Resident Evil: Revelations
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Revelations is a mature third-person horror shooter. Players use various guns, grenades, and knives to fight monsters, and there's a lot of blood, gore, and scary bits. Players also use herbs to replenish their health. While there's no nudity, a character does use the word "s--t" at one point, one of the female characters wears a low-cut shirt and form-fitting pants, and another female character mentions her "sweet ass." The game can also be played co-op, and communication between partners isn't moderated. The Switch version includes a code for the sequel, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which is also bloody, scary, and not for little ones.
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What's it about?
Set after Resident Evil 4 and before Resident Evil 5, RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS has players trying to stay alive aboard an abandoned ship that's infested with zombies and other monsters. Fleshing out the story are separate missions that have other characters in different but related locations. Along with trying to survive, all of the characters are also working to prevent terrorists from unleashing a biological weapon on the world. As players fight their way through the campaign mode, they'll also unlock these stages for the game's Raid mode, an arcade-like take on each level where players try to get the best time against a variety of threats. Success unlocks new characters, weapons, and gear that can be used or customized for future playthroughs. The Switch version includes amiibo support, a new gameplay stage, and even a mini-game for store currency to help players acquire more content faster.
Is it any good?
While this scary shooter often recalls the earlier games in this series, it has some helpful modern touches that keep it from being dated. In Resident Evil: Revelations, players find themselves trying to stop terrorists with a biological weapon while being stuck running around an abandoned ship and other locations that are overrun with shambling monsters. Good thing you're armed with a bunch of guns, some grenades, and a knife, as well as a scanner that can help you find more ammo and other supplies.
What makes this work so well is that while it plays like the early classic installments in this series, it does so with more modern and intuitive controls. It also further modernizes and updates the controls from the original 3DS version. Otherwise, this is classic Resident Evil. While it has plenty of monster shooting action, it also has a ton of genuinely scary moments, as well as limited amounts of ammo and supplies, which requires you to be cautious. Along with a story-driven campaign, this game also includes a challenge mode called "Raid," in which players return to areas from the story mode, but now have to survive a swarm of monsters. The updated Switch version takes advantage of the console's hardware and its updated visuals to produce an excellent gaming experience, although the motion controls leave a lot to be desired; they're either too slow to be responsive enough in combat, or sped up so wildly that careful aim becomes almost impossible. Similarly, the loading times are surprisingly long, especially since this game has been ported from other systems. But the inclusion of amiibo to boost the gains of players for the Raid mode, along with the Missile Command-like mini-game that adds extra cash, is great for players looking for a bonus on the go. Resident Evil: Revelations might not be the best game in the series, but for fans of horror shooters, it's still a scary good time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Does it make you feel different that you're killing monsters as opposed to humans? Why do you think that is?
Talk about being frugal. In the game, ammo is in short supply and must be used somewhat sparingly, so how can you apply this technique to your own life?
Discuss fiscal responsibility. This game has been re-released many times, usually with just superficial changes, so does it make sense to buy a game if you've already played it? Especially when there are other games you haven't played?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99 (3DS), $49.99 (X360 PS3 Wii U PC), $19.99 (XB1 PS4 Switch)
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: November 28, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
- Last updated: February 22, 2020
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