About Vita Highlight: After the cancellation of my previous PS Vita show, “Shoulda Been a Vita Game”, I felt like something was missing in my life. So, of course, I felt compelled to make another Vita-centric show! VITA HIGHLIGHT is a new series where I spread the word on some awesome PS Vita games — my personal favorite titles on the platform. Without further ado, VITA HIGHLIGHT Episode Six – Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 features two distinct styles of gameplay. During the time of the original release, the series had started to go into a more “action” focus, but Revelations 2 does a good job of combining both the original survival horror style with the more guns blazing features seen in games like Resident Evil 5 and 6. The game has segments that play out like a TV-show, with episodes featuring you playing as different characters in different locations, showing multiple facets of the same story. It works well in providing segments of low-ammo and tight corridor situations that feel like an old-school Resident Evil, while still providing good bursts of action in other episodes.
The game’s story consists of more classic Resident Evil characters: Claire Redfield and Barry Burton. Barry’s daughter is held captive on an island with Claire, and he sets out to find them. Barry then meets a little girl who ends up being his partner.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2’s gameplay is different than the first entry in the series, with a stronger emphasis on things like stealth which is an interesting take. The partner system returns, but with a key difference: this time you can control both partners. Barry’s daughter Moira and the little girl, Natalia, are available to be swapped to at any point while playing. Both are much weaker than the main characters, but have some strengths: Moira’s flashlight can find hidden items and blind enemies, whereas Natalia can sense monsters and crawl in small spaces.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 feels almost a bit like The Last of Us, as your partner is considerably weaker than the main character but still serves an important role. I didn’t really ever love playing as Moira or Natalia, but the diversion in brief moments was decent enough.
Graphics take a hit on PS Vita
The most noticeable difference of the PS Vita version is the graphics. They take quite a hit on the handheld. (image above) This wasn’t a game originally intended for Vita, so despite the worse textures and choppy framerate, it’s still pretty impressive. It’s the full game in its entirety, including Raid Mode and all of the bonus cosmetic DLC (some sold separately).
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