Published on January 5th, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor
Why I’m Excited about Resident Evil Revelations
I remember when I was about 12 years old, I had a Nintendo 64. I loved it to death, but at the time there was a game only available on the PlayStation that I wanted to try. So I rented a PlayStation from a local video game store along with the game I wanted to try so badly. That game? Resident Evil. Since the first time I lost Barry, almost became a Jill sandwich, and had to deal with zombies, hunters, the massive snake known as Yawn, and the behemoth known as the Tyrant, I was hooked. Beyond hooked. I played the game non-stop on my three-day rental, and that is the moment I became a Resident Evil fan.
Since then, I’ve played every title in the series, including the side-story ones. There was a charm in all of them, even the light gun ones, that I loved. Resident Evil 2 and 3 kept the bar high, with emphasis on the survival horror genre that it helped create and mold. Then….something happened. Resident Evil 4 came out. At the time I was in high school, and I was a little behind in my gaming as I enjoyed partying. However, like seeing an old friend, I saw RE4 in a store and had to have it. I mean, it was Resident Evil on a “next gen” (at the time) console, so it had to be so awesome right? Well….
No. I will say it loud and say it proud. I did not like Resident Evil 4 at all. On the GameCube, I didn’t even finish it because I hated the controls. When it came out on Wii, I got it as a gift and finished it. I enjoyed the game more because the controls were more solid, and as a stand alone title it was excellent. As a Resident Evil game? Not at all. It took the survival away and ditched the horror. I never felt lost or helpless in the game. I was doing quick time events for boss battles, stockpiling ammunition, walking around in huge areas with unlimited freedom. Now granted, the game had it’s moments, but they were few and far between. And I’m not even going to mention the abomination known as Resident Evil 5, because that was just an action game with Resident Evil characters.
Which brings me back to the reason I wrote this article. I am beyond excited about Resident Evil Revelations. Why you ask? Just look at the picture above. That shows every reason why I am excited about the game; look at the narrow corridors; the dark lighting; the strange creature lurking towards you; the tension in the air. It’s a return to form for the series, and one that I am looking forward to. I have played the demo that came with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries countless times, because it leaves me wanting more. The environment is dark, helpless and creepy; the pace is slow, methodical and calculated. You don’t have an AK-47 blowing away a whole village of infected humans, you have your pistol while you search for clues and items while avoiding creatures that stalk your every move. It is a return to the first three Resident Evil titles that I hold up to such a high standard as a the definition of survival horror. I consider this title to be the homecoming for the Resident Evil series. A friend that lost his way, but is now back to his old ways, and that’s the reason we loved him in the first place. On February 7, 2012, America will find out what horrors this new title in the franchise will unleash, and I’ll be one of the first to purchase it.
Be sure to check out www.gamingtruth.com to see a full review of the game upon release!