Now just a few days over 1 year old since release you
will still find some newer games not as good graphically, so you
see its pretty good but not stunning. Looking more deeper into
the detail of the 8 characters you can play has good detail to
them all, showing good facial features and nicely designed clothes
that they wear.
The enemies are also designed well, from the animals in the zoo,
zombies and other monsters are well animated, that makes then
look scary and realistically.
The cut-scenes through the game are excellent and well done, the
intro first the 2nd scenario I liked very much its done a way
of a first person view, where you are running down a road with
many zombies everywhere taking swipes at you and the camera turns
and moves to dodge them.
The new animation to the characters also have a effect on the
gameplay, where as when you are bleeding or have low health, you
walk slow, drag you legs, your arms hang down and with help from
another character, they will grab a holed of you and help you
walk along. Same with when you are very damages, when you so injured
that you are crawling along the ground and ones again any other
character can give you a help you.
The sound seems good from the gun fire to the groans of the zombies.
Even the foot steps as you run or walk makes sounds and changed
as you move to different services. The music is good, mostly only
appeared in the cut-scenes and bosses but it did not really give
you that fright and panicking feeling like the other Resident
All the characters have there own voices, although not as good
as many other games that have top storylines, which leads me too
the script is no thing special at all which is a result as of
basic scenarios with out not real story drive scenes. It’s a shame
there are not story to follow with each character as it would
have improved the script and they wouldn’t be as annoying.
The controls are updated from the previous games, where
as pressing the direction will make your character move in that
direction where as before down would make you walk back and left/right
would make you turn. Only thing is when running along you view
changes and can make you move in the wrong direction, even so
back to the fixed view point.
The view –point is one thing they should have changed like they
did for RE 4, but they are still fixed at different angles which
don’t help at times when enemies are around out of view and like
I said the sudden movement of your character switches as the view
changes is not good and can get annoying at times.
Another new feature is that you can now move and shoot at the
same time, which doesn’t involve you to quickly press aim button.
As this game has online play and also allies play along side,
you need a way to talk. You can’t use a keyboard or a headset
like most online games, which may sound silly and boring. But
I guess Capcom did this to stop people just talking/messing around
while others are trying to play the game. So the way you communication
offline and online is by using the right analogue stick that is
pre-set with words and answers. So some of the uses are up to
tell people to “go” and down to “follow” which can be used to
give orders to the computer or even newbie’s that are playing
online. Then there are other commands like “help”, “wait” if under
attack or you busy with something. Along with calling out your
allies names you also can answer which “yes”, “no” and “sorry”
which I found I used a lot at first when I was a playing online
and did not know what to do.
With 5 different commands with the analogue (4 directions and
bush button stick) there are another 5 if you hold down L1 and
1 more with triangle. So with 11 commandos and answers you learn
as well as everything else, I found it hard and confusing to remember
and was a bit difficult playing online when you answer someone
“no” or “wait” when you mean “yes” or something along those lines.
The other new and changed are is the items and inventory is now
in real time where as before it was automatically paused. The
reason for this is that when playing online it would get extremely
annoying if the game paused every time someone checked there items
out. Along with it being in real time you now have the option
of giving items to over people or asking them if you could have
The games based in Raccoon City where a virus has broken
out and has turned people into zombies and monsters, which also
have affected you unlike all the other Resident Evil games. The
virus is in your blood and ones it reaches 100% you dead which
is show on the stats screen, so there fore its like time-limit
but it effects each character different and also goes up if attacked.
I did think this would rush you but each scenario is not that
long and there for just not over rush you into completing.
From the start you can chose from 4 scenarios, a zoo, underground
train station, an old unused hospital and a police station. Each
area you must escape from with your chosen character, that each
one have there own advantages and disadvantages to them, so there
is some strategy in chosen and its interesting trying different
There are 8 characters that all from different professionals
like a police officer, doctor, plumber and others that all have
unique skills like being able to repair things and make new weapons
out of objects, healing kit, strength and so on.
The gameplay is just like any other Resident Evil game where
as you explore, shoot enemies with some bosses throw in and some
very basic puzzles along the way which really only consists of
finding keys, swapping objects about, pushing things and so on,
nothing crime solving that will get you stuck on.
Also always you have guns like a pistol, shotgun and so on but
now you also have melee attacks/weapons for the first time. (Which
was also included in the previous outbreak) These come in many
different forms, each character has a standard shoulder ram which
will not also damage enemies but you can break open fragile doors
with weak locks. The other weapons are a hammer, axe and a knife
which all break apart from a knife. Also there are some odd every
day items that can be used as a melee weapon like a broom stick,
metal pole and even a rock. Obviously these do not do as much
damage as guns but are very helpful if low on ammo or up against
slow moving easy opponents.
