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  • The Resident Evil has evolved into something that barely even resembles itself. Moving

  • from its survival horror roots, and through Phyletic Gradualism, has changed into something

  • much more action than horror. This is fully realised with Operation Raccoon City, which

  • would only be considered a Resident Evil game because of its title and some familiar locations.

  • You play as part of the Umbrella Security Service, a group of elite operatives that

  • are dropped into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of Umbrella’s involvement. But

  • you are not the only ones out there. Along the way you will run into members of Echo

  • Six, who are out to expose Umbrella. And also classic characters such as Jill Valentine,

  • Leon Kennedy, and HUNK. While this sounds like it could be interesting, it’s not.

  • You are a generic operative, with no real background. You don’t really identify with

  • the characters or the missions, which boils down to pressing a button in front of a filing

  • cabinet.

  • The gameplay is at least more interesting, but not by much. The cover-based squad shooting

  • plays like recent entries, with the over the shoulder perspective only now you can move

  • while shooting. This makes the game feel fundamentally different, and eliminates much of the tension

  • and replaces it with straight action. The cover system is much more frustrating than

  • intuitive. You take cover by moving towards it and not with a button press. This leads

  • to taking cover when you just want to walk down the hall. The damage system is terrible,

  • with some enemies going down in a couple shots with other taking forever. The boss battles

  • mix things up a little, but don’t bring the tension that you can see they were trying

  • for. The enemy AI is simply pitiful, only outmatched by your squad’s AI. They will

  • run into mines and right into bullets. Thankfully you can replace them with online friends.

  • This makes things better, but doesn’t fix the fundamental problems. The locations are

  • too dark to see any detail, which is a shame because the game looks fairly good.

  • The game just doesn’t offer anything special. It barely passes as part of the Resident Evil

  • franchise, the story and characters are uninteresting, and the gameplay is just boring. The best

  • thing about this game is that this a side-story and not part of the main canon, so the franchise

  • doesn’t have this as an eternal black spot.

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CGRundertow RESIDENT EVIL: OPERATION RACCOON CITY for PlayStation 3 Video Game Review

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/04/09
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