Friday, 27 April 2012

Resident Evil - Operation Raccoon City - PS3 Review

Resident Evil - Operation Raccoon City - PS3 Review

Released by Capcom
Platform: PS 3

I've never been much of a player of the Resident Evil franchise of games.

Despite the massive popularity of the games and inexplicably the movie franchise, I've never succumbed to their offerings - so it was a little tentatively that I took on Operation Raccoon City.

Sure, I understand the appeal of holding back the undead hordes and fighting and shooting to save the day, but to be honest, I don't think anything had prepared me for this latest.

In this release, you're part of the Umbrella corporation and given the job of trying to contain a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City. But you're not alone in his as you're part of a squad whose job it is to blast them into pieces and make sure the spread doesn't continue.

First person shooters can at times be difficult to get just right - and while Op Raccoon City isn't a bad entrant into the genre, it can take a little while to make sure you're playing to your character's strengths rather than simply blundering about getting shot.

The pull of this game is really in the co-op nature of it- being part of a squad gives it a nice touch which is welcome from the tedium of simply shooting everything around you and moving on. Working with your teammates helps you achieve at the end of the levels and gives you access to power ups and weapons which help you more than anything else.

It occasionally shoots itself in the foot though as you can blunder into colleagues and find yourself against a wall when you're trying to get to the other side of the room making it difficult to fight off attacks.

All in all, I didn't mind playing Operation Raccoon City - it's just that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the experience of the single player mode as the novelty wears off pretty quickly as you're shooting, moving on, fighting and then moving on. A little more satisfying is the co-operative mode and online version - but even then the gaming flaws  here and there are still present.

If you're a Resident Evil fan, no doubt the name alone will have been enough of a drawcard to hook you in - otherwise though, I'd offer caution of trying before you buy this title.

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