Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. 60
    For all its graphical weaknesses, RE:DC successfully accomplishes the most important thing: the gameplay itself.
  2. Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles isn’t the best light-gun shooter on Wii, and generally speaking, it feels like Capcom skimped a bit with respect to extras. Still, folks are getting quite a hefty story, and the pacing of most chapters makes for a fun, casual ride down memory lane.
  3. Darkside Chronicles is definitely the best Resident Evil themed Arcade Shooter for a long, long time.
  4. In the end it's just a rail shooter, but the campaign takes about eight hours and there are plenty of reasons to play it again.
  5. For fans of twitch-gaming this surely ranks up there with the best that this anachronistic sub-genre has to offer.
  6. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a worthy sequel to Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. It nicely fills in the story gaps of the first collection and presents a very good-looking and deep light-gun experience.
  7. A great game for Resident Evil fans, as it provides the best bits from Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica with a more direct and frantic approach.
  8. Sure, it lacks the depth of something like Dead Space: Extraction, but if you're just looking to blast zombies with old friends, it's hard to do much better... on the Wii.
  9. Darkside Chronicles has plenty of teeth-gnashing moments, both out of fear and frustration from missing your shots. However, it's well constructed and fun to play with a friend. If you're tired of Extraction and House of the Dead: Overkill and need fresh meat to blast through, put this at the top of your list. Otherwise, stick with Resident Evil 4.
  10. A fun nostalgia ride for fans but not a patch on the similarly pitched Dead Space: Extraction.
  11. "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles" enters a crowded genre on the Wii, a genre that has been done much better then what is presented here. Nice visuals and a stunning soundtrack can't save the huge design flaws present throughout the title, flaws that only serve to impair the gameplay and frustrate the player.
  12. In essence, what the game may lack in exposition or narrative complexity it makes up for in nostalgic capital, a refined weapons system and a classic Resident Evil feel
  13. Altogether, Darkside Chronicles is a solid package with loads of content. The combat is satisfying, sprinkled with interesting boss fights and fun visual and gameplay tricks to keep the usually stale light gun formula fresh.
  14. Games like Darkside Chronicles and Dead Space Extraction are evolving the genre in a fantastic way, and that's something you might not want to miss out on.
  15. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is the best shooter on rails available on the Wii. Excellent graphical section, intense and spectacular action, filled with extras that increase their duration... It's impossible not to exhibit a smile when returning to Resident Evil 2 and RE: Code Veronica to play in a totally different way.
  16. Resident Evil: the Darkside Chronicle is more than we’d expected: a strong improvement since Umbrella Chronicles. The camera is far from being perfect and the level of details is poor. Yet it offer an enjoyable gaming experience.
  17. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an amazing "on-rails" shooting experience.
  18. 84
    Improved gameplay, dark atmosphere, unlockables and several surprises await purchasers of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. This is yet another solid railshooter – after Dead Space Extraction – with some horror elements. Graphically, this is one of the better titles on the Wii console. Not getting any room to move is only a minor setback. If you’ve enjoyed The Umbrella Chronicles, this title won’t disappoint. Must have for Resident Evil fans.
  19. 83
    Spread across a progressively challenging 10 to 12 hours of game time, Darkside Chronicles is a genuinely decent thrill ride that, if your arms and eyes can suffer the mounting strain, delivers a worthwhile experience that sits somewhere between retro distraction and gory tour de force.
  20. Even though there’s no online play, only leaderboards, this game is a great way to spend a night or weekend with a friend.
  21. Far tighter than the original, an indispensable bit of fan service takes a good shamble closer to being an indispensable lightgun gem.
  22. 81
    Even with my complaints about the bouncy camera, I believe this follow-up is a significantly better experience than the original Umbrella Chronicles and one fun ride from start to finish.
  23. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles acts as a fantastic primer for those who started with the more action-centric Resident Evil iterations, while simultaneously providing fan service and fun for dedicated followers. Novices and veterans alike would be doing themselves a disservice by passing up this game.
  24. 80
    This is one of the finest examples of how on-rails shooters can put gamers into the action without having them always in the driver seat.
  25. This game improves many of the aspect of the previous one, although it takes a step back in other areas. The most serious problem is the seldom sensation of lack of challenge; quite often we won't feel any pressure to keep advancing.
  26. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is one of the best rail shooter to play on Wii. The replay value is very high because the game offers more than just the typical on-rails shooter style of gameplay and there are many extra like online leaderboards, higher difficulty modes, and collectibles. The co-op is very fun to play for hours and the graphic is great.
  27. It's got a lot of style and the substance shows up eventually but it's well short of classic status.
  28. The latest Resident Evil spinoff is full of nostalgia and insight for dedicated fans, and it will provide anyone who isn't a zombie sympathizer plenty of 10 to 20 minute chunks of simple-but-satisfying light gun shooting.
  29. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a good on-rails shooter, but it’s only a decent sequel.
  30. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles has some nice moments, especially when you are playing the game in co-op mode. We like the idea that you are going back to Racoon City, but the game is far from perfect. The camera is annoying and some bosses are just plain stupid.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    8
    one the best game of nintendo wii
    an excelent spin off.
    im really impressive. it has a good gameplay and its has solid graphics for a Wii
    one the best game of nintendo wii
    an excelent spin off.
    im really impressive. it has a good gameplay
    and its has solid graphics for a Wii game
    its a good game
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  2. Nov 15, 2012
    9
    Even though the game isn't survival horror or scary, it is a very functional and entertaining game for the Wii. If you are a die hard fan itEven though the game isn't survival horror or scary, it is a very functional and entertaining game for the Wii. If you are a die hard fan it is a nice collectable and it is playable. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2012
    10
    Im so glad its been announced to be ported to PS3. This is basicly a Resident Evil 2 and CV remake. PERFECT for people with a wii orIm so glad its been announced to be ported to PS3. This is basicly a Resident Evil 2 and CV remake. PERFECT for people with a wii or playstation move, and are die hard resident evil 2 fans. Full Review »