Resident Evil 6 takes place a few years after the events of RE5. A terrorist organization, known as Neo Umbrella, is threatening the world with a new stand of virus, dubbed the C-Virus. Now it’s up to Leon, Chris, Jake, and their respective partners to avert global destruction. You can choose to tackle any of the three campaigns, each with their own story, interweaving between the other two. It’s your typical over-the-top crazy, convoluted malarkey that you’re used to. Only this time it’s more coherent, better acted, and actually touching at times. The overall story lacks a few punches, but it’s one hell of a fun ride.
Each campaign differentiates in tone. Leon’s harkens back to classic RE, Chris’ is an action thriller, and Jake’s has a heavy emphasis on running a’ la’ RE3. Each character is set with a partner whose AI has improved tremendously from RE5. They’ve also improved melee combat to an effective alternative now, along with ditching gun upgrades for skill attributes. Overall the shooting feel great, but the aiming and cover mechanics could have used tweaking. The worst parts of the game are its attempts to mimic other games, like adding vehicles and stealth mechanics. While frustrating, they never outstay their welcome. And don’t get me started on the quick-time events. Still, it says a lot when this stuff doesn’t deter it from being fun and super addictive.
If there’s anything about RE6 that cannot be denied, it’s the graphics. The detail in the characters, monsters, and environments are memorizing beyond belief. As I mentioned before, the voice acting is really good despite its cheese. And the soundtrack, while not memorable, keeps you enthralled for the heart-pounding set pieces. The game is packed with extra content from the numerous unlockables, to the CO-OP and Mercenary modes. If there’s anything I have to knock about the presentation it’s that the game is way too dark.
Resident Evil 6 is a huge, ambitious, and very different game for the series. Because of this it’s seemed to turn some people off. Yes, it’s not like the old games, but so what. They at least tried something new even if it was just mashing other games together. It’s not a perfect blend, but it’s a mix that’s delicious and sweeter than it is bitter.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on October 10, 2012 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.