E3 2011: Resident Evil: Revelations First Look - Still Water

We explore a haunted mansion on a haunted boat in the latest Resident Evil game on the Nintendo 3DS.

With Resident Evil: Revelations, Capcom is taking you back to the good old days of Resident Evil, when ammo was scarce, spaces were confined, and terror was the name of the game. At this year's E3, conveniently located in terrifying Los Angeles, California, we got the chance to check the game out ourselves at Capcom's booth.

Who's Making It: Capcom will once again be taking the reins on this Resident Evil game, which will join Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D as the series' second 3DS entry.

What It Looks Like: From a technical standpoint, Revelations looked every bit as good as The Mercenaries 3D. Its visual style was darker and more muted than, for instance, Resident Evil 5 and its sunny landscapes. The top screen was where the action happened, with the 3D effect lending a sense of depth to the action. Our inventory and map were displayed on the bottom screen. Items in our inventory could be accessed quickly by either tapping on them or using the shortcuts mapped to the direction pad.

What You Do: You play as Jill Valentine in search of her partner, Chris Redfield. His last know whereabouts place him on a mysterious ocean liner that, of course, has been overrun by the undead. While everything we saw took place on a boat, Capcom was quick to point out that there will be a variety of environments, including snowy mountains and underwater escapades. Underwater could be especially problematic since the developers have hinted that water might be the carrier for whatever new strand of T-Virus is loose on the ship.

How It Plays: The control was similar to The Mercenaries 3D's setup, including the ability to move and shoot. However, this feature only encouraged us to instantly waste all of our ammo. Our brief demo took us through a dusty mansion (which has been rebuilt on this ship) reminiscent of the initial Resident Evil games. Among the numerous stacks of books and displays of expensive china were a few gray, bloated monsters. These foes were built to last and ate the entirety of our pistol and shotgun ammo before melting into slime and bones. It looks like running will be a requirement in this game.

What They Say: This game has a robust, fully featured campaign longer than anything available on the 3DS currently.

What We Say: Compared with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (the other RE title on display at Capcom's booth), Revelations was a much slower and spookier game than its action-packed cousin. However, one thing they do share in common is the promise of an over-the-top, B-movie plotline. While Capcom wasn't ready to spill the details, we did get a peek at Jill's replacement partner, Parker, as well as an unfamiliar villain with a large head and receding hairline. But most of all we're interested to see if Capcom can take us back to that classic RE mind-set when the game is released next year.

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26 comments
JuEdHeRi
JuEdHeRi

amazing game, can't wait :D

HolyStrike
HolyStrike

cant wait :D since im a bit younger this will be my 3rd RE game but still i cant wait for the original horror that ive seen my bro play b4

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

So pumped for this after watching the trailer. Already pre-ordered RE Merc 3d. Right now the 3ds is my system of choice.

Shinjikami
Shinjikami

So uh. Is this a reboot or it continues Resident Evil's plot?

WeskerTeam
WeskerTeam

I HATE Jill's new look... she looks like a damn minor. Other then that this game should be freakin' sweet. Hell to the yeah for 3DS owners.

JJB03
JJB03

ah this looks so cool why not bring out on consols also :( i cnt be bothered to buy a 3ds

buft
buft

i feel like im in a mansion! yeh go make a Jill sandwich capcom writers!

Frosty192
Frosty192

This game looks awesome but I am more interested in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

Chronologo
Chronologo

I love the fact that they want to bring back the classic atmosphere of old RE games, but being this a 3ds exclusive is sad, I hope they decide to move it to the non-portable consoles too or PC (I've played every RE available for PC, played code veronica on both DC and PS2, also finished the first remake on GC)

berserks
berserks

What about we exchange revelation on the 3ds for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City on the ps3/360 .

Punish3d
Punish3d

Thank god we are taking back the old school zombies games

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

3DS. Blech. Make it for Xbox/PS3, please... some of us don't commute or require a babysitter.

freefadi
freefadi

Still waiting for and worrying about Resident Evil 6...and missing RE1,2 and 3...Even 4, but DEFINATELY NOT RE5(hated that one).

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Why does Jill look like she's anemic? Other than that, I can't wait to see more of this game :D

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

fail,when will capcom stop milking this game?this games is already finished,the only thin i will want will be a re2 remake and thats it!

snakebliskin
snakebliskin

so i waited till night to watch the gameplay trailer. i was immediately sucked into the xperience and jumped outta my chair within 20 seconds. this game is gonna b ridiculously scary. especially when you consider the 3D

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Resident Evil Heavy Rain???!!! all those dropplets on that Jill face omg what engine are they using.

0piate
0piate

Downloaded the very short but interesting video last night on the E shop. Certainly looks promising. cant wait.

pencru
pencru

Jill looks a lot better now. Another game on my wishlist!

Aquat1cF1sh
Aquat1cF1sh

Nice, really looking forward to this!

chyng85
chyng85

No matter what is it~ I have to play it~

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

All i noticed was the breasts.Capcom did it on puprose >: (