[PS3 Review] Resident Evil 6


Resident Evil is a long running series that has featured hot girls, zombies and action that gets even more ridiculous… and that’s just the films! Fortunately Paul W.S. Anderson has nothing to do with the games which appear to be mutating and expanding just like the monstrosities featured within. Adding new elements like co-op and tweaking long standing traditions such as being able to move whilst aiming. Has Resident Evil 6 become an unrecognisable beast or does it now cater for all audiences to create a blockbuster hit?

The new C-virus has been released across the globe causing quite a few people to start craving human flesh. Bio-terrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) Captain Chris Redfield and mercenary Jake Muller are caught up in a bio-terrorist attack in Edonia. Meanwhile Leon S. Kennedy is busy executing the president who has conveniently become infected before revealing the truth behind the Raccoon City incident. A series of events leads to everyone convening in Lanshiang, China where to be honest; it doesn’t get much better for them.

New to Resident Evil 6 is the ability to move and shoot, it seems so natural I didn’t realise it was new at first. A major landmark for the series has come just in time considering the significantly heavier focus on gunplay, a cover system has been added but it’s nowhere near as refined as Uncharted’s . Melee combat is an option now but is restrained by a stamina meter to stop you from roundhousing every zombie you encounter, making it useful for saving bullets on the odd straggler. The classic Red and Green herbs make an appearance but the health system is now in recoverable blocks similar to Resistance. Co-op partners are handled much better this time, in single player there is no item trading or worrying about them using all the health items and ammo as they have their own infinite supply.

In a nice twist, each campaign plays differently intertwining for some memorable moments such as teaming up in large areas to battle even larger monsters. Leon’s story is the most Resident Evil as zombies brandish melee weapons, a few puzzles are solved and the monsters increase in size as you progress. Chris fights the J’avo in a Call of Duty slash Gears of War inspired campaign, which is not quite as horrific as it sounds but is easily the worst. Amusingly, there’s a flashback sequence which provides you with a new weapon which travels in time to the present with you. Oh and zombies brandishing guns? Why not have them drive tanks as well… oh wait. As Wesker’s illegitimate child, Jake is capable of calling on upon the guns in his arms along with the weapons in his hands but essentially this don’t change the play style much. What does though is the Nemesis a-like Ustanak, who pops up at the most inopportune occasions. Not now Ustanak! I’m having a heart to heart with Sherry Birkin!

It’s a shame RE6 has become more action than survival horror, I never felt scared nor was there anything that made me jump… well except for the time my co-op partner appeared from behind a corner when I least expected it. There are some memorable set-pieces though, like chasing a dog around a cemetery, a panicked street descending into chaos along and some truly inventive monsters. Unfortunately there are also moments that are memorable for all the wrong reasons particularly anything involving a vehicle. The big set pieces are better suited for the OTT films rather than the games and the abundance of quicktime events gets old before the prelude is even over. There are practically no puzzles to speak of either which disappointed me the most as they’ve been one of my favourite staples of the series. Your grey matter’s biggest task to solve is which part of the monster to shoot, pro tip – the glowing bit.

Agent Hunt Mode adds competitive multiplayer to Resident Evil and amazingly it’s not a half-baked deathmatch mode. Taking some cues from Left 4 Dead’s Versus Mode, Agent Hunt allows you join another player’s campaign session but instead of teaming up as their companion you control the monsters. This actually induces fear as you see another player’s name pop up on the screen when they enter and you now know one of those monsters is now capable of human thought… Mercenaries mode makes its customary appearance too as you survive against hordes of zombies alone or with a partner to gain high scores for global leaderboards.

