Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

March 17, 2015

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a collection of four previously released episodes. The game stars former series protagonist and Raccoon City survivor Claire Redfield, now working for the anti-terrorism group TerraSave. One-day Clair and her co-worker Moira are knocked unconscious and taken to an abandoned prison on a mysterious, monster-filled island. Meanwhile, Moira's dad, series veteran Barry Burton, travels to the island to rescue his daughter, only to befriends another young girl named Natalia. The action primarily finds Claire and Barry traveling around the island and using a variety of high-powered weapons to shoot monstrous mutants and also switch to the secondary characters to take advantage of their special abilities.

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Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 6.1GB Minimum
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Sound Engine:
    • Dolby Digital
  • Engine:
    • MT Framework
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 40 Hours
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on the PlayStation 4 is the tenth installment in the Resident Evil franchise, this game was developed and published by Capcom. The game can be considered a survival horror action video game and is the first part of a quadruple series.

Resident Evil is a series that has long been known for putting fans of the game into intense situations with a world of creepiness carefully built up around them. Resident Evil got its start decades ago on the OG consoles, like the PS1. Since then the series has evolved and expanded until it arrived in the hands of Capcom. Capcom has been willing to experiment with their keynote franchise and at times this has caused them to walk a little too far away from what makes Resident Evil so great. With that being said, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has felt like a return to form. Released in serial format, we picked up Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for the PS4 and immediately got down to work.

Revelations 2 takes place at some point between the fifth and sixth games in the Resident Evil series. Claire is once again back at the forefront of our attention span, now working with an anti bioterrorist group named Terrasave. Claire ends up getting kidnapped along with a young girl named Moira, who is actually Barry’s daughter and the newest recruit to the team. The two women wake up locked inside of a prison complex located on some mysterious and nebulous island. Shades of CODE: Veronica make their way into the subtext of these segments and the team at Capcom doesn’t waste time capitalizing on them. Soon the action kicks off and Episode 1 gets going in full gear.

The opening of the episode gives us fresh insight into Claire as well as the new girl, Moira. The two female characters make up the bulk of what goes on in this episode and it is to good effect. Claire is once again in the role of the level headed survivor, masterfully aware of what needs to be done in order to live. Claire is the primary fighter of the two girls that you control and also the surrogate mother of the younger woman. Moira, for her part, is wonderfully entertaining as a min-Barry: replete with a potty mouth, brattitude, and one liners whenever the moment is ripe for it. Despite this hot temper Moira refuses to actually partake in any of the violence, not with a firearm anyway. The episode hints at some sort of trauma deep inside of Moira’s past, one that has pretty much closed her off. I’m sure we’ll learn more about this later.

Moira could easily have become a cumbersome character to deal with in this series as she hit a few cliched notes that we tend not to like. Despite hitting those cliches, Moira does end up warming up to us pretty quick. Instead of using a firearm she appropriates the part of our lookout while wielding a crowbar to watch our backs. Claire handles all the big weaponry and, of course, to good effect. Get used to their different play styles as early as possible because you will be switching between the characters often. There are moments when Claire is perfect for the mission at hand, there are also moments where Moira has to take the lead.

The creatures in this game range from horrifying to simply unsettling. There is something about this game that, much like the rest of the series, simply scares you by what isn’t shown. It’s easy to look at a set piece like the prison complex and not read anything into it. It’s just a part of the level. Just something that we have to run around in. But as the clues start to come out in the game, and you learn more and more about what the complex is and has experienced, each room gets its own chill to it. The implications to something awful are there.

In any event, going back to the creatures we find that they are a bit more complex than traditional zombies. The different creatures you come across combine elements of RE4’s Ganados as well as something a little more twisted. The mutated baddies are creepy and they are well designed so as to maximize how terrifying they are. The sound effects, much like in games like Left 4 Dead, are on point and only seem to add to the depth of terror hiding in every scene.

Let’s step away from the girls section of the game. Forgotten in this epic introduction is Barry. Barry is one of the most popular characters in the anthem of RE games and it was wonderful to see him make his return. After you complete Claire’s first mission in the episode you will unlock Barry’s portion of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 1: Penal Colony.

Barry has come hunting for his daughter and he ends up tracking them to the island. Once he arrives there he ends up teaming up with a strange young girl named Natalia. We are sure that Natalia is supposed to mirror his relationship with his daughter, but there is something different about this. The little girl seems too... innocent and precocious. Anyway, looking at Natalia you would think that she’d quickly become a wet blanket on your Barry adventures. This isn’t the case. While Barry is one hardened killer, Natalia has a separate ability that sets her apart. She has the ability to sense enemies and she has to use it in order to survive.

Incorporating stealth elements from games like Shadow of Mordor, Barry has the ability to sneak up on enemies and click the R2 button in order to put them out of commission. While the kills were always satisfying, and useful in terms of preserving ammo, the stealth bits seemed to work too good as there were times where an enemy would like right at us before walking away.

At the end of the first episode we found ourselves appropriately intrigued as to what would happen next. We loved the partner dynamic put in play and it was great to see some fresh faces blend with fan favorites. Overall, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on the PlayStation 4 is a game worthly of playing. Now we just have to get the next episode.

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