Resident Evil 6 Picks Up the Pace in the Mercenaries Mode at TGS

The competitive social initiative in Resident Evil 6 just got a shot in the arm thanks to the Mercenaries Mode revealed at the Tokyo Game Show.

You can't have a modern Resident Evil game without a Mercenaries mode; the arcadey, run-and- gun race to take down as many foes as possible before time runs out. Capcom finally unveiled the Mercenaries component of Resident Evil 6 at the Tokyo Game Show, and it mirrors Resident Evil 5's version in almost every way. It's proven to be a worthwhile diversion from the standard story mode in the past, and now, with with the social-centric ResidentEvil.net, it's yet another way you can compete against your friends in the race to the top of the leaderboards.

Each round starts with a modest alotment of time, but play your cards right, and you can easily double or triple the length of a round. Killing enemies yields time-bonuses based on the method employed. Typical body-shots resulted in a 5 second bonus, but take out a foe with physical-force or head-stomp, and you'll double your reward. Time-crystals are handily strewn about each map as well, the locations of which are pre-determined, giving seasoned Mercenaries the upper hand when chasing the prestige of higher scores and the elusive "S" rank. The best players will be able to considerably extend their sessions, but fail to take advantage of every opportunity, and you'll only last a few minutes, at best. It was challenging to keep the clock running at first, but once we got accustomed to the location of crystals, and the pacing of the oncoming hordes, our scores quickly improved with each subsequent round.

Players are given the option to choose one of three characters: Leon, Chris, or, Jake. Each comes with their own selection of weapons and secondary support items that defines their relatively unique play-styles. Jake primarily uses hand-guns, the highlight being the “Elephant Killer”, which as you might assume, bulldozes through enemies in a single shot. Chris carries an assault rifle and a 9-mm pistol, but also has access to a combat-knife, should he run out of ammo. Lastly, Leon packs dual pistols, and a compact, pump-action shotgun. Compared to Resident Evil 5's mercenaries mode, which included ten playable character-builds, Resident Evil 6's three seems rather paltry, however it's highly likely we'll see more characters, or variations on the current linup, when the game is released.

There appear to be 6 maps available in all, however, only four were playable during the appoointment: "Urban Chaos", "Rail Yard", "High Seas Fortress", and, "The Catacombs". Each has their own assortment of enemies: Zombies in the Catacombs, Thugs in Urban Chaos and the Rail Yard, and lastly, Military Forces within the Fortress. Studying the maps is crucial to survival, as items, time-bonuses, and environmental eccentricities will, no doubt be the key to achieving a high-score.

In line with the main game, you can team up with friends locally or online, the former of which is accomplished via split screen. Communication will be the key to victory, presumably, as a misplaced explosive or shotgun blast might harm your teammate. Unfortunately, as this was a single-player setup, we were unable to test coop during the demo.

Overall, Resident Evil 6's Mercenaries mode will seem familiar to anyone accustomed to the one in Resident Evil 5. The integration of ResidentEvil.net's social features provides a new means of motivation, and potentially extends the games lifespan as a competitive multiplayer experience. There's no telling how, or if, ResidentEvil.net will take off, but Mercenaries, rather than the main game, stands a fair chance of enticing players into social competition when the game ships early next month.

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1 comments
royaladam
royaladam

At LEAST Resident Evil 5 had balance,polished,stroger multiplayers,better storyline,best script, & was LONGER then RE6! What's going on in Capcom & who the fuck is in charge??? 

vallee05
vallee05

So far the main story was horrible, My favorite franchise sucks now, I how this changes in the future. Each campaign became worse and worse and this was my most anticipated game of the year. All the trailers you see for the cut scene were teh best part of the game. I will have to try mercanaries to see if this can increase the games value because as of right now I wis I could return my game for a refund.

 

Iffy350
Iffy350

I hope to hear news of a Dino Crisis reboot in the not to distant future.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Again, something written earlier cannot be considered 'live'.

 

Thus making Gamespot's claim, "Live Now:Tokyo Game Show 2012" absurdly untrue.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I played the demo last night and I'n mot too impressed with it all, I'm starting to regret pre-ordering it. Oh and it's cool that they are bringing back the Mercenaries mode back.

vallee05
vallee05

When I say" the main story was horrible' I mean the story mode, The stories were ok or good but the gameplay mechanics were horrible, QTE sucked, every chase or driving a vehicle/snow mobile/ bike suked and felt horrible in controlling. The camera angles made teh game even worse, specially when the game controlled your camera angle during a chase scene. game a 6.0 at best and I'm a huge RE fan.