Average User Score: 5.0Apr 2, 2012After reading several reviews and doing my homework about this particular game, I'm kinda glad I didn't listen to them. I'm here to give a clear and unbiased review of this game.
Resident Evil, by all means, might as well be called Call of Duty: Raccoon City. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I have enjoyed playing both the campaign and multiplayer modes, even though the game admittedly has several flaws.
The campaign mode, while not the most in-depth thing I've ever played, is solidly enjoyable. Squad-based combat that you can either do solo, with random players or specific friends. Of note, the latter two options have not been traditionally available in the campaigns of other famous FPS's. There are only a handful of missions, but with the extensive combat and searching of items and extras, each mission, on first run, can take about an hour apiece, giving you about a full 7 to 8 hour experience. The plot is threadbare, yes, but it excusable given the scope of the game. You are playing an elite "cleaner" team for the Umbrella corporation destroying all evidence of their involvement. This isn't that far-fetched given the conspiracy theories we believe about our own government. Some of the iconic characters of RE fame do make an appearance, but not in a significant way, so people expecting to play as their favorite RE icons will be disappointed. Gameplay is fluid and no less complicated than your average FPS, with the inclusion of a very fluid close combat system that is better than any other one I've played. There are many complaints abundant about your partner AI, and I have to say most of them are unfounded. Your partner AI's may be a little aggressive at times, but don't typically die until later missions or boss fights. In fact, these AI's are better than some other FPS partner AI's in that your partners in this game will actively pursue combat and actually kill enemies rather than just lay down a bunch of cover fire and make you do all the real work (ala Modern Warfare 3). While they may not always do what you'd want them to do, they're not really any dumber than the faceless partners of other FPS's I've played. The HUD is clean and allows you access to specific abilities and your recovery sprays and ordinances. Weaponry is abundant and varied almost ensuring that whatever you're used to using, you'll have. Each class has it's own unique passive and active abilities giving each character a unique flavor and allowing you to experiment to find a play style that suits you. Movement is rather restrictive sometimes since you can't jump or vault over obstacles, leaving you sometimes to wander through a winding path to proceed, but this is traditional RE style. If you've played RE titles, this is nothing new to you.
The multiplayer mode is enjoyable, but with flaws. Biggest flaw of the game is that the multiplayer only offers you four different games modes, which I find unacceptable. Maps amount to eight so that's not so bad, but since you vote on any map you want every game, you can often find yourself on the same map for hours on end. The idea that every mode pits you against zombies and enemy opponents adds an extra element of action and planning to it, but some players may find frustrating. I do like the fact that melee attacks and headshots do not result in instant death, meaning lesser experienced players won't end up frequently respawning. The ability to kill zombies for experience also helps weaker players feel productive, even if other players are doing most of the work. It doesn't quite have the polished feel that other FPS's have and also suffers from not having a local split-screen option available. Although the multiplayer is unrefined and incomplete, it still doesn't mean you won't find yourself enjoying it on occassion.
The overall problem with RE: Operation Raccon City is it's hybrid form. True FPS fans may not find it the most enjoyable game they've played and true RE fans expecting another RE game will certainly not be getting what they want (until RE6). If you're one of those fans in the middle who appreciated both the RE franchise and FPS's, this is something you may want to at least take a serious look at.… Expand