Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. AceGamez
    Darkside Chronicles is definitely the best Resident Evil themed Arcade Shooter for a long, long time.
  7. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an amazing "on-rails" shooting experience.
  8. 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.
  9. The Darkside Chronicles is a nice improvement over the previous game, adding length and depth to a solid on-rails shooting experience. Story and characters are really outdated though, and aiming through the Remote is a real pain at times.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. It's definitely worth checking out even if you were disappointed with Umbrella Chronicles, as I think the improvements made here actually work.
  13. Even though there’s no online play, only leaderboards, this game is a great way to spend a night or weekend with a friend.
  14. 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.
  15. Far tighter than the original, an indispensable bit of fan service takes a good shamble closer to being an indispensable lightgun gem.
  16. 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.
  17. For fans of twitch-gaming this surely ranks up there with the best that this anachronistic sub-genre has to offer.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Nintendo Power
    Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, on the other hand, is just level after level of old-school point-and-shoot. [Holiday 2009, p.86]
  21. 80
    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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 80
    A solid experience that fans of Resident Evil's twisted tale will love because it fills in so many gaps.
  25. 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.
  26. games(TM)
    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]
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Here you can find a consistent and long challenge to fans of arcade-type action.
  30. 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.
  31. It's got a lot of style and the substance shows up eventually but it's well short of classic status.
  32. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a good on-rails shooter, but it’s only a decent sequel.
  33. An old style On-Rail Shooter, with a nice direction a good replay value.
  34. 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.
  35. Games Master UK
    A very nearly excellent on-rails shooter that revisits some of our favourite horror games. [Christmas 2009, p.74]
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. The Darkside Chronicles is a mindless blast-a-thon. It lacks the sophistication of the recent Dead Space: Extraction, but it more than makes up for it by bewitching you with nostalgia. It's just great fun.
  40. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a solid sequel to The Umbrella Chronicles, but it's not really much of an improvement
  41. While the plot is condensed to the point where those unfamiliar with the series mythos can easily catch on, a lot of the details are lost—kind of like turning a 500-page Harry Potter book into a 2-hour movie.
  42. 70
    Darkside Chronicles is a vast improvement on its predecessor and offers the dedicated RE follower an archive of unlockable memories, reading materials and fan service in an especially well-presented package.
  43. Edge Magazine
    Fun fan fodder, but hardly revelatory. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
  44. The Darkside Chronicles, after all, is a product competent in its execution and an ode to the fans, but their mechanical clearly are nothing more than a refinement of its predecessor.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. As expected, the originals are better and more authentic Resident Evil experiences, and you'll get more enjoyment-- though not multiplayer-- out of them. Darkside Chronicles, on the other hand, is best for someone who absolutely loves light-gun games and has a buddy along for the ride.
  48. Darkside Chronicles isn't a bad game; it's just a lazy one.
  49. 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.
  50. The only thing scary about this light-gun game is the dreadful shaky camera.
  51. 60
    For all its graphical weaknesses, RE:DC successfully accomplishes the most important thing: the gameplay itself.
  52. If you don't come into Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles with an innate appreciation for the fiction of Resident Evil, all it really has to offer is a pretty by-the-numbers guided shooter experience. This doesn't make it a bad game, just an unambitious one, and one that has a hard limit on the audience for whom it will hold any significant appeal.
  53. A fun nostalgia ride for fans but not a patch on the similarly pitched Dead Space: Extraction.
  54. What it could have been is great, what it actually is, is pretty average.
  55. "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.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#9 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 85
  2. Negative: 7 out of 85
  1. Sep 8, 2016
    After the commercial success of Umbrella Chronicles Capcom decided to bring another rail shooter in the Resident Evil franchise, was itAfter the commercial success of Umbrella Chronicles Capcom decided to bring another rail shooter in the Resident Evil franchise, was it better, worse or identical that Umbrella Chronicles ?

    Graphically the game looks pretty good for the Wii, of course it"s easier to make good graphics in a rail shooter that a RPG but it's still a good point for the studio, there's no bug, the motion controls works perfectly, technically it's a very professional job, nothing more to say.

    Concerning the gameplay it's almost the exact same formula that Umbrella Chronicles (that wasn't a revolution in the rail shooter genre) except the change of weapon system that works way better, and a better solo experience (in the first installment there were moments that almost needed a second player), the game is still very generic but they did improve the game.

    The story tells the events of Resident Evil Code Veronica, and Resident Evil 2 but also adds an act of original story that tells the back-story of Leon and Krauser from Resident Evil 4, it's not really important for the license or the fans but at least it adds some value if you already played all the other games. The game will last around 6 hours for the first run, which is a bit short but not outrageous for the genre.

    In conclusion Darkside Chronicles is better than Umbrella Chronicles, Capcom did good use from the feedback they received in the previous episode and correct all the major issues to offer a better product, even if it's not perfect a very advisable game if you're looking for a rail shooter or if you like Resident Evil.
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  2. Dec 19, 2018
    Darkside Chronicles is my favorite rial shooter. Take part in the story of two of my favorite titles, improve every aspect of the previousDarkside Chronicles is my favorite rial shooter. Take part in the story of two of my favorite titles, improve every aspect of the previous Chronicles (thanks for the new aim); graphics, music, gameplay, the development of their stories, everything. In the same way it's a very replayable game if you are a fan and wanna complete everything. Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    The Umbrella Chronicles summarizes in its levels Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica and offers a prequel to Resident Evil 4.The Umbrella Chronicles summarizes in its levels Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica and offers a prequel to Resident Evil 4.
    His story is worthy of a fair approval. Little addition of zero and some very changed stories.

    The gameplay is the classic action game "on rails", very simple but functional. A bit demanding even for veteran players.
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