The lights are on
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has been on my
watch list for about a year now, and I’ve gotta admit that I’ve been anticipating
its release. It’s a zombie game with 4-Player team based gameplay and a new
spin on the Resident Evil franchise. I mean come on… You even get to play as
the bad guys outside of multiplayer modes for a change. How can anyone possibly
mess something like that up, right!? Unfortunately, Slant Six Games has proven
to a lot of fans and critics that it’s quite easy to mess something like that
up, and this review will be sure to prove it. Hold on to your First Aid Sprays,
because this is going to be a tough one.
As for the good things about Resident Evil:
Operation Raccoon City (which will be shortened down to RE:ORC from here on
out); While playing the campaign, there are 6 characters to choose from who
each belong to an individual class [ie: Medic, Assault, Recon, etc]. Each class
has its own abilities, which can change the way that the game is played when
switching up the characters. The same concept applies for the multiplayer,
though there are 18 characters (3 factions with 6 characters each).
RE:ORC is a game that makes sure teamwork is used
through the majority of your experience with it. No matter how much you’d like
to, there’s no way you can do just about anything in this game alone. You could
try and may even succeed for a few moments, but I wouldn’t expect to get very
far. With the enemies being able to team up on you, trap you, and even spam you
to death in some situations, a team is definitely required. While on the topic
of teamwork, this game is definitely meant to be played online. There are
reasons for it that I can’t quite explain until later, but overall, playing online
makes the game a much more enjoyable experience.
While playing RE:ORC, you gain experience points
that don’t only help you level up but act as currency. Abilities, ability
upgrades, and weapons can be purchased with your experience points that are
earned in the campaign and versus modes. The coolest part about this is the
fact that your campaign and versus level/experience is universal, meaning that your
level and the things you choose to buy will be available no matter what mode
you play on.
If the campaign isn’t really your thing, the games
versus modes are all pretty fun and can add quite a bit of replay value to the
game if you’ve got a competitive side. There are 10 multiplayer maps from the
start, which actually seems like a lot compared to similar games out there.
Each map is designed relatively well, swarming with zombies and B.O.W’s (Bio Organic
Weapons) to help you rack up more points, kill you, or distract you from your
Though I may be wrong here, this game seems to be
the first that I’ve noticed to use 2 very interesting features. The first is that
you can actually be infected by zombies and B.O.W’s. If the infection is
untreated by the time your health bar drains, you will turn into a zombie and
have the chance to run after your teammates. When you turn into a zombie, it’s
controllable when you are in the campaign but it isn’t in versus modes. The
second is an interesting feature called ‘bleeding’, which is basically when
your character takes a hit that causes them to bleed heavily. When this
happens, zombies are so attracted to you that they may very well run right by
everyone else in order to get you. Unfortunately, that’s where our good things
about the game end and you’ve hopefully been holding onto that First Aid Spray
I was telling you about earlier.
As for the bad things about RE:ORC; Remember when I
mentioned that this game was meant to be played online? Well, the main
reasoning for that is how terrible your A.I. companions are. I’ve dealt with
some pretty sloppy A.I. allies over the years, but these ones can actually be
quite rage inducing. They don’t put forth much of an effort at all in combat,
they never seem to sprint/are terrible at keeping up with you, and they can’t
revive you when you’re downed. If you want to experience how this game would
feel if you were to play alone without assistance, just play offline.
The number of different enemies in this game is
quite unsatisfying, especially for a Resident Evil title. There are only 7 different
kinds of enemies that can be found within RE:ORC, and one of them are the ‘Humans’,
which take a lot more damage than they should in order to die even on easier
difficulties. Other than that there are; zombies, lickers, hunters, tyrants,
crimson heads, parasites to keep you busy. I would say zombie dogs, but I’ve
only seen 3 or so in the entire game.
Are you a hardcore Resident Evil fan who knows just
about everything there is to know and is looking for an expansion to the series’
story? Perhaps you’re new to the series and this is your first Resident Evil
game… If that’s the case, then I would try my best not to remember anything about
this game besides the names. There's a lot of information that's thrown at you
without explanation if you're unfamiliar with Resident Evil's back story. If
you are, then this game may upset you for the fact that the game has moments in
which is rewrites Resident Evil’s history.
Speaking of the games story, there isn’t really much
of one. On Normal difficulty, the game sadly took me slightly over 4 hours to
complete. I’m pretty sure that if I kept track, this game would actually hold
the record for ‘Shortest Retail Game I’ve Ever Played’ at the moment. The story
also can’t be enjoyed via split-screen, which is always a disappointment when
it comes down to cooperative games.
Overall, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is an
OKAY game, but it’s definitely not worth the price. Honestly, there are times
when I feel as if this game should have been downloadable and released at
$20-$25. With that being said, I would definitely recommend renting this before
you buy it unless you are a fan of cooperative gameplay and have friends with
the game. 6 out of 10
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*Review based on PS3 version*
I would say you hit the nail on the head with this one. I also have been waiting for a year to get this game. I pre ordered it and all. Two days later I'm trying to sell it on the internet. What a disappointment.
Impressive , I could not believe that such a game could have gone bad in so many ways.But thank you for your review it help me understand a couple of things about the RE:0RC. I hope that RE6 is better.
Wonder how many people were disappointed with this game?