Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles re-tells the events of Resi 2 and Code Veronica from the personal perspective of those games' protagonists. Like the Umbrella Chronicles before it, the game is an on-rails first person shooter, and like its predecessor, it features class leading graphics for the Wii. But this time around, developer Cavia has been paying even more attention to the graphics, with the result that this may be the best looking Wii game to date.
The developers have worked hard at making the game more frightening, always an important aspect of a Resident Evil game, but also at making the game easier to play, with smoother action. There is an auto-difficulty feature, so the game will become more difficult as you get better. Camera control has been completely removed from the player - this is in the interests of increasing the horror aspect of the game, and creating an atmosphere of dread.
Single players can choose to be either Claire Redfield, or Leon Kennedy, and at certain parts of the game, you'll be required to save your partners life by stepping up and protecting them while they are disabled or disorientated. In two-player mode, both characters can be played co-operatively. Targeting reticules have been made more distinctive to prevent the confusion that some times occurs in two-player gun games. Which is a good thing, because as you would expect there are zombies galore to be dispatched to wherever Zombies go once they finally die. Shooting strategically is still an important part of the gameplay - head shots are good, but shooting the gas tank of a bus, or one of the many petrol tanks that can be found in the level may be more effective.
Where possible actors from the original game have been used, to increase the sense of familiarity for fans of the series, though in some instances - the little girl, Sherry, for example - it has not been possible because the actor has now grown up and sounds different, so they cast a new actor that sounds as much like the original as possible.
Still, Darkside Chronicles should prove as welcome to old time fans of Resi 2 and Code Veronica as it does for those that are new to the classics.
1st things first, from what I've read before it's release, I know it has been in the works for over 2 years. Capcom always strives for perfection and I also read it was revamped and started over from scratch a total of 4 times! Capcom kept this monster quiet and underwraps for awhile, but the hype for it was phenomenal and people, gamers, critics, expected perfection considering the lengthy delays. I am pleased to say, not only did this game live up to hype, it surpassed it and then some. I've never had this much fun on my cube since Zelda! It's also one of the longest games I've ever played and expect tons of replay value just for that fact.
Resident Evil 4, while scary like it's other incarnations, feels totally different and FORGET what you know about the series, it's a whole new ball of wax. Think this game is simply about killing zombies then moving on to the next level? Think again. I won't give anything away, just know the game experience is as fresh as a new loaf of "just baked" bread, you'll always want to get more
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