Though that is the basis of the gameplay it now all involves
team-work. So with only room for 4 items in your inventory you
most help out each other back give health, ammo and thing else
to share within the group. Part of the time work you’ll need to
take out enemies together or when ammo or health is low then one
can attack while the others move to next door and then take up
shooting for the last person to make it out.
I feel that each character is balances right apart from one that
has a coin for there unique item that really don’t do anything
and that the virus in him grows faster. Each of the characters
has a unique item/s that are separate from there inventory.
Some of the best are:
Cindy that carries an herb kit (for readers that not played resident
evil before: Herbs are medicines that can be mixed together to
give health and cures poison) and by having this she can put any
herbs straight into here which gives you that space in your inventory
for other things. She holes 3 of each herb and can also heal others
David is the plumber that has a tool kit that holes wrenches
that can be thrown to stun enemies, junk parts to repair broken
items and dunk tape. Armed with his knowledge and duck tape you
can make weapons: from a long stick and knife to a spear, spray
and lighter to a flame thrower and some other cool stuff.
Last one I mention is Yoko a student which done sound much but
as she has a knapsack she can holed 4 extra items, meaning you
will not have to back track to get items and have a good section
of health and ammo.
You could be asking yourself does the team play work right? Lets
this were it splits.
Offline is ok but the AI is mostly dumb and sometimes ends up
dieing leaving you to do all the work. They also run around grabbing
items but not helping you out when under attack. Of course you
can use the commands and ask them to help which sometimes they
come over and fight with enemies. Also being dumb they do run
straight into and zombies and many of them do not use the unique
skills like Alyssa that has pick-locks will usually just stand
right next to a door when you tell them to help to unlock it,
then run off again. Cindy doesn’t seem to use her herb kit at
all. The only character I found useful as a computer controlled
is Yoko as she follows you around almost all the time and never
runs off, plus she like a walking talking knapsack as she can
hold extra items.
It does seem at times you’re a babysitter as you have to watch
the other AI players, giving them health, defending them and telling
them to follow which does get annoying as it don’t feel like a
game anymore. But once you got some practice in you can easy just
complete it with one AI or none helping you out.
Then online side of things is much better as you don’t have to
put up with the computer AI of course as you play with real humans.
Still it may not work depends on the person, newbie’s seem better
as they say close and usually help out thought they don’t know
what they doing at times. Then there are the expert gamers that
either run ahead and only help them selves and complete it very
quickly or they stuck with you and you then get to know the level
and what to do if not played it before.
I found it easy to play and at least all the people can you there
unique skills and items. To get online it’s very easy, all you
have to do is input your email, make up a username and set a password
and then you in. The only small problem I found with this is that
you have to type in your password every time you go on, as most
online games will save the data to your memory card and will automatically
input for you.
Once in, you can enter a room where you can talk to users before
playing, which here you can use a keyboard unlike the many game.
It also says how many users online and playing. To start a game
you click play, which then loads up the screen of games that are
waiting which you can join or make a new game.
Once you have chosen the level, difficulty, name and so on. You
then chose you player and play any time or wait until more join.
The online also lets you have an extra player, taking the told
players up to 4 including you.
The time it takes to complete each scenario is not that
long and should that at the most 2 hours the first time on each
but once you known what to do it can be done in about 30mins.
Each level can be played on easy or normal which not only changed
the difficulty with enemies but also has fewer puzzles to do.
Along with 8 characters to play as and experiment, there is a
lot of replay value. Unlockables coming in the form of Art, usable
costumes, movies, music and also 1 new scenario and a few other
modes called showdown and elimination which are a row of battles
To get this you most buy them with points gained from offline
or online. Where as a harder difficulty, completing more puzzles,
finding special items will gain you much more.
As online improved the replay value I mention how popular it
is. I’ve tried it in the mornings, afternoon and at night, which
I’ve found people where on at the time with what I seen the less
was about 15users with about 40 the most I’ve seen. Usually is
about 23 users on are line, which is pretty good I would say as
I was not expending many at all.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
If you not tried a Resident Evil game before then get
one of the other games as this is not the best and put you off
playing the others. On the other hand if you’re a fan or enjoying
playing RE games, then try to get it on the cheap for at the very
most £10 unless you also going to be playing it online then
its worth that £10 price.