hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Resident Evil: Revelations
 BLOG ABOUT THIS

Hands-on with Resident Evil: Revelations on consoles

3:00 AM on 02.14.2013 // Alessandro Fillari
  @afillari

Return to the survival horror

Last month, Capcom announced the release of Resident Evil: Revelations for consoles and PC. Originally playable on the Nintendo 3DS, Capcom saw Revelations as a return to the series’ roots, and taking a step back from the action of the later RE games, in favor of more horror gameplay and resource management.

Resident Evil fans responded quite favorably to Revelations, and in many eyes, it is seen as a more faithful and truer survivor horror experience. However, because of its release on the 3DS, many fans without the handheld had to opt out. But after the divisive reception RE6 received, Capcom figured it was the best time to see what more gamers thought of Revelations.



Resident Evil: Revelations (PC, PlayStation 3 [previewed], Wii U, Xbox 360)
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: May 21, 2013 

For the uninitiated, Resident Evil: Revelations takes place between RE4 and RE5. During the investigation of a viral outbreak in the Mediterranean sea, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, and other characters fresh to the series encounter a new threat in the form of bio terrorist group Il Vetro. With Jill and her new partner Parker Luciani trapped on the cruise ship SS Zenobia, and Chris investigating traces of the group around the world, both characters must put to stop to Il Vetro and uncover how the outbreak truly began.

With its release on other platforms, the developers were able to take advantage of the increased performance and controls of the consoles and PC to enhance Revelations. For starters, the visuals have received a noticeable upgrade from its 3DS original. Revelations has now been retextured with greater quality assets, using models and textures from the CG cutscenes, which has spruced up the game‘s visuals and performance. Pictures alone do not do this game justice, it runs very well when it's right before your eyes.



With the 3DS’s limitations out the window for this re-release, it now runs at a silky smooth frame rate and the technical performance never lets up during the action. I was quite impressed with how much a looker the game is now. While the 3DS version was impressive in its own right, this re-release sees quite a jump in the visual department. Unfortunately, those pesky in-game loading spots from the original version -- when opening doorways to new areas and riding in elevators -- still rear their ugly head. Though despite this, the performance of the game is still very solid throughout.

Control wise, Revelations proved to be a natural fit for standard controllers. As one of many who played the original game without the usage of a circle pad pro, I felt a weight was lifted after spending some time with the newer version. The controls felt smooth and the aiming felt natural and sharp. Moreover, Revelations features both “classic” style controls, reminiscent of RE4, and “shooter” style which allows free movement with the left stick and aiming/camera control with the right.



For obvious reasons, the new release have seen an alteration of key features from the 3DS release. The street pass and local play feature have been removed in favor of the traditional online play and matchmaking for the other platforms. Moreover, Capcom will incorporate Revelations into RE6’s RE.net, so players can keep track of stats and take part in events run by friends and from Capcom themselves.

While the other releases have removed the touch based features in favor of more traditional controls, the Wii U version retains them for usage on the GamePad. The screen will display not only in-game information, such as inventory and map data, but will also come into play during puzzles sections. So in a way, the Wii U release feels like a more natural expansion of the 3DS original.



For returning players, Capcom has gone on the offensive by introducing brand new content to keep veterans interested and engaged. For starters, new weapons, upgrades, and a new hulking B.O.W are there for players to find. Also, fan favorite character Hunk makes a return as an unlockable character in the Raid mode. Finally, Capcom introduces the ultimate challenge for Revelations with a brand new difficulty known as Infernal mode, which is unlocked after the completion of Hell mode (the highest setting in the 3DS release).

Infernal mode ups the ante by introducing the element of randomization to Revelations. For both the campaign and raid modes; enemy placement, equipment, and ammo pickups are entirely randomized. With Revelations’ core gameplay already knee deep in its resource management, this mode will no doubt bring a great level of challenge, and likely frustration, to veterans.



Though some people are quick to accuse this game as being a cash in, it should be noted that Capcom has gone the extra mile to please fans by sprucing up the visuals and controls, while at the same time offering a welcome set of new content for players to get their hands on.

