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Resident Evil: Revelations 2
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 2 is a downloadable episodic survival horror game with strong language and bloody, gory third-person combat. Players use various firearms and a knife to shoot and stab humans who have mutated into horrific monsters, resulting in large splashes of blood, disintegrated heads, and exposed organs. The player's characters scream in pain when hit, limping and moving more slowly when injured. One of the characters uses very strong language throughout, including "f--k." Players can join strangers in an unlockable online mode, but communication is limited to preconfigured gestures and messages. The Switch version features amiibo support, updated visuals, motion controls, and other enhancements. It's available as a download or as part of a Resident Evil: Revelations collection.
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What's it about?
RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 sets its story sometime between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. It begins with series protagonist Claire Redfield and her friend Moira Burton being knocked out and abducted from an office party before waking up in a strange prison filled with horrifically mutated humans. Barry Burton, another of Resident Evil's oldest heroes, joins the adventure not long after, arriving at the prison to save them. Action is a mix of older Resident Evil-style exploration -- think locked rooms, keys, and scarce resources -- and more modern combat that allows for evasive rolls and stealth attacks, but it requires players to stop, pivot, and aim when attacking enemies. Ammunition is rarely in abundance through much of the game, forcing players to conserve bullets and use them only when needed. Players can also take on challenges in the Raid mode, where they face off against random monsters with varying abilities and attacks. Successfully completing these levels earns money that can be used to upgrade weapons, gear, and abilities. Switch players can also use motion controls to play the game.
Is it any good?
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 ought to please fans of older Resident Evil games -- those games where a spooky atmosphere and unexpected scares take precedence over running and gunning action. It has a slower, chillier pace than more recent games in the series, encouraging players to explore cautiously and soak up the creepy environment and frightening sound effects. That said, it doesn't have quite the same sophistication of level design or slow-burning intensity found in the best Resident Evil games -- a consequence, perhaps, of its episodic format. Also, the Switch version seems to have insanely long load times; you may even wonder if the console has frozen because it can take more than a minute to load one level. Additionally, the motion controls for the Switch aren't precise enough, regardless of what setting you try. Either it's too slow or it's way too fast, which isn't useful when you're trying to target enemy weak points carefully with the limited ammo you have.
The Raid mode helps make up for the campaign's shortcomings. This solo and multiplayer mode -- set in new environments not found in the campaign, with varying objectives ranging from speed runs to zombie-slaying chaos -- is designed to be played again and again, encouraging players to level up and unlock better gear. It could provide hours of entertainment beyond the story -- assuming you enjoy Resident Evil's distinctive, not-for-all-tastes style of combat. The same can be said for its Ghosts 'n' Goblins-inspired mini-game in the new Switch version, which is a great way to gain money for this mode. It's a great bit of added value for a game that already offers a decent amount of play for a budget price.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of media violence. Do you find violence has a different impact on different members of your family? How has violence in media affected people you know?
Families can talk about what they find scary. Do you think fantastical monsters in games and movies are frightening? What about media that realistically depicts other, more lifelike forms of terror?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99, $19.99 (for Switch version)
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: November 28, 2017
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
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