It's been a while since I played a portable version of the Resident Evil series. If I recall correctly, the last game I played on a portable was the classic and still my all time favorite, Resident Evil 2. So now we have the latest portable version of the franchise on 3DS, let's see what it's all about.
Compared to Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, Revelations is a like a new coat of paint and then some. As the story goes, good versus evil and such that follows, I won't go into too much detail about that as you can find out as you play. The game is set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and 5, Jill finds herself aboard a eerie cruise ship called the Queen Zenobia, which is cruising somewhere in the Mediterranean.
After responding to a distress call from Chris, Jill and her new partner Parker Luciani head onboard, and find themselves trapped and surrounded by B.O.W.s (Bio Organic Weapons). The ship reminds me of the classic creepy mansions you'd come to love and expect in the series, it's well detailed and retains that forever foreboding atmosphere to the extreme.
There are certain gameplay aspects that are similar to Resi 4 and 5, such as a third-person and over-the-shoulder viewpoint. You also have the ability to go into a first-person view and fortunately, you can move whilst aiming. There's also new dodging function that is thrown in the works. However, with the lack of a dash or indeed sprint button, it is a shame.
The graphics are really nicely done, along with smooth and convincing animation of character and enemy models. No Resi game is fully complete without its infamous cutscenes popping its head out every so often. Overall graphically, you'd be hard pressed not to think you're playing on a next-gen console actually - it's that good. Even better as with the 3D effect maxed out, it's even more engrossing and atmospheric, bringing the Resi franchise ever that closer to your screen.
The story plays out in episodes that can be replayed in both the campaign or in Raid Mode (Co-op) - you're tasked with going from one point to another and killing anything along the way. The weapons and items are not transferrable, you need to progress through the game to unlock all of the missions. There's alot of replay value to be had as a load of content, characters and other bits and bobs to unlock, you'd be playing this game for a fair while.
+ Great console-like graphics on a handheld
+ Engrossing gameplay
+ Plenty of content to unlock
+ Cool soundtrack and sound effects
+ Co-op mode
- Some missions can be quite tricky