Posted on May 16, 2013 AT 09:21am
One of the best indicators of the quality an HD port of a mobile game is the amount of time they spend on it. If it’s been done rather quickly, it’ll likely either be fine, but not outstanding or even ugly and glitchy. If they take their time, while not always a slam dunk, these ports can really benefit from the move. After playing the demo version of Resident Evil: Revelations, it’s looking so far to be the latter.
Capcom released three games in the Resident Evil franchise last year and, in my humble opinion, only one of them was good enough to represent the series. 3DS title Resident Evil: Revelations took to the high seas for the second time in the series and put you in control of Jill Valentine as she explored the cramped cabins and hallways of the cruise ship Queen Zenobia.
The twitchy squid-like undead creatures inhabiting the ship added a new layer of difficulty by being pretty random with their movements. The cramped corridors and creepy atmosphere also brought back some of that tension and horror flair that fans have been requesting for quite some time. Getting surrounded and not being able to hit your oddly twisting and turning target really makes the experience much more exciting and often scary.
When Capcom announced they were bringing the game to home consoles, I was interested to see how the experience would translate from a smaller screen to a huge TV. Thankfully, so far, it seems to translate quite well and the team have done a great job of making the already-impressive portable title look like it was built from the ground up for home consoles.
On the Wii U release of the game they’ve also made decent of the gamepad controls. You can manage your items and play offscreen using the gamepad display, which is one of my favorite things to do with that screen. One feature I would have liked to see is scanning with the Genesis Machine, a sort of gun that lets you find hidden items and earn green herbs by scanning monsters, using the Wii U gamepad to scan very similar to how it functions in ZombiU.
If you don’t own a 3DS and didn’t get a chance to play the best Resident Evil game that came out last year, now is a great time. You can play the demo now on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The game will also be released for sale May 21st. Let’s just hope they spell the name right on the box art.
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