‘Resident Evil: Revelations’ Review Roundup

Resident Evil: Revelations was released on May 20 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC after previously being on the 3DS. Here’s what the critics thought of it.

Resident Evil is simultaneously the most successful zombie game series and video game film series, and that’s no combination to sneeze at. Though technically after Resident Evil 3, Capcom said it wasn’t about zombies any more. Resident Evil: Revelations is mostly about bringing back everything you liked about the earlier games and combining it with that of the later titles.

This game features the story of Jill Valentine before she vanished in Resident Evil 5, bringing back the claustrophobic corridors and misdirection the early games were known for. It slows down the gameplay from the action-heavy direction the series was taking and brings back the backtracking from the maze-like mansions, putting it all on a cruise ship. Resident Evil: Revelations keeps the general inventory system from RE5 and 6, and yet it works better here. Everything is instantly assigned to a button to eliminate the need for micromanagement in the heat of battle, and you can only carry so much ammo.

Resident Evil: Revelations is basically the 3DS game brought to bigger consoles with an HD treatment, and yes, it may be one of those games that make the Wii U worth owning. The game plays in short bursts, making it perfect for gaming on the go, or if you’re the type who can’t play for hours straight. If you have a family, you don’t have a lot of time to play video games, making the perforated gameplay of Resident Evil: Revelations quite a plus.

The story in Resident Evil: Revelations doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s entertaining with its over-the-top dialogue, absurd political conspiracy theories, and flashbacks to moments that rarely feel more than tacked on. There is still the noticeable lack of enemy variety and NPC allies whose aim is on par with a stormtrooper from Star Wars, but if you can look past the minor issues, the game is still fun.

What do you think of Resident Evil: Revelations?