Resident Evil: Revelations

Common Sense Media says

Violent, carnage-filled survival horror game with zombies.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There aren't any positive messages, aside from the fact you're destroying evil zombies. This might be a bit of a stretch for some, but it's the only "positive" message one could take from this.

Positive role models

You play as various Resident Evil characters in this handheld game, including Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, out to stop a bio-terrorist plot and take down zombies in the process. The characters all seem heroic, and performing a job that must be done opposed to enjoying the killing. But because they all wield weapons and focus on killing (with some puzzle solving) they're not the best role models either.

 

Ease of play

After playing through the first tutorial level with tips, it's fairly easy to play, employing the Nintendo 3DS's buttons to move and shoot, and the touchscreen to solve puzzles and switch between weapons. The game is also compatible with the new Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro, which adds another analog stick to the game.

Violence

This game has a lot of strong violence, blood, and gore. This third-person shooter has you shooting guns, rifles, and rocket launchers to kill hundreds of thousands of zombies and other mutated creatures. Enemies scream in pain, fall to the ground, and leave pools of blood and fleshy chunks. Some cut-scene sequences are also potentially disturbing with scenes of death and mutilation.

Sex

Some of the female characters in the game, including Jill Valentine, show ample cleavage through a low-cut top. Chris Redfield's new partner, Jessica Sherawat, flirts with him quite a bit.

Language

The words "s--t," "damn" and "hell" can be heard in the game. It's not often but it's there.

Consumerism

This Capcom game features many familiar characters from past Resident Evil games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety and privacy concerns. The game supports local and online multiplayer support for two players, but there isn't an option to chat with other players. The game also offers a StreetPass features to wireless exchange missions with other nearby players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Revelations is a violent and bloody third-person shooter with "survival horror" elements. This "Mature"-rated game shows acts of strong violence, primarily weapon-based combat, against zombies and mutated creatures. Enemies can spray blood when shot and collapse on the ground in bloody chunks. Some profanity can also be heard and female characters wear revealing clothing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS takes place in between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The action focuses on familiar characters Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, who, depending on the mission, are looking for one another, with their new partners from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA). It's 2005, and there's a deadly bioterrorist attack that destroys the island city of Terragrigia. For much of the first half of the single-player game, you're scouring a giant abandoned cruise ship -- which holds the secret to the global bio-terrorism conspiracy -- and you'll be warding off the horrors there, including undead zombies and other nasty creatures. You'll be joined by an A.I. (artificial intelligence) partner to help take down the baddies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Resident Evil: Revelations is a fantastic third-person survival horror game -- which looks and plays great on the portable Nintendo 3DS platform. While your A.I.-controlled partners lack personality (and at times, usefulness), the game delivers intense stop-and-pop action and memorable moments, impressive 3D visuals, many playable characters, multiplayer co-op options (local and Internet), and support for the optional Circle Pad Pro accessory ($20) which makes it feel more like a console game. The bite-sized "TV episode"-like feel also works for a mobile platform, when you might not have a lot of time to play in one sitting (and with a recap to the previous mission). If the violence and carnage isn't an issue for you (take heed to the "Mature" rating), then you'll no doubt like shooting your way through the creepy Resident Evil: Revelations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about a portable Nintendo platform with "Mature"-rated games. Should Nintendo embrace games for older players to expand its appeal or focus solely on family-friendly games like its first-party titles that are mostly rated "E" for "Everyone" (except for the "Teen"-rated Metroid series).

  • What is the impact of violence in a game like Resident Evil: Revelations?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Windows
Price:$39.99 (3DS), $49.99 (X360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:February 7, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 14, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

RE:Revelations

Just got this for my 3DS and have finished the game.In fact,this and resident evil the mercenaries are the only reasons I got my 3DS for.You can't blame me,I'm just a 13 year old American teen whom you expect to be a hardcore gore game fan and play violent games.Ask me for a game of Mario and I'll gladly recoil in disgust.I cant help it seeing gore has become a mini drug in my life.So when we come to this game,of course it's bloody.It'sgory.Everything nasty,So just don't expect the makers to have mercy on the blood and gore,as per normal for a resident evil game.This has interesting storyline which is why I gave it four stars.Continuing the never ending series ,this game continues a massive storyline in the RE umbrella corporation puzzle.Play for yourself and enjoy,but no kids under 13.
7/2/12,3:07 a.m,USA

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bymaster HOBO 7461 March 7, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

good game for older kids

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old Written byzanaman3000 June 25, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Be Careful With Everyone 12 And Under

Hey parents! I have another review for you! Here it goes!
Resident Evil Revelations is a game where you play Jill Valentine, Parker, Chris, and Jenny or something. Yes, it is a bit gory. Like in the Terragogia cutscene, it's a bit iffy. The game scares me a TINY bit, but not like "OMG IM AFRAID TO DO EVERYTHING NOW" thing. It's hard if you have no freaking herbs on you, which really made me mad. It has positive messages and a role model, as Jill is trying to save her two friends, Chris and whoever, as they disappeared. It also has a bit of language, but not much. If you're kids are afraid of CALL OF DUTY and Halo, and even little tiny T games, don't get it for them. I, myself, have 20+ M games. M games are AMAZING. By the way, if you're child says "M MEANS ITS FOR MINOR" or they're friend does, it means MATURE FOR AGES 17+. If they play Halo or Call Of Duty, get it for them. It's fine. Just make sure they aren't afraid of the dark TOO MUCH. Good game, though. 5/5. Getting Resident Evil 5 tomorrow. :D

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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