The Right Direction
After a decent start with last week’s episode, With Resident Evil Revelations 2: Penal Colony, Capcom has released the next episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Compared to the previous episode, it’s a big improvement of gameplay and story. Some of the issues from the previous episode are still there, but they’re not as glaring.
Instead of closed off areas, you are placed in several large areas. The best thing about this new freedom is that it can allow for experimentation within the gameplay. If you are lucky enough, you can stealth over a few areas. While you can blast your way through them instead, knowing that you can favor stealth instead of shooting your way out allows a more varied dynamic with the gameplay. Unlike last week’s predictable enemy placement, the enemies will show up in places you least expect. One final boss shows up with no warning and while the area was a little too small for the battle, the danger of what might show up kept things interesting.
If you played Resident Evil Revelations 2: Penal Colony several times, any upgrades and ammo from it will be carried over, so if you want an edge in Episode Two and any subsequent episodes, you can replay one of the episodes repeatedly to earn Battle Points to upgrade your stats. It is even possible to start with more than enough ammo in the next episode if you plan your shots correctly. This adds replayability to a game that already has a ton of it.
The story picks up right after Penal Colony ended, but instead of events happening that have little importance to the main plot, major story beats are formed and it makes the previous episode’s story beats lighter than they already are. If you happen to know your Resident Evil history, the final twist isn’t that big of a shock, but it was still a fantastic twist. Resident Evil Revelations 2: Contemplation makes me want to play episode three as soon as possible.
The AI is dependent on the character. The AI of Moira is better this time around; if you look at a darkened area, Moira and her flashlight will likely look at that area this time. This makes finding hidden resources much easier than before. Moira as a character is slightly getting better, but still has those quirks that would be better if it wasn’t so obvious at times. When it comes to the gameplay, however, she still doesn’t do much except blind enemies Alan Wake style, but with a large area to fight in, that really doesn’t matter. It feels that Moira was left by the wayside in this episode.
Natalia is far more useful this time around. With her ability to see through walls to locate enemies, you’ll end up using Natalia far more than Moira. And that is a good thing too because her AI isn’t the brightest. She does have the annoying aspect of not being able to catch up. If you don’t constantly switch between Barry and Natalia, Natalia will be in areas that makes you question why Natalia is even with you if she is not going to follow you. It can be annoying, especially around enemies that requires Natalia’s Monster Scent.
Returning from Episode One is the fantastic Raid Mode. Much like the Story Mode, everything is carried over, and it’s a good thing too because the areas this time are slightly harder than before. Episode Two introduces new monsters, areas, and the ability to pick up better weapons and weapon parts. I do wish, however, that they had different medals instead of playing on the recommended level. This makes leveling up more rewarding. Even the weapon’s power is lowered if you lower if you play on the recommended level. Still, Raid Mode is great and likely to be played well after all the episodes are released for Resident Evil Revelations 2.
The Verdict 8.0 out of 10
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Contemplation moves the “season” in the right direction. The story finally shows itself, the encounters are more varied, and Raid Mode is still amazing. Unlike Penal Colony, I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next in Resident Evil Revelations 2.
Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer at MONG and the game was bought by me and played on PlayStation 4. You can find him on Twitter.