The original version of Resident Evil: Revelations was, to put it mildly, a pleasant surprise. While critics didn’t particularly care for the convoluted story, the game’s solid mechanics, moody atmosphere, and impressive visuals made Revelations one of 3DS’ earliest must-own titles. After the disappointments of Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil: Revelations felt like a return to form for the survival-horror franchise.
Resident Evil: Revelations’ console port didn’t fare nearly as well. Graphics that looked great on the 3DS’ small screen suffered at higher resolutions, despite a marginal HD upgrade. The controls seemed off, too; while the third-person shooting was perfectly calibrated for the 3DS (particularly for gamers with a Circle Pad Pro), it felt slow and inaccurate with dual analog sticks.
Here’s hoping that Capcom learned from their mistakes. Unlike its predecessor, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was developed for consoles from the beginning. The graphics look marginally better, and as this new video shows, the title seems better suited for gamepad controls, too.
Nothing’s particularly new here; anyone who’s played a third-person shooter or a Resident Evil title will feel right at home. Left trigger aims, right trigger shoots. Switch weapons with the D-pad, and pick up items with the square (or X) button. Players can choose between crosshairs or a laser-sight to aim. It’s all pretty standard.
However, there’s one cool new feature. Capcom’s already revealed that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 boasts a co-op campaign. If there’s no second player, the computer will control the additional character and gamers can switch between the two characters with a single button press. Even better, they can do so at any time. If a zombie grabs Moira and starts gnawing at her neck, players can get out of trouble by simply switching to Claire and blowing it away.
Aiming still looks fairly sluggish, although it’s debatable whether or not that’s a problem. Unlike a fast-paced competitive shooter, a degree of inaccuracy can make a survival-horror game even tenser. These are supposed to be regular people, not super-soldiers. In the real world, even grizzled veterans like Claire Redfield miss some of the time.
Of course, there’s a fine line between realistic and frustrating, and it’s hard to tell from this brief video whether Capcom’s found it. The classic PS1 titles struggled with their controls too, and they’re still considered some of the best games of all time. For better or worse, the world will find out when Resident Evil: Revelations 2 comes out, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is in development for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It’s tentatively scheduled for February 17, 2015.