Game Review: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finds a soap opera in the series’ recycled parts

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was released in four parts over the last month. This is a retrospective review of the game in its entirety. You’ll find a closer look at the game’s action and premise in Anthony John Agnello’s review of the first episode.

Capcom is an artisan with an impossibly fragile specialty: the palimpsest. Decades ago, its key creators worked hard at crafting wholly original visions. Look close, though, and you’ll find that almost all of its greatest successes have been made of recycled parts, with garish colors splashed all over the past. Mega Man 2, Street Fighter 2, Bionic Commando on the NES—all of them are texts wiped clean of their rough first drafts and drawn on again, the new work revealing the hidden depth and potential in the original.

Resident Evil wasn’t an original idea when it popped up in 1996 …

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