Which Resident Evil game are you looking forward to the most in 2015?

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2015 will be an interesting year for Resident Evil fans, especially longtime ones who have been desperately waiting for the series to return to its roots, or at least make a hard attempt to. In early 2015, we’ll get a remastered HD edition of the beloved Resident Evil Remake along with Resident Evil Revelations 2. Both games bring with them a more traditional, horror-oriented Resident Evil experience. And sales of both could go a long way to determine how Capcom could approach the series moving forward. So, then, which game are you guys looking forward to the most?

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Let’s start with the episodic Revelations 2, set to land on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC initially as digital downloads. The original Revelations was an amazing game, and it succeeded in providing the modern Resident Evil style infused with some classic horror elements. It wasn’t outright scary, but the game certainly felt like a nice throwback to our time spent in the Spencer estate. Revelations 2 looks to continue that trend established originally on the 3DS. While still surrounded by water, we’re now in a mysterious island located in the middle of nowhere. Claire finds herself in a prison (sound familiar?) and soon finds Barry’s daughter, Moira. The two women had been celebrating Ms. Burton’s induction into TerraSave, before all hell broke loose. A mysterious woman taunts Claire and Moira as they traverse the creepy grounds of the prison, referring to the bracelets the ladies are wearing, which change color in accordance to their fear level.

I went hands-on with the game at NYCC and came away quite pleased. The controls were smooth and felt more fluid, with Claire being a much more agile character than previous playable protagonists (well, minus Jake for obvious reasons). From her free-moving dodge to her ability to stealthily crouch though the environment (calves of steel!), Claire’s return to the spotlight definitely feels good to control. Controlling Moira, with a returning partner feature akin to Zero, is also a joy. Refusing to wield firearms due to a tragic event from her past, Moira is able to use a crowbar and her trusty flashlight. When you switch to her and use the flashlight, she serves as an updated version of the genesis scanner from the first Revelations, revealing hidden items like herbs, ammo and other goodies. The crowbar then serves as not only a tool to get through certain blocked areas, but also as a neat exclamation mark to combat with the Afflicted. You can use it to finish off foes in beautiful gory fashion. Or you can choose to be a little easy on the enemies and just blind them with your flashlight, leaving them open for a blast from Claire’s gun.

Like I mentioned in my preview, at first I wasn’t too enamored by the Afflicted, especially after we learned that they weren’t exactly BOWs. Well, that initial dislike for them quickly went away when I was confronted by them in the demo. They’re terrifying foes and their grotesque appearance definitely alludes to how sick the island they’ve been imprisoned in is. They’re definitely called what they are for a reason, and I can’t wait to see how enemies later on in the game will look and behave. Though I must admit, I was disappointed by the lack of zombies, especially after they were so heavily teased by the game’s concept trailer. But, hey, who knows, maybe the shambling dead could make an appearance later on during Ms. Redfield and Ms. Burton’s tour of the eerie island, especially since the prison is but one of the various environments you’ll get to explore.

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Now we move on to the HD Remake. What more can be said about the base game? It beautifully recreated the original PlayStation classic that started it all, resulting in one of the (to this day) scariest survival horror games. The setting is also one of the best you’ll find in the genre. And it has now received a wonderful bath in HD visuals with this new edition. Breaking its former exclusivity with Nintendo, the Remake comes to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC with not just new visuals and a new aspect ratio, but also a new camera system and even a new way to play.

No need to fret, Remake HD retains the cinematic fixed camera angles of the original release, but now, to accommodate modern displays, the camera scrolls along with your character’s position. It’s a neat addition that doesn’t really sacrifice what made the scene transitions so seamless in the past. And if you prefer to not have this new scrolling feature, you can always opt to switch back to the 4:3 ratio (and embrace that black bars!) for that ultimate, faithful look. The same applies to the controls. In Remake HD, you have the ability to use controls that feel more like what a modern game should feel, which means moving the analog stick in a certain direction will actually translate to the character moving in the same. Personally, I’m glad it’s an optional feature since I’ll continue to stick with the classic tank controls. I also like how you can pretty much play with both at will since (when modern controls are selected) you can use the new controls with the stick and reserve the d-pad for the classic controls. Everyone wins!

And fans of the series’ classic horror style can certainly be winners if both Remake HD and Revelations 2 end up being successful commercially and amongst critics. So far, all signs paint a positive picture for both 2015 titles, but who knows what the rest of Revelations 2 offers outside of the prison. I’ll remain hopeful and look forward to even more dread-inducing settings like what I played at NYCC. And Remake HD is…well…Remake HD. It’s a more beautiful version of an amazing survival horror masterpiece and I really do hope it gets outstanding sales figures that could hopefully translate to a potential Resident Evil 2 remake down the road. We’ll see!

Which game are you looking forward to the most? Sound off in the comments below!

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COMMENTS

  • Guest

    None.

