Credit is owed where credit is due, and to any developer who is willing to take the time and fix mistakes made with their game deserves respect in my book. That being said, Revelations 2012 was recently updated and the folks over at Dark Artz Entertainment have more coming down the pipeline for one of the arguably worst games of the year. The latest patch promises to bring changes that make a massive difference to the game, promise being a key word. Will the new improvements be enough to make Revelations 2012 playable, or did Dark Artz manage to just make things worse?
The new rocket launcher, now with even less ammo!
Being based on the Source engine, Revelations 2012 is a game about the slaying of hundreds of “demons” that are based on Mayans. The game also has the honor of being a driving force as to why Greenlight now exists. Essentially the point of the game is to collect the crystal skulls from each level and advance on until you face a boss fight. Defeating each boss awards a new weapon, which will start unlocked at the beginning of the next level. A simple concept that proves to be quite unfinished in practice.
Now you can pew pew in style with this new rifle! (the scope still doesn't work on widescreen.)
Understandably Revelations 2012 is clearly a work in progress as of this latest patch, and in the console some things are logged literally as such. The removal of nearly all competitive versus modes, as well as the very broken dance mechanic, and by extension the only things that were actually good about the game in the first place, seem to not bode well for making the game any better. However Dark Artz decided to start the process of development from square one, first by reworking the existing characters and adding the sci-fi elements of armor and new weapons. The weapons themselves are nearly unchanged from their original forms aside from appearances and ammo collection. Only the shotgun was really changed, as it now fires faster and has since become the weapon of choice to deal with the “demon” horde. Player characters now seem to run much slower than before, even without the sliding health to speed scale that Left for Dead has. Assuming that was an actual change instead of the fact that dancing was removed and along with it the glitch of dancing while running to increase speed overall. Out of all the changes, only one made a real difference, and even then, it wasn't a fix to a problem, but a removal of the issue all together.
Because holding a shotgun like that is how ALL the pros do it.
Upon starting the game, players used to be greeted to a deafening clinking of coins that could not be stopped due to the master volume control not working properly for menu music. The start screen is now completely gone, and in its place stands a very near replica of the standard Left for Dead 2 menu. Included as well was a new version of a level, that started off with dropping the player into an arena in which they are ordered to destroy the demon spawners with no control as to when the mission actually starts. Somehow Dark Artz decided it was a great idea to change up the point of view as well, instead of having it properly set at the head, it is now at shoulder level, akin to many popular shooters, causing issues where looking at another player at “eye-level” means staring into their chest. Even with numerous issues Revelations 2012 does have potential, however slight it might be.
The level design is just as great as before, now with even more holes and tearing.
With the promise of more fixes in the future, Dark Artz is committing to a lot, and if this current patch is any sign of what's to come, then it will be interesting to see how they attempt to rebuild it. The usual treatment for a game of Revelations's caliber is typically a ground up reboot, because sometimes it really is just better to scrap something and start fresh, hopefully Dark Artz can pull it off and create something great. With more time and proper development maybe Revelations 2012 can become more than just a shoddy knock off of Left for Dead 2, maybe. Much credit is due for Dark Artz attempting to fix their mistakes and make Revelations 2012 a game people actually want to play. However, anyone can get credit for putting their name at the top of the test, but you still have to put in the effort to spell it correctly.