Generally favorable reviews - based on 78 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    While survival-horror definitely isn't my best genre, Resident Evil: Revelations is easily one of the best 3DS games I've played to date. Just about any frustrations I've come across is due to my own lack of skill and experience with the franchise as a whole. If you're a Resident Evil fan with a 3DS, this is definitely one to pick up.
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    I was late to hop on the 3DS bandwagon and I only have a handful of the top games for my 3DS so far, but Resident Evil: Revelations is by far one of the best if not "the best" game currently out for the system.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is a combination of RE5 gameplay mixed with classical horror elements from past RE games that will please both new and old RE fans.
  4. Jan 27, 2012
    The year 2012 just started and with Resident Evil: Revelations, we already have a candidate for the title 3DS game of the year. The graphics, sound and atmosphere are simply stunning and the gameplay will thrill the player for hours.
  5. Feb 10, 2012
    The biggest reason Revelations works is its control scheme. What Capcom managed to do with the controls of Revelations has me hopeful for portable shooters and the future of Resident Evil.
  6. Feb 8, 2012
    Despite a small number of extremely minor flaws, Resident Evil Revelations is an excellent attempt at bringing the RE series to handhelds. In fact, you could make the argument that it's a better RE game than even the last console title in the series.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    It's also an important game for the 3DS in particular because it demonstrates the viability of a hardcore-oriented franchise as well as how powerful the 3D effect can be in creating a game environment.
  8. Jan 26, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations doesn't completely achieve its goal: returns to the survival horror's roots, but it's still a great game, with a great mix of action and survival sections. Definitely, one of the best games available for Nintendo 3DS.
  9. Dec 13, 2011
    One of the scariest games ever committed to handheld, and a spectacular return to form. [Jan 2012, p.68]
  10. Feb 20, 2012
    While some kinks still need to be ironed out, like the off-balanced narrative and some weak moments in the campaign, the game remains one of the best experiences you can find on the system, and rises as the most impressive technical achievement we've seen on Nintendo's 3D handheld so far.
  11. Feb 14, 2012
    One of the best Resident Evil games in recent years, Capcom have outdone themselves setting a new benchmark for the series which all future releases should follow; Revelations is a Resi revolution and one that you should be part of.
  12. Feb 8, 2012
    Revelations deserves to be a full, numbered iteration in the series, in recognition of the excellent (and important) part it plays in filling in the Resident Evil story. It's every bit a fully-blown Resident Evil game and is absolutely worthy of a place in any fan's collection.
  13. Feb 8, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is a great return to form for the Resident Evil franchise and a wonderful start to 2012 in terms of gaming, if you're looking for something to play on your 3DS or something to play in general, do not hesitate to pick this up.
  14. 90
    Despite these few setbacks, however, Resident Evil: Revelations is an impressive game that's great fun. Though its contribution to the larger mythos is inconsequential, the game's story mode presents a good challenge and some genuinely hair-raising moments, and Raid Mode is fun, addictive, and rewarding.
  15. Feb 6, 2012
    Capcom is no stranger to getting the most out of the hardware it develops for, and Resident Evil: Revelations is certainly no exception. A console experience in portable form, this scare-fest cements its place in the Resident Evil series with a solid campaign and highly addictive side mode, together with unyielding gameplay and plot mechanics.
  16. Feb 6, 2012
    Resident Evil Revelations is a must have game for the 3DS that should be used in conjunction with the Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro accessory. The gameplay is almost flawless and the environments are quite detailed and engaging. The story is a little clichéd as are the characters which may become annoying for some but if you're a fan of this franchise than you really need to check it out.
  17. Feb 3, 2012
    Despite the minor flaws the game contains, this is one experience that RE fans and 3DS owners simply should not miss.
  18. Feb 2, 2012
    What you have here is a full-featured Resident Evil release squeezed down onto the 3DS. It sacrifices little due to the hardware, with its most glaring faults a result of development decisions. The meaty campaign is short on scares, but well-designed and engaging, while the raid mode will sink its claws into you after just a couple missions. While tip-toeing the line between old series staples and its latest evolutions, Resident Evil: Revelations proves that what's old can be new again.
  19. Feb 1, 2012
    Granted, there are few portable Resident Evil games to choose from, but Revelations is by far the best, and it's perhaps even better than some of the console entries. Capcom stumbled, but still managed to offer a thoroughly enjoyable romp filled with intense monster blasting fun, along with dump trucks full of gore and some unexpected plot twists along the way. A must for all 3DS owners.
  20. 90
    No matter if you´ve been a Resident Evil aficionado for decades or just got to know the world of survival horror, Resident Evil: Revelations will keep you hooked. It will frighten you, it will impress you and won´t let go, until you´ve finally finished its excellent story.
