By Vamien McKalin | Sep 22, 2012 09:44 AM EDT
Resident Evil is one of those games that always gets fans excited; even if a specific title is slowly turning into a letdown, the franchise still has enough appeal to have gamers rushing out to pick it up on day one. Resident Evil 6 is the next chapter in the franchise, and from initial impressions on the Xbox 360, the demo is not painting a good picture for the full finished product.
Arguably, the best Resident Evil game so far has been Resident Evil 4, which really brought the franchise out of a barrage of bad games to a point where Resident Evil was enjoyable again. Capcom failed to improve on that formula with Resident Evil 5, and managed to make it worse with Resident Evil 6.
Since the demo was made public, we have been hacking away at the game, trying to find something good to say about the title. Resident Evil 6 no doubt has some good points, but it seems that they are overshadowed by the vast amount of bad that is plaguing this game.
One of the main problems about the game, is how close the camera is to the character you are controlling. This can be a problem when things begin to get hectic. The camera in Resident Evil 4 was much better, and Capcom should have stayed with that formula instead of changing it.
Resident Evil 6 features three different campaigns, and it appears that the campaign where Leon Kennedy is leading the way might be the only good part of the game, and even that falls flat. Leon's campaign aims to be the section filled with the classic Resident Evil horror, but it still feels like an action game, and a very bad one at that.
Chris Redfield's campaign has many similarities to modern third person shooters, mainly games like Gears of War. While the action sequences are pretty solid, the camera and cover system is truly disastrous. Capcom appears to have lost the plot with Resident Evil 6, and at this rate, it is likely that the full game will be too different from the demo.
The final campaign has gamers playing as Albert Wesker's son, Jake Wesker. Players use fewer weapons here in favor of melee combat, since Jake is a martial artist. Jake is able to regenerate quickly, thanks to his blood, which is also the cure for the T-Virus.
The graphics are not amazing, but they should not to look ugly when compared to Resident Evil 5, which got uglier as the game progressed.
Overall, the demo is boring, and that does not bode well for the full version of the game. It would be a miracle of the full game turns out to be exceptionally better than the demo. Resident Evil 6 will be released on October 2, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version will follow soon after.
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