For Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
The Resident Evil franchise started out as a horror-survival game set in the zombie apocalypse, but the series grew stale and in recent years switched to a more action-oriented style of gameplay; a change not entirely welcomed by fans. Revelations rectifies the change by taking the series back to its horror-survival roots.
The game’s story takes place aboard a giant cruise ship, the S.S. Queen Zenobia, which has been stranded in middle of the ocean. Characters Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine take helm this time around as they explore the ship and uncover the secrets that hide inside.
Revelations places the player inside the cruise ship with no map or protection, and just like its earlier installments, supplies are scarce. Players won’t be tearing down wall after wall of oncoming zombie barrages, but instead they will have to manage ammo and health and choose whether they run from fights.
Horror fans will find themselves at home with this game.
The stranded cruise ship is dark, empty and has enough secrets passages to hide just enough scares. Revelations doesn’t depend on jump scares only; the ship’s ambiance is enough to make even horror junkies feel uneasy.
Revelations is a mobile game first, and the switch to home consoles and HD makes this obvious. The game’s story mode is cut into bite-sized 15-minute chapters, which slows down the action. Even though HD is the name of the game, the graphics are not up to standard with textures that are stretched out on a bigger screen. The move to HD also hinders the scare element as eagle-eyed players will be able to spot jump scares and hidden enemies quicker than they would on the smaller screen.
Resident Evil: Revelations HD is one of the best games in the franchise, and the move to HD is a welcomed addition for fans who don’t want to buy a 3DS. If you’ve never played a Resident Evil game, this is a good place to jump into the series.