Just in case you’re wondering how this port holds up.
Of all the Resident Evil series, I have a particularly strong soft spot for Resident Evil Revelations. It’s pretty rare for an action game to keep me glued to a handheld console, since my 3DS was usually home to RPGs and other slow-paced things. Revelations got me, though. I’d put in some headphones and let its tense, episodic atmosphere wash over me – and for a while, it was actually my favourite Resident Evil game.
I was pumped when Revelations director Kōshi Nakanishi was tapped to driect Resident Evil 7 as well, and lo and behold – that ended up working out pretty well, with RE7 marked out as one the best games this year. It’s also my new favourite Resident Evil game. Revisiting Revelations feels right in the wake of 7, really, and the new Switch version of the game is a good way to do that.
So, how does it run? Well, you can find the slow-burn first chapter of the game in video form above, filled with story intrigue, a great soundtrack and a little bit of shooting. Everything runs pretty well, which is very much what you’d expect for a game that began life on the Nintendo 3DS. Revelations has since made its way to PC, PS3, 360, PS4 and Xbox One, and it’s off those high definition versions that this port is based.
You can tell the original source material was very low resolution indeed in some of the detail, heavily-segmented maps and the like, but it also feels like a pretty good fit for the Switch’s portable nature. The game is divided up into bite-sized episodic segments that fit handheld play, and if you’re one of the people for whom the Switch is primarily portable affair this feels like a great addition to such a library.
As well as Revelations the sequel is also included as part of this package, though it comes in the form of a separate download. This is a better version of the first game in pretty much every way, and since it began life on more fully-fledged consoles and not the 3DS it also has naturally better-looking visuals as a result.
While I don’t demo it in the video, both games come packing some really rather neat motion controls on Switch that are a great addition if you’re playing with joy-cons. It seriously works better than it has any right to. All told, the pair make up a pretty tasty package on the Switch – and you can see the performance for yourself above. I know what I’m doing on my next flight, at any rate…