Release Date: November 28th, 2017 (Nintendo Switch)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC
Back in 2012, Resident Evil Revelations pushed the 3DS to the extreme with an amazing console like adventure that really looked phenomenal for the system it was on. Here we are five years later and the title is now on another Nintendo, semi-handheld system, and it looks as good as ever. If you happened to have picked the game up on one of its several other re-releases, there isn’t anything new to necessarily entice you back. However, if you will be looking into this for the first time, get ready for one of the best Resident Evil games in the series.
Resident Evil Revelations is chopped into smaller chapters compared to the other games, much to do with making it a better fit for when you’re on the go. It throws you into several characters over the course of the game, though series classic Jill and her new partner Parker are really the main characters you’ll play as a majority of the time. It has you explore an abandoned, luxury cruise liner that is tied to the T-Virus and filled with all sorts of creatures to kill or run away from. It has a great story that really fits perfectly into the Resident Evil mythos, which you otherwise can jump in and enjoy without having played the other games. Once you’ve finished the campaign, it does include a comprehensive raid mode that features plenty of characters, weapons, and stages to choose from.
The game itself looks so good with all the upgrades they’ve included since the original 3DS release. It looks better than a game that old, from a lower powered system, should look. While the Switch version doesn’t bring any new content specifically, it has a few new upgrades. If you want to go the motion control route, it added those in as a bonus and they actually feel really good. Unlike some games that can just feel gimmicky with bad motion controls, Capcom was smart with their implementation. Also, your amiibos can come in hand to give you extra BP to fast unlock everything you want in raid mode. For newcomers it might feel like a cheap way to go about it, but if you’ve already played through the game, it’s a nice way to quickly unlock everything again.
While Resident Evil Revelations could quickly be passed up being an older port from a time when the series was going downhill, it actually was one of the best from that time. It has a great mix of action and survival, bringing it closer to Resident Evil 4 than 5 or 6 were. Best of all it has held up amazingly well thanks to some slight graphical updates it has received over the last few years. Resident Evil might have seen some lows over the years, but Revelations is one of the high ones you should make sure to play.