I love Resident Evil. Some of the games that have come out of this franchise are in my all time favourites like the remake of the original Resident Evil on the gamecube. I own pretty much anything Resident Evil and Resident Evil 6 is a game I am really looking forward too. So now you know I am a huge fan of the series lets get to the review.
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is not your "traditional Resident Evil" game it is more of the shoot everything in your way type of Resident Evil. It does however still stick to Resident Evils story as this takes place during Resident Evil 2and 3. This time though you are playing as members of Umbrella who are trying to destroy all evidence of the incident. That is pretty much the plot details.
The gameplay for this game is like your traditional third person shooter with some Resident Evil elements added to it like the first aid sprays making a return and the classic enemies like Zombies, Lickers and Hunters also make a return to this game. The main problem with the gameplay for me is the horrible and I really mean horrible AI for both my team mates and the enemies. There is many problems with the team AI as they can do things like get in the way of the screen making it impossible to see any of the enemies coming at you.
The AI even ruins a pretty cool feature introduced to the game as you can become infected and if you don't have a spray to stop the infection you will then start to attack teammates (You have no control over this) who will have to kill you but then they do not even revive you! I recommend playing with others and not with AI as the AI is extremely clumsy and can ruin the whole game for you. There is many other gameplay problems like the extremely overpowered melee combat. AI for me is a huge problem with the game there is just so many problems with it that you want to give up with the single player trust me play with humans.There is also a problem with the balancing of the enemies as enemies like a tyrant can be killed quickly while a Licker can be the enemy to cause your ammo to disappear. I was also having serious problems with getting into cover sometimes and really caused me to lose more health than just shooting and not covering.
The story mode of the game is nothing much at all. I finished the single player mode in about 5 hours which is very disappointing. The actual story was pretty good for me being a Resident Evil fan as you get to see the event of Raccoon city in a different way which is interesting but to people who want to play this game to shoot zombies and have never played Resident Evil before you won't have a single idea what is going on and what the game is about. The actual people you play as are extremely boring you won't care about them at all unlike previous Resident Evil games. I seriously didn't care about these guys that much that I can't remember
many of the teams names. Without spoiling anything the end can play out in two different ways which is something I always welcome as it gives a reason to play the game another time round to see a 2nd ending.
Now I got through that I tried some online out. There is four modes with an extra Xbox exclusive DLC mode. The modes are Hero Mode were you can play as classic Resident Evil characters like Leon and Ada in a 4 against 4 match, Survivors is where you have to survive until the helicopter arrives, Biohazard is where you have to get the G viruses and finally team attack which is pretty much team deathmatch (There is a DLC called nemesis mode but I didn't get a chance to play it) Online for me was actually a high point and was
very fun playing it with friends online. Didn't have much connection problems and played pretty smooth. My favourite mode has to be Hero mode just to play as the old classic characters.
The final verdict
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon city is not really that good and I hate to call a Resident Evil game bad but this pretty bad there was some serious potential for this game but terrible AI for team mates and enemies, horrible cover system and a short single player mode really ruined any potential this had. It seems really rushed and would have been a decent game if it had much more work on it. I was really intrigued by the possibilities of seeing what else was going on during the time period of Resident Evil 2 & 3 but the game just ended up leaving a sour taste in my mouth. The only good/fun I got from the game was online which is actually pretty damn fun. Before even thinking about getting this game make sure you have friends who will also buy it as it makes it much better. I just hope Resident Evil 6 doesn't come close to the score I am giving this game.
+ Fun Online
+ Two endings
- Horrible AI
- Cover system
- Single player can be finished in 4 hours