|System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Release: March 22, 2013|
|Players: 1 (2+ Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes|
If you follow the Resident Evil plot for some reason, good luck, because the campaigns all cover the same timeline with different characters, and it’s rather difficult to sort out what the heck is happening. The twists and conspiracies are as ridiculous as they've often been. "Intricately stupid" may sound like an oxymoron, but that's what this story is.
The overall trend here is this: If there's anything at all you don't like about recent Resident Evil games, that thing won't just make an appearance in RE6; it will pop up over and over again, as if just to annoy you. But oddly enough, the fact that Resident Evil 6 can be a big, bloated mess of a game doesn't completely ruin it. It's the proverbial train wreck. You can't help but watch.
The simple fact of the matter is that killing zombies and watching explosive cutscenes is fun. Even if this game can do absolutely nothing to emerge from the shadow of Resident Evil 4, it always has that.
The luxury of four separate campaigns really lets Capcom go nuts. Traditional zombies return, and we also meet the J'avo, which are similar to the monsters from Resident Evil 4 and 5. Some of the J'avo mutate as you destroy their limbs in a twisted take on Dead Space. The sound effects are sickening, the kills gory. You may curse the controls—or yearn wistfully for a simpler, better Resident Evil—as you slaughter your way through rooms and rooms of these creatures. But you will enjoy yourself nonetheless.
And the environments here are nice, especially on the new PC port. From the very beginning, Resident Evil has been known for its graphics—the original game used pre-rendered backgrounds to create a level of detail people hadn't seen before—and RE6 lives up to the series' standards.
What we have here is an incredibly long, incredibly flawed, and yet paradoxically engaging experience. I can't say you should go to Steam right now and pay $40 for this game. But sometime down the line, when you have a long weekend with nothing to do, you might notice it on sale and pick it up. And you won't quite regret it.
Date: Maarch 21, 2013