Resident Evil: Revelations


By: Hadyn Green    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Friday 24 May 2013 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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Let me tell you about zombies. I hate zombies. I don’t watch zombie movies, I don’t play zombie games, I don’t read zombie comic books (or TV shows based thereon). Because of this I have developed a deep understanding of why I hate zombies. To spare you the long essay: zombies scare me and in part they do this because zombies make humans do inhuman things.

Enter Resident Evil Revelations. I know strictly this game isn’t about zombies as such, but the premise is similar. The monsters in this game definitely seem to have the same effect, in that the humans of the piece are constantly doing things no human would otherwise ever think of doing.

Sure, protagonists in horror movies don’t always make the best decisions, but the underprepared heroes seem to only choose a course of action that will get them killed. This does not just mean going into rooms full of monsters, but also choosing to continue on a mission when it’s clear they are overmatched and, in some cases, under-clothed.

When hiking through the snowy alps, one of the characters (female, naturally) wears very little clothing and then complains about the cold. The characters choose the oddest times to discuss things like personal relationships, usually in between gunning down waves of lizard things. Why, WHY are those two guys standing around chatting to each other when this whole building is about to be blown up?!

But let’s forget the plot, because, good god, you would never bother with this if you wanted plot.

Resident Evil Revelations is a survival horror game; it’s very big on the survival and skips over the horror. Nothing is scary. Big jumps are telegraphed, and monsters tend to be of the 'slow and lumbering' variety, or the 'stand-and-roar-before-charging' kind. The characters also don’t seem to be worried by the malformed enemies. A giant slug thing attacks and they are all “ho-hum, I suppose we should kill this” and not “OMG what the hell is going on!?”

The game opens on a boat which is pretty cool, right. A big cruise liner filled with monsters, it's creepy and exciting. The excitement comes from the fact that you are constantly running out of ammo and having to run away from monsters or stab at them ineffectually with your knife. WHY DID THESE PEOPLE BOARD A BOAT FULL OF MONSTERS AND ONLY TAKE 10 BULLETS WITH THEM!?

I should actually say 9 bullets, because I had to spend one just to figure out which button was “shoot”. There is no tutorial, so my first few steps were tentative. I move and shoot easily and get myself through the first door, but only because I’ve played videogames before. Real newbies would be completely lost.

Ammo running out is a big problem. While it certainly ratchets up the stress levels, it also feels quite artificial. This is a survival game; I should be able to do all I can to survive, but often the game takes the most obvious option: run away.

Strictly from a game perspective, I found movement weird and both Jill Valentine (a character I recognise from various Capcom fighting games) and Chris Redfield make odd “jingling equipment” noises when they move. At various points early in the game I paused thinking I heard a monster only to find it was me. Aiming is a little difficult but you learn to adjust as you play.

The game does offer a few tips, and one of them is that monsters can be shot in certain places that are more vulnerable. You have to figure out where these spots are yourself. I actually quite liked this, it made the game feel slightly more real despite all the ridiculous surrounds (why didn’t you bring a shotgun WITH YOU!?)

The most innovative part of the game, and the part that I loved, was when you restart from a save file. The game loads with an edited version of preceding cutscenes, prefaced with “Previously on Resident Evil Revelations . . .” like you were watching a TV show. It's excellent and I know quite a few games that would benefit from this system.

As it currently plays, Resident Evil Revelations on the PS3 plays like an upscaled HD version of a 3DS title. Which it is. For some games, that might be a great thing; for this survival horror experience, it most certainly is not.


The Score

Resident Evil: Revelations
"Not scary."
6.0
Average
Rating: R16   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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bahamut_zero
On Friday 24 May 2013 10:46 AM Posted by bahamut_zero NZGamer.com VIP
ouch...thats quite a low score lol. I haven't cracked open my PS3 copy yet but I did play it on the 3DS and enjoyed it immensely.

I think Resident Evil backed off the whole horror genre awhile back. So I dont really expect their new games to be scary. Its sad but so many franchises are reinventing themselves these days (like FF) that I've kinda given up.
 
 
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tuftsdude
On Friday 24 May 2013 4:54 PM Posted by tuftsdude NZGamer.com VIP
Oh well...I wish I hadn't pre-ordered it
 
 
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hadyngreen
On Saturday 25 May 2013 1:32 PM Posted by hadyngreen
Just so everyone knows: 6 is not a bad score. 6 is "average but not great" (I know that often game reviewers give scores of 5 and 6 to terrible games, I don't).
 
 
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bahamut_zero
On Saturday 25 May 2013 5:26 PM Posted by bahamut_zero NZGamer.com VIP
Good point Hadyn...
Noted
 
 
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tuftsdude
On Saturday 25 May 2013 6:14 PM Posted by tuftsdude NZGamer.com VIP
25 May 2013, 01:32 PM Reply to hadyngreen
Just so everyone knows: 6 is not a bad score. 6 is "average but not great" (I know that often game reviewers give scores of 5 and 6 to terrible games, I don't).
I just found out you're the guy who wrote the review LOL.

I love your reviews and articles, keep up the great work!
 
 
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hadyngreen
On Monday 27 May 2013 9:11 AM Posted by hadyngreen
25 May 2013, 06:14 PM Reply to tuftsdude
I just found out you're the guy who wrote the review LOL.

I love your reviews and articles, keep up the great work!
Cheers! Reviewing this game was scarier than the game itself, because I know a lot of people love Resident Evil. :)
 
 
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PunisherNZL
On Wednesday 29 May 2013 9:14 PM Posted by PunisherNZL
So they get a guy who hates everything to do with zombies to review a resident evil game? Of course hes going to love it! whats next getting the local pedo to review angry grandmas?
 
 
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kiwimike87
On Thursday 30 May 2013 12:13 AM Posted by kiwimike87
I lost faith in the resident evil series when I bought operation raccoon city. Worst. Game. Ever. I was going to buy RE6 but i think i will just keep the memories of how resident evil used to be.
 
 
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hadyngreen
On Friday 31 May 2013 10:37 AM Posted by hadyngreen
29 May 2013, 09:14 PM Reply to PunisherNZL
So they get a guy who hates everything to do with zombies to review a resident evil game? Of course hes going to love it! whats next getting the local pedo to review angry grandmas?
Um, wtf?

I may not like zombies but I love third-person shooters, which is what this game is. And it is not a very good one of those.
 
 
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fauzman
On Friday 31 May 2013 5:45 PM Posted by fauzman NZGamer.com VIP
24 May 2013, 04:54 PM Reply to tuftsdude
Oh well...I wish I hadn't pre-ordered it
Thats a disappointing score for what I had heard was a good game. Ah well survival horror aint my thing anyway.
 
 
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tuftsdude
On Sunday 2 Jun 2013 10:32 PM Posted by tuftsdude NZGamer.com VIP
29 May 2013, 09:14 PM Reply to PunisherNZL
So they get a guy who hates everything to do with zombies to review a resident evil game? Of course hes going to love it! whats next getting the local pedo to review angry grandmas?
Please read all of his reviews before commenting. They are all awesome reviews, nothing biased.

Hadyn is a great reviwer =)
 
 
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sick_wierdo
On Monday 3 Jun 2013 11:34 PM Posted by sick_wierdo
29 May 2013, 09:14 PM Reply to PunisherNZL
So they get a guy who hates everything to do with zombies to review a resident evil game? Of course hes going to love it! whats next getting the local pedo to review angry grandmas?
Lol classic
 
 
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