I didn’t want to jump right onto the “New Resident Evil 6 Trailer and Release Date” bandwagon right out of the gates. So I waited patiently for two days in deep contemplation about my possible excitement for this title. Because I’ve been a huge fan of the Resident Evil series since the teams first venture into the Umbrella Corporation’s mansion and secret lab (SPOILER!), that is, until Resident Evil 4. Thought of as one of the strongest titles in the series, I disliked it the most until RE5 hit the scene. The story of Resident Evil 4 was incredible, keeping the Resident Evil mystery and lore as the strength of the series. I unfortunately didn’t like the direction the mechanics and zombies had taken. Games evolved, Gears of War, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid 4 and others adopted the evolution of shooting while moving. Resident Evil 5 lacked this evolutionary formula, combine that with a clunky co-op AI, RE5 was also thrown to the wayside. I agree, professional marksmen can’t sprint and shoot accurately, but I know they can walk and shoot accurately. Standing still to shoot while people are sprinting at me like they have the “Rage” virus from 28 Days Later is just not an option. I understand it does add to the “Survival Horror” aspect, but limiting me during combat to add difficulty is a lazy way to make a game and leads to frustration and poor reception. These observations and opinions will be debated for years to come among the Resident Evil faithful, I don’t expect them to stop at me.
All is not lost though, I am pleased to see during Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 trailer not only shooting while moving but the return of both Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy.
I do forget that some of us haven’t heard about the Resident Evil 6 news, so let me enlighten you on what we know so far. Resident Evil 6 will make it’s way to Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 20th, 2012. Can I be a hater a little more? Don’t expect RE6 to come out at this date, Capcom is notorious for delaying this series, I don’t believe that RE6 was kept a secret until now and will be ready in 11 months. I just don’t see it happening. Back on topic, RE6 will be taking place all over the world. Expect to see Chris Redfield as part of the BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Allience) dealing with a possible outbreak in China, Leon Kennedy ,unable to protect the President, heads to a T-Virus infected Raccoon City or Tall Oaks, I’m unsure which one and the new addition of a fast paced unamed mercenary.
Note, every playable character will have a partner with them, you will never be alone, and sources from xbox.com hints to up to 6 person online co-op.
Mutated humans, tech heavy monsters, fast paced action sequences, multiple locales, a deep plot and the return of the T-Virus, Resident Evil 6 is taking back to it’s roots and looks to be heading in the right direction. The series has gone in many different directions and I expect even more details and changes to occur before this installment hits store shelves. It’s been 7 years since I’ve been excited for a Resident Evil title, let’s hope RE6 doesn’t let me down.
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