Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 - Xbox One

Release Date:

March 04, 2015

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
7.1

Summary:

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2: Contemplation was developed by the team over at Capcom and it is an extension of the four part downloadable series, collectively titled, Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Episode 2: Contemplation picks off right where we left off at the end of the first episode. We'll talk a little bit about this episode and the one immediately preceding it in the review below, so if you are okay knowing spoilers from last weeks episode then you can keep reading. Otherwise you might want to turn back now.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Capcom
  • Publisher(s):
    • Capcom
  • Distributor(s):
    • Xbox One Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • March 4, 2015
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1-2
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 1-2 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Resident Evil
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 4.05GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • MT Framework
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
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2015-07-16

Darren_Summerell

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Xbox One

7.1

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2: Contemplation was developed by the team over at Capcom and it is an extension of the four part downloadable series, collectively titled, Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Episode 2: Contemplation picks off right where we left off at the end of the first episode. We'll talk a little bit about this episode and the one immediately preceding it in the review below, so if you are okay knowing spoilers from last weeks episode then you can keep reading. Otherwise you might want to turn back now.

We picked up the title for the Xbox One and decided to dig in.

In the first episode of the series we got to meet Claire Redfield and Barry for another adventure. These two characters are long time favorites of the fans and it was good to see them back in action yet again. Claire is that no nonsense butt kicker while Barry was always good for a quip or three. Along with these two we got to meet Barry's little girl, Moira. Moira becomes more and more interesting as the episodes develop but right off the bat we knew she had something special going on. Capcom has been making some questionable decisions with the Resident Evil series of late but after playing Episode 1 we felt like they finally found the groove that will lead them back to fan redemption.

Going the multi-part DLC route for what has historically been a single episode game seems a bit like an odd decision for Capcom to make. Splitting the game up into episodes and demanding that players buy them one by one seems a little bit like a cash grab, if cynicism is your shade. But we have found that the serialized format has made for some gripping drama. Having to beat each game and then wait for the next episode has given us a little bit of an odd and more enjoyable experience. Suddenly everything in the title seems just a little bit more tense, a little bit more drawn out, and a little bit more interesting. So on the whole we don't have much bad to say about the episodic approach.

In the first episode we learned that Claire had joined an anti bio-terrorism group. She served alongside Barry's daughter, Moira. Moira instantly shows a depth of personality that we rarely get out of new canonized characters in RE and we were thankful for it. She's carrying some baggage and clearly has some damage lurking in her past. Before we get to delve too deeply Moira and Claire are kidnapped and dragged off to a mysterious and imposing island. The two women get thrown into a locked prison complex that seems largely abandoned and definitely the place of extreme violence. From then on out things got crazy as a malevolent overseer started commanding them while they were besieged by mutated human creatures. Barry soon follows along in his own section of the game, tracking the girls to the island where he meets a mysterious young girl named Natalia.

If you played through the first episode then you know that this game will be split into two experiences. In the first half of the episode you will explore as Moira and Claire and then in the back half of the episode you will play as Barry and Natalia. Barry and Natalia are looking to find out what has happened on this island and chronologically they are way behind Claire and Moira's timeline. That pattern keeps up in Episode 2 and we really started to get into the partner dynamic. The way that the characters work off of each other keeps strategy at the forefront of your mind. Claire and Moira are two dramatically different sorts of characters as are obviously Barry and Natalia.

For Claire the M.O. Is to lead the way while dealing as much damage as possible. Moira is functionally useless in a fight as she refuses to pick up a gun for some reason that she will not delve into. Moira DOES have a flash light and she can use that to discover clues that may lead to new parts of the level or hidden items. Barry is a Grade A killing machine but he has to stay by Natalia in order to keep her safe. Natalia has her own special ability to sense enemies but she too is useless in battle, able only to lob little rocks at enemies.

A note we do have about the split narrative effect is that it will turn some gamers off. The fact that the narrative is split isn't a problem, but what becomes problematic is the fact that you play through the same levels twice. First you play through as Claire and Moira and then later as Barry and Natalia. Now the passage of time is an interesting thing to note as the maps change very slightly. Some buildings are destroyed, blood is in new places, and new creatures are hiding. But the feeling of 'been there, done that' is still pervasive. We will say that some parts of the episodes better lend themselves to this doubling up, but when the locations are sort of dull (like the complex) we find ourselves impatiently waiting for something new to experience.

We do like how Episode 2 broke away from the action element in order to give us some character development with the new girls. Natalia is a sweetheart and we can tell that she means a lot to Barry, even if he doesn't really know her. There's a powerful section in this episode where Barry has to carry Natalia due to a small injury. He takes this as a chance to talk about his failures as a father and his decision to try to fix everything that he's done wrong. It's a sweet moment and it fleshes out both characters accordingly. Claire, however, is still pretty flat but she's so tough and her portion of the story line is so interesting that we really don't notice.

All in all Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2: Contemplation on the Xbox One serves as a wonderful continuation of the first episode.

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