Resident Evil Revelations 2
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Format reviewed: PS4 Also available on: PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC Publisher: Capcom
wants to be The Last Of Us. In terms of pacing, its buddy character setup and other mechanics, Capcom has crafted a four- episode horror/ action hybrid with a smouldering crush on Naughty Dog’s doomsday classic. Hey, if you’re going to aim big, shoot for the stars… or, in this case, at least try to kneecap the Moon.
Whether intentionally or not, Capcom has stumbled upon an intoxicating formula ( literally, there are nefarious viruses wherever you look) in this fairly focused compromise of old- and new- school horror. Try to think of Revelations as a sort of Frankenstein’s monster of horror video games. There are bits of Resi 6, the PS1 games and the aforementioned The Last Of Us here, all peeking out at us from between the botched stitches and head bolts. Taking a cue from Leon, Chris and Jake Muller’s bloated undead three- way, you’ll find guns and ammo aplenty, an athletic evade manoeuvre and loads of “kind of a zombie, but not really a zombie” critters to down.
So what’s stopping this from scoring higher? Plain stupid design decisions. Firstly, bosses are uniformly awful. There’s a certain bastard who’s so wearing to fight, you’ll drop the difficulty to Casual after 30 minutes of feebly trying to burn his mutated rump. Rev 2 is also blighted by some harsh checkpoints: prepare to be plonked back five- plus minutes with sod all health too often.
But it’s a lean horror hybrid that gels different eras of Resi into an enjoyable undead upstart. Lingering problems from the old PS3 games remain, yet this is a return to form for the legendary spookster. Yes, the action is still a tad schlocky, the script crude and the bosses pap. But Revelations 2’ s horror highs expunge the rotting DNA brought over from Resi 6. Dave Meikleham Don’t buy the retail box, unless you like paying £ 9 extra for a box and nothing else. We’d go for the £ 20 season pass.
We keep firing, they keep coming.