Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2 First Impressions: Two Great Resident Evil Titles for the Nintendo Switch

Game: Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom

Reviewed: Nintendo Switch

Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 were never really a high point in the long-running franchise, but they were definitely worth fans of the series attention. Both games have recently made its way to the Nintendo Switch and in my opinion is a really smart move for Capcom.

Both these titles work really nicely on the Switch due to the devices portability aspect. These games particularly work well for the device because they have short level sequences and will have you constantly picking up the game and putting it back down for these fun interval burst of gameplay sessions.

Resident Evil Revelations was first a 3DS game that launched way back when, but we finally are receiving a new port of the game for the Switch. The game remains the same, with some significant upgrades from the original graphics. The game is centered around Jill Valentine and her partner, but players will also switch to Chris Redfield from time to time.

As the game was originally made for the 3DS, mission structures were built for a handheld experience. Missions are fairly short giving players the ease to pick up and go when they choose freely.

Resident Evil Revelations won’t sell you on its story as it is not its strongest point. It’s more of the same big conspiracy plots that we have grown to accustomed to in the Resident Evil franchise. That doesn’t mean to not pay attention and skip cutscenes, as things still happen throughout the game that will push along the story. But the selling point for this title is its gameplay.

The game does have its decent amount of scares, especially when playing as Jill as she has the most claustrophobic setting among the various characters you switch through. Walking down corridors, using a flashlight to turn the corner or simply running into an enemy will give you a tense-filled adrenaline feeling which is nice for a Resident Evil game to possess.

Resident Evil Revelations 2, on the other hand, follows Claire Redfield and her partner Moira who happens to be Barry Burton’s daughter. The dynamic of this game is similar to Revelations 1 but in the same right totally different.

The game takes place on an island where Claire and Moira are captured by a mysterious organization. Revelations 2 has a heavy Saw / Jigsaw feeling to it, making players go through an abandoned warehouse while completing crazy puzzle traps and whatnot. This was actually a super hooking plot element that had me going for longer hours with the game than I suspected.

The other selling point for Revelations 2 was its single-player co-op feature that has you and your friend pick a character and slowly make your way throughout the island. It’s a nice touch for those who want to play co-op, but for those who don’t have someone to team up with, the gameplay mechanic of switching between characters quickly gets irritating. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is the better game in my opinion due to its more tense, mysterious story.

Resident Evil 1 and 2 both also come with a new Raid mode, which will have players complete arcade-style missions. Both versions of raid mode are addicting, however, Revelations 2 has a little more depth to it. Currency, mission structure, and a hub world for players to embark on are all great additions to Revelations 1’s raid mode.

Both Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 2 are great additions to the Nintendo Switch library. If you are a fan of the series or are a newcomer alike, both these titles would be good pickups for the device. The games don’t do anything groundbreaking, but if you’re in the mood for some action-packed zombie shooting gameplay, then this game is for you.

Are you picking up Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 for the Nintendo Switch? Did you already play these titles on a different console? Let us know what you think of the games down below!

Full Disclosure: A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for purposes of this review.