The official opening cinematic sequence for Resident Evil Revelations 2 has gone live. Capcom's upcoming third-person, action-focused, horror-survival game is prepping for release on the new-gen and old-gen consoles alike and the opening cinematic helps set the mood. Check it out below.
Can I be honest for a moment? That was one of the worst opening cinematic sequences I've ever witnessed.
Beyond the dated graphics (they may as well have used the in-engine assets if they were going to half-arse the animations like that) the voice-acting was almost beyond cringe-worthy, and the setup for the story was cheesy, convoluted and uninteresting.
I didn't think it was possible but they actually managed to make me less interested in the game with that poorly done opening cinematic.
With the cinematic clocking in at four minutes, majority of the first three minutes was just setting things up and setting them up poorly. We learn a little bit about Moira in a very trite and uninteresting way, and we get a passing mention about Claire and the TerraSave group, but it's all handled in the most ham-fisted, anti-dramatic way imaginable.
Speaking of TerraSave... it appears they may be the new B.S.A.A., of the Resident Evil universe. Funnily enough, that was one of the more interesting aspects of the opening cinematic, because it gives the impression that the world is recovering from the zombie plague, or at least TerraSave seems to offer some kind of united relief effort for the virus. I'm sure they'll play a much larger role in the game throughout the episodes.
Oh, you didn't know? Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be released over the course of four episodes, starting with the first episode becoming available starting on February 18th, 2015. Throughout the first quarter of the year Capcom will drop a new episode, leading up to the fourth and final chapter due out in March.
The game will allow players to take control of both Claire and Moira. Opposite of Resident Evil 4, the game will allow players to switch between Moira and Claire. In the fourth game there were only specific segments where you could play as Ashley, forcing the computer to take control of her throughout the rest of the game (and also making her very susceptible to taking damage or being captured if you weren't watching her at all times).
Additionally, it's been hinted at that Barry Burton may also return as a playable character. That would be interesting.
For now, I think Resident Evil Revelations 2 could either make or break any potential excitement for a Resident Evil 7. I don't know how well the episodes will work out, and based on the available gameplay footage it's difficult to tell if the game will maintain proper thrills and survival elements, but we know for a fact that Capcom will keep banking on the Resident Evil brand until it stops turning a profit.
You can look for Resident Evil Revelations 2 to launch in February of 2015. Need more info? Feel free to visit the official website.