Just saw it online for the 360 for $9, guess that should have been the original price. Think I'll pick it up!
Resident Evil 6 Review
Resident Evil 6's messy mix of annoying quick-time events and constant set pieces makes it a poor caricature of modern-day action games.
- Intriguing narrative structure
- Great voice acting and action-packed cutscenes draw you into the story.
- Loads of bad, overlong quick-time events
- Excruciating overemphasis on mediocre set piece events
- Ruins the pace by constantly ripping control from you
- Poorly executed scripted events lead to unavoidable deaths.
With Resident Evil 6, a once-mighty series makes another stumble. From a production standpoint, this atmospheric third-person shooter (this is no survival horror game, certainly) hits a number of high notes, weaving multiple stories into a single narrative that you untangle from different perspectives. It's unfortunate that actually interacting with Resident Evil 6 is an excruciating chore. This is a wannabe action film that resents your interference, and punishes you by forcing one horrible quick-time event after another upon you.
That Resident Evil 6 wants to be a movie is evident in almost every facet of its gameplay. Plenty of games dramatize their events through extended cutscenes, Metal Gear Solid being an oft-cited example of a series known for long-winded cinematics. Having many cutscenes isn't a problem in and of itself; constantly interrupting the flow of gameplay, on the other hand, is Resident Evil 6's disappointing calling card.
In a typical five-minute stretch, you might watch a cutscene, walk for five seconds, trigger another cutscene, open a door, perform a quick-time event, view another cutscene, shoot some mutated freaks, and then do nothing while you wait for your co-op partner to finish some task or another before you can continue on. All through that stretch, the camera changes position countless times, you're forced to walk really slowly for a while, and an almost-unavoidable scripted "gotcha" moment gifts you with a game-over screen ("You Are Dead"), forcing you to replay the sequence while wondering what you could have done to prevent it.
These problems infiltrate all four of Resident Evil 6's campaigns, though each campaign shifts its focus and tone--and all but Ada Wong's puzzle-driven campaign (unlocked when you have finished the other three) feature cooperative play. In Leon Kennedy's campaign, you play as either Leon or newcomer Helena Harper, while your cohort is left to the care of another player, or of the AI. Leon's campaign is the most traditional, recalling the fourth and fifth chapters of the series by way of mysterious locations like an eerie graveyard and creep-strewn city streets. In a campaign that looks to military shooters for inspiration, Chris Redfield joins fellow BSAA operative Piers Nivens in war-torn streets to shoot up infected foes and larger-than-life bosses. Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin's campaign is focused more on scripted events than the others and lacks the thematic cohesion of the other three (unless you count an overload of contextual button prompts as a theme). A short prelude introduces you to the basic mechanics, which are mostly identical across the campaigns. It also functions as a warning of what's to come.
Right off the bat, you notice what is to be a common theme in Resident Evil 6: quick-time events are prominent to the point of distraction. Keep your thumbs limber and your trigger fingers ready, for you will be hammering buttons and jiggling thumbsticks ad nauseam. Wiggle that stick to get the monster off you! Furiously tap that button to crawl faster! Making matters worse is that the quick-time events aren't even that well implemented. Some of them require superhuman wiggling speeds; others, like those that require alternating trigger presses, don't have a clear rhythm. And succeeding means triggering a sonic zing and a bright circular eruption that distract you from the dramatic animations.
Even ignoring quick-time events, button prompts are the rule rather than the exception. Capcom drops in so many set piece moments that they lose their luster. Good set pieces--that is, large scale events with major visual punch and limited interactivity--punctuate gameplay, rather than replace it. Here, they constantly disrupt the gameplay, and a few types of set pieces emerge as clear developer favorites. One such type is the "run toward the camera" bit, in which you hold a button to sprint toward the camera, and press buttons to leap over obstacles or slide under them. It takes a special talent to make such sequences work, but no such talent is demonstrated here; the camera constantly changes position, which destroys the flow of both the controls and the visuals.
