Resident Evil. The game that has made the horror genre what it is today. A game that declared Capcom the ”masters” of survival horror. Resident Evil was the game that got me into the survival horror genre and is one of the best games of my childhood. Now years after Resident Evil 4 Capcom has put the series in a free fall, trying their best to please the shooter/actions fans. It has become obvious that ever since Shinji Mikami left them they had no idea what to do with Resident Evil and have almost destroyed the entire franchise. Well all that has changed for now and I am pleased to say that Capcom has redeemed themselves with the latest Resident Evil entry. You did it Capcom! After all these years you have FINALLY listened to your fans and have made a GOOD Resident Evil game.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom and is a direct sequel to Resident Evil Revelations.
The game takes place between the events of Resident Evil 5 and 6. You play as both Claire Redfield and Barry Burton. Who are both brought to a mysterious island that is overrun with monsters.
Being a long time fan of the series, this is by far the best Resident Evil story in a long, long time. I could tell Capcom listened to the fans and have finally revealed characters that we have only read about in lore and have been wanting to see in a game for a long time now. There were a few parts in the game where I had a total fanboy burst due to what unfolded in the story. The fact that Capcom finally brought back Barry Burton was just awesome. We have not seen Barry as a main character since the first game! Now that he is back, they have also brought his daughter into the picture, which we hear very little of her in the first game.
The gameplay is very similar to Resident Evil 4. Still in a thrid person, over the shoulder view but no more of that crappy run, slide, drop kick moves they put in Resident Evil 6. The gameplay is very smooth and not as stiff like 4 and 5 was. One great thing about the gameplay is that there are no more quick time events! Well there are some minor ones like tapping a button to grab something or get out of a hold. But yes there are no more annoying quick time events that were present in the last few titles. Laser sights for guns are also no longer in the game which were also in the last few games. The graphics are very decent except for the weird 2D, cutout grass that looks out of place in some areas. The CG cut scenes are very well done and so are the player models. The game’s soundtrack is very nice and fits the game perfectly. It was composed by Kota Suzuki, the same guy who did the soundtrack for Resident Evil 5 and the first Revelations.
I’m sure the biggest question here is if it’s scary. Well both yes and no, some parts of the game do have a creepy atmosphere and it mostly relies on jump scares. As for it having that feeling of fear that we got in the older games it is no longer there. Unless you have never played a horror game in your life then this may be scary to you, but for Resident Evil fans it’s acceptable.
Raid mode is a huge improvement over the first Revelations raid. It offers more customization options, challenges, and goals. There are also microtransaction that go along with raid mode. This offers players ”Red Life Crystals” which act as spawns for you if you die during a raid and do not wish to restart. Players can do daily missions to earn Blue Life Crystals, but if you are a lazy person then you can buy these crystals and go about your day.
Unlike other Resident Evil games, Revelations 2 is pretty short. It’ll take you around 5 to 6 hours on average but even shorter if you rush through it. There are a total of four episodes and two bonus episodes if you decide to purchase the disc copy.
Capcom has surprised me and I am happy that they have finally listened to their fan base. I just hope they stay the course and not fuck up Resident Evil 7. Capcom you did good here but that doesn’t give you a free pass. So my personal rating for Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a 8/10. This is a must have for Resident Evil fans and gives us hope that Capcom can fix what they have done in the pass. Let’s just hope they do.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available on PC, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and coming soon to Playstation Vita.