Review: Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode 2

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode 2 picks up immediately after (or before?) the ending of Episode 1. Without spoiling anything, the previous episode ended on a zinger of a cliffhanger, meaning I was fully invested in the events occurring around me. Unfortunately, much like our first time in Revelations 2, the story is the only real reason to continue through this game.

The bland, repetitive environments return, with Barry retreading many of Claire’s areas seen in the first half of the episode. If this is going to be a staple of the series, colour me uninterested. The gameplay remains largely unchanged, with little to no variety thrown in to spice things up. And the enemies…….. Oh my……..

Essentially, the second episode is just that. A continuation of the first. Not enough is done to drive things forward, except little elements of mystery and intrigue sprinkled through the episode. Hardly enough to keep you coming back for more.

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Claire’s story is easily the more interesting of the two, with Barry’s largely there for the sake of (and I use this term loosely) variety. His is clearly a more action oriented experience, with ammo and healing items aplenty. Claire’s campaign has the better characters, better environments, and overall better feel to it.

Yet again, the episode ends on a cliffhanger. Hopefully this trope doesn’t wear thin and bore us, as the story really is the driving force here. I only hope that the next episode throws something in that will change my views, as less than halfway through the story fatigue is already beginning to set in. Thankfully the wit and meta humour of the first episode remains here throughout, making even shooting the same enemy in the face for the 30th time just a little more bearable.

One last thing I’d like to mention. The bosses. Or lack thereof. Where are they? Resident Evil is a series that takes pride in its ridiculous, outlandish boss encounters. Where’s the Tyrant or Nemesis of this game? The Salazar or Nosferatu? I’ll even settle for a rehash of some lesser known goons from the first Revelations (which is unlikely due to the nature of the virus being used in this game). Alas, we’ll have to hope and dream that Episode Three spices things up a bit.

Until then!

You can check out our review of Episode 1 here.

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