Review: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 “Episode Three: Judgment”

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Another week, another episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and another review. It’s almost unnecessary at this point though, eh? Either you’ve been playing along and are gearing up for the release of “Episode Three: Judgment” — meaning you’ve already committed — or you’re waiting until next week for the whole shebang. That review’ll probably answer some of the questions that are still bouncing around in your brain.

In our “Episode Two” review, we said that Revelations 2 had found its stride. The same can be said for “Judgment”; more importantly, this episode is almost like an homage to Resident Evil 4. You see this in the puzzles that Moira and Claire are tasked to solve throughout. Granted, they’re are a bit dumbed down, but at least are in the right (read: proper) spirit. Capcom almost pulled puzzles in this episode off perfectly, but chickened out in the end; they hand-hold more than they should.

Alternatively, Barry’s campaign has some puzzle elements of its own, but they’re really in place to frame very RE4-esque action sequences. Hell, Claire and Moira have their own terrors to face down in the deep, murky sewers this time around. No matter the episode portion, every bit of “Judgement” is pretty great. It’s safe to say that this is my favourite episode of the game so far.

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As we’re going spoiler free, that’s pretty much all I want to say of the episode, as gameplay hasn’t changed at all. As you’d expect, there’s a super-meaty cliffhanger to take us from this into the final episode.

To pad out our time, let’s talk Raid mode, shall we? A robust little Horde-type engagement, Raid lets you choose a character, outfit them with weapons and gear, and take on level after level of enemies.

It’s alright, I guess.

From an Achievements and Trophies perspective, only three of the game’s set applies to Raid. Playing for fun (but who does that?), Raid mode can be very repetitive. If you’re a fan of Resident Evil ‘cause you like shooting stuff, then the mode is for you. That said, I really enjoyed Raid’s daily challenge, as it offered a bit of variety and challenge as compared to the mode’s already-tired structure.

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If, like me, you’re more into the story and atmosphere, you’re probably better off spending time with Revelations 2’s bonus episodes… but we can’t talk about those yet. But soon.

Soon.

Check back next week.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s “Episode Three: Judgment” was reviewed using a promotional code on Xbox One, as provided by the publisher. A final verdict and overall score will be issued to the game upon its fourth and final episodic release, though it does get bonus points for spelling judgment correctly.