  21. Jan 30, 2012
    All in all, Resident Evil Revelations is one of the strongest entries in the series. For perspective, it took me almost two years to finish RE5 because I just wasn't compelled enough to play it. But with Revelations, I couldn't wait to get back to the Queen Zenobia in between play sessions. I'm crossing my fingers that when RE6 descends upon us, it plays a lot more like this one.
  22. Jan 30, 2012
    For its second coming on the 3DS, Resident Evil treats itself to a splendid come back on the frontlines. Visually stunning, diabolically paced, and at last correctly smoothed out in terms of gameplay, the adventure is a delight, even though it completely lacks... revelations.
  23. Jan 26, 2012
    Resident Evil Revelations was a genuine eye-opener and one hell of a thrill-ride. It handles like a dream, looks magnificent, has a completely immersive score, clever sound design and unique gameplay mechanics taking the series leaps and bounds forward.
  24. Jan 26, 2012
    A truly impressive achievement, and the definitive 'mature' title on the 3DS. With production values worthy of a home console release, a significant volume of content, a blend of the series' different game styles and a subtly evolved control system, this title feels like a tribute to and progression of the franchise. There are some downsides though, including spikes in difficulty and drops in frame rate that are occasionally jarring in contrast to the rest of the title.
  25. Jan 26, 2012
    Although there aren't revelations about Umbrella or Raccoon City, this Resident Evil is unique and wonderful, it is able to mix survival horror with third person shooting and is an exciting product, also with an inimitable story. Nintendo 3DS has found an indispensable game.
  26. Jan 25, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is a gorgeous showcase of what a Nintendo 3DS is really capable of... and one of the best "modern" chapters of the series.
  27. Dark, terrifying and brilliantly exciting, Revelations is a triumph on 3DS. [Feb 2012, p.89]
  28. Jan 23, 2012
    A tasty blend of traditional Resi spooks and modern action pacing that, despite a few action hiccups, remains one of the most satisfying uses of 3DS to date. The third-party game to beat. [Jan 2012, p.98]
  29. Jan 11, 2012
    The story is interesting with the added bonus of actually being coherent for once, the gameplay feels perfect on 3DS, and it's one of the greatest-looking portable games I've ever seen, especially with the 3D cranked up. [Feb 2012, p.92]
  30. Jan 4, 2012
    The game is an incredible showcase for what the handheld is capable of and a potent reminder of why Resident Evil remains one of the medium's most celebrated franchises. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.80]
  31. Feb 28, 2012
    If gunning down zombies in a gorgeous survivor horror world sounds like your idea of a fun portable adventure, I'd say give this one a look. At the very least you owe it to yourself to check out the demo to get an idea of just what Capcom is offering this time around.
  32. Jan 27, 2012
    Revelations is definitely one of the best games for the Nintendo 3DS to date: It offers great action, a very good story, outstanding graphics and a great atmosphere with lots of shocking moments.
  33. Feb 6, 2012
    Overall, it's one of the best portable survival horror titles I've played in a while-even if it's not all survival horror.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 342 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 98
  2. Negative: 2 out of 98
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    Excellent game. Great job made by Capcom. The best graphics on 3DS, great story and beautiful soundtrack. A must have sure!. A game thatExcellent game. Great job made by Capcom. The best graphics on 3DS, great story and beautiful soundtrack. A must have sure!. A game that recovers things that RE 5 minimized... You will love this game, ;) Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    AMAZING. Must Buy. Awesome story, graphics sounds, all that stuff. Plus if your still not sure, there's a free, yep i wrote it, free demo. SoAMAZING. Must Buy. Awesome story, graphics sounds, all that stuff. Plus if your still not sure, there's a free, yep i wrote it, free demo. So try it, if you like it then buy it, but if you don't like it don't. Im not going to be one of those annoying people who tells everyone to buy a games even if they hate it. HA!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    I bought this a few days ago and can't put it down. I've already reached the halfway point. The graphics are unbelievable, the animations areI bought this a few days ago and can't put it down. I've already reached the halfway point. The graphics are unbelievable, the animations are smooth, the enemies and environments have lots of personality and variation. Raid mode is also a blast. If you are looking for a good 3DS title, a good survival horror game, or something to make you a no-life, this is it. This game is easily a system seller. If you are saving up for a 3DS and one game to buy with it, make it this one, you won't be disappointed. The only minor setbacks this game has are some framerate drops during times when a new area is loading and like most Resident Evil games the dialogue and story are both ridiculous. If those things don't bother you, pick this one up ASAP. Full Review »