When Resident Evil: Revelations released on PS3, having not owned a 3DS for the game’s initial release, I was excited to get my hands on a Resident Evil title where Jill Valentine was the leading lady once again. I’m happy to confirm that Revelations holds up well on PS4, and it remains to be one of my favourite installments in the series.
Revelations feels like what the earlier Resident Evil games would be like if they were made using the Resident Evil 4 engine, and it’s a claustrophobic, chilling adventure where every bullet and item counts. There’s plenty of shooting but enemies won’t go down with a simple headshot or two, and Jill and Parker’s adventure to locate Chris and his partner, Jessica, who’ve gone missing on the ship Queen Zenobia is an exciting one. It’s very Resident Evil in how outlandish it is but it’s smaller scale and confined story help to instill a similar fear that the first game did — when you’re trapped in tight, dark corridors, it’s easy to squander your tools needed for survival and feel pressured, but in this case it’s an almost-welcomed feeling.
Revelations certainly feels smoother on PS4, even if it does look fairly dated now. The aiming reticle can be a little slippery, leading to wasted ammo, but keeping a calm head has always been important in Resident Evil. That said, the game becomes laughably easy, as with other games in the series, the further you progress because of the various powerful weapons you come across. You don’t have to collect these, but chances are you’re not going to leave them behind. There are a handful of puzzles you need to solve to mix things up a little and a lot of backtracking due to the smaller scale of the game, and it really does feel like a more modern-day Resident Evil 1. You know, bar the modern-day Resident Evil 1 remaster.
The main story lasts a good 10 or so hours, and once completed you’ll likely jump into the series’ main-stay Raid Mode. Raid Mode sees you play as a variety of characters as you work to defeat enemies and gain a high score, and the previously released DLC is included here consisting of more characters and weapon upgrades. Revelations Raid Mode is solid but unless you vastly prefer the maps here, I found that sticking with the Raid Modes found in Resident Evil 5 and 6 offered more enjoyment.
Revelations, originally a 3DS game, hasn’t been fully remade for PS4 but has been remastered instead. It might be one of the best looking games available on 3DS, but it’s a pretty ugly game on PS4. The game looks good when being played, but the cutscenes feature some unrefined character models which don’t do their characters justice. Roger Craig Smith reprises his role as Chris Redfield whilst Michelle Ruff voices Jill Valentine, and both do a great job. Revelations has some outstanding voice talent who do wonderfully, but it seems that the voice-directing didn’t make the most of them as some lines are delivered awkwardly. I’m unsure if this is intentional as Resident Evil has always had a bit of a B horror movie vibe.
Resident Evil: Revelations is the latest game in the series to be remastered for PS4, and I’m very happy that it has been as the two Revelations games are brilliant. If you don’t like Resident Evil then you won’t like Revelations, but for those who didn’t like 7, or want something with a little less action than entries 5 and 6, Revelations should please you as it’s similar to the earlier trilogy of games. Fans shouldn’t miss it, especially as it’s being sold at a fair price both physically and digitally, and there’s plenty of content here to sink your teeth into. Its creepy atmosphere will have you steeling yourself, even if you’re not playing it for the first time.