Resident Evil 6 is constantly (and annoyingly) playing with camera angles, even outside of the running sections. The worst moments are those that yank control from you and force you to stare at a growling behemoth's dramatic entrance, or a helicopter's flyover, even when you're in the middle of a quick-time event, or engaged in a shoot-out. Smart games either have you hold a button if you want to witness a major incident, or simply allow the incident to happen. Resident Evil 6 is not a smart game. It doesn't care what you're doing: that monster is big, and the game forces the bigness upon you. (And when the sequence is done, the camera may not be in the position in which it started.) Such occurrences are, every time, detrimental to gameplay, and it's shocking how many of them there are.
Not that your co-op partner is usually harmful to the experience. If you play on your own, the AI does a great job of knowing what to do and where to go. The game does have a few good co-op ideas up its sleeve, such as a sequence in which one player swims from the snapping jaws of a finned fiend, and the other must shoot it. But the good ideas are too often let down by troublesome execution: in that same sequence, your mission objective might contradict what the game actually needs you to do. Other times, one player waits around with nothing to do, while the other slashes up bio-organic weapons (that is, B.O.W.s) and finally opens a door or lowers a ladder. Most cooperative actions simply involve opening a door together. And boy is there a lot of door opening in Resident Evil 6.
I completely agree with Kevin too, it is the ultimate test of patience for even the most dedicated fan, the accuracy in gameplay is one of the pillars of modern gaming, and this game falls terribly short!
I've take my time waiting for the pc version and play it all long, and i can say... re6 is great man! is a history with 4 points of view and you need to play them all to really understand it and each one with his own style. and the mercenaries are cool, i liked more each day i play.
Haters, keep hating, i'm gonna have fun! :D
Its odd how some of you can slate Kevin's opinions like they are not important and then bleat on like your opinions are the only one's that matter.
It's irrelevant if you disagree with him not, he's given his thoughts on the game and thats what he's paid to do. More so, he's been brave enough to be honest knowing the flack he would take for it.
Would we rather these reviewers lied? Give dishonest reviews based on what they think people want to hear?
Personally, I'd give it a 6.5 at best. Not because of the older games in the franchise, but because I just didn't enjoy it that much, there are much better games in this genre, and the thought of playing it again fills me with dread.
And for me that's the deal breaker. When I completed resi 1, 2, 3 and yes - even 4, I wanted to complete it again straight away. But 5 and 6 - well, lets just say it will be a while before I crank them on again.
Sorry to let you chaps know, but just finished Jakes campaign after Leon and Chris's and it's awesome too. Ada's campaign also has the Resident Evil DNA with the puzzling and all. Nothing about this game is a let down...and again, one of the best games this gen.
Grabbed this on Steam to blast through it with a friend, both of us have always been giant fans of the series since the original. It's truly bizarre to see the direction they took the series in with this game, but I will admit the game is still fun if you play with a buddy.
Everything about re6 is braindead, from the terrible writing to the ridiculous focus on action set pieces and QTE (thankfully you can turn a lot of them off in the PC version), but there are also some undeniably fun coop sections.
Basically, I can imagine this game was quite dull to play on your own and with all the QTE enabled, but it really is good lighthearted and goofy fun if you play it with a friend. I know that's not what was probably intended by the developers, but that is ultimately what it has come down to for me.
@2bitSmOkEy that goofy fun still deserves a 4.5 considering the number of better games to play from this generation instead of RE6. Considering just the 'good' coop sections, the game deserves no more than 6.0.
@FaeLKuN Name some better games.
@TrueGB RE 6 is the game where they tried to go back to the old Resident Evil style after 5 was such a large departure. 5 felt like 4, but as a result it was further from the classic formula. 6 has a more traditional Resident Evil feel. I think people get confused about what RE was supposed to be about to begin with. Dead Space 1 is good, I have it, but it is basically a different genre of game. I wouldn't say it's better, but it's one of the better games I've played. Dead Space 3 is straight action, so I'm not sure what your argument there is. RE 6 is a great game, if you haven't played it, I recommend you do.
the game is to fucking dark the first hour of the game i couldnt see shit brightness lvl all the way up to
That's Leon's campaign, it's like RE2 with zombies again out of nowhere so the darkness is the point of it. The other campaign is more action, so try those instead because Leon's campaign is going to get darker in the cemetery.
Before you continue the game, I suggest changing the camera setting to these:
Field of View: 10
Field of View When Aiming: 10
Viewing Position while Aiming: 7
The game suddenly becomes a lot better with these settings.
