For a "Dramatic Horror" Game, Resident Evil 6 Sure is Action-Packed
The world of survival horror has changed, and Resident Evil is taking the genre it began into an entirely new direction and calls it "dramatic horror" for RE6. For those who love playing with their buddies, you will be glad to know that this game has retained the cooperative system from RE5. After you've chosen one of four scenarios to play, you can then opt to experience everything that storyline has to offer with a partner. Be it local or online, you will need to depend on your pal for nifty little things called Quick Time Events (QTEs) which this game happens to have a surplus of. Continue Reading
Release Date: 2nd November 2012
Available on: Xbox 360, PS3, Windows, PC Download
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Special Feature: Connecting to Others
The good news is that the system now allows for drop-in, drop-out play. No more minding checkpoints and restarting chapters. What's more, you may even end up encountering other players besides your partner if the scenarios they're in happen to intersect with yours. For instance, if you're playing as Jake and Sherry you may end up being joined by player-controlled Leon and Helena for a particular boss fight. You will be given a prompt for these encounters so you still control the way you play. If you're up for the challenge, you may try your luck teaming up with strangers or you may opt to restrict this option to "friends only" if the idea isn't really that appealing. Of course you can always play solo and hang out with an AI companion. That's cool too.
While a rehash of 5's system is already a treat for those who enjoyed it the first time around, Resident Evil takes the multiplayer system a step further by introducing the Agent Hunt mode. So, what is it exactly? And why in the world would you want to hunt down agents? Aren't we the good guys?
Because nothing beats the satisfaction that comes from messing up someone else's game with giant bird creatures. Besides it's all good and fair because your campaign can get invaded too. If you're lucky and you actually find a game to invade, things can go several ways. You may get killed instantly and you'll need to respawn and remember not to be too careless with your fragile, virus-infested body or if you're really good, you may succeed in chomping Jake to death, much to the horror of Sherry. Or maybe, if it's really your day, you end up surviving long enough so other creatures join the party. If yoy haven't played Dark Souls and this is the first time you've heard of such a system, Agent Hunt mode is a must-try.
Gameplay and Delivery: Changing the Tradition
So alright, Resident Evil 6's multiplayer has a lot of facets. For the most part, that's a good thing. However for fans who have been there since the original game, the title's strong suits barely make up for its lack of substance. Gone are the gripping moments of betrayal and smooth story build up that made the past games so interesting. Instead, we get a poorly executed action game that simply rides on the fame of its previous iterations. We can only describe the delivery as something akin to a Michael Bay film. Things blow up and they don't stop until the credits roll. After that, you won't remember a single scene that will stay with you years after. Don't get us wrong, we love the characters and we're not expecting award-winning stuff here, but it just feels like they just crammed action game clichés and hoped for the best. You know what they say about having too much of anything.
The Verdict: a New Horror Genre for Next Generation of Gamers
Bottom line is, Resident Evil 6 is ambitious. It's clear to see that Capcom plucked ideas from AAA games and put them all in a blender to deliver a more dramatic experience. Unfortunately, the final product just ended up with an identity crisis. The title's redundant action game elements took away aspects which made its predecessors so engaging. If it stuck to the old survival horror formula, then perhaps it would feel like an actual Resident Evil game. Who knows? Maybe we wouldn't want to pull at our hair while sitting around, waiting for our partner to finish yet another QTE.
On the other hand, we do love the new drop-in, drop-out mechanic, intersecting scenarios and the Agent Hunt mode. They push the boundaries of online multiplayer and contribute to the industry by challenging developers to think outside the box.
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Resident Evil 6 is developed by Capcom.