Revelations introduces a new feature to the game's core mechanics through an inventory piece called the Genesis scanner. The idea is to use it to scan living or fallen B.O.W.’s in order to earn healing herbs. It can also be used to find hidden ammo packets that are strewn throughout each area. Using the Genesis slows the game’s pace down to a crawl, losing much of its tone in the process. There's no way around it either; the Genesis becomes essential in many parts of the game.
In classic survival horror style, Resident Evil Revelations makes ammo scarce and demands players use it wisely. Emptying a clip into a couple of B.O.Ws becomes costly, since ammo often needs to be preserved for getting past bosses. Finding hidden ammo packs is crucial to surviving and thus the player is forced to use the Genesis scanner in nearly every area of the game. I can’t stress enough how much this disrupts the flow of the game.
Later parts of Revelations, as the game leaves the inhospitable confines of the abandoned liner, struggle to match its ominous feel. The game compounds this by going in a more action-heavy direction at the same time. These levels feel like a contradiction to the early, atmospheric tension, putting he emphasis more on gunplay and providing near-unlimited ammunition.
The introduction of two characters new to Resident Evil, Quint and Keith, doesn't do the game any favors either. This pair quickly establishes themselves as two of the more annoying figures in the series. Aside from being generally irritating, Quint and Keith’s biggest crime is that they feel completely out-of-place in a game of this genre. This is a horror game, yet these two spend nearly all of their scenes mugging for the camera and delivering bad one-liners.
When it sticks to horror, few survival horror games feel better than Resident Evil Revelations. Capcom has crafted a great 3DS debut for the series that should satisfy longtime fans. Even if it doesn't lead directly into Resident Evil 5 as I was led to believe, the story is still one worth experiencing.
If only AI partners really helped