The game is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. It depicts the events shortly after the establishment of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), a counter-terrorism group introduced in Resident Evil 5. The story revolves around BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, the protagonists of the first Resident Evil. During the game’s events, Jill and Parker Luciani are sent to search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat on the SS Queen Zenobia, that serves as the game’s setting.
The console version of Resident Evil Revelations has been redone with HD graphics and they look a lot better than the original 3DS version. Gone are the jagged edges that could be found on the 3DS version. The character models on this new HD version are extremely smooth. The lighting in the enviroments is a lot better and many of the creatures are a lot more detailed than the original handheld version.
The sound is also quite a bit better than the original 3DS version. For me sound is one of the biggest elements in a horror game and it seems to add a lot to the experience this time around.
The main campaign in Resident Evil Revelations remains largely unchanged from the original version. There is a new enemy known as the “Wall Blister”. This enemy takes the place of some of the usual enemies in some of the rooms. He hangs from the ceiling and attacks at certain times. It adds to the suspense with its instant death grab as well. I can’t help but feel that Capcom could’ve added more to the HD addition. Maybe they could’ve added a few more enemies to spice it up or even added a side story.
The controls of the new HD version are extreme well worked. Taking down enemies is a lot easier with the Dualshock than it was with the 3DS and even the Circle Pad pro. I think it is due to the bigger triggers that make scanning enemies a more fluid experience in the console version.
The HUD is now placed in the top right hand corner as there is no bottom screen. I don’t feel like this gets in the way in the slightest. The game is broken up into 12 chapters and features a nice reminder of what happened in the previous chapter when starting a new one. These cutscenes look better than ever on this HD edition.When you’re done with the story then you can move onto RAID mode. RAID mode will have you fighting off enemies by yourself or with another player. You level up and earn points which allow you to purchase better gear and abilities. This isn’t quite as exciting as the main story but adds a more hours to your gameplay.
With all of this being said this is the best Resident Evil since number 4. The atmosphere that has been lost is finally recaptured and the game will now reach a bunch of people who couldn’t play the original on 3DS. I constantly found myself out of bullets and having to resort to melee which is what you want out of a Resident Evil game. You want to feel like you’re panicking to stay alive.
I would recommend double dipping on this HD version of Resident Evil Revelations. It was a great game on the 3DS and is even better in HD with a proper controller. This game still puts Resident Evil 6 to shame. If you didn’t get to try the original on 3DS then i’d definitely recommending running out to pick up a copy.
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