Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. 83
    About the only moments of real tension I had were when I spotted an herb or other valuable item, and frantically tried to grab it before the camera swung in the other direction. Not to say the game is boring, though, because even though it's a little more passive, this will probably be the closest thing to a complete RE2 remake in our lifetime. Darkside Chronicles looks great, has a good amount of content, and is mindlessly fun without the mindless gaffes of its predecessor.
  2. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an amazing "on-rails" shooting experience.
  3. 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.
  4. Darkside Chronicles is definitely the best Resident Evil themed Arcade Shooter for a long, long time.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Darkside Chronicles isn't a bad game; it's just a lazy one.
  9. Fun fan fodder, but hardly revelatory. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
  10. For fans of twitch-gaming this surely ranks up there with the best that this anachronistic sub-genre has to offer.
  11. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an entertaining on rails-shooter that will wind Biohazard fans in a vortex of fun and nostalgia. If you live for Resident Evil just go for it, but if you're searching for the best exponent of the genre, Dead Space: Extraction is always the best in its genre.
  12. Here you can find a consistent and long challenge to fans of arcade-type action.
  13. 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.
  14. An old style On-Rail Shooter, with a nice direction a good replay value.
  15. 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.
  16. Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles is a fun game despite its short length. It doesn’t come anywhere near the scare or gameplay calibre of Resident Evil 5, but the visuals and replay value of this title are decent.
  17. 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.
  18. 60
    If you absolutely loved Umbrella Chronicles and know the Resident Evil series by heart, you might extract enough fun out of Darkside to make it worth your while. but otherwise, you can safely pass this one by.
  19. Unfortunately this is not a new chapter in the main series, but it’s still a good effort for a on-rails shooter. It looks good, has lots of hidden items and the main story will last you close to nine hours. The Darkside Chronicles also has a fantastic multiplayer. Still, you can’t escape the feeling that it could’ve been so much more if it wasn’t on-rails.
  20. 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.
  21. Even though there’s no online play, only leaderboards, this game is a great way to spend a night or weekend with a friend.
  22. A very nearly excellent on-rails shooter that revisits some of our favourite horror games. [Christmas 2009, p.74]
  23. A testament to what the Wii is truly capable of in the hands of a skilled developer that understands the strengths and limitations of the hardware. [Christmas 2009, p.112]
  24. 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.
  25. The only thing scary about this light-gun game is the dreadful shaky camera.
  26. 60
    For all its graphical weaknesses, RE:DC successfully accomplishes the most important thing: the gameplay itself.
  27. 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.
  28. It has a great level of fan-service for RE fans, and on its own is a solid, thoroughly entertaining game that deserves to be played.
  29. 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.
  30. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a good on-rails shooter, but it’s only a decent sequel.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 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
    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
    its a good game
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  2. Nov 15, 2012
    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 it is a nice collectable and it is playable. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2012
    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 or playstation move, and are die hard resident evil 2 fans. Full Review »