With 3 campaigns that could individually be a game on their own right along with a couple of decent multiplayer modes there is a lot of content here, but quantity doesn’t always mean quality. Whilst they offer variation, their over reliance on action and little in the way of suspense or scares leaves RE6 feeling like a generic action game rather than the king of survival horror. New additions such as the reworked combat controls help but too much of what made Resident Evil great has been removed sadly. Still this is a decent romp if you don’t mind some shonky vehicle sections and the lack of puzzles. Hopefully the series will remember what made it great in the first place, instead of trying to cater for the mass market like a blockbuster movie, removing the originality that made Resident Evil a resident in our disc trays.

Review

ProsCons
3 Campaigns
Agent Hunt Mode
Move AND shoot
Inventive enemies
Ridiculous
Few puzzles
Vehicle sections
Too many QTEs
Not Scary
Rating
70%

This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Resident Evil 6 provided by Capcom.


Written by: Trev - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Hestar on October 24th, 2012 [ 4575 Points ]

    70% is being too kind to this game.I’m not a huge RE fan but I liked 1-5 and thought they were all good.This game,this game was just god awful.From the way you moved,to killing the SAME boss 900 times.Add in some (alot) QTE’s and this game got sent back to gamefly.This game was a bigger disappointment than mass effect 3′s original endings.

  2. #2 by hobbes on October 24th, 2012 [ 28916 Points ]

    still haven’t loaded up RE5 gold edition

  3. #3 by Ajescent on October 24th, 2012 [ 2320 Points ]

    RE5G was a good game.

  4. #4 by hobbes on October 24th, 2012 [ 28916 Points ]

    Yah, 70% seems to be a very very kind number

  5. #5 by Jason on October 24th, 2012 [ 27494 Points ]

    ya agreed 70 way to high. Reviewers view though :)

  6. #6 by Clint on October 24th, 2012 [ 56307 Points ]

    Actually it’d be 4 campaigns =P considering Ada’s one. Through playing the game I can see why you’d give it a 70%. I, personally, would have gone a little higher though I’m enjoying the game a ton and I’m probably one of the few who has only been playing it co-op.

  7. #7 by Abkanis on October 25th, 2012 [ 1064 Points ]

    I want to ask something of all of you for a second. We all agree that RE6 is a terrible resident evil, it sacrificed everything evil and residentish, except the brand, in order to cater to the modern bro-shoot-everything-in-the-room philosophy.

    But how about just as a game? Would you consider it good? or how about fun?

    Co-op is inherently unscary. I also said that RE5 was a bad resident evil too, but a very fun game (which I still stand by). In short I want to say 70% is a good number as a rating. a good game, but I do feel a bit ripped off considering how its a major publisher.

  8. #8 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on October 25th, 2012 [ 2160 Points ]

    I give the game a solid 70 as well. I played only Jake and Leon so far. ADA and Chris are left.

    Jake, when it came to story, only mission 1 2 and 5 were fun, the other two were just stupid.

    Leon, the entire story was great, but the final boss fight was prolonged a bit too much.

  9. #9 by increaseblue on October 27th, 2012 [ 105 Points ]

    I think this game merits a 70 percent. It was altogether playable (barring the horrible camera) and I never ran into anything game breaking.

    The biggest issue was that it was painfully tedious, all secondary characters like Helena or Sherry were relegated to stand by and watch a lot of the end battles, and with the interactivity between campaigns, you replayed a TON of boss fights.

    RE6 was competent, but nothing to get excited about for me.

  10. #10 by Skott on October 27th, 2012 [ 1380 Points ]

    I’ve played every previous RE, so I certainly can’t leave this one out, but I’ll probably wait until there’s a price drop first. I just can’t justify ~$60 for these titles anymore.

  11. #11 by Jay on October 28th, 2012 [ 83111 Points ]

    I may eventually rent it, but it isn’t really on my must-play list. I couldn’t really get into RE5. RE4, IMO, was still the best, but the older ones, with fixed camera angles and everything, seemed to have a lot more ‘scary’ scenes that caused you to jump. That’s a problem I have with the third person shoulder camera for RE games. It gets less frightening because you are more aware of your surroundings.


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