Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is the sequel to the well-received light gun Wii exclusive Umbrella Chronicles. Instead of going through RE 1,3, and 0, the game fills in the plot points from RE2, CODE: Veronica, and includes a special chapter documenting Leon Kennedy's first and only mission with Jack Krauser. The chapter finally explains just where the hell Krauser came from and does it quite well. Okay, let's start the review.

            The graphics are awesome. Well, the cutscene graphics, anyway. The in-game graphics are pretty rough, but it could be much worse. The sound is...good I guess. The voice acting is good for the most part, but during Operation: Javier ( the new chapter ) , it's kinda hard to tell who's actually talking. Leon and Krauser's  voices are both so deep it gets mixed together. But overall, it works.

            The gameplay is much improved over the original in my opinion. Not only does it seem that co-op works much better, but the amped-up inventory system is awesome. It runs like Resident Evil 5 as you assign specific weapons to certain directions on the D-pad. The only thing I don't like is that they took out the easy grenade system. Instead of pressing A and B, you waste inventory space and throw it as if  you were shooting.

            The new cinematic camera is also a cool touch. It makes you feel as if you're in Raccoon City ( or wherever you're playing ) as you get smacked around by the Tyrant and blasted away by explosions. It does make it extensively harder to pull off headshots and even more difficult to find those secret files, but it's not too noticeable.

            Now let's get to the main reason for playing: the story. I just need to say that it's extremely obvious how much they needed to do to allow you to play to co-op for the whole game. Claire and Leon/Steve never split up ( except in the latter half of the CV scenario in which you play as Chris Redfield ) so things are much different narrative-wise. Obviously none of it is canon, but it's still pretty weird. They also changed the entire opening for RE2. But that's a whole nother story...

               Operation: Javier is interesting to play through. Of course, since this is Resident Evil, there are still lots of unanswered questions. It does at least shed some light on Leon and Krauser's first mission. Taking place in South America, it deals with the business of a locally famous drug lord, Javier Hidalgo, who has somehow gotten his hands on the T-Veronica virus. He's spreading it throughout the native villages and Leon is under a special mission from the president to eradicate the virus once and for all. That's when he teams up with Jack Krauser.

              I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll stop there. All in all, I feel The Darkside Chronicles is definitely worth your dollar. If you're a true Resident Evil fan, buy it now.


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