The atmosphere in this game brings it back to more of a survival horror vibe, which is something that was somewhat lacking in Resident Evil 5 & 6, which were games that focused on the gunplay. In this game, you were rewarded for exploring the level a bit more - especially since hidden parts of a level could drastically affect the playthrough with Barry & Natalia (which chronologically happens after the Claire & Moira parts). The puzzles themselves ranged from imaginative to somewhat tedious, but the game breaks up the moving around of puzzle parts with visceral combat. Unique gameplay elements like Moira's flashlight being able to blind enemies, and Natalia's esper-like ability to detect monsters through walls and doors to add to the game's uniqueness.
Despite playing the game on the casual (filthy) difficulty, I got more than 10 hours of playtime out of the story's main campaign. I still have 2 bonus episodes to contend with, and I've barely scratch the surface on raid mode. Going into Revelations 2, I thought that the episodic approach would have been a crutch - but instead, I believe that this design has been a boon. Spreading the episodes across the week meant that I was looking forward to booting up Revelations every Wednesday evening. I also really liked the story, and I felt more invested in it than I was with the Resident Evil 6 story. You get a sense that the RE team are looking to place new, and more refreshing characters into the continuity - as the original cast were showing their age now. Hearing Moira Burton continuously say "FUCK!" was more of a therapeutic rush than I'd like to admit.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 possesses an enjoyable, and oftentimes heart-pounding campaign. There are also extra challenge modes for the more masochistic enthusiast, and a soon-to-be online co-op function for the raid mode. Just like previous resident evil titles since RE6, the crossover with the Residentevil.net website will allow more bonus content to be accessed by completing daily missions / weekly events in raid mode. Revelations is a solid addition to the zombie family, and I think the "Mixed" rating on Steam doesn't quite do this one justice.