Though you shouldn't expect this to be in the vein of 2002's Resident Evil remake, I myself still came away quite impressed with this updated version of Revelations, and if there are any fans who couldn’t give the game a shot on the 3DS, then now is certainly the time to do so.

Photo Gallery: (5 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Alessandro Fillari, Staff Writer
 Follow Blog + disclosure afillari Tips
A San Francisco native, he's an admirer of the city's diverse culture and lifestyle. Prior to joining the staff, he was a contributor and an editor for his college newspaper where he wrote articl... more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

kolten2 avatarkolten2
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCiF5dBSpweeStTjOqu-uA/videos
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
I'm pretty sure you guys know what game I'll be playing tomorrow. One of THE hottest games of the season. That's right, I'm talking about Lunch Truck Tychoon. Kojima ain't got shit on me, mukkas!
Flegma avatarFlegma
Playing Project Zero 2 on Wii. One should hope PZ5 got more sensible controls - twisting the Wiimote left/right to turn the camera does not make sense.
Barry Kelly avatarBarry Kelly
"When you are not playing the game or choose not to join the defense, your FOB will be defended automatically by your Security Team and security devices." Yeah, I think I'll just avoid the FOB functionality in MGS V
Snaveage avatarSnaveage
PSA: If you're picking up Phantom Pain tomorrow, put the kids down for a nap, turn off your phone and tell your partner to pipe down - the opening hour deserves your undivided attention. Enjoy!
extatix avatarextatix
If you like your hentai VNs [url="https://groupees.com/vn3"]cheap.[/url] Or even [url="https://www.indiegala.com/manga"]cheaper[/url].
VeryImportantQuestion avatarVeryImportantQuestion
Just read that SquareEnix have applied some weird mutation of crowdfunding mechanics to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided preorder. I know the last blog I wrote mentioned how big publishers try to pervert these systems, but to think it's already this far gone.
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
First in line to grab MGS V tomorrow. Close to my house, so it looks like I can eat and sleep comfortably. No one else seems to be waiting at my mailbox. Neighbors are getting suspicious.
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
[img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNwHpCTVAAA0jLp.png[/img] Sometimes, life is good as a ghost.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
You know what, I'm just gonna come out and say it. I hope MGSV fails. It won't train wreck by any means, but I hope it's a huge financial failure. Nothing against Kojima, but #fuckonami
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
MGS V unlocks for me tomorrow at noon.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Since my blog using this is basically useless, I still wanted to share it. [img]http://i.imgur.com/a33WM5Q.png[/img] CAN YOU DIG IT!?
Manchild avatarManchild
I don't think you should be able to say #Fuckonami if you are deciding to support their product anyways. I don't often agree with boycotting and am not condoning that, but get your story straight and show a little consistency.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
When the band began to play the stars were shining bright. Now the milkman's on his way and it's too late to say good night. So, Good Morning! Good Morning!
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
I'm guessing all rock bands in the world must have stopped making music videos this year, since I read fall out boy's "Uma Thurman" won for rock video of the year. I can only assume there were no other nominees.that's the only rational explanation.
RatCasket avatarRatCasket
dtoid discussion has been awfully bitchy these past couple of days. knock it off. its just video games.
StripyTrousers avatarStripyTrousers
Just posted my first Dtoid Community blog. Hello all!
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Good Morning Good Morning We've talked the whole night through Good Morning Good Morning to you Good Morning Good Morning It's great to stay up late Good Morning Good Morning to you
Daniel Lingen avatarDaniel Lingen
#PAX2015
Agent9 avatarAgent9
gonna help my mom move and pack some things. what it means is I'm gonna sit and get yelled at whether I do or do not do something. I can't be the only one with a picky parent that expects nothing less than clairvoyance (-_-)
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Resident Evil: Revelations


  Feb 18

Fan feedback led to Resident Evil: Revelations HD

Console versions not a result of 'perceived disappointment' with 3DS sales


  Feb 14

Resident Evil: Revelations hitting Steam, Origin & GFWL

Better resolution and framerate options for PC


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -