Generally favorable reviews - based on 78 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 68 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
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  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. Games Master UK
    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. Nintendo Power
    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.
  34. Feb 14, 2012
    The versatile gameplay, muscular pacing, and addictive Raid mode make it one of the most well-rounded entries in the series.
  35. 86
    The story is one of the best in Resident Evil's recent history, and the shooter controls are pretty much perfect.
  36. Feb 13, 2012
    I'm not sure I'd buy a 3DS just for Revelations. It's not a system seller, but it's a good, solid third-party title. As an installment in the larger series, it's an interesting and hopeful glimpse of where Resident Evil is going now.
  37. Jan 31, 2012
    Resident Evil Revelations is a quite accomplished mixture of the series' most reknown titles. Borrowing something from the first episode, others from the latest, it succeeds in creating a new formula, appealing to both the new and old fans of the franchise. The game's structure has some minor flaws, but its value is undeniable.
  38. Jan 27, 2012
    Resident Evil Revelations is a must-have for all Resident Evil fans and everyone who have a Nintendo 3DS. Despite many positive features, however, the game fails to frighten the player.
  39. Jan 26, 2012
    Revelations is a successful blend of old-school Resident Evil horror and new-school action.
  40. Jan 26, 2012
    Resident Evil Revelations mixes action with adventure, partially returning to the origins of the series. It is a must-have for console owners, and one of the pinnacles of visual quality we've seen so far in the Nintendo 3DS. It also has a very good story which will please fans of the saga eager to know more about Umbrella, zombies, an the STARS team.
  41. Jan 26, 2012
    A great handheld game, one that not only pushes the boundaries and standards of the Nintendo 3DS but one that recaptures a long-forgotten spirit of a classic franchise. Make no mistake about it, this is a full Resident Evil adventure that isn't watered down because it's in portable form.
  42. Feb 29, 2012
    Revelations is not a milestone in the series, is not brilliant, but it is very competent, both technically and conceptually, and has something that the series is really needed: personality. This is the time to Resident Evil stop and think where to go. Revelations is a step in the right direction. One single step.
  43. Feb 12, 2012
    While Revelation's campaign is a fresh take on familiar tropes, its biggest surprise is Raid Mode, a madcap remixing of elements from the main campaign.
  44. Feb 7, 2012
    On the controls front, however, Revelations is a much more pleasing sight, particularly without the newly released Circle Pad Pro peripheral.
  45. Jan 30, 2012
    Revelations is a great technical achievement on the 3DS, and a competent and enjoyable product overall. It's a shame that the unacceptable enemy AI makes the experience much less thrilling that what could have been; but given the fact that it's on a portable console, you can easily forgive Capcom once more.
  46. Feb 1, 2012
    On one hand you have the atmospheric stages on board the Queen Zenobia with constant changes between horror and terror elements. Unfortunately in latter levels the classic formula mutates to a simple action game that is average at best, even though visually Revelations is easily one of the most impressive games on the 3DS.
  47. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Mar 8, 2012
    Best parts of survival action are horror moments and online cooperation. RE: Revelations show the potential of 3DS in full scale. [Feb 2012]
  48. 80
    One of the best looking and most cinematic gaming experiences the 3DS has to offer, filled with well-made horror. This is the Resident Evil game many of us have been waiting for ever since RE2.
  49. Feb 20, 2012
    Making a handheld game that feels every bit as deep and technically impressive as it's home console cousins is no mean feat, but Capcom have pulled it off in style. Revelations really sets the bar high for third and first party developers on the 3DS.
  50. Feb 16, 2012
    Despite some issues, Resident Evil: Revelations is a damn fine demonstration of what the 3DS is capable of, and can be acknowledged as the best action game currently available on the handheld. However, where it falters slightly is as an ambassador for a return to former glories for the Resident Evil franchise.
  51. Feb 15, 2012
    Revelations is the proof that the 3DS is really a powerhouse. The circle pad makes controlling the game a great experience as well. The cooperative Raid-mode is a fine addition. The action-sequences in the main game weren't necessary, however.
  52. Feb 13, 2012
    There are some issues in the way of variety with enemies, and some missed opportunities for serious survival-horror scares, but on the whole it's still one of the stronger Resi releases we've seen in a while. Definitely worth more than a look in.
  53. Feb 11, 2012
    Claustrophobic scenarios, frequently nailbiting and near-dead experiences; This is Resident Evil at its best. Revelations is horrifying and controls very well thanks to the Circle Pad Pro. Without a doubt a must buy title for the 3DS.
  54. Feb 9, 2012
    The abandoned cruise ship setting evokes a sense of fear and isolation that was missing from its predecessor, rivalling early games in the scare stakes.
  55. Feb 7, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is a darn good game. It has nagging flaws and problems that hold it back, but most of those are situations that could have been handled better, not situations that were actively bad. It's a fast-paced, frantic and intense game, and it should be in any Resident Evil fan's library.
  56. 80
    If you have a Nintendo 3DS or are considering buying one, Resident Evil Revelations is one of the best propositions that you can find.
  57. Feb 6, 2012
    An exhausting game. It's the type of game that demands cigarette breaks between levels, due to how strenuous it can be. It lacks the outright scares of its survival horror influences, but the consistently bleak atmosphere and exigent combat situations make for a game that will drain one's brain in a disconcertingly enjoyable way.
