Forget That Other Game,
This is the True Resident Evil 6!
Resident Evil: Revelations was touted as a big exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS, and it was. It was an excellent addition to the Resident Evil series, creating a sublime mix of survival-horror, something that the Resident Evil series had been sorely missing as of late, and action. Unfortunately, sales of the game were anything but sublime. Now, two years and some change later, Capcom has HD-ified the game for high definition home consoles. The end result is a game with a second chance at getting an audience with its stellar campaign and intriguing and addicting Raid Mode.
Jill Valentine and her newly assigned partner Parker Luciani arrive on a luxury cruise liner known as the Queen Zenobia to search for their missing comrades, longtime series veteran Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat. On board the ship they discover the crew has been infected by something known as the T-Abyss virus, turning them all into blood-sucking creatures, and a terrorist group known as Veltro is taking credit for the attack. Resident Evil: Revelations is played out through twelve episodes, taking players not only into the shoes of Jill and Parker on the Queen Zenobia, but also as Chris, Jessica, and a couple of annoying, they-don't-quite-fit-here characters known as Quint and Keith. Revelations has multiple flashbacks to an incident that is set as the catalyst of everything that is currently going on, the Terragrigia Panic. Episodes have multiple parts to them, switching back and forth between character duos and settings. It's a fascinating tale, even with the sometimes hammy execution and dialogue.
|While Jill's segments are full|
of survival horror elements...
|...Chris's are all action all the time.|
Sit, Ubu. Sit.
|I've heard of Wii Remotes through TVs,|
but infected monsters?!
|Sometimes all you need is some brute force.|
Jill and Parker have a unique tool in their arsenal, the Genesis device. Once again, Genesis does what Nintendon't... or something like that. Sorry for trying to be clever! Regardless, the Genesis can be used to point at objects and find hidden, out-of-sight items like ammo, health and upgrade kits that allow you to mix and match custom parts to increase the firepower, rate of fire and stopping power, for starters, of a given weapon. Some may not like having to stop and examine each room with the Genesis to find much needed ammo and helpful items, but it's a necessary evil-- play on words intended.
Outside of the Resident Evil: Revelations' campaign, which will last anywhere between 7-10 hours (Note that there are three main difficulties to play through, with Infernal, the toughest of the three, having totally different enemy placements than the Nintendo 3DS version of the game), is the ever addicting Raid Mode. This is a cooperative online multiplayer mode where up to two players go through the various maps of the game, shoot through waves of enemies and earn points to be used to purchase better guns, items and other equipment. Points are also used to level your own character up. The fun of Raid Mode is not only playing with another person (it's pretty hard by yourself unless you grind), but additionally earning rare and super rare weapons to take down foes like nobody's business. So even long after the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations has been taken care of, one can enjoy Raid Mode for countless hours.
Regardless, there are two issues that prevent Resident Evil: Revelations from truly hitting amazing. The first comes from the non-optimization of the port to more powerful hardware. This is seen most egregiously in the load times between major sections of the Queen Zenobia. You'll be sitting in front of a door as its center spins about a hundred times (exaggeration) until it finally opens. This takes about a half minute at the very least to do, and it's not even like Metroid Prime where the loading is masked by the doors. No, these doors basically have a sign on them that says, "LOADING! PLEASE UNDERSTAND!" This was an issue in the Nintendo 3DS original, which was on weaker hardware, so it's confusing to see this problem on much more powerful hardware.
|All those synchronized swimming classes|
finally paid off for Ms. Valentine.
|On the consoles, aiming can be a bit finicky.|
|Beauty (the sunset) and the beast (everything else).|
[SPC Says: 8.75/10]