Resident Evil: Revelations
What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?
|Platforms:||Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360|
|Price:||$39.99 (3DS), $49.99 (X360, PS3, Wii U, PC)|
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||February 7, 2012|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|ESRB rating:||M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language |