  58. Feb 4, 2012
    A full-blown Resident Evil title. It proves Nintendo 3DS capabilities with its great atmosphere. Along with its fine visuals and excellent gameplay, no one should miss the opportunity to play this game.
  59. Feb 2, 2012
    Assuming that you accept that Resident Evil isn't a game about running backwards and spewing ammo, you'll find here another wonderfully tense shooter.
  60. Jan 31, 2012
    A portable horror like no other - Resident Evil Revelations is as sure to frighten newcomers as it is to leave fans both pleased and hungry for more.
  61. Jan 31, 2012
    Revelations returns to the roots of Resident Evil with more puzzles and less action. The graphics are fantastic for a 3DS game and the atmosphere is rich. The controls are not perfect but they work better with the Circle Pad Pro.
  62. Jan 31, 2012
    Although it tries to recover the survival horror feel of the first games in the franchise, Revelations is much more focused on action. This may annoy some fans, but it's a great game anyway.
  63. Jan 31, 2012
    Actually very frightening from time to time, and the atmosphere is just right.
  64. Jan 30, 2012
    The thoroughly M-rated adventure fulfills nearly every desire of RE fans, simultaneously fitting the new handheld perfectly thanks to a new episodic approach to storytelling. It's not a huge leap forward for the series, but it does prove that even on a handheld, Resident Evil can still be a good time.
  65. Jan 27, 2012
    Revelations remains as resolutely rock hard to play as ever, with an emphasis on slow forward motion that makes the 3DS's spongy analogue pad feel all the more frustrating.
  66. Jan 26, 2012
    So I forget what happened. The important thing is, Resident Evil Revelations is a kickass action game. It follows in the footsteps of Resident Evil 5, ditching the plodding "survive against insurmountable odds" gameplay of the early games in the series and going straight to "make zombies explode into a pile of goo with a machine gun." This is the first game I've played on 3DS that really pushes the hardware - if you want a 3-D graphical showpiece for your new console, this will be the game you brag to your friends about.
  67. Jan 26, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is gorgeous, huge, and offers the most fully-featured online co-op experience on 3DS. The single-player isn't quite the survival horror comeback Capcom promised but, with its brilliant take on score attack, Raid mode ensures Revelations delivers at least once on its title.
  68. Jan 26, 2012
    The best Resident Evil since number 4 and that's despite a number of compromises in the story mode, but very much helped by the superb graphics and online mode.
    Mar 9, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations shows the potential that lies in Nintendos new handheld console. The story itself is masterfully told inepisodes, and the game has the best sound I've experienced on a 3DS sofar. The controls, however, seem a bit too stiff, but in a way thatalso enhanced the general claustrophobic atmosphere in the game.
  70. Feb 8, 2012
    Resident Evil: Revelations is a beautiful game and a welcome addendum to a series that gradually has turned away from its roots. If the story hadn't been chopped to pieces - this game, with its narrow spaces and scarce ammo, would have been able to compete with tense horror titles like Dead Space.
  71. Jan 31, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  72. Jan 30, 2012
    As a core game, Revelations proves that the 3DS can not only display amazing console quality graphics, but control just fine as a handheld; with or without the optional circle pad add-on. Revelations comes up short in many respects, but ultimately it may be enough to scratch that Resident itch until Raccoon City and RE6 hit later this year.
  73. Jan 26, 2012
    The promise of a portable and blockbuster RE is mostly realized, and the control improvements and sense of scale translate effectively, but I sincerely hope Capcom chooses to skew from RE's cheesy past and make more memorable adventures moving forward.
  74. Feb 6, 2012
    That's the fundamental issue with shoehorning a big, console-style game like Resident Evil into a form factor the size of the 3DS. You just can't get a game that plays as well or makes as big a visual impact as it would on a big TV, and if you start bolting peripherals onto the system to alleviate those problems, you start to negate what makes the system elegant in the first place.
  75. Feb 2, 2012
    The abysmal controls and resulting frustrations are unforgiveable.
  76. Jan 26, 2012
    Revelations hooked long-time fans with the promise it would return to the series' survival horror roots, but couldn't resist an attempt at reaching a wider audience. Instead of producing a splintered and botched attempt at blending action and horror, Capcom should have stuck to its guns.
  77. Jan 25, 2012
    It takes the best and worst of Resident Evils past and present, and spot welds them together unevenly. If the designers had committed wholeheartedly to either polarity of action or horror, Revelations may have been a headshot, but what we're left with is more like a glancing blow. [Feb 2012, p.112]
  78. Jan 2, 2012
    Handheld editions of big console titles often feel like straight to video sequels – looking the part but lacking the polish – and Revelations is no different. It nails the atmosphere in its hybrid design, but those crucial sparks of brilliance that make the series so great, no matter which of its eras you prefer… they're as rare as a single use rocket launcher.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 535 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 535
  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 20, 2012
    I normally don't appreciate people who give a perfect score to a video game, because I feel like they're lying to themselves. But ResidentI normally don't appreciate people who give a perfect score to a video game, because I feel like they're lying to themselves. But Resident Evil Revelations really does deserve a perfect 10 out of 10. Capcom has finally found the perfect balance between action and horror, something that was severely lacking in Res 5. Revelations definitely has the creepiness factor that was present in the early additions to the series, it even got me to jump at a few points in the game. The only fault the game has is that it gets a bit glitchy at some points in the game, but it really isn't that big of deal. Revelations looks great, even in 3D, and in my opinion takes the crown for the best game on the 3DS. Full Review »