Version Played: XBOX 360 Demo
Being a long time fan of the Resident Evil franchise, with it since the very beginning. I’m sure you understand my concern with the franchise at the moment. After the abysmal Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and the underwhelming Resident Evil 6, I found myself worrying that the best times had come and gone. There was however, a shining diamond, the one game that was both well received from critics and fans alike. That game was Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS.
Now Capcom is releasing Resident Evil: Revelations on PC, XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii U. With updated HD visuals, extra difficulty modes, a new enemy type and extra characters for the Raid Mode, it’s safe to say Capcom are now in rehab, recovering and trying the please their loyal fans once again.
Resident Evil: Revelations HD takes place between the events of Resident Evil 4 and 5, and sees Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, teaming up with their respective partners, Parker Luciani and Jessica Sherawat aboard the seemingly abandoned ‘Queen Zenobia’ cruise ship, as it heads towards the city of Terragrigia. Like all past Resident Evil games though, nasty creatures await.
The demo only offered up around 20 minutes of gameplay, however even in that short time, I was given a taste of a lot of the various mechanics the game has to offer. In the section you play, your mission is to locate Chris and then find the key to the room he’s located in. Your given a small section of the ship to explore, and it’s immediately apparent that the game has a great atmosphere. You are alone (no Co-op here, yay!) and it can get dark, with nothing but your flashlight to help you see. Apart from the little mini-map at the top right of the screen, the HUD is very minimal which helps with the immersion also.
Unlike previous Resident Evil games, the controls here are much more friendly to use. No longer having to play finger twister to reload or throw a grenade, the new control scheme makes the game all the more enjoyable. It controls much like any other third person shooter now, but don’t think that’s what this game is. No, Resident Evil: Revelations HD is more survival horror than action unlike previous games. With little ammo and enemies that don’t go down with a simple headshot, encounters can become very intense. Each bullet missed, is one step closer to dying. If you play smart though and take your time, you’ll be able to manage your ammo and health fairly well with the use of Genesis.
Genesis is a scanning device you have access to that you can bring up at any time. You use this device to scan for hidden objects hidden around the levels. It’s always worth pulling the Genesis out in every room you come across to make sure you don’t miss out on those vital 5 bullets or that lifesaving green herb. It can also be used to scan enemies, alive or dead, each scan counts towards a percentage at the top of the screen. Once 100% is reached, I received a green herb. Whether or not you get better rewards later on is yet to be seen, but it does hold its advantages it seems.
Through the start of the demo your given glimpses to the creatures you’ll be facing, then you’ll be up in their face, fighting them off in the later part of the demo. Now the creatures in this game spawn from the T-Abyss virus which has been made and modified using the original T-Virus. It is a marine type virus, and the creature design does a great job of showing that. You’ll only be facing the Ooze monster in the demo, they’re slow, but take quite a few bullets to take down and can do so serious damage. They show signs of marine life with their dripping wet look and their swordfish-like arm blades. I can’t wait to see what else is going to be on offer throughout the full game.
The graphics are also a great, Capcom has done a fantastic job with updating the visuals. Main character models look great as do the enemies. However the environments, whilst looking good, feel empty at times. It’s here when you can tell this was once a 3DS game, with very little going on, everything feels so static. Other than that, I didn’t run into any problems.
Resident Evil: Revelations HD (due out next week!) is looking to be a return to form for Capcom. Delivering a survival horror Resident Evil game to the home console and PC fans. Let’s just hope they can use this mentality when moving forward in the main storyline. If Resident Evil: Revelations HD can prove anything, it’s that we don’t need zombies, fixed camera angles and cheesy dialogue to have a classic Resident Evil experience.