Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Capcom’s Revelations spinoff series seems to have gotten a life of its own. Despite the ‘2’ at the end, Revelations 2 (R2) barely has anything to do with the first game. Instead, R2 takes place after the events of RE 6, with Claire and Moira being kidnapped, brought to a mysterious island and forced to fight to survive.
Like Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, R2 has two campaigns, Claire with Moira and Barry with Natalia. The game’s broken into four different episodes, with each episode having both Claire and Barry sections. The episodic nature means the game is shorter than expected, even with the copious amount of backtracking.
The Revelations series is supposed to take the series back to its survival horror roots, but doesn’t really succeed too well. When it does, it relies on cheap jumpscares (instead of suspense or horror) to get the adrenaline going. There’s no ‘survival’ to the horror too as surviving’s incredibly easy because you can replay episodes to stock up on ammo and health. Playing as Claire or Barry allows you to use guns, though you can also play as Moira or Natalia. Moira and Natalia both can spot hidden items, while Moira also can stun enemies and Natalia can see where enemies are through walls. Playing as either is fun and gives a new twist to an otherwise unremarkable game, though the plot has massive revelations for the Resident Evil mythos. So if you’re a fan of the lore, you need to play the game.
While the main game won’t last you long (despite its unlocks), the game’s Raid Mode definitely will. Raid Mode is a gametype with RPG elements. You choose from a handful of RE characters, select a mission and then play. Each character has their own levels and upgradeable skills. Weapons can either be bought or found in chests in missions. Raid Mode’s RPG elements make it very addicting as you constantly get more powerful guns and skills as you play. In fact, I enjoyed Raid mode more than I enjoyed the game proper, especially when played in co-op. The only drawback is the limited number of Raid maps available, with most of them being taken from RE6 and Revelations.
The game’s low budget can easily be seen in the graphics and cutscenes. The textures and characters look last gen, though at least the framerate is constant. Same goes for the sound too. They sound low quality when compared to previous games.
R2 is a passable RE game but it’s nowhere near the quality of the original RE games or even the first Revelations. But for RM83 though, it’s more than worth it, especially if you’re into Resident Evil.