Zombie hunting takes a semester at sea.
The Pitch: When one of the most well-received Resident Evil games of late is created solely for 3DS, you don’t just pat yourself on the back, you pump up the graphics to HD and re-release that sucker on consoles.
What It Really Is: Resident Evil Revelations doesn’t pull any punches. It’s an HD port of the Nintendo 3DS version that came out back in January, for better or worse. The good news is that Revelations hones in on what made the series great: pacing, purposeful action and a ghostly setting that makes playing without the lights on impossible. Because it was originally for a portable system, it also cuts the action sequences up into shorter levels and that makes for surprisingly enjoyable sessions that reward you with a great feeling of progress. Remaining true to the original 3DS version didn’t just preserve the good, it also carried over the bad, and that means the main characters of Revelations are just as boring and unlikable as they were in January. Boss battles are still hit and miss, and, at worst, feel like a grind instead of an accomplishment. We’re not sure if it’s the most or least shocking aspect of this port but we definitely took notice of the carried-over control scheme, which served us just fine on the 3DS but felt laggy as hell on a console. When infected bio-organic monsters are coming at you en masse, the last thing you need is a pistol that takes forever to reload.
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “We’d gladly tear apart a ship full of zombies if we knew a copy of Resident Evil Revelations was inside.” -Maxim.com
Fun Fact: In Japan, Resident Evil Revelations is known as Biohazard Revelations or Baiohazādo Riberēshonzu. There—we are officially as educational as a fortune cookie.
Who It’s For: People who aren’t afraid of the dark. Revelations does mark a return to the moodiness that has been sapped of other Resident Evil titles lately, especially the action mash-up that was RE6. If you’re looking for a return to form and don’t mind a little wonkiness in the controls department, there’s plenty of good to find now that RE: Revelations has made the jump to consoles.