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  • Summary: (Also known as "Biohazard Outbreak") Now It Gets Personal... You are one of eight biological disaster survivors in the zombie-infested Raccoon City. Participate in cooperative and competitive missions to stop the biological effects unleashed by the Umbrella Corporation and ultimately stage(Also known as "Biohazard Outbreak") Now It Gets Personal... You are one of eight biological disaster survivors in the zombie-infested Raccoon City. Participate in cooperative and competitive missions to stop the biological effects unleashed by the Umbrella Corporation and ultimately stage your dramatic escape from a city engulfed in flames. Teamwork is key as you work in concert with your team-mates in order to survive. Trade items, unlock stages, solve puzzles and even save each other from zombie traps. Should you die in the process, your objective will change ? now you get to join the ranks of the zombies! And remember... Your best friend could end up your worst foe! [Capcom] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. The single player is worth playing just as much as the online is. They both are lots of fun and at times the game can seem very chaotic but exciting all at the same time.
  2. Assessed solely on the single-player mode this game is a sizey, different and diverse lump of still-classic Resi gaming. Add online and add 5% to that score. [JPN Import; PSM2]
  3. AceGamez
    80
    Outbreak maintains the lavish horror atmosphere that we've all come to expect and is definitely worth a look, if nothing else, just so see what could be shambling towards us in the near future.
  4. Beyond the online component, Outbreak essentially plays like any other Resident Evil, only with a lesser story, better (though still imperfect) controls, and improved voice acting.
  5. Computer Games Magazine
    67
    There is no good way to communicate with other players, making cooperative play that much more difficult. [July 2004, p.6]
  6. The graphics and score are outstanding, but ultimately, the gameplay falls flat with heavy-handed mechanics and tedious goals.
  7. Should never have been released in Europe. By removing the co-operative aspect of the game, they've infected the game with a particularly virulent strain of the T-Virus. It shambles purposelessly for your attention, mindless of its origins. Totally dead on arrival.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. KevinN.
    Apr 24, 2004
    10
    It's great when you use david you can make weapons and use it against the zombies.
  2. NathanD.
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Playing as a zombie can be good, but it could also be a pain. The only bad part is it's hard to control and you can only be a zombie for Playing as a zombie can be good, but it could also be a pain. The only bad part is it's hard to control and you can only be a zombie for 3 to 5 minutes,then your game ends. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    Resident Evil fans such as myself will love Outbreak. The CGI graphics are amazing, almost PS3 quality. The puzzles are challenging (yay noResident Evil fans such as myself will love Outbreak. The CGI graphics are amazing, almost PS3 quality. The puzzles are challenging (yay no more puzzles for 2 year olds), the guns have realistic power and you can use melee weapons like the iron pipe. The new virus gauge keeps you on your toes as well. Ok the AI characters will not stop talking, but other than that, the game is brilliant! Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2017
    9
    Such an in-depth and fun game to play. It really was cutting edge at its release with choice affected seniors and online play. Sadly, mySuch an in-depth and fun game to play. It really was cutting edge at its release with choice affected seniors and online play. Sadly, my review is coming fourteen years later after replaying it and I never got to play online when it came out since online gaming was still a brand new concept that my young self wasn't interested in. Needless to say, the game holds up well. The graphics are good for PS2, the game play is good, and each little story in each level is interesting enough. The point I took off, was because there's really only about six hours of content there that is then exponentially increased by doing the same thing with small changes here and there. Playing a different character on each level, different difficulty (which I might add it sucks you have to play through each difficulty to unlock, and then purchase the next difficulty with in game points!) None the less, if you like that sort of thing then there's a good sixty hours there. A must play for any Resident Evil fan, and a good buy for others. No problem recommending this game. Expand
  5. May 25, 2014
    8
    Now that fans have brought the servers back online after ten years I decided to go back and play this game again. While the tank controls holdNow that fans have brought the servers back online after ten years I decided to go back and play this game again. While the tank controls hold up as well as you expect, the game is still as tense and exciting as it once was. Each character is unique and have their own dialogue and thoughts alongside with individualized playstyles. Kevin starts with a handgun and has a power aim stance, George starts with nothing weapon wise but has a unique medkit, Alyssa has lockpicks, etc etc.

    Each scenario is fairly well thought out and interested, with easter eggs and allusions to RE2 scattered rarely about. Several characters get unique dialogue in specific scenarios and there are several ways to handle each different scenario. Replay value is pretty good, which is important given that there are only a handful of scenarios.

    In multiplayer the tension remains (when people aren't spamming ad libs) because death means you're out. There aren't any checkpoints to save you, and if the whole team wipes it's a complete failure. It can even create atmosphere of it's own; I remember one game running up a staircase just in time to watch another player being drug out a window to be finished off by a zombie, their legs dragging out of it slowly. I knew they were gone, and what was left of us had to press on.

    The lack of build in voice chat or even text communication would be a pretty significant negative to most, but in today's world I just use mumble like everybody else. Perhaps it would have bothered me a lot more when this game was new, but now it isn't an issue in the least.
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  6. JinF.
    Mar 19, 2004
    8
    I've played this game on japanese version. It's FUN, GRAPHICS can be matched to GameCube, also Don't need to pay monthly fee I've played this game on japanese version. It's FUN, GRAPHICS can be matched to GameCube, also Don't need to pay monthly fee on US version. BUT, there is a serious problem! LOADING....... Each Loading takes over 10 SECONDS!!!!! If you go next door and get back immediately, you already spent at least 20 SECONDS!!!!! HA! With HDD, it takes 3-4 seconds, BUT WITHOUT HDD, some loading takes almost 18 seconds!!! If you want to buy HDD for this game and future HDD games, I suggest DON'T. Online support game 'Monster Hunter (Capcom)' was released in Japan, will come in Fall. The game also support 4players netplay, and NO HDD SUPPORT. NO LONG LOADING. Hey, They can make a great quality game without HDD required! I don't think there is enough HDD support game in future. Expand
  7. AB
    Jan 3, 2005
    0
    The only scary thing about this game is how bad it is. The puzzles are frustrating, the multiplayer is impossible. I did jump out of my seat The only scary thing about this game is how bad it is. The puzzles are frustrating, the multiplayer is impossible. I did jump out of my seat once, but that was to turn off this wretched, horrendous excuse for a videogame. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#35 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004