@Rohan75 I wonder if Yahtzee played it? I know he's supposed to find faults in games, but I didn't find any of the flaws noteworthy. One of the best games I've played in a long time.
RE6 got bad reviews from these 3 categories of people:
1) Those who decided to complain about the series direction to action now even though it's 8 years already since it has changed, even then there's RE Revelations in the same year to compensate for the lack of horror and even in May this year so they're just a bunch of hypocrite degenerates morons
2) Those internet trolls that just mocks the game like a bunch of autistic attention seeking freaks because everyone else do it too
3) They hated Capcom because of the various stupid and customer ripping conducts so they decided to wrongly accuse the developers of the game instead of just blaming Capcom for a hundred of other stupid decisions.
Number 3 I can understand since Capcom's higher ups are one of the worst human beings ever alongside Activision and EA, but 1 and 2 I don't have a bit of sympathy with. They are degenerate hypocrite autists that deserve to have their arms, tounges and eyeballs cut off so the world will be a better place to live.
Here's a counter video for the more negative reviewers:
I trust these videos more than Yahtzee whose has no sense of logic sometimes, especially for giving crap to Nintendo, as listed in these mark of shame.http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DethroningMoment/ZeroPunctuation
@Kryptonbornson I was 18 when i played the first RE,later i buyed the specific console for each exclusive RE game that was released and i never regret that,i really loved this franchise i know how good it was,you say they changed the genre...you seriously think that survival horror was everything about RE?what about the story and the OST?they changed [or twisted like i prefer to say] EVERYTHING in this franchise and you say those changes are acceptable because they have a modern programing tools in their hands now?no that cant be considered as a excuse to completely twist a unique franchise and turn it in another generic game in the market,what Capcom did was unforgivable they promised us a RE game faithful to its origins again,several years have passed and we are still waiting for that promise.
@HokutoSeikun I was 16 when Resident Evil came out and have been playing the main games since then, not even missing the director's cut. The only game you could say I skipped were the Wii remakes. I'm telling you despite what you've heard this game will not only bring back some awesome nostalgia because they went back to their roots after the departure of 4 and 5, but they made it even more awesome. Of course they change the genre, but only really because they have a bigger budget now, better graphics, special effects, and control schemes. I had my fun with those old games even with the tank controls and blocky graphics, but these are the types of games I would have always wanted to play in my teen years, not fixed camera angles and prerendered graphics. This I believe is what Capcom would have done years ago if they could have. The old Resident Evils I think of as limitations rather than a genre unto themselves.
I never said I'm a veteran gamer, I'm not one. I am just a normal average gamer that gives respect to where it's all due. If a game is good, it's good. If a game is bad, it's bad. If a game is straying from the original root of the series but it's still good, then it's good and I acknowledge that regardless of what the old series is like, just like every other normal human gamer out there. I give props to the creators of the game for making a good game and for the developer to still give Resident Evil Revelations as a compensation for the lack of horror game in the series.
What do you do? Complain about the change in series and mock the game because "it's not like the old games anymore so it suck" and then still buy them. You are number 1 out of the 3 kind of people that I said. Your comment to me right now further proofs to me that you are just a hypocrite. You are like a dog that still comes crawling back to your abusive master that give you poop for your food even though you hated him, just like buying Resident Evil till now even though you told me yourself that you hated how the series has become. Am I right?
@Kaz32 RE is about viral outbreaks along with the bows who are nothing more than life forms that have mutated due to direct contact with the viruses,that is the basic principle of every RE gane before it faded with the last canonical game,thats is the problem RE should NEVER stray from that direction Capcom stupidity is beyond imagination,they implemented the accursed parasitic organisms who did nothing but brings nonsense for this franchise,i still remenber that ridiculous scene from RE4 where the ganados go to the church after hearing its bell,after i watched that i imediately realized that RE would never be the same.
Still here huh? What, is this review site your nesting ground? Can't you just shut up and live on with your life like a normal human being instead of bothering people that like this game?
So you prefer Capcom to what, bring in the new reboot Resident Evil? Oh that's great, first you hated everything RE has become, and after the new reboot you will go and love Capcom again. What if they make the RE Reboot with all the main characters as drunken university students and every character from the past RE is reinvented to become school people? Oh I'm sure you'll buy that. After all, that is what you want. "Bring back the old RE" you say. Then they give you a reboot with school themed horror and drunk university students as the main character, just like what they did with DmC. You just destroyed RE yourself you fool.
