As promised, Capcom has released the former Nintendo 3DS exclusive title Resident Evil: Revelations on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, WiiU, and PC. While the game remains as solid as it was on the 3DS, it has left most fans wanting more.
The game sees the return of the series’ original protagonists Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine getting caught up in events that take place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 during the early years of the B.S.A.A. (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance). The gameplay is fantastic – filled with dark hallways and twisted creatures reminiscent of the original games that started the survival horror genre. While the creepy settings and their mutated occupants will cause players to slow down to peek around a corner or two, it does not slow down the pace. Heavy artillery is used to take on bigger enemies like in some of the more recent titles, and sudden turns in the story will keep players literally running for their lives. The story is a very worthy prequel that will please fans of the earlier games as well as newer players to the series.
As stated earlier, this title was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS, but has now been formatted to HD for this release. The disappointment lies in the lack of new content to expand the game. While a new type of enemy was thrown in the mix and fan favorite HUNK added as a playable character in Raid mode, the game doesn’t feel as fresh as it could be. Many feel letdown that there was no co-operative mode added to the main campaign. While players can team up with a friend in Raid mode, the main story mode remains a solo mission. This add-on would make perfect sense, as the playable characters in the story are always accompanied by a partner (whether they are in the same area or not). Still others argue that it is better for the main campaign to remain a solo endeavor, as that is what creates the perfect survival horror situation.
Raid mode, which was also available on the 3DS version, is the only other mode outside of the main story. It can be played solo or with a partner (only online, no local co-operative mode has been added). It takes players around several different areas to survive hordes of creatures and compete for a better score while trying different weapon combinations (including customizable weapon add-ons). It is addicting, but can be disappointing to those expecting to get more than two players in on the hunt.
All in all, the game is great. The main storyline is a must for fans of the series. But hopefully Capcom will release more content in the future to really make the most of this excellent title.