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A survival mode called Raid offers additional replayability after the main event. It’s essentially a solo (or with a partner — local or online) shooting gallery for the player while he is killing creatures to reach a goal and collect gun parts to upgrade an arsenal.

Despite the brilliance of Resident Evil Revelations — and it is the game to beat for the 3DS format so far — it still won’t replace playing a classic Resident Evil game on a 52-inch television screen with the lights out.

For that level of fright, fans will have to wait until November, when Resident Evil 6 arrives.