"We are Veltro, vengeful messengers from the depths of the Inferno!"
— The Veltro agent Jack Norman
Resident Evil: Revelations is the second Resident Evil game for the Nintendo 3DS (following The Mercenaries 3D), released in 2012. Set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, Revelations returns to the roots of the series with a larger emphasis on the classic elements of Survival Horror and tense exploration, whilst still retaining the Third-Person Shooter style of RE4 and RE5. Despite being developed for a portable system, Revelations was produced with the same production values and resources usually devoted to a console game in the series and is considered the eighth installment in the main series alongside the numbered titles.In 2005, BSAA agents Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat have gone missing while investigating a suspicious cruise ship (the SS Queen Zenobia). Jill Valentine and Jessica's partner, Parker Luciani, go on board a ship to find them. Unfortunately, things spiral out of control, as almost everyone on the ship is dead and BOWs are running amuck, thanks to a new virus called T-Abyss.The game had a console re-release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U on May 21 2013 in North America and May 27 in PAL regions.The Revelations incarnations of Chris and Jill appear in the 3DS crossover collaboration Project X Zone.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The FBC, under Lansdale's orders, invade the BSAA HQ and take control after Lansdale's role in the Terragrigia incident is revealed.
Always Close: Somewhat subverted. The UAV is launched sometime before the satellite laser fires. It is still close evough to lift a tidal wave that compromises the Zenobia. Near the end, when the self-destruct system goes off, it's shown earlier that the charges are placed so they'll sink the ship rather than instantly destroy it, so all Jill and Chris do is get to a part of the ship that won't immediately explode.
Always Night: Averted in Chris and Jessica's portion of the game, where it starts out during the day. Played straight in Jill and Parker's and Quint and Keith's portions.
Scagdeads, which is a rare mutation where the infected person has a stronger resistance to the virus, leaving a grotesque monster with what was left of a normal human on the side.
Also, Rachael's fate.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: While the bulk of the game is seen through Jill and Parker's PoV, it occasionally switches over to Chris and Jessica, Quint and Keith, and Parker and Jessica during the Terragrigia Panic.
Blob Monster: Globsters, noticeable as they used to be people before becoming the slug-like abominations they're now. Furthermore, while slow and mostly helpless on the ground, they become extremely deadly in water, as they can swim fast and even gulp the characters whole.
Body Horror: Most of the enemies show signs of this. Rachael and the communications officer in particular.
The fight with the mutated communications officer in the promenade shares many elements (gas canisters, high durability, etc.) with the battles with Verdugo and Uroboros in RE4 and RE5, respectively.
The dossier on the Queen Zenobia's history in the captain's quarters mentions that the ship was built based on an old George Trevor design, which explains why the luxury cabins sometimes look a lot like the Spencer mansion from the first game. When Jill wakes up in one of the suites, there's even a deer head on the wall.
Norman's mutated form and boss fight is basically the T-Abyss version of a Tyrant.
"I'm fine, but something's not right here." Jill, after being placed in a random bedroom, waking up, and fighting several of the squidlike creatures.
Better yet, from that same scene, "Jill, where are you?" "I don't know, I think I'm in a room."
Chainsaw Good: Inverted, the communications officer (and his similarly-mutated brethren, known as Scagdead) wield a deadly chainsaw on their left arm.
Chekhov's Gun: Early on, Jill reads that the ship she's on has a twin, in an easily missed line of a document. Later, when she and Parker are in danger, Chris and Jessica come to their rescue. They go all the way to the room where Jill and Parker are and find nothing. They're on the other ship.
Closed Circle: Jill and Parker are stuck on the ship because the boat that took them out to it blows up. Chris and Jessica arrive on the Zenobia and the Semiramis by helicopter, only to find a storm prevents evacuation.
Continuity Nod: The brief sequence of Jill and Chris approaching the Spencer Estate during the ending is a direct reference to the Lost in Nightmares scenario of Resident Evil 5, which takes place some time after Revelations.
Dead Weight: The Chunk variant of Ooze zombies. Also Scagdeads.
Degraded Boss: Several enemies, such as the Scagdead and the Scarmiglione, reappear several times after their initial appearance with greatly reduced health.
Demoted to Extra: Rachael can be this, when comparing the pre-release trailers and the actual game. While in the trailers her role seems rather important, in the game she gets no dialogue and is killed in her first appearance, only to reappear as a recurring boss-like monster. She is a Chekhov's Gunman, though, involving the UAV.
Determinator: Rachael. This is played to the extreme if you use the Rocket Launcher to defeat her while making your way through the hold, as she comes back to attack Parker later on.
Norman to a quite literally insane degree. A full year underwater has not deterred his wish for vengeance, and it takes two infections from T-Abyss for him to change. And then he takes an absurd amount of force to put down.
Dull Surprise: Jill shows this in the trailers and early in the game. Her referring to Parker's assumed death also comes across as this.
Early-Bird Cameo: In the early trailers, Vester, Quint, and Keith appear before being formally introduced. Also, Kirk the helicopter pilot from the early levels of RE5shows up to evacuate Chris and Jill from the sinking Zenobia.
