Why Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Should Have Been Completely Different


I’ve got no problem with Resident Evil Revelations 2 (or Revelations 2, for ease), apart from that girl who points at everything like she’s just seen E.T. for the first time… and the fact that Barry has slightly better voice acting (Jill sandwich for life), but Revelations 2 seems to me an opportunity sadly wasted.

Let’s face it; Resident Evil is HOT right now. With Resident Evil HD edition officially achieving the title of the fastest selling Capcom game ever to grace the PlayStation Network, now is a great time to celebrate all that original Biohazard horror and bring back old favorites like Barry Burton, right? Well, yes and no.

Strategically, the recent releases were a golden idea; first, you’re hit with Resident Evil HD, an admittedly terrifying experience regardless of its age that just the other day, had three grown men cowering to the plinky-plonky music of typewriter-laden safe rooms (I was among these ‘men’). Then there’s Revelations 2, which brings you back to modern day ease and a more comfortable (and less atmospheric) experience. Though, when I first heard that Revelations 2 was an episodic game experience, I was excited, nay ready, for something fresh and new.

When reading first impressions and user reviews, I was a tad disappointed at the lack of tropes that I’ve tended to associate episodic gaming with. The traits of the excellent Telltale games appear to be absent in Revelations 2, and while these traits are not a necessity in episodic games, I feel that implementing some of them could have presented new opportunities. It got me thinking ‘if any game could benefit from moral choices that led to multiple endings, resident evil is it.’ Imagine if the bowel-stopping horror was combined with split-second choices that resulted in putting either yourself or your buddy character at serious risk?

Resident Evil one went a good way to inspiring this thought train. Between the gasps of uncontrollable horror, I was able to identify the kind of actions that led to the game’s multiple endings. Revelations 2 was a fantastic opportunity to bring multiple routes back to Resident Evil. That’s not to say that the thought of making hard decisions on top of the general horror game stress doesn’t terrify me, but that’s the point, right?

Just imagine seeing ‘this action will have consequences’ after every seemingly innocuous decision, or having the game tell you that Natalia (the buddy character that menacingly points at things) will ‘remember this’ whenever you do something morally suspect. Features like this would also allow you to influence the buddy characters in the game, like the way Corvo’s actions can change Emily’s view of the world in Dishonoured.

Just a thought; what do you think? Comment below.

Best Games Coming Out in February 2015

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February 2015 is definitely going to be a month dedicated to action games. Despite the relative low amount of video game releases planned for this month, there are a few notable and highly anticipated titles incoming, such as Evolve and The Order: 1886.Here are the most promising video games coming out this month.

6. Total War: Attila (MAC, PC)

Total War Attila WPAttila is the ninth game from Sega’s Total War series. The game is based on Attila’s historical conquests as one of the most feared leaders of the Hunnic Empire. Total War: Attila is a real-time strategy game that will feature three main factions: the Danes, the Geats and the Jutes. The provincial system will allow players to choose and adapt tactics depending on the circumstances, since each region within a province can be conquered separately. The game will feature a multiplayer mode and several packs of DLC in the release day, which will add further factions, units and campaigns. You can get it here.

Release Date: February 17, 2015     Genre: Strategy
Developer: Creative Assembly     Publisher: SEGA

5. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round WPThe final update of the Dead or Alive 5 series will arrive late February. Last Round will feature over 30 characters and a set of new realistic moves providing the ultimate fighting experience. The game will also feature multi-stages, allowing players to fight in several consecutive environments. Stage interaction, counter-attacks, combos and costumes will remain key elements in Last Round. However, the typical character brutality and elegance will be displayed with further refinement. You can get it here.

Release Date: February 20, 2014     Genre: Fighting
Developer: Team Ninja     Publisher: Tecmo

4. Game of Thrones: Episode 2 – The Lost Lords (iOS, MAC, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)GoT E2 WP

The Lost Lords is the second episode of the acclaimed video game adaptation of Game of Thrones. The new episode is already available and it follows the story of several characters. The journey begins after the massacre at the Twins. It follows Gared’s training at the Night’s Watch – to fulfill his duty to House Forrester he must become a ranger and protect the North Grove. At King’s Landing, Mira  desperately seeks for the Crown’s support. As typical of Telltale Games, this is an interactive graphic adventure based on players’ decisions.

Release Date: February 3, 2015    Genre(s): Adventure
Developer: Telltale Games     Publisher: Telltale Games

3. Resident Evil Revelations 2 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Resident Evil Rev 2 WPAnother game of the Resident Evil series is arriving later this month. Revelations 2 will feature Claire Redfield, as the main protagonist, and Barry Burton’s daughter Moira, as a secondary and supportive character. Other confirmed characters are Barry and Natalia Korda, a little girl with special powers. Very little is known about the storyline, except that it will take place between the events of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. This survival-horror adventure will be released in an episodic form and it will feature a cooperative gameplay mode. You can get it here.

Release Date: February 25, 2015     Genre(s): Action, Survival-horror
Developer: Capcom    Publisher: Capcom

2. Evolve (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Evolve WPEvolve is a sci-fi first-person shooter game set in a distant future. The plot takes place in Shear, a planet with valuable human colonies, that is soon attacked by volatile aliens. In a desperate attempt to defend  Shear, a team of expendable hunters is assembled, setting the main conflict of Evolve. The game will feature four main classes (assault, trapper, medic, support) and four game modes (hunt, nest, rescue, defend) with over 15 different monster types. Both human and monsters have access to unique skills. However, monsters have the ability to hunt smaller monsters and evolve into something stronger. You can get it here.

Release Date: February 10, 2015     Genre(s): Action, First-Person Shooter
Developer: Turtle Rock Studios     Publisher: 2K Games

1. The Order: 1886 (PS4)

The Order 1886 WPThe Order: 1886 is probably one of the most anticipated games of the year and is coming out this month. With the promise of taking full advantage of the next-gen graphical capabilities, this action game will present an alternate history of London, where an enigmatic order keeps the world safe from monsters known as the half-breed. The game will keep certain realism levels by introducing existing monuments and weapons based on historic theories. Some of the unique features in this game involves environmental interaction, lock-picking, small puzzles and group tactics. You can get it here.

Release Date: February 20, 2015     Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Ready At Dawn Studios     Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment