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Resident Evil: Revelations

Hands-on With The HD Console Version

Capcom impressed 3DS owners early last year with Resident Evil: Revelations. The story fills in gaps between Resident Evil 4 and 5, following the exploits of series mainstays like Jill and Chris aboard a zombie-infested ship. Now that Revelations is on its way to consoles, fans that took issue with Resident Evil 6’s focus on intense action can look forward to a more traditional horror experience.

Resident Evil: Revelations looks great on the 3DS, but it looks even better in HD. Capcom has added increased detail to character models, polished environmental textures, and built a new lighting system. Creeping through the halls of the dim, derelict Queen Zenobia is far more unsettling here than on the handheld. The cutscenes look even better running at 1080p, and appear on par with those found in Resident Evil 6.

Dedicated Resident Evil fans who hunted down a Circle Pad Pro for their 3DS experienced an added level of control. Wielding two Circle Pads allowed players to simultaneously move and aim with their characters, a first for the main series. Using the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers’ dual analog sticks feels even better, and shooter fans will feel right at home aiming for zombies’ weak spots. Purists who prefer the stop-and-shoot mechanics of Resident Evil 4 and 5 can switch their control scheme to classic if they prefer.

This HD version of Revelations is also on the way to the Wii U, complete with full support for the GamePad. Players use the controller’s built-in screen to view maps and manage their weapons, similar to the lower screen’s function in the 3DS version. You can also scan the environment for hidden items by holding up the GamePad and moving it around in front of you. Capcom also supports the unique Wii U feature that lets players bypass their TV completely and play only using the GamePad’s screen. The Wii U’s Pro Controller is also compatible is you want to skip the GamePad entirely.

The graphics and controls are in great shape, but I’m also excited that Revelations’ two-player co-op Raid Mode is surviving the leap to consoles. Playable online, this mode lets two players work through select sections of the campaign together, gunning down monsters and unlocking new weapon upgrades. Everyone’s favorite gas-masked Umbrella agent, Hunk, is also coming exclusively to this HD release. Hopefully the greater numbers of console users vs. 3DS users will mean this fun mode is more popular the second time around.

All the elements that made Resident Evil: Revelations great appear to be making the jump to consoles. Even better, Capcom is adding new enemies and a higher difficulty to keep returning veterans on their toes. The only missing piece is the 3DS’ three-dimensional capabilities, but the tradeoff for HD visuals is worth it. Fans will be able to get their hands on the game at retail on PS3, 360, and Wii U for $49.99. Digital versions will be available launch day on PS3 and PC, with the 360 and Wii U to follow later.

This preview is as it will appear in issue #240 of Game Informer

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Comments
  • They should have called this Resident evil 6 instead...
  • This looks absolutely amazing ive never been a fan of handheld devices or their games but bringing this to consoles looks amazing and im def buying.

  • I can't wait for this. I needs me some survival horror Resident Evil style.

  • Awesome. I figured it'd be cheaper and a PSN/XBLA title, but I still want it. Jill Valentine makes it an instant purchase.
  • I definately enjoyed Revelations on 3DS, even if I felt it was far from the "return to Resident Evil's roots" that Capcom advertised it to be. Still, I probably won't be getting this console version if the only new features are prettier graphics and a new character for a multiplayer mode I never bothered playing.

  • I enjoyed 6 and I'm looking forward to this as well.
  • I loved RE: Revelations on the 3DS and I am actually pretty excited for this.

  • When does this release?
  • I'm definitely most excited about the Wii U version! The Wii U Gamepad should provide all the benefits of the original 3DS version (not including the 3D effect, obviously) plus the increased horsepower of modern home consoles. :D
  • This makes me angry.It makes me angry because it shows that Capcom can still make an A+ SURVIVAL HORROR experience yet they choose to destroy the main series with the action aspect.Hey Capcom,stop making *** action CoD ripoffs and go back to making survival horror.

    I already have this on 3DS and I most certainly am re-buying it again on PC.

  • Glad Capcom is bringing a good game to more gamers, especially since Revelations absolutely spanks RE6. That being said, I'm happy with the 3DS version myself. Didn't even mind the traditional, single stick controls - it's just a clunky shooter with dual analog support anyway. It's such a deliberately paced game anyway, it really isn't a bother to choose between moving and shooting in the original game. But whatevs. This may be a quickie, stopgap solution to righting the series after RE6, but it's a good game nonetheless! Cool to see it get "promoted".

    I could think of some more handheld games that should get this treatment... Gravity Rush, for one. And Radiant Historia also - give it the HD treatment like Pier Solar HD and drop it on Steam/XBLA/PSN/eShop, and that game will sell tons!

  • I just bought a 3DS on the promise of finally being able to play RE: Revelations, then I hear this announcement. I be upset if the game didn't look so awesome.
  • Where the hell are the zombies?

  • Well atleast I can (somewhat)stop frowning that I don't have a 3DS. Revelations was one of my reasons to get a 3DS and it ends up coming on consoles. Yay!Its looking pretty awesome by the way!

    Now if only the new Fire Emblem and Castlevania game would both come to the 360..

  • Ive head this is more of an old school style RE,looking forward to this gem,it may just sate my surival horror whithdrawla.