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RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 - EPISODE 4 (METAMORPHOSIS)

By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on March 17, 2015

Finally, the wait is over! Do we get our well-deserved ending to this thrilling tale? Resident Evil Revelations 2 reaches its pinnacle with episode 4: Metamorphosis.

The last chapter of Revelations is the most serious of the four, and also in my opinion, the worst when it comes to the story. Where I liked the approach of not over-complicating things in previous episodes, episode 4 does it all in one go. All the plot twists and well worked out storylines in previous episodes all lead to the conclusion of Revelations 2, and in doing so Metamorphosis does the one thing Revelations 2 didn’t do in previous episodes (which I actually think was the reason the previous episodes were that good), over-complicating the hell out of the story!


Capcom tries to explain all the complexities of the story in one episode and in doing so, creates a vortex of “WTF” moments and deep “sighs”. Not only do we find an open diary revealing our villainous mastermind’s innermost thoughts, there’s a manifesto lying about in her lair titled: Hatred of…well, let’s just keep it at ‘something or the other’, followed by a zillion reasons why she hates… ‘something or the other’. Resident Evil has never been subtle, which I think is part of its charm, but this is too obvious, even for me. I can’t help but feel that Revelations 2 really deserved a better conclusion.

Thank God for gameplay! Claire’s and Moira’s story is by far the best part of the episode, battling invisible enemies while you’re trying to escape and even feeding us more bits and pieces of said story as we go. Where in previous chapters Barry and Natalia were my favorite, this time their part is a lot worse, we have our huge stand-off and that was great, but besides the fight on the crane, the whole chapter was a huge mess; killing the same enemies over and over again and walking back and forth felt more like torture than a great experience. It didn’t even come close to the fantastic experience I had while playing this duo in previous chapters.


Resident Evil Revelations 2 has two different endings: a ‘Good’ and a ‘Bad’ ending. Both of them leave room for a sequel, which I think is a great thing, or as they say: “The more the merrier!”. Both endings still work out a lot of the questions raised in the episode. While both endings answer these questions (or at least, quite a few of them), they both still leave us with a satisfying ending to our tale. The two bonus episodes, ‘Little Miss’ and ‘The Struggle’ fill in a few of the remaining gaps and, in doing so, give us even more story and gameplay.

One of the best features of Revelations 2 (in my opinion) is the Raid Mode. With the release of episode 4, the Raid mode is also available. You now have access to all of the Raid Mode content, which gives Revelations 2 a great replay value and offers so much more than just the story alone.


Episode 4: Metamorphosis leaves us with a lot of questions and hungry for more, while at the same time satisfied with the outcome of our tale. Honestly, it is my least favorite episode of Revelations 2, but still delivers some great gameplay and adds to the overall experience. I’d just hoped that the last episode would be the best. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all!


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RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 - EPISODE 4 (METAMORPHOSIS)
Capcom
March 17, 2015(NA) March 18, 2015(EU)