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Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 3: Judgment review

The penultimate episode, Judgement, of Resident Evil Revelations 2 has arrived, pitting Claire, Moira, Barry and Natalia against more virus infected monstrosities, but can this third outing for this episodic experiment maintain the, so far high, standard of its predecessors?

Fortunately it can; Judgment builds on what came before, offers some new elements, and wonderfully sets up its final cliff hanger.

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Judgment maintains the fast pace of the previous two episodes wonderfully, taking you through a few new locations – some exterior but mostly interior – and giving you a few new things to do and see with the odd sudden bursts of combat from the usual cast of infected. The increase in intensity seen in the last episode, Contemplation, is present again in the form of several stand-out moments that truly get the heart pumping and cost you your precious ammo and herbs, however, Judgment’s unique offering is its introduction of more puzzle elements.

In both Claire and Moira’s, and Barry and Natalia’s campaigns, several puzzles are introduced that are more involved and cerebral than anything seen previously. They avoid frustration thanks to tight level design discouraging procrastination and distraction, and aren’t to taxing on the brain, but they’re clever and interesting, for the most part. There’s still a dash of silly that’s uniquely found in Resident Evil titles, but it fits better with the narrative this time thanks to the continued high calibre voice acting, script, and referential humour.

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Additionally each pair’s campaign gets a boss fight, offering a more focused and intense combat situation than in previous episodes and furthering the story some more. Things are winding up nicely in the denouement. However, a few niggling flaws are starting to protrude through the cracks the longer you spend in Revelations 2’s world.

Exteriors suffer from a washed out look that gets uglier the longer you spend starring at it, and whilst interiors are a little more vibrant, their rusty red colour palette is looking more and more familiar to Episode One’s dilapidated prison. Certainly the aesthetic similarities with buildings are consistent with the small island setup but it lacks visual stimulation. Meanwhile the tight level design successfully keeps you on the critical path but the abundance of featureless corridors is disappointing. Judgment does use this to its advantage at one point in a section we wouldn’t dare spoil here but a later sewer section reduces the point A to point B travelling to a cliché.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 3: Judgment does a great job of feeling unique against its previous episodes through interesting puzzles and boss encounters, and it honours and maintains the qualities brought before by the first two episodes. Barry and Claire are also given more characterisation which helps immerse you further in the narrative that’s unfolding, and whilst a handful of flaws are creeping in, their effect is minimal. Three episodes in and Revelations 2 is shaping up to be a terrific Resident Evil experience, now it’s up to the fourth one to bring it all home.

Thanks to Capcom for supplying TiX with a download code

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Let’s Play video: Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1: Penal Colony

You’ve read the review – right? You’ve the read the review? –  now watch the game in action.

Join This is Xbox Video Editor, Greg Giddens, as he play through Penal Colony, the first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2. Playing as both pairs of characters, Greg experiences a little fear, frustration, foul language, and a few laughs during his play-through of the latest Resident Evil adventure.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 details Revealed

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It seems some new details have emerged online via the latest issue of Future Publishing’s GameMaster magazine. Although nothing has appeared on either Capcom’s official press site or other industry press sites, details look pretty solid.

  • Claire Redfield will return as the playable lead and it is said that “In the time since we last saw her (Claire), she’s grown to be a seasoned veteran.”
  • Claire will be joined throughout the campaign with Moira Burton, daughter of the legendary Barry Burton.
  • The campaign will be playable in co-op or singleplayer.
  • When playing as Claire, her style will be more combat focused. Whereas Moira will be supplying Claire with health herbs, provided the flashlight and general support.
  • Claire will be the only player death that will result in a Game Over, one of Moira’s key roles will be to help keep Claire alive (though Claire can obviously heal herself).
  • The story will take place on an abandoned island detention facility.
  • The campaign will begin with Claire and Moira awakening after being abducted.
  • The events will take place between the events of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.
  • Gameplay will be much more Survival Horror orientated (much like the first Resident Evil: Revelations), bringing the series back to its roots with less over the top action, unlike Resident Evil 5 and 6.
  • Fan feedback has played a part in the development of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Producer Okabe said that “The project has been finding the line between listening to fan feedback and also doing something different to confound expectations.”
  • Okabe also said that “I want this to be both a game that doesn’t lose what made its predecessor great, while also bringing something new and exciting to the Resident Evil series.” He also added that “Achieving that lofty goal by bringing together past and future will make this an itchy-tasty prospect indeed.”
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will feature a new “Afflicted” enemy type, which “may look like zombies, but are in fact something quite different.”
  • The Afflicted enemy will be both fast and able to deal heavy damage to the player. It is also said that they will force the player to decide whether to take them head-on, sneak up using stealth and applying a take-down or the player can run for the hills and “preserve ammo”.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will run at 1080p and 60fps (for the PC and new gen versions at least).

An early image released by Capcom earlier this month;

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 hasn’t been given a firm release date at this time however we know it will be sometime early in 2015.

Thanks Push-Start.co.uk

You can read ThisisXbox’s review of the first Resident Evil: Revelations here.