying to me. There were times when ammo was scarce and I would have to just run away from enemies because I could not defeat them unless I took the risk to knife them 20 times. Just for reference I did complete the episode on the hard difficulty so I can get the full effect of the scares and really have that awesome survival horror experience.
Having Moira and Natalia (Barry’s Partner) as a partner has its positives and negatives in certain situations. Moira has a flashlight that can stun enemies and also find hidden items. Natalia can detect enemies through walls and also hit enemies with bricks if she has one on her. I found Moira to be a bit too much when it comes to her personality. She curses for no reason and has to have a say in everything. It ruins the horror aspect of the game when you have her behind you making jokes and constantly being an annoying emo girl. You can play split screen with a friend if you want to. But I think the game would be much better if Claire and Barry were on their own. The environments are super creepy and atmospheric (Especially if you wear headphones like I did), but having a partner brings it all down.
While Claire’s story seems to have very limited ammo and more scares, Barry’s is a bit different. You have more automatic weapons and ammo throughout the story. His campaign seems to be more geared towards the fans that like shooters and not much the survival horror aspect. One interesting design choice that I’m not really okay with is that you go through most of the same areas in both stories. Barry is trying to find Claire and Moira so I understand why it works. But I think both campaigns should have been more varied. Hopefully this is just for the first episode of the game.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a gift to old fans of the series. It’s tense gameplay brings back what I love about the Resident Evil series. Revelations seems to be the side-series for people like me while Resident Evil 7 will most likely be like 6 which has a little survival horror but more of a third-person shooter than anything. Regardless, this is a true survival horror game and I cannot wait for episode 2 to release next week!
The first episode was just released a few days ago on the 24th and Capcom plans to release the other episodes on a weekly basis. It’s available on PS3/4 and Xbox 360/One, PC. Get it now!