3DS continues to stay on the right track by introducing demos for games in their eShop (now if only they would tidy up the format, we’d really be in business). Regardless, the ‘Shop in question has introduced a demo of Resident Evil: Revelations.

I gave up playing the demo for RE5. It just felt frustrating and too non-Resident Evil for me. And don’t even get me started on that stupid knife….

Yet here I am with a new game, and I liked this one.

The first thing I noticed is that the “claustrophobic” feel from the original game is back. Cramped corridors, that sense of dread in opening a new door, random beasts jumping out of you while inside a room. I don’t know what to make of the new creatures in this game, but they were far more inspiring, and I uttered an expletive or two as I ran out of ammo and had to run (okay, so I’m a terrible shot).

The “scare” feeling was back. The tension felt higher instead of “Oh geez, another nasty looking thing shambling towards me.” My time was hoping that the next door I opened wasn’t going to have some awful thing behind it. And I liked it.

The graphics are wonderful, and really show off what a little powerhouse the 3DS is. The 3D also works well. Nothing major is added, but a nice amount of depth and perspective to objects makes things “pop”. Subtle and unobtrusive, but effective. Control is decent and not robotic. Of course, I didn’t play the game with the extra circle pad, but the default setting is manageable. Even the voices and music are great.

The most striking thing about the game is how much it felt like the very first title. The feeling of isolation and dread, the creeps around every corner, and the horrible feeling associated with getting surrounded or having to resort to just a knife. This is one of those moments of “old is new”, and the return to form is welcome.

The demo is short with just a few rooms. Just enough to whet the appetite before showing off a nice cut-scene and fade to black.

Whatever kick started the 3DS into “awesome” territory keeps moving forward with what looks like to be a really good Resident Evil game. I passed on the Mercenaries title, but this one may actually be to good to let slip by….

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