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7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 58
  2. Negative: 12 out of 58

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  1. MikailaK.
    May 8, 2005
    4
    I was going to give this a "5", and then I remembered this particular instance when I was playing this game: my group had just survived the zoo level and we were feeling pretty accomplished (at least, that's _what_ I thought we were feeling--everyone kept saying, "Thank you! Thank you!" over and over). Then we reached a place with multiple exits and two of our party chose one we I was going to give this a "5", and then I remembered this particular instance when I was playing this game: my group had just survived the zoo level and we were feeling pretty accomplished (at least, that's _what_ I thought we were feeling--everyone kept saying, "Thank you! Thank you!" over and over). Then we reached a place with multiple exits and two of our party chose one we couldn't see because the crap camera was fixed. So we split up to look for them and our group was effectively decimated (at least, I think they were--I never saw them again). Trying to find them was so bad it was actually funny ("George!" "Mark!" "George!" "Mark!" "Come here!" "Come HERE!" "COME HERE!"), which is not a good thing when playing a game where you're actually supposed to be _scared_. Those people (all five of them) inexplicably clamoring for a return to the old-school RE style of play after the impeccable "RE4" should be wetting themselves over this game, but the rest of us who're used to the modern game era will be frustrated and bored--a bad combination. I'm an RE veteran, but even I wasn't interested or entertained enough to finish "File 2"--not when I've been exposed to better gameplay mechanics and less predictable storylines. I recommend playing "Obscure" instead (at least your AI companion won't be as idiotic), or "Cold Fear". Or "God of War". Or "RE4" for the fifth time. Expand
  2. Elliott
    May 26, 2005
    1
    Anyone who would rate this game a "10" has a shaky concept of the word "videogame". Or a zombiefied fanboy. This is NOT the best of the best, for all the reasons that the reviewers and fellow gamers below have enumerated. It's dull, plodding, frustrating, and just plain old. Before screaming that it's the "best game in the world", you should try playing it first and see if you Anyone who would rate this game a "10" has a shaky concept of the word "videogame". Or a zombiefied fanboy. This is NOT the best of the best, for all the reasons that the reviewers and fellow gamers below have enumerated. It's dull, plodding, frustrating, and just plain old. Before screaming that it's the "best game in the world", you should try playing it first and see if you don't throw down your controller in frustration a minute or two into the game. An utter disappointment, especially after "RE4" and "Haunting Ground." Expand
  3. AB
    May 6, 2005
    4
    Going back to the traditional Resident Evil style was not a great decision. Many fans have played Resident Evil 4 and have seen what the series can be, so why would they care what it was? Basically, Capcom has brought back the terrible controls, static camera angles, and bad AI. Not only that, but they didn't even fix the glaring flaw that plagued the first game: lack of headset Going back to the traditional Resident Evil style was not a great decision. Many fans have played Resident Evil 4 and have seen what the series can be, so why would they care what it was? Basically, Capcom has brought back the terrible controls, static camera angles, and bad AI. Not only that, but they didn't even fix the glaring flaw that plagued the first game: lack of headset functionality. Showing a partner an area on the map is no help, so using any kind of strategy is just too difficult and frustrating. There are a few interesting moments, but not enough to hide the fact that Capcom could have made a better game by giving fans what they want. Even though a few thrills abound, File #2 could have been so much more. Expand
  4. Echelon
    Sep 11, 2005
    1
    Great big yawn. Did this game come out in 1995 or 2005? Why is the gameplay so archaic? Why is there more voice chat in the Dreamcast's "Phantasy Star Online" than "RE: Outbreak 2"? Why must my AI companions be so stupid? Why do they run like they're blind and drunk? Why do I have to crawl through virus-infected Raccoon City for like the gazillionth time? Why must I fire my gun Great big yawn. Did this game come out in 1995 or 2005? Why is the gameplay so archaic? Why is there more voice chat in the Dreamcast's "Phantasy Star Online" than "RE: Outbreak 2"? Why must my AI companions be so stupid? Why do they run like they're blind and drunk? Why do I have to crawl through virus-infected Raccoon City for like the gazillionth time? Why must I fire my gun at enemies I can't bloody see? Why doesn't the game pause when I open up my menu screen when I can't even tell my teammates to hold off the zombies? Why is there even a second file? Why why why? Hey, you'd whine too if you wasted money on this dreck. I think would've been better off buying a second copy of "RE4". Collapse
  5. JamesC
    Sep 5, 2005
    3
    How disapointing. That pretty much sums it up for me, having been a resident evil fan for so many years i found this game to be very poor indeed. Dont get me wrong the graphics are simply awesome but the interplay between your colleagues in the game is simply shambles- all they do is run around, shouting for help ignoring the commands that you give them. True resi fans SAVE YOUR MONEY and How disapointing. That pretty much sums it up for me, having been a resident evil fan for so many years i found this game to be very poor indeed. Dont get me wrong the graphics are simply awesome but the interplay between your colleagues in the game is simply shambles- all they do is run around, shouting for help ignoring the commands that you give them. True resi fans SAVE YOUR MONEY and wait for resident evil 4 on ps2 the graphics look awesome and i hear the gameplay has returned to its original best. Expand
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - 32 gold [Vol 822]
  2. More challenging puzzles, larger levels and new zombies to battle. All of this will please people who liked the first game and none of this will change the minds of people who hate the first game. Some of the key problems with the game like the lack of communication between players still hasn't been solved. [JPN Import]
  3. The best missions are better than the first Outbreak's but the others are too similar. Wait for the UK release to get the best of all words - online and fresh levels. [JPN Import; PSM2]