Gone are the days where Resident Evil actually felt like a horror. Most of the franchise’s core titles have leaned more on the action side of things, and I’d even go as far as calling Resident Evil 6 a straight up third-person shooter. Revelations, previously only a 3DS exclusive, went back to basics. People really loved it, which is why Revelations 2 looks no different.
Resident Evil has and always will be at its best when the game focuses on horror and suspense. That’s something that the core franchise has been lacking as of late, with a spin-off or two emerging in the interim to create the kind of atmosphere that Resident Evil should have, on a lower budget and a smaller console initially. Resident Evil Revelations 2 picks up those threads, with new chills to share and exploit. Here’s what you need to know about the game.
Ever felt disillusioned with a gaming franchise? Have your favourite series of games devolved into something mindless, something that doesn’t have a patch on the original? That’s a statement that could easily be applied to Resident Evil as of late. The sixth game was a mediocre mess that tried to do too much, neglecting the horror aspects entirely for an action approach. But do yourself a favour and check out Resident Evil Revelations, which is far, far better. And then prepare for the sequel.
Oh Resident Evil, I blame you for all our zombie woes. Back in the 90s, this was the pinnacle of survival horror, it launched an enormous franchise and spawned a glorious sequel that was one of the best experiences gamers could get. Now it's returning and it's hungry for your brains.
Resident Evil Revelations is that one entry into the series that fans want more of. The once-3DS exclusive took away some of the action, made ammo a scarce resource and actually brought some of the horror back. It's no surprise then that it's lauded over some of the numbered releases, which makes news of a sequel even sweeter.
A while back, I had the misfortune to review Resident Evil 6, which was a clunky orgy of explosions with a personality as deep as TV housewife of wherever, and gameplay that matched its vapid attempt to hit all the demographics. It’s been a while since then, and on reflection, I’ve decided that I’m still 100% right about that waste of a game. What was a better game in that franchise however, was Resident Evil Revelations. And it’s getting a very well-deserved sequel.
It’s clearly an age of remaster. The original Resident Evil blew people away back in 1996, establishing what would go on to be one of the biggest zombie franchises ever. It was a game fans really loved, so much so that it warranted a complete REmake in 2002 for the Gamecube, which was then RE-released on the Wii. It looks like that REmake is now due for some REmastered treatment.
The survival horror genre – outside of some excellent indie output like Amnesia and Outlast – has taken a few steps backwards of late. Games that one fell under the “survival horror” banner have, to their detriment, become more action-oriented bulletfests.
Resident Evil games have been a very different beast as of late, jumping out of horror and into action. With disastrous results, because I never ever want to play Resident Evil 6 again. One zombie horror game that I would go back to however? Resident Evil 4, which has just been tarted up with HD visuals.
If you’ve been playing Resident Evil since the PlayStation One days, you might have picked up that games from that franchise have become something different. You’ve changed man, you’ve changed. And you can blame the Gamecube for that.
Resident Evil has really taken one hell of a detour in recent years. What was once originally a horror game of Stephen King proportions has now become the Michael Baysplosion of action games. A move which no one has been happy about. And that’s why Resident Evil is going back to basics when the sequel eventually rolls around.
Believe it or not, but I love me some good PR. When you market a game right, everyone wins. There’s been some questionable PR stunts done in the past, and then there have been some awesome ones done to promote a game. And then you get something that sounds so bad that it’s actually genius. Pity the one that Capcom had in mind is getting yanked, because terrorisms.
Bethesda’s all done with Skyrim, so it’s time for them to move on to new things. The problem is we have no idea what those things might be. the company’s teased us with a new little video showing…well, not much. What could it be?
Great zombie game: Left 4 Dead 2. Terrible zombie game that I wish would die in a fire: Resident Evil 6. I hated that damn game with a passion last year, and a recent attempt to replay it with the new patches just reinforced my hate for the Capcom disasterpiece. And now, it looks like they’re going to be infecting Left 4 Dead 2 as well. But don’t expect a Tekken X Street Fighter crossover here.
Dead Space and Resident Evil have both completed their transformations from survival horror to all-out-action romps. Silent Hill is quickly becoming a forgotten memory and Alone in the Dark is best left exactly there. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find “horror” games in the AAA retail space. the last one I played and actually loved was ZombiU – but that was more “tense” as opposed to scary. Gears of War Designer Clifford Bleszinski says that’s because nobody buys scary games.