Everything Sensor: The Genesis Scanner is a multi-purpose tool that can detect hidden items, enemy weak points and handprints, as well as somehow build a composite profile of a virus from a visual scan of infected tissue.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Many of the trailers reveal some information, such as the time Jill and Parker arrive on the ship, and Rachael's death and subsequent mutation.
A quick scene when Jill and Parker need to find the UAV has Raymond down by the Promenade Deck. You can hear his half of a conversation before he hangs up when he realizes that Jill and Parker are there. It and his dialogue immediately after becomes Fridge Brilliance when you realize that he's talking to O'Brian.
Gadgeteer Genius: Quint, who created the special headset he wears and a lot of the design of the Genesis scanner and the features were his ideas.
Gambit Roulette: So many things could have gone wrong with O'Brian's and Raymond's plans. If Quint or Keith was one of the traitors, then the whole mess would've collapsed, since Quint figured things out rather quickly. If Raymond wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest, Jessica would have killed him. If Parker and Jill were simply unlucky when Raymond stripped them of their weapons, they would have been ripped apart and eaten. If Jill wasn't in a hurry and continued questioning why Raymond knew about the Regia Solis, then she would've probably realized something was up, which would have caused problems. It's amazing that the only two who died were Rachael and Norman.
Gas Mask Mooks: The Veltro leader, several Veltro members, and later Vester.
Gatling Good: Two boss fights (against the same boss, too) require using the mounted gatling gun on the vehicle being used (hovercraft and helicopter).
Hong Kong Dub: The English voiceovers for the FMV cutscenes have noticeably poor lip-synching. Revelations is the first-ever Resident Evil game to be recorded in Japanese before English.note A Japanese dub was actually recorded for the PS1 version of BIO HAZARD, but never used.
His partner Rachael, too. Her hair is overly teased and styled far beyond what would be practical for a field agent, and even has Blinding Bangs when the ability to see clearly is right at the top of the list of things people in dangerous lines of work need to have.
Raid Mode has the enemies with the purple crown symbol, who combine the traits of the fast, defensive, and strong enemy types, with none of the weaknesses.
Scagdeads, who run fast, hit like a ton of bricks, and have a high HP. Even the defensive types that usually are slow Mighty Glaciers move fast.
Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Scarmiglione enemies have a shield-like appendage on their left arm. Along with the lance-like appendage on the right, they have a knight-like appearance.
Madness Mantra: Scagdeads often repeat meaningless words over and over again, although they have already lost consciousness.
Meaningful Name: Il Veltro and Terragrigia mean Greyhound and Grey Earth in Italian, respectively.
Mexican Standoff: In the first trailer, Chris and Jill appear to point their guns at each other. Similar standoffs occur between Jill, Parker, and Raymond, and later between Parker, Raymond, and Jessica.
The ships in the game are all named after historical queens.
Never Trust a Trailer: The announcement trailer from E3 2010 is markedly quite different from anything in the final game; the unnamed man in the chair ends up as a mannequin used as part of a trap, old-school zombies are never seen, HUNK was probably used as a placeholder for Veltro agents, and Jill and Chris are never opposing forces. Later trailers would also imply that Rachael is quite an important and alive character, when in reality she's dead by the time the game properly starts. Also, Parker dying is simply not the case.
Surprisingly few for a Resident Evil game; the only guaranteed OHKOs are the Scagdeads' sawblades and the underwater beasts in the final chapter eating you if you get too close. And failing the QTE sequence when mutated Jack Norman grabs Jill by the head.
The Hunter has a one too.
The HD rerelease adds a new enemy, the Wall Blister, whose only attack is this.
Otaku: Quint Cetcham, fond of making movie references and the BSAA's tech specialist.
The Plan: Clive O'Brian knows that Morgan Lansdale is dirty as hell, but can't prove it, and any attempt to do so will get the BSAA crushed under Lansdale's heel. O'Brian then fakes a distress call from Chris to get Jill Valentine aboard the Queen Zenobia, where she has a chance to uncover what really happened with Veltro and the Terragrigia Panic without Lansdale realizing that's what O'Brian is doing, and without Lansdale being able to use any of his official resources to stop Jill's inquiry, because doing so would require him to admit he already knows what's happening aboard the Zenobia.
Previously On: Invoked by video montages at the beginning of each Episode's playthrough.
Rule of Three: Injuries to the upper left leg. Raymond gets clawed by a Hunter during Terragrigia, Rachael gets clawed by an Ooze before being knocked out and mutating, and Parker takes a bullet to the leg when Jessica shoots him in the same area.
Say My Name: You could make a drinking game out of how many times Parker says "Raymond" and Norman says "Morgan."
Scenery Porn: The graphics are at times comparable to Resident Evil 5, thanks to the game using a handheld-based derivative of the same graphics engine, MT Framework.
