Resident Evil, as any franchise fan will tell you, lost its way a little in the last decade or so (that’s putting it lightly; feel free to substitute in your own more colorful phrase about the state of the series). This was the series that popularized survival horror, the same way that Final Fantasy VII popularized the JRPG, and it really lost sight of that fact.
Resident Evil 4, of course, was the game that ushered in the beginning of the end. After that release, main series entries were becoming more and more of an interactive Expendables-movie-styles-shoot-em-ups, with little actual horror. There are still glimmers of hope though, most notably in the latest installment, Resident Evil 7. This title surprised many fans by addressing some of these concerns, but that's just the most recent example of the series returning to its roots.
In 2012, Capcom started to give long-time fans what they craved with Resident Evil Revelations, originally exclusive to the 3DS. It retained the over-the-shoulder, third-person-shooter controls of modern Resident Evil titles, but set aside the action movie bravado and ridiculousness like Chris Redfield—with arms the size of the Chrysler Building—punching a boulder and shattering it. In its place, Capcom injected more of that traditional foreboding atmosphere and sense of dread that the original trilogy was known for. The game has since been ported to PC and last generation consoles, but finally, Capcom announced it’s also on its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in August.
This isn't really new grounds for Capcom though. Recently, the publisher remastered original Resident Evil, and prequel Resident Evil Zero already available for download. They've also spoken about a Resident Evil II remaster, though fans have been waiting almost two years for that. Still, if you want another slice of 1080p, old-school-inspired Resident Evil action—with all-DLC-included-from-the-off action—Resident Evil Revelations launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Aug. 30, 2017, priced at $20.
Resident Evil Revelations isn’t a big deal in terms of series canon, of course, but it’s super important nonetheless. The game went a long way towards proving that classic style Resident Evil influences mesh well with more modern, guns-ammo based gameplay. Reviews weren’t spectacular, but they were certainly positive.
Resident Evil Revelations takes place between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, starring Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield (with a cast of newcomers) as they try to prevent a new bioterror threat from infecting the oceans with a virus. The Queen Zenobia cruise liner is the atmospheric setting for much of the action, and its inhabitants (a new form of ‘zombies’ dubbed the Ooze) are worthy additions to the franchise’s wide range of grotesque foes.
Resident Evil Revelations (and its take on "The Mercenaries", which is called "Raid Mode") is a quality package that is worth diving into if you haven't tried it out before. For those who played the previous releases of this title, it's up to you to decide if it's worth another purchase.