Resident Evil 6 Review

Resident Evil 6 is a 2012 third-person shooter action adventure survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom, released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.  Serving as the ninth major installment in the Resident Evil series the plot is told from the perspectives of several characters who must all confront the force behind a massive bio-terrorist attack with the newly developed C-virus in cities across the world.


Positives:

  • Great graphics
  • Great voice performances
  • Fun gameplay
  • Great soundtrack
  • Complex story
  • Extensive campaign
  • Great characters

Negatives:

  • Poor AI
  • Campaigns lack diversity
  • Useless characters

Campaign: Resident Evil 6 features not only a very extensive campaign but multiple campaigns all of which tell a very complex story. The campaign can be fun and challenging but also frustrating at times because there seems to be so much going on that it’s hard to keep track. There are however some elements of the campaign’s that are just terrible and could have been worked upon better. Each campaign could have easily themed themselves after the characters and the situations that are their centers. Leon’s campaign should have been more survival horror while Chris’ should be more action oriented with military tactics and strategy. Jake’s should have been more cat and mouse as well as survival horror while Ada’s should be more focused on stealth. Now the story does feature on a really good roster of characters with well-develop personalities, backgrounds, and specialties. (5 out of 5)

Gameplay:  Despite the problems with the campaigns the gameplay is actually pretty good. The variety enemies can pose quite a challenge especially when it comes to the J’avo who’s spontaneous mutation as well as variety of tactics make them unpredictable and will challenge players to be more adaptive in combat. The AI do prove more helpful than in previous installments although they can have their share of bugs, however the NPCs are basically useless. Now the ability for players to be able to jump around, dodge, run, and slide is just great because it definitely helps with the more aggressive, more versatile enemies or those in large groups. The gameplay is really good however the most prominent problems that is just shoved down players throats are the QuickTime events which are so frequent that it feels like you’re not even a Resident Evil game. Definitely should’ve been a helluva lot less.  The game does have its share of loading screens and although they aren’t extensive there are a lot of them.  (3 out of 5)

Graphics: Now to be fair Resident Evil 6 has to be the most visually stunning of all the Resident Evil game. The cinematics look fantastic and border on realism to the point where the suspension of disbelief is just out of this world. The level designs are fantastic and bring a very unique sense of appreciation. The characters look great both in game and in the cinematics. The creature designs look great as well as the level of detail given to them.  The in game world environments look great. (5 out of 5)

Score: The voice performances are just phenomenal and the depth given to the characters is to be commended. The music is just as terrific. Akihiko Narita does a fantastic job with the soundtrack. The main menu theme maintains that dark and creepy vibe. The overall sound quality sounds great and the sound effects are the best. (4 out of 5)

Replay Value: Tons of replay value. Despite how messy the game is there is a lot of great content to be unlocked as well as various multiplayer modes to experience. Also, for those who enjoy a more challenging campaign experience can cycle through the games several difficulty modes. But for the most part the multiplayer modes (Mercenaries, Agent Hunt, Onslaught, Predator, Survivors) are the best and possibly the funnest aspect of the game. The Mercenaries mode comes back with a lot more than in previous installments including more characters with additional skins and weaponry. Even the various map types with their share of enemies just keeps it fun and exciting. Agent Hunt and Predator are probably just as good.  Agent Hunt allows players to enter other players’ games as enemies and Predator allows players to play as the Ustanak against other players who attempt to kill without being killed or captured. Survivors and Onslaught are okay.  (4 out of 5)


The Verdict:  In the end, Resident Evil 6 may not be the best game in the entry but it is a great game in itself. Despite the definite lack of a survival horror element to the gameplay as well as the similarities when it comes to the various campaigns, the game does have a lot to offer. It features a lot of great characters both returning and new, a pretty fun and exciting gameplay experience, great voice performances, extensive campaign, a great soundtrack, terrific graphics, and the most complex Resident Evil story to ever be put in a game. Resident Evil 6 deserves of 5 out of 5.

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