Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 3 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

March 10, 2015

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
7.3

Summary:

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 - Judgement on the PlayStation 4 continues where the first Episode in the arc left off. Developed by Capcom, this title serves as more of a return to form for a franchise that has strayed awfully far away from its intended purpose. Resident Evil has been one of the most popular and successful franchises to ever pop up in the world of videogames. In a way, RE brought zombies to the masses in a way that George Romero or even Simon Pegg could not. They put the genre into the hands of gamers and told them to go cause some trouble.

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by Capcom
Release Date: 03/17/2015

Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Capcom
  • Publisher(s):
    • Capcom
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store (DLC)
  • Release Date(s):
    • March 10, 2015
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1-2
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 1-2
  • Series:
    • Resident Evil
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 1.1GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • MT Framework
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
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2015-10-11

Darren_Summerell

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 - Judgement on the PlayStation 4 continues where the first Episode in the arc left off. Developed by Capcom, this title serves as more of a return to form for a franchise that has strayed awfully far away from its intended purpose. Resident Evil has been one of the most popular and successful franchises to ever pop up in the world of videogames. In a way, RE brought zombies to the masses in a way that George Romero or even Simon Pegg could not. They put the genre into the hands of gamers and told them to go cause some trouble. The ensuing movies and video games served to set the case for how strong of an impression RE would leave. Having framed the importance of this franchise, let’s dive into the second episode of the strongest Resident Evil entry in years.

Judgement continues the arc that we saw begin in the first episode. Before we dive into the action of this episode let’s briefly discuss what happened in the first episode. So we got introduced to two new characters in Moira and Natalia. Refreshingly both of these characters stand on their own two legs rather than lean on any lame idea just because they are women. Moira is daughter to Barry, one of our favorite Resident Evil characters of all time. Moira works with Claire Redfield in an anti bio-terrorism task force. The two women are kidnapped and dragged off to a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere. Barry ends up hunting down their location and he finds the island, albeit many months later. Once on the island Barry ends up running into a lost and mysterious little girl named Natalia. Natalia has a sort of sixth sense when it comes to sensing enemies and she proves to be immediately useful.

In the first episode of the series Capcom established the tone of what to expect going forward and we do not stray from it in Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 - Judgement. The action in this episodic series is going to be split into two sections and divided evenly between the four characters that we met in the first episode. The first half of every entry will be spent with Claire and Moira as they seek to navigate through the mysterious island that holds them captive. Along the way they will be pushed along by a dangerous overseer and introduced to countless evil creatures that seek to kill them. The second half of each episode will be spent with Natalia and Barry.

What we liked about Capcom’s decision to split the entries into two halves is that it gave us a good reason to play with every character. All of the characters in Revelations have their own personality and abilities. Claire and Barry, to start with, are both stoic and capable butt kickers. They know their way around guns and they are familiar with the danger that can be found in mutated enemies. Claire carries with her the burden of watching over Moira while Barry has the burden of failure, of losing his only daughter. Moira has some deep dark secrets that she keeps stashed away. The girl will not touch a gun to save her own life - literally. Instead, Moira becomes useful with her almost Scooby Doo like detective skills. Moira has a flash light equipped that you can use to hunt out clues and items while Claire is tasked with protection. Natalia, as we highlighted above, is a weak little thing except for her ability to sense enemies.

In episode 2 much of the character development we found ends up focused on Barry and his relationship to Natalia and Moira. Barry is a broken man at this point. He is determined to find his daughter but not at all sure about her health or even if she is alive. Through his despair for Moira he becomes a sort of surrogate father to Natalia, insisting that she be protected at all costs. There is a cute moment where Natalia ends up needing to be carried, thanks to a small injury to her leg. At this point Barry opens up to the little girl and immediately humanizes both characters, thus making them actually matter a bit more to us.

In the second episode we found that Claire and Moira had more action to mess around with but it didn’t strike as hard as Barry’s half of the episode. The adrenaline gets dialed down a bit and we instead enjoy the character arcs. With that being said, we hope that the rest of the episodes don’t stay this slow paced. With only a few hours of gameplay per episode we definitely want to experience some class Resident Evil thrills.

In a return to form, Episode 3 showcases some of that traditional Resident Evil puzzle solving flair. Being the longest episode released so far in the series, it was nice to see a host of puzzles crop up to get in our way. The puzzles aren’t impossible but they do get frustrating, so have a guide handy on your laptop if you need. The puzzles you face are thankfully logic based rather than relying on some 'find the needle in the haystack' style quirk.

We’ve mentioned that the timeline changes when you switch characters and that continues to be a really fresh feature. Going through the same areas that Claire and Moira have gone through, at a later date, showcase riveting changes. Fortunately there are clues to be found to hint at what happens as well as diary entries written by previous inhabitants of the island. Piecing together these entries can show that this abandoned Russian island is so much more than it appears. These diary pieces aren’t required to be found but they flesh out so much.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 - Judgement for the PlayStation 4 is a great continuation of a game that looks to have righted the ship for Capcom. There is a perfect blend of tension, puzzles, and action elements in an appropriate sized serving.

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