What lurks within?
The Resident Evil
series has taken some criticism in recent years for its departure from its survival horror roots which made the early games so good, with a greater focus on action in entries like Resident Evil 5
. For those who love the franchise but long for a return to those glory days, Revelations is just what you've been waiting for, and although it's not perfect it feels like a proper RE game. The story here takes place before the fifth installment and finds series favorites Chris and Jill exploring a deserted ship called the Queen Xenobia. The plot is divided into chapters (betraying the game's 3DS origins perhaps) which jump around in time but which all eventually tie together. The gameplay will be familiar to anyone who's played a RE game before, with players exploring richly detailed environments in third-person 3D but with the emphasis firmly shifted back into the survival horror camp, with limited ammo and resources, puzzles, and tight, claustrophobic and terrifying encounters. There are a few extras too, like new gadgets and modes to try out but the main focus is the single-player campaign which expands the lore that is such a big part of the franchise. The 3DS original is a classic offering for the handheld and although the ports to other systems do give away the fact that the game wasn't intended for the more powerful systems, the gameplay still holds up extremely well. There is that feeling of a smaller scale, which does remind one of the original RE, but thanks to the shift back to survival horror, this does feel like a proper entry and as such, deserves to be played.