For those late to the party, Revelations was originally released, to near universal critical praise, as a 3DS exclusive. Sporting a refreshingly traditional RE look and feel, it garnered such success that Capcom decided to port it over to the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U - an idea that, while exciting, sounded technically infeasible to many. But with a little ingenuity and a lot of spit-shine, the company has managed to pull it off. When you pop Revelations into your HD console, you'll believe in every way that it's a numbered entry in the series.
Revelations will now be experienced by a new audience, and it's nice that Capcom has taken the time to make a number of improvements and additions for returning fans as well. Raid Mode is back, and is available to play right out of the box rather than requiring the player to complete the campaign first. You'll still need to progress through single player in order to unlock more Raid maps, but at least players looking for quick co-op action can get some right away this time around. Additional sprinkles on the Raid sundae include new playable characters, new costumes, and ResidentEvil.net support for tracking your co-op stats on the go.
As neat as the extra bits of content are, what's really exciting is that old school fans will get a genuine Resident Evil experience for the first time in years. You can make all the justifications and business rationalizations you'd like, but fans clearly aren't happy with the series' new direction. Now, in a most unlikely way, the roots of the franchise are getting a second chance to take hold and grow. With any luck it'll do well, and teach companies that you don't need every release to sell 5 million units in order to succeed. Just think outside of the box, set reasonable goals, and stay true to your fans. The rest will take care of itself.
Look for Resident Evil: Revelations on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on May 21.