Resident Evil: Revelations

Nintendo 3DS

February 7, 2012

Capcom have already gotten their feet wet on the 3DS with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, and now Revelations is the developer/publisher's opportunity for a completely new and original story. With this level of experience, its of little surprise that the series’ second foray on the 3D handheld is looking like a worthwhile successor to the same familiar gameplay of Resident Evil 4 and 5.

This latest presentation focused less on the core gameplay and story specifics, and more on  features.  We got an in-depth demo of the Genesis Bioscanner and its practical functions, one of which is spotting invisible Hunters with cloaking capabilities. This scanning device would only be useful if the game allowed you to switch to your weapons quickly, and this is certainly the case in Revelations.

We were also introduced to two new characters, Keith Lumley and Quint Cetcham, two tech savvy operatives who are helping out Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. In the demo, Keith and Quint were actually in a snowy outdoor environment, indicating that the cruise ship won’t be the only setting of Revelations.

I made the mistake of not asking the Capcom representatives, but I left the Gamers Day wondering if Keith and Quint’s questionable voice acting was meant to be a placeholder or if it was all intentional.

Whatever the case, I’m optimistic about the overall narrative as Capcom has outsourced the story to anime screenwriter Dai Sato, whose credits include Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex to name a few of his credits. Moreover, he is a self-confessed Resident Evil otaku.

Revelations will also feature an enhanced score attack set up called Raid Mode. This two-player MP mode--playable via wi-fi or Internet--takes areas from the story and focuses more on killing as many enemies as possible. In fact, the enemies feature both levels and health bars this time around. But the same goes for your character as you can level up, not to mention opportunities to collect loot.