Resident Evil Revelations was first released on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2012. The reception was quite good and it was dubbed as the best Resident Evil game at that time. While not everyone owns a 3DS, Capcom ported the game to HD and released it on last generation consoles, including the PC. Again, the game was received fairly well. Four years later since the last HD iteration of the game, Capcom has once again released it but this time, on the PS4 and Xbox One, giving fans of the survival-horror genre the chance to play it for those who missed it. Given the fact that Resident Evil Revelations is a five year old game, does bringing it to PS4 and Xbox One make the game any better?
Nothing has changed when it comes to the story of Resident Evil Revelations. It’s still about Jill Valentine being tasked to find Chris Redfield aboard Queen Zenobia and solving the mysteries within. The game is broken up into 12 different episodes that puts you into the shoes of different characters. It’s cool at first being able to play different characters, but it gets old after a while.
Compared to past games of the series, Resident Evil Revelations still has quite an interesting story. It’s not as good as Resident Evil 7’s plot but definitely better than Resident Evil 6. Though there are a lot of new characters introduced in Revelations, where majority of them can be forgettable and tedious, as certain characters have the worst dialogue ever.
When it comes to gameplay, not much has changed either compared to the original HD version. It still has that survival-horror feel to it that many have missed, though it all falls short when the later episodes become too shooter heavy. For the most part, you will have that weird eerie atmosphere as you venture through the halls of the ship. It’s nice to have that eerie atmosphere once again as not a lot of horror games are able to deliver that. Control wise, not much has changed except the touch pad of the PS4 control becomes the button to access the in-game menu. Aside from that, it plays very similar to the HD version.
Content wise, nothing has been added in this version. The Raid mode is still there where you and a partner can team up doing raid missions and rack up points to buy upgrades or new weapons you can use. The online multiplayer plays smoothly in my experience and there was no lag whatsoever. The raid mode can be played at any time but it’s best to do it after finishing the main campaign. Length-wise, the game has a decent length which clocks around 8-10 hours depending of course on your skills.
Visually, the game looks a lot smoother compared to the HD version. Playing it on the PS4 Pro and on a 4K TV, character models and the environment look very detailed. In terms of HDR support, sadly there is none. If there is one thing that I dislike about this port, it’s the audio as I have to crank the volume up just to hear them walk and shoot monsters. If you play using a headset, then you will not have a problem whatsoever with the audio.
Resident Evil Revelations on the PS4 still proves to be an excellent game for fans of the survival-horror genre. Nothing has been added however when it comes to the content. It’s the same exact iteration of the HD version Capcom released several years ago. If there is one thing that is very notable, that would be the visuals as it looks two times better than the HD version and runs very smoothly without notable hiccups or slowdown in frame rate. For those who have played the game on last generation consoles, it’d be best to save that $19.99.