If you haven’t already you might want to check our review of episode 1 here
So here we are again, with ‘Contemplation’ the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2,
Episode 2 begins with an overview of the first Episode which does a pretty good job of summing up the events so far.
Once again you take control of Claire & Moira, as they reach a small town and find a few of their former colleagues. The game takes a slightly different approach to episode 1, as for the majority of the first part you’ll be accompanied by a 3rd person.
Sadly you’re not quite around these long enough to build much of a relationship with them, but it’s a slightly different approach to the first game, which is always welcome in an episodic title.
Moira seems to have calmed down a little, and towards the end of her participation in Episode 2, she’s somewhat more likeable than the foul-mouthed teen she portrayed in episode 1 and she takes some of the limelight off Claire which makes them feel like a much more balanced pair.
Like the first outing for Revelations 2, you again take control of Barry and Natalia in the second section, There’s still the afflicted enemies with the crusty shell, but these can now be taken down by moving behind them and silently killing them, which is worth keeping in mind when you have 2 or 3 wandering around.
Also, you’ll meet a unique new enemy that you can’t see.
Natalia’s sense and point works brilliantly, and as Barry you have to follow her Guidance without expending too much ammo, although when you find them, it’s a single hit kill, so the real challenge is managing your ammo, Especially on tougher difficulties.
Raid mode receives a few new character skins, and levels, and the daily missions continue giving the popular mode even more depth and playability.
The actual story (which I’m being very careful not to ruin) does take the odd expected twist, and also comes to make more sense to the Resident Evil universe, as well as exploring new areas, new techniques, and new enemies.
Episode 2 is certainly a step in the right direction, and while I did get a frustrating section where I had no idea what to do or where to go, it didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment and on the first play though each of the two sections lasted veryc lose to the hour mark, which is a marginal improvement over last time.
Once again, I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting my hands on Episode 3
The second section has done a great job of continuing the story, and giving us a deeper, and much more appreciated opinion of the main characters, as well as introducing a number of others.
Episode 2: Contemplation is as close as you can get to a perfect 2nd Episode.
It really adds Depth to the characters and world,
and apart from a few ‘lost’ sections, it’s a slight step in the right direction.