Resident Evil: Revelations came out on 3DS 10 years ago today in North America (it was late January in Japan and Europe but we missed that date, ok?). It was particularly famous at launch for its ‘Revelaitons’ box misprint, which became one of the more humorous collectibles in the 3DS era.
Since that original release it’s been HD-ified and ported to pretty much everything, including Wii U and Switch. That said, we have a soft spot for the 3DS original (and timed exclusive!) and for the era it represented. It arrived shortly after the beleaguered 3DS had started its fightback – the system had already had a drastic price cut and major releases the preceding Christmas. It was also the game that introduced the ‘Circle Pad Pro’ to the West, after the peripheral was released in Japan alongside Monster Hunter 3 G the previous December. They were released together, and it was a delightfully chunky thing.
As for the game itself, your humble scribe was a big fan in our review back then. It was (and still is) an outstanding demonstration of the portable’s autostereoscopic screen, and was pretty darn atmospheric and visually impressive at the time. It was perfectly suited to the system too, with the developers embracing the opportunity of working on a spin-off and introducing an episodic approach to the story, with neat ‘previously on’ intros to each section.
It was rather good and is still worth a blast even on Switch nowadays, as long as you go in with sensible expectations of a decade-old title.
It was a big deal 10 years ago, and is still worthy of a hat-tip in 2022.