Resident Evil used to be the game that you played in the dark and it made you jump out of your seat. The newly released "The Evil Within" is what RE once was. The commercial they're running with people trying the game and screaming in fright is what I remember the RE Saga as. I may be going back to PS2 but that's when it was best and probably piqued. Now it's just a title they can fire out for an immediate reception because it has or had, I don't know, a cult following. For the PS3 releases so far I say "boo". Won't rate as Terrible but definitely doesn't make it to the halfway mark in my library.
I had low expectations, maybe that's why I was so pleased. I rented it in case I needed the back story to RE Revelation 2, coming this spring. I'm sure it could have had better controls if it didn't originally come out for the DS. Overall it was a good job. Fun play.
RE Revelations is a nice mix of the modern RE games, and the old school style games. Though it does pull a lot more from the newer ones.
First the things I did not like:
-The buddy system in the game removes a lot of the tension
-The setting. It's cool that it's a cruise ship but has been done before ( and better in Resident Evil Dead Aim)
-Episodes. While it was neat, it really broke up the flow of the game though it did allow for many different locations and characters. I do think that the different characters sort of took away from the story a bit at times.
What I did like:
-Old School RE Vibe. Ala Resident Evil 4
-On a cruise ship. That can be really creepy if you think about how massive a cruise ship is, how empty it can feel and how vast the ocean is. Being lost on a monster infested cruise ship in the middle of the ocean is a pretty scary thing.
-Controls. They were handled well enough to give you the actiony vibe of newer REs but keep the feel of the older ones
-Jill and Chris. Both continuing RE characters we all liked
-Parker: How can you not like this guy? He's great
Overall the plot of the game while still kinda cheese is a lot of fun, and helps give you that creepy RE atmosphere. The ship lended to some new elements like swimming through sunken parts of it. That was really cool.
If you are a fan of older RE games definitely check this one out. If you like the newer ones, check it out. There is something here for every player.
Verdict: Rent (or buy if you really like RE games)