The lights are on
What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
The dangers and mysteries of Rockfort Island punished me across
multiple playthroughs of the original Resident Evil: Code Veronica for
Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. I still consider it the most difficult
entry in the series. Claire and Chris Redfield’s journey across several
Umbrella installations has received a makeover, and returning to the
grueling game is a treat for classic survival horror fans.
story is as convoluted as any Resident Evil game starring a
cross-dressing aristocrat and a Leonardo DiCaprio-look-alike could be.
If you missed out on Code Veronica, this game could plug in some very
interesting missing pieces. Lots of file-reading and campy voice-acting
holds back the experience a bit. This isn’t a high point in the
franchise’s twisting plot, but it’s not unbearable. If you never
replayed Code Veronica X after the original Code Veronica, now is the
perfect opportunity to check out the bonus Wesker scenes Capcom added to
The main appeal of this rerelease is the graphical
upgrade, and it doesn’t disappoint. While the 12-year-old CG sequences
are grainy by today’s standards, the rest of the experience benefits
from the high-definition enhancement. Cleaned-up textures and character
models look good, even if the animations are as stiff as the notorious
Speaking of which, battling the biohazards of Code
Veronica isn’t any more intuitive with a modern controller. The rigid
gameplay is tough to re-familiarize yourself with even if you’ve played
the game before, and will be a bear if you’ve never played a classic RE.
The imposing enemies, sparse ammo and health, and limited saves don’t
make reacquainting with the antiquated controls any easier. Still, the
handicapped gameplay results in plenty of thrills and thick tension if
you’ve got the stomach for it.
I love the sense of accomplishment
that comes with completing a challenging classic survival horror game.
This HD version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X rewards players armed
with patience, resourcefulness, and plenty of ink ribbons with a
harrowing but memorable trek through the series’ heyday. If you’ve got
the grit, try downloading this affordable piece of Capcom history on PSN
for PS3 and Games on Demand for 360.
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