Review by DeltaBladeX

Reviewed: 10/31/13

Now this is how a handheld port should be handled

Originally released for the 3DS early last year, Revelations was an incredible game for the system and the series. A little over a year later, Capcom decided to release it on the consoles and PC, only shortly after the release of the poorly received Resident Evil 6. In the move to other systems, we got an additional difficulty setting and costumes, as well as improvements made to the existing content.

Story
Set between Resident Evil 4 and 5, this game will have you playing as Jill Valentine, as she and her current partner in the BSAA, Parker Luciani, are sent to look for Chris and his partner, as well as discover the source of creatures that have been washing up on shore. They soon discover a cruise ship filled with dead people and various monsters. Their day goes down hill from there.

Presentation
While not as pretty as Resident Evil 6, the visuals in this game are quite nice, and its easy to forget that this was original made for a screen only a few inches big. Some textures are a little blurry, but they shouldn't ruin your enjoyment. Character models for both you and enemies look great though, even if the locations aren't always as nice.

The voice acting in this game works well, with there never being any problem understanding what characters are saying. No faults here. Music works well to set the mood of the locations, adding to the atmosphere. The sound effects are also great, with plenty of small things to enhance the scares.

Controls
You won't have any problems with controls, no matter if you prefer a gamepad like me or a keyboard and mouse. Both work well, using the standard controls for a third person shooter. If you are ever doing poorly in the game, it will be on you rather than the fault of poor controls.

Gameplay
Well the controls may have shifted to the standard for a third person shooter, you don't need to worry that this is all action and explosions like Resident Evil 6 was so fond of. This game frequently has you searching for just a bit more ammo and dodging monsters rather than destroying them. It even has some of the old fetch quest puzzles to keep you busy. You are simply able to move around better while dealing with the swarms of foes. The shambling monstrosities can still get in your way often enough, but its easy enough to take them down. Just don't forget to keep an eye on your ammo, and the other on your surroundings, as there are always more beasts looking to take you down. Many of the fights will involve numerous creatures looking to nibble on you.

This game has streamlined the inventory. Now, you can hold at most three weapons, some grenades of various types, several green herbs (the other types being removed from this game), and as many key items as you find. The only time you will need the storage box is to switch between various weapons and upgrade them. These are one of the new changes, where you can find various parts to try out on your gear. Some will boost damage, others increase clip size or reload speed, and others will be able to boost other stats or add additional abilities to your favourite weapons.

The last major addition to this game that should be mentioned is the Genesis. This device allows you to scan your surroundings and the various enemies you come across. Enemies will boost the Genesis scan percentage, with it giving you an additional herb every time you reach 100%, which scanning the landscape will reveal hidden items such as ammo or weapon parts. You should want to do this often so you aren't later forced to take down a larger enemy with just your basic pistol.

This game is incredible fun, but being a Resident Evil title, and one made for a handheld to boot, the game can be finished rather quickly if you are focused on just beating the story mode. My own playtime for the story was just over 6 hours.

Lifespan
Fortunately, there is no reason you have to stop there. If playing the story over in New Game Plus mode while on a higher difficulty isn't enough to tempt you, perhaps the Raid mode will. This is a series of levels based on the story mode, where you will need to reach the end of each level while taking down the enemies in your way, either while playing solo or with a friend online. As you go through each area and accomplish goals, you will earn additional weapons, weapon parts, costumes and experience. Your character will be able to level up and become more powerful, which will be wanted for the later Raid levels.

Closing
This is, in my opinion, one of the best Resident Evil titles available, and easily the best released in the last 8 years. Good story, great gameplay and an extra mode for you and a friend to continue enjoying well after you have tired of beating the main mode. If you have a system capable of running it, be it PC, console or 3DS, you should be sure to add it to your collection as soon as you can.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Resident Evil: Revelations (US, 05/20/13)

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