Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is the latest in the long-lasting series developed by Capcom. Immediately, Capcom is taking a different approach with this installment as it is being released in a weekly episodic form and a total of four episodes on all modern consoles.
It is also worth noting that due to this episodic format, the price has been tweaked. It is $6 for a single episode, or once the entire season is released, you can get them all in a packaged deal with a few extras for $25.
Episode one is split into two chapters, the first opens with Claire Redfield, a veteran of the Resident Evil series, and Moira Burton, a newcomer. They are at a party for a human-rights organization called “TerraSave” whose motto is “Because terr- doesn’t have to end with -rist.” I still have a hard time deciding if that is the best or worst motto I have ever heard.
After things take a turn for the worse, we find our characters waking up in what appears to be a disgusting, abandoned facility, then we begin our adventure to find out where we are, who put us here and why.
The game follows the Resident Evil 5 formula in that you always have two characters, one for an online friend to control.
However, if you would rather play alone, you can switch between the two characters in the middle of the game, and the AIcontrols the other character. Revelations 2 does a great job at keeping the AI controlled player useful and out of harm’s way, and I was pleasantly surprised.
It took me about 80 minutes to beat the entire episode — 39 minutes for chapter one and 40 minutes for chapter two, to be exact. However, the game does come with an extra “raid mode.” Raid mode is basically an arcade mode, forcing you to run through environments eradicating a set amount of enemies and reaching the end marker. There are a ton of customization options and even daily challenges to complete. If you wanted more to play, raid mode is definitely the option for you.
Episode 1 of Resident Evil Revelations 2 was not great but solid enough to keep my attention and make me want to play Episode 2. For a price that low, it is hard to not recommend.