Though a fan of the Resident Evil series, I’m going to admit right off the bat that I haven’t played them all. I played the original and the remake extensively, Zero, Code Veronica, and Resident Evil 4 on Gamecube and Wii, but I’ve only played a little bit of part 2, watched someone play parts of 3, and never played part 5 at all. Having said that, Resident Evil: Revelations may be one of my favorites in the series. At least, of those I’ve played.
It’s been argued that the series, which started out as slower paced survival horror, has “evolved” into third person action. Not having played part 5 (supposedly the biggest offender) I don’t necessarily agree. Resident Evil 4, directed by the creator of the original Resident Evil, was a shot of adrenaline and originality I feel the series needed right when it was going stale. Never had I played a game that felt so cinematic while allowing so much freedom, as I pushed bookcases in front of doors to delay the approaching hoards, only to have them break through and continue the assault. In truth it did steer the series further in the direction of action, but it was still a horror game at heart and quite brilliant at that. Continue reading