RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, 3DS)
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course, for the games came first. Just checking if you’re paying
So, this latest instalment in the venerable
undies-soiling Resident Evil series that isn’t really the
latest, as it hovers somewhere between RE4 and RE5,
takes a stab, gunshot and groaning icky blob creature’s wonky lurch
towards returning to a survival horror vibe, but with mucho
Initially, you wiggle into the bod of Jill
Valentine, tasked with searching for Chris Redfield with new buddy
Parker Luciani. Your investigation commences on a ghost ship
somewhere in the Mediterranean. That Costa Concordia sure gets
We’re accused regularly of not properly reviewing
things, so: Claustrophobic shooter with searchy stuff. Cool? Can we
crap on about inconsequential shit now, please? Cheers.
Actually, let’s not.
Amongst your upgradeable weaponry’s a
handy scanner doobrie, the ‘Genesis Device’ (the ‘Mega Drive Device’
outside of the US, natch). It’s a natty way to unearth ammo and, uh,
pot plants – even if scanning everywhere gets tedious. Exercise
caution too, as if you don’t swap to a blorty-yuk-yuk mutie-damaging
weapon quickly you’ll be toastier than Saharan formaggio.
course this follows cold on the heels of the 3DS originator.
Graphics have been given a respectable overhaul, plus there’s an
infernal ‘Infernal’ difficulty mode as well as a ‘Raid’ co-op mode
that’s more sensible now. The almost soapie-like episodic nature of
proceedings is a blessing for those who don’t wish to invest hours
on end, too.
The level of terrification you experience from
RER (both a handy word-saving acronym and appropriate
mutie-sounding grunt) will vary depending upon your place on a scale
of wussy to jaded. But there’s no denying that it’s captivating and
deftly pulled off – unlike that Tuscan drive-by manoeuvre from
Captain Francesco ‘oopsy, ho slittato’ Schettino...