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This review is from: Resident Evil Revelations (PS3) (Video Game)
Resident Evil Revelations is great! After the disappointment of RE6, I was thinking that the series was headed in the wrong direction permanently, but Revelations has slightly reassured me. It's not ambitious in what it sets out to do, but by keeping things simple it provides a very acceptable RE experience
First thing to note is that this is a port from a hand-held console game, so it's not up there with the crystal clear graphics of 5 and 6, however it looks perfectly acceptable to me. It certainly looks a lot better than I was worried about. The best thing about it is that it is something of a return to the very first game, as the main action is all set within one single location - a large abandoned cruise ship. What this means is that the entire map cannot be opened up at first, but by gradual completing of stages or finding of the now famous "shaped-keys", various locked areas that you encounter early on are returned to much later in the game, which to me gives a nice feeling of completion.
The story sees Jill Valentine and a new partner named Parker coming aboard the empty, adrift cruise ship the Queen Zenobia. Of course it's not really empty - something horrible has happened and the ship is teeming with monsters! As the pair explore the ship they encounter all types of obstacles that need to be surmounted, and nasty creatures that need to be dispatched. All the staples of the series are here - finding gradually more powerful weapons, finding the aforementioned keys, double crossing characters, sequences set against a countdown, the lot.
The game plays borrows some elements from the later releases though, The game nearly always has you playing as one of a pair - although your partner is purely AI controlled and seemingly indestructible like in RE6 - but with one difference: they can't harm anything! Any shooting or attacking they do has no effect. I found this out when one one occasion I decided to let Parker clear up a room with one remaining monster in it as I wanted to save ammo - well he shot away at it for almost 5 minutes and the darned thing never got any closer to death. So basically the partner is just there for show. However I didn't mind so much because I wanted to be the one in control.
As I said, the graphics are pretty good, particularly if this is scaled up from a handheld game. Maybe a little low on detail, everything looks a bit "smoothed off", but it really wasn't a drawback at all. Oh, and some fights are HARD! Unlike RE6 where everything was too easy, in RER, wait until you reach the battle on the Promenade Deck with the infected "Comms Officer" (you'll know the bit when it happens!). That fight is tough, and there are others like it. Which is a good thing.
Things that perk up the game a bit more are the chapters where you play as other people. At certain points in the game you are suddenly whisked out fo the Queen Zenobia and playing as Chris Redfield on a snowy mountain, or Parker in a shiny skyscraper office! This is confusing as you have a totally different weapon set so it's difficult to manage your inventory when they keep switching you around. And some of the stages are flashbacks! However these sections add variety if nothing else.
There's still more - you can upgrade weapons with spare parts, simple but fun, and theres a special "Raid Mode" (outside of the main game completely) where you basically just battle through sections that get harder and harder, gaining better and better equipment and abilities. A bit mindless, and similar to (but not quite as good as )"The Mercenaries" from earlier games.
So to sum up, I enjoyed this. Far from being a filler game to cash in on the series' reputation, this is a genuinely worthwhile addition to the franchise. Finally something that feels like the original Resident Evil again.