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Resident Evil 6 Demo - Game Review

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Published September 9th 2012

Capcom's Resident Evil series is scheduled to make another appearance on the X-BOX 360,PS3 and PC consoles, with its upcoming installment Resident Evil 6. Not scheduled to be released until the 4th of October, 2012, fans of the series are able to gain a foretaste of the upcoming title, through an exclusive free downloadable demo included with the purchase of Dragons Dogma.

RE6 is based ten years after the initial outbreak of the T and G virus in Racoon city. Now with the epidemic plague of the new C- virus plaguing the earth, used as part of a bio-terrorism attack on the globe. Citizens are now being exposed to the new virus turning them into biological monstrosities.

Three campaigns are allocated giving the player the choice to pick one of three storylines to play through. Each campaign is catagorised with the names Leon, Chris and Jake.

Adapting to the similar gameplay as RE5, players are also able play through each campaign with a partner. The option of choosing either to progress through the main campaign is also available.

The fairly simple controls synced over from RE5 are fairly easy to slip into, although some minor alterations have been added such as the ability use physical take downs and running take downs by pressing the RT button. A new GPS system has been installed on the right hand corner of the screen, which by pressing the LB button automatically directs you in the right way. The meter also displays your current ammo capacity and health. As well a new quick shot command has been included by simultaneously pressing the LB and RB buttons.

Throughout the demo you get more of a sample of what the installment offers rather than a gaming experience. Although numerous opinionated sites seem to be already considering RE6 falls far from the tree, saying it's moving away from its survival horror roots and seems blocky and overpixelated in its graphics.You can't seriously use these as an excuse to say RE6 falls far from the tree. I mean it's only blocky and over pixelated in some areas, most of the time the graphics and cinematics are amazing, and as for survival horror I would more say a survival thriller, but what's the difference really? If your trying to survive hordes of zombies trying to eat your face and monsters trying to butcher you to pieces, isn't that what survival horror is?

Each campaign offers its own individual insight into the bio terrorism attack that has hit the world. While playing through each campaign you get a feel for what the game will offer in its final form.

Leon's campaign has quite a slow start but soon picks up with some zombie action towards the end. The main aspect of his campaign is to show off the high cinematic and graphic detail RE6 offers,using its high CGI potential to show off the surroundings and realistic character features. Although this may be a slow preview, it also allows players to familiarise themselves with the controls before progressing through the other demo campaigns.

Chris's campaign shows more of RE6's combat side and what new features it offers. From fast paced over the shoulder shooting action equipped with a slick and smooth aiming system, to disintegrating your ammo in seconds while enemies pour out from the corners, really gives it that Resident Evil feel as you desperately depend on anything to survive. Especially if all your down to is no more bullets and have to continue on using your bare knuckles.

Jakes offers more insight into the game and what other features to expect in RE6. Rather than your normal shoot through and storytelling, the game does need stratergising and using your surroundings to your advantage, as there is a boss fight to experience that does involve some thinking.

Interactive chase scenes and quick commands also make an appearance as shown in RE4.

The only major issue with the demo is the pause menu. Rather than most games where you pause the game and it stops gameplay, it's strange to see that the game doesn't actually stop. While you may think you have it on pause you are still vulnerable to hits causing you to unexpectedly die. Whether or not this will be included in the full feature, it will probably put the player off and disrupt their play.

However regardless of this single error, there is no doubt in my mind RE6 will slide through as an exceptional game. From amazing environmental, cintematic graphics to high action scenes, supported by an amazing bio hazardous plot lifted by exceptional voice acting talents.RE6 is a game that will definitely take the franchise to a whole new level.
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Why? A great new take in the direction of the RE series
When: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Where: Release Date: 4/10/12
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I love this demo, no doubt in the run for game of the year hopefully :)
by maver (score: 0|2) 2006 days ago
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