“It’s challenging. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into the game and obviously we’d like to see the review scores be a little better than they are right now. In the end, I think our position on it is that we read every review and we try to pull out all the constructive feedback that we can so we can learn a little about what people liked and what they didn’t. Then we look to what our internal goals were and what Capcom asked us to do and I think we accomplished what they wanted to do - we took the Resident Evil franchise in a different direction.”
Mike Kerr, Slant Six producer, speaking with Eurogamer about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City's considerably poor critical reception.
I’m working on my own impression, but as briefly as I can muster: ORC is a lopsided spinoff that meets every promising idea it has with broken, severely unpolished delivery. I wanted so badly to love a squad-based shooter within the RE universe, and there is genuine moments of fun to be had in portions of its multiplayer offering, yet the flaws deep seeded in this game are going to be too damning and too frustrating for most gamers to want to trench through.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City concept art.
If there’s any activity on the Herb today, no science will be able to explain it because there’s no way in hell I won’t be busy burning up every hour playing ORC. If you’re taking to the zombie infested streets of 1998 on this glorious Tuesday, I salute you, valiant soul.
Can’t a man die instantly without raising suspicion, Chris?
Free DLC Mission Heading to Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Resident Evil is going full blown multiplayer shooter next week with Raccoon City, and the nature of the game of course lends itself to costly DLC padding. But fans may be pleased to know that an entirely new mission that has you reversing roles and taking the mantle of the Spec Ops team is being offered up by developer Slant Six for the cost of nothing.
Throwing a few hundred rounds into the fray, the Spec Ops team has arrived in Raccoon to discover the source of the devastating T-virus. Capcom says you’ll have to fend off Umbrella’s Security Squad and whatever the hell else wants you dead in a harrowing chapter that has you see Ms. Jill Valentine’s first encounter with the iconic Nemesis from a fresh perspective.
Expect the free download on both XBLA and PSN April 11th.
Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection Bringing Rail Shootin’ Horror to the PS3
As the shovelware fueled Wii begins to sink into the ether with Nintendo shifting focus to better, more expensive consoles, two of the very best spin-offs to branch out from Resident Evil are jumping ship to Sony’s platform.
Stitching together the rail shooters Umbrella Chronicles and its disproportionately superior sequel The Darkside Chronicles, the downloadable collection drops on PSN this June with HD gloss and a conversion to Move controls. Both titles in the pack will feature co-op zombie blazing as in the Wii originals, and you’ll be able to download the games individually at a later unspecified point.
If you’ve avoided the Chronicles games or forgot there’s a Wii behind all the cobwebs within your entertainment center, the rail shooters are fascinating reimagings of key events and storylines from the main series that, at best, add insights and supplement information from the canon or, at worst, provide mindless hours of fun pumping bullets into creatures of the night.
But if you had to choose between the two, go for the brilliant, sort of “soft remakes” of RE2 and Code: Veronica featured in Darkside Chronicles. It’ll be the best eight hours your trigger finger ever spent.
Video Games on TV - Biohazard Code: Veronica Complete (2001)
I know it’s hard to pay attention to commercials that fail to blare music or shove sex down your throat — really hard to stay attentive without a throat full of sex, I should say — but if you play along with Japan’s style of selling video games, the pay off is worth it.
Pair this ad with the George A. Romero directed spot for Resident Evil 2, and you’re left with even more of a valid reason to hate American TV. Besides it being catastrophically cancerous to intelligent thoughts in your gray matter.
If that thing were a giant boulder there’d be no contest.
8-Bit Evil by Arcade Art
Nemesis Mode Screens
If you can ignore the bullshit behind how this mode is offered, what is offered looks scary good. I’m sure it’s extremely empowering to aim this beast at your enemies, but being on the other side of this bio-organic barrel brings to mind the first pants-filling encounters I’ve had with Nemesis back on the PlayStation.
Again, the 360 exclusive DLC for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be available March 20th.
'Nemesis Mode' Exclusive Xbox 360 DLC for Operation Raccoon City
Capcom has announced that Xbox 360 owners can expect an extra multiplayer mode for their very multiplayer-focused Resident Evil spin-off. “Nemesis Mode” plays out like standard USS/Spec Ops versus, with the horrific twist of one team vying for control of Umbrella’s gold star science project: the Tyrant-class B.O.W. codenamed Nemesis.
What’s the catch? It’s day one DLC. I know, the very sound of that stings. Offered for 320 MS points, I’d venture a guess that we’re not looking at a traditional download (funny that, it being called DLC), but disc locked content much like the Versus mode was on Resident Evil 5 or, say, the numerous characters and data discovered once a daring hacker lived up to his namesake and hacked Street Fighter X Tekken. If you follow that link, you’ll find PS3-exclusive characters in the 360 data pool, just waiting around until they’re priced; jumping to sound conclusions, I’d gather Nemesis Mode will be a timed exclusive for Xbox fans and the content will eventually see its way to Sony’s platform.
I love you, Capcom. You gave me Resident Evil. But this DLC business is getting downright fucking ugly. You’re blurring the line between “additional content” and “incomplete games.” I understand it all comes down to a matter of numbers and making those numbers multiply — but remember that those numbers come from breathing, thinking people and mistreating them will definitely impact sales.