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    None

    Fine, remake.

  • D.j. Maupin

    Counting down the days till the Nov 27. Japanese release for the Remaster.

    Holding out hope for Revelations 2 but won’t be to shocked if I end up disappointed in the end. Still will be picking up the physical release day one.

  • Tvirus Getz

    Gee. Revelations 2 sure looks like RE4/The Evil Within

  • Liam Mountain

    Both, I’ll give any game a go first before completely knocking it down , Loved playing remake on my gamecube and wii , and Revelations 2 looks like it’s going to be fun what with the classic raid mode stages. Plus I love Claire , just a shame it’s a new voice actress but things change.

  • Xuchilpaba

    I have a feeling they’re gonna bash Remake. A lot of people are gonna bitch about controls, camera, graphics instead of inspecting it’s quality of transition.

    • Thomas

      ……. anyone who complains about any of those things are NOT playing Resident Evil games…….

      Personly im really looking forward to the REmastered REmake.

      • Xuchilpaba

        I mean critics, reviewers on the mainstream game sites not us, of course.

        • Thomas

          ……. I think you are kidding yourself if you believe that only the mainstream sites are going to bash the game. But thats just my opinion i could be wrong, but time will tell…….

          • Xuchilpaba

            What do you mean, can you elaborate?

          • Thomas

            ……. what i mean is that wheather a game is good or not, people will always nitpick anything so they can angry rant on the internet, instead of just enjoying playing games…….

          • Carl Johnson

            Yea. People complain that gaming is getting worse, but it’s really not. They’ve just gone from “look, a video game, let’s play it!” as kids to “I’m going to whine about literally everything!” as adults.

  • Andy

    I already have RE remake on both the Gamecube and the Wii so I don’t need the HD version. Plus it’s not coming to the Wii U for some stupid ass reason. Same with RE Revelations 2. Not coming to the Wii U or 3DS. Thanks a lot Capcom :/

  • Dino Zulim

    Rev 2. Own Remake(Archives) on Wii, already know what the game is like, looking foward to play it on PS4 but more excited for Rev 2 as its a totaly new game.

  • Pablo Iranzo

    Played remake on the Wii … Honestly new graphics don’t impress me and I know that Capcom will most likely do nothing in terms of additional content, because every port so far in the RE series has been lazy, yes even Revelations HD could’ve been a little better…

    That leaves me with Revelations 2. It’s actually a new game we all haven’t played before. I find it looks interesting, though 30 minutes of gameplay and a trailer isn’t much. I hope they don’t mess this one up.

  • REmake so I can play it on PC and soak in all of them horrors.

  • Bulbatron

    I’m really looking forwards to both games. Big fan of Resident Evil, both old and new.

  • Remi19

    The reRemake.

  • John Perkins

    both. but Remake will probably be cheaper

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    I Skiping Fake Resident Evil Revelations 2 / Reason: No Alyson Court Voiced Claire Redfield no Buy unless 0.99 Sale or Plus Free Game also Hated Action Game. I Going buy Real Resident Evil Remake HD Remaster 5 Times / Reason: Hated Action Gameplay only liked Classic Gameplay aka 0-CVX.

    • Carl Johnson

      There are a lot of reasons to not buy a game, but you picked the absolute worst one.

  • Henrikm

    yeah Both Remake I know is good as I have the original so looking foward Remastered and give Revelation 2 a shot, as someone else said here.

    I usally play through games before I say anything positive or negative about the game.

    I wonder if its gonna come some sort of PS4 bundle with RE theme one?

    I always like those fancy PS4 skins.

  • Guest

    Resident Evil HD Remaster for sure, I have been so disappointed with the recent Resident Evil games so I can’t look forward to Revelations 2 at the moment. I recently finished The Evil Within and absolutely loved it.

  • relyonhorror

    Resident Evil HD Remaster for sure, I much prefer the classics. I am still looking forward to Revelations 2 but just not as much as HD Remaster. I recently finished The Evil Within and absolutely loved it.

  • Demi

    Revelations 2. Everyone already played REmake, and an extra costume is not enought to make me buy it again, plus the graphic improvment is minimum.
    That being said, im buying revelations 2 once every episode is out and goes on sale on steam. Cus WE know it wont be a tittle that will attain its full price for long.

  • Robert Moreno

    Both but REmake>Revelations 2. I can’t wait to fight classic T-Virus zombies again.

  • ariessiren

    Looking forward to both. Pre ordered already on ps4 psn.

  • Carl Johnson

    REmake remake, for sure

  • MassDistraction

    Both, actually. I’ve never played REmake before so it’s gonna be a new experience to me, at least for the most part. RER2 on the other hand has the co-op experience I’ve been craving for a while now, me and my buddy have ran out of co-op games to play 😛

  • RockStar1001

    Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster. Please, don’t let me down Capcom.

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