Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Story:
I have accepted that when it comes to Resident Evil, it’s best not to expect a scary game and Revelations 2 lives up to those expectations. Episode 1 starts you off with Claire. Then quickly you are introduced to Moira the daughter of Barry Burton. Within five minutes while you are at a fancy party the place is attacked and you are both taken to some holding bay in some mysterious location. You also wake up with some weird bracelet on your wrist which the purpose of it is revealed later in that episode. Half way through you then take the role of two other characters one of them being Barry Burton. Which at least in my opinion is the weaker of the two halves. I just enjoyed the atmosphere and what came with the first half more than Barry’s half though there are some good story moments within Barry’s part. The question is though who is this mysterious women known as the overseer who seems to be watching our movements throughout the game. Also on another note episode 1 took me a total of 100 minutes to complete and I cannot forget those silly references to Resident Evil 1
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Gameplay:
While the gameplay in Revelations 2 isn’t horrible. You do get a double barreled shotgun within 20 minutes of the game and a lot of the time you will be shooting monsters, trying to complete a puzzle which really aren’t all that puzzling or you will be reading notes. The main issue with the gameplay is that Revelations 2 is too focused on trying to scare the player and there’s never really the chance to allow tension to build up. However I will say the game got me twice with jump scares! Due to story reasons, Moira refuses to use a gun which limits her combat capabilities to a crowbar and while you can use her for combat, it’s just easier to gun down enemies as Claire. Moira can see things on the wall or find hidden ammo using her flashlight making her not completely useless. But I only really used her when I was forced to or when I wanted to find hidden items. Of course you can combine herbs, find gun parts and there’s the addition of inventory management, which really adds to the experience. Each set of characters, provides different types of enemies with the more traditional enemies being in Barry’s half of the game based upon the style of Barry’s gameplay half, I was hoping it would end a bit sooner which considering the amount of episodes there will be and the length, this certainly isn’t a good thing. There is also the raid mode to play, if that interests you.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Graphics:
While the graphics aren’t amazing and Claire looks rather odd. Running the game at 1080P, maxed out.It certainly looks pretty good. As said I jumped twice from the jump scares, but based on the setting more tension would do wonders. The soundtrack also adds to the experience, stupid green herb sound effect. While I didn’t come across any bugs, I have seen some bad enemy AI and heard there is some clipping issues. Which despite this being half the price of a full release.Some issues shouldn’t be looked past. Also any puzzles so far in Revelations 2, that went find this item in the room felt a bit like a chore.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Summation:
While I cannot see Revelations 2 living up to the first title, if they can improve some of the issues and have the story continue to get better I can see this being a pretty enjoyable game. I don’t really see it becoming any more scary and I didn’t expect it to because how often can we associate Resident Evil and horror these days. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s still worth a play.I’m going to give revelations 2 my thumbs up.
- Some solid shooting
- An interesting story
- Looks pretty decent
- Some moments that made me jump
- Fails to scare
- AI bugs
- Somewhat less enjoyable Barry section
- Some puzzles feel like chores
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