Resident Evil will see some love in 2015, between Resident Evil Remaster HD earlier this month and the forthcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2, which kicks off in episodic fashion in a few weeks. This new adventure teams Claire Redfield and Barry Burton’s daughter Moira as they fight their way through zombie-infested turf.
The two work together throughout each of the episodes, with Claire getting her hands dirty with weapons and Moira acting as a healer of sorts, along with activating a flashlight in darker scenarios of the game and providing general support, although Capcom didn’t list her extensive abilities. She’s definitely someone you’ll want to keep safe, as Claire won’t be able to get that far without this character.
Having two heroes allows Capcom to bring back the ability to play co-op, where players work together to solve puzzles and fend off hordes of enemies. It can be challenging, so you’ll want to make sure you’re both on the same page before venturing forward.
As with previous games, Claire will have a heavy reliance on weaponry to bring down zombies and other creatures, although that won’t be her only means of fighting. She’ll also be able to use certain items as a tactical advantage, such as the flashlight for blinding opponents, as well as melee attacks that will temporary knock an enemy backwards, providing just enough space for the pair to make a run for the door.
While the game will have action elements, Capcom insists that Revelations 2 will work its way back to the survival horror style of play, with plenty of jump scares (think the dog bursting through the glass window in the original) and situations where you’ll have to think quickly to avoid a grisly demise.
Along with traditional zombies, Claire and Moira will deal with a new enemy, the Affected. These super zombies possess greater speed and toughness. In some situations, it may be wise to get as far away from them as you can, instead of wasting precious ammunition and leaving yourself vulnerable.
The controls for Revelations 2 should provide enough accuracy to move around and aim your weapon, though Capcom plans for a more traditional experience, so you’ll probably want to make adjustments in the options menu to make sure your aiming mechanics are on point.
In addition to the main story mode spread across multiple chapters, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will also bring back Raid mode, where you’ll be able to team up with a friend in local co-op to bring down waves of zombies. This mode will feature six available maps, each based on classic Resident Evil games, as well as 15 selectable characters, including Albert Wesker.
On top of that, you’ll be able to utilize weapons throughout this mode, as well as build your own with weapon parts you pick up along the way. New weapons will also be unlocked as you proceed, along with skill trees that give you better abilities as you progress. This should no doubt be a huge draw to the overall package, despite it being offline only.
The plot for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 remains mysterious, but that’s the way Capcom wants it. It should bring fans in droves when the first episode arrives on February 24th and then weekly thereafter on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360.