Sequel Hook: The game itself sets the stage for a new villain and shady organization to replace Wesker and Umbrella/TriCell respectively. Which is kinda confusing considering Revelations takes place chronologically before RE5, meaning it introduces the new antagonist for the series before they in-universe actually manage to resolve the baggage with Umbrella and Wesker.
Shark Man: Scarmigliones, which were created with shark DNA.
Ship Tease: Jessica spends the first three-quarters of the game hitting on Chris and goes so far as to literally throw herself into his arms at one point, and he doesn't notice, both because he's focused on the mission and because Jill might be in trouble. As a result, Revelations is seen as sort of a love letter to the Chris/Jill shipping community.
The words on the Veltro banner is from Dante's Inferno, in the original Italian. Specifically, the line is "Infin che il veltro verra, che la farra morir con doglia." It's from Virgil's description of how the Greyhound will rise up and kill the She-Wolf. Several other quotes are relevant as well, such as "abandon all hope, ye who enter here", "messengers from the depths of the Inferno", and "I know not who thou art, nor by what mode thou hast come down here by". Some of the music near the end of the game also uses the Italian lyrics from Canto III; specifically, the lines are, "Per me si va tra perduta gente" and "Per me si va ne la citta dolente," which are on the gates of Hell.
Some of the weapons are inspired by movies. The Hydra is a three-barrelled version of Reggie Bannister's quad shotgun in the Phantasm films, and the Pale Rider distinctly resembles The Joker's telescopic revolver he used to shoot down the Batwing.
"Two boys, uncovering secrets, wanted dead or alive! Just like The Falcon and the Snowman!"
If you play as Quint in Raid Mode and do reasonably well upon completing a stage, he'll whisper "Don't think. Feel."
Shout-Out Theme Naming: To the "The Divine Comedy": Parker Luciani may be named after an angel named Lucia from the book, and Veltro's translated name (greyhound) refers to the name of the first Canto. In terms of history: Zenobia is named after an ancient queen, and may also refer to the name Zenobius of Florence, who was said to be able to bring the dead back to life. The various stronger BOWs are named after the Malebranche of the Divine Comedy, specifically Farfarellos, Scarmilglione, Draghignazzo, and Malacoda.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: Parker. He swears the most out of all of the characters in the game.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Chris and Jill's new partners are very similar to the ones they had in other games - Parker shares traits of Carlos and Barry, and Jessica is similar to Jill, Sheva, and Wesker.
Throw Away Guns: Rachael does this when she runs out of bullets. Still doesn't help her survive in the end though.
Time Bomb: Although there are no genuine time bombs in the game, there are two timed segments, both when the Regia Solis satellite prepares to fire at the Zenobia, and to escape the Zenobia before it sinks.
Too Awesome to Use: Somewhat averted; if ammo is easily given to you, it's gonna be needed, and the other section's equipment doesn't affect Jill's ammunition, so fire away.
Updated Re-release: For the Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, and PS3. Aside from a graphical update and achievements and trophies, the new copy will feature HUNK and Rachael as playable characters in Raid Mode. The catch? No laser sights to aim with (you are forced to use a crosshair). To long time RE-fans, this can make things difficult. For various other reasons, some fans may prefer the 3DS version.
The Virus: The T-Abyss virus, which involved a virus discovered in the abyss, hence the name. Unlike the T-Virus, infected humans tend to resemble Fish People and or Cthulhumanoid.
Strangely enough, the Ooze could be considered Vampires, as they are undead, consume the blood of the living and are hurt/put off by light.
Wake-Up Call Boss: The fairly insane first boss battle against the Scagdead is the first sign that just because the game was developed for the 3DS doesn't mean it's kidding around.
Weapon of Choice: While most characters can wield multiple weapons, some of have a unique melee weapon, such as Parker's axe and Keith's kukri knives. Jessica also wields a rifle in all her appearances.
Western Terrorists: Il Veltro appears to be Italian in origin, based on their self-mythology and the names of their members. It's indicated that they were college radicals who Morgan incited and funded to create his own personal terrorist threat.
Wham Shot: Chris and Jessica rush to help Jill and Parker who are about to drown in a flooding brig. They open the door, and... it's empty. Camera then pans up showing that they are in a completely different ship.
What the Hell, Hero?: Jill and Chris give O'Brian a small dose of this when his role in the supposed Veltro-ressurrection is revealed.
"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of the game, the fates of various characters are revealed, such as Quint and Keith, Parker, Chris, Jill, O'Brian and Jessica.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Subverted. The ship is in the Mediterranean Sea. The place Chris and Jessica are hiking is in Finland. The only problem is that both locations are rather vague and large. Terragrigia also counts.
With This Herring: Jill and Parker go to the Zenobia without any knowledge of what they are getting into, merely armed with pistols. Averted in the other sections, as the characters there are heavily armed due to apparent Veltro presence in the area.
You Don't Look Like You: Small circles of fans were put off by Jill's appearance for this game, through generations of gaming and evolution, she was able to keep her looks mostly unchanged, but this installment in the series really gave makeover on her, although, in the finished product, she does look like she always did.