Resident Evil 6 Review
Explosive and fun, but lacking in tension; definitely not your grandpa’s survival horror.
It's possible that there has never been a more divisive main entry in the Resident Evil series than the most recent installment. Resident Evil 6 is an action-packed thrill ride that looks gorgeous and has a slew of modes on display for both single and multiplayer gaming. However, there are two elements that are noticeably lacking which may ring a death knell for the classic tone of the series, at least with as far as long-term fans may be concerned: there's almost no element of survival horror, and the puzzles that got gamers thinking have been reduced to the point of nearly being cut entirely.
Let's be perfectly clear: Resident Evil 6 is definitely a good game, it's just not a great game, nor is it necessarily what gamers have come to expect from the series. It has an absolutely mind-blowing amount of content (when you factor in what Capcom has promised for the near future), enough that many gamers in both the action and survival horror camps should be satisfied. However, you should make sure you're not going in with any real hope for a nostalgic experience; this game takes some rather large strides away from survival horror and more towards summer blockbuster action. Where the fourth and—to a somewhat lesser extent—fifth main entries managed to straddle the line between classic Resident Evil game play and a less-frightening run-and-gun experience, the sixth just goes guns blazing, even in the darker moments. It's fun, exciting, and absolutely worth playing, especially for fans of co-op...but it's not necessarily the Resident Evil that long term devotees have come to love.
This review was conducted using the XBox 360 version. Time was spent playing alone, with split screen, and using online co-op. Some impressions may be slightly tailored to the multiplayer experience fostered by the Xbox 360 console, though the majority of the review applies to the PC and PS3 versions of the game as well.
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