In case you didn't know, Capcom has been doing scams to their customers since the day they started their company. Look at the 10+ Street Fighter updates that's just the same thing over and over with just 1 new character at a charged full price. Look at what they did to Megaman Legends 3, cancelling it "claiming" that there's not enough support to create the game even though there's 100,000 fan support and even a website dedicated to helping make the game happen. Look at MvC 3's stupid update. Look at Lost Planet 3 that will undeniably suck balls. Look at the 10+ Monster Hunter psp games that Capcom release every year with slight improvements. Look at what they did with dlcs in 2012, with day 1 dlcs and ending dlcs for their games.
Those games deserve to have hatred from their fans because Capcom is screwing those up completely. But you fanboy morons from RE, whose only complain is because "this game is not like RE anymore so it sucks" that in itself is not that big of a deal since it's already 8+ years since Resident Evil change its genre, has no legitimate complain about the game and you just make it that big of a deal 8 years later? All your reasons are "this is not RE anymore so it sucks it sucks it sucks". Why does it suck? Because it's not horror anymore? Don't you know that the game's original Japanese title is Biohazard which involves viruses mutations that create monsters like the giant snakes, Tyrants, Mr X, Nemesis and Wesker? Don't you know that after RE1 the plot has evolved from escaping from a mansion to destroying Umbrella from destroying everyone once and for all? Don't you know that the characters from RE1 are expected to grow up to become badasses that can kill more zombies like Ash from Evil Dead and Ripley from Aliens? You should be ashamed of yourselves morons.
In May RE Revelations will be released and suddenly YOU people will buy it like a bunch of ants like a dog that you all are. I'm not buying or ANY Capcom games forward since I have RE6 until Capcom's higher ups are fired and replaced by honest gaming people. And because Capcom think a series reboot is necessary, the new RE Reboot will be released as a University horror game with all the RE1 characters as drunk teenagers as members of STARS, the "special group of supernatural enthusiasts" who can recruit new members like Carlos and Billy Coen, with Ada as school nurse, William Birkin as a crazy science teacher, Wesker as the headmaster of the university "umbrella Institute, where dreams becomes reality", Oswald D Spencer as his father, and HUNK as a gym teacher with gas masks on!!! Yeah, this reboot is going to happen. And most interestingly, the setting will be the same as DmC with two worlds: normal and zombierific where each night zombies roams the school. Enjoy the crap that Capcom will release to you asshole.
@Kaz32 You know what Capcom did ten years ago?im sure that is the reason why RE strayed and they deserve the hate for that,also you talk about trolls but you are the one in wrong place doing wrong comments about the review,can you be more stupid?Capcom have gone so far in their insatiable quest that they forced Mikami to work for their own interests and this is the result.
@Kaz32 I agree. I'm checking those reviews out.
It sounds like EA got involved in this game...who better to take a brilliant series and turn it into crap....tsk tsk Capcom
I started playing this game about 4 hours ago, and after playing it for an hour I decided to watch a movie instead.. Becouse this game felt like a bad japanese animated actionmovie. So I started rewatching ALIENS to save my evening. This game is 15 % actual game and 85% trial and error cutscenes , which is terrible experience for its first hour. If you are into this quick-time event cutscene thing, this game is for you! If you want to rather PLAY a game , get something else.
RE6 problems goes much beyond the gameplay that is only the tip of the iceberg and Kevin knows that,the franchise is a complete nonsense since RE4,yes it is a black sheep of this franchise too RE4 sucess was thanks for the gameplay that was directed to a major audience,having a famous name slaped in the case helped a lot too...argh this abominable new installment.
4.5 ya .. i dont know if thats right but i give 7~7.5, yeah there some camera problem but not that bad & i fine with those QTE gameplay. So far i had spend over 20 hrs and still enjoy playing.
RE6 is like the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Critics hated it, average of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes for whatever retarded reasons they have for a kids movie, but for those who watches it its a great movie and a lot of fun to watch. For RE6, its the same thing. All of my friends, and i mean ALL 20 of my friends and me played this and we loved it. At first we're like "hm, 45? I have a bad feeling about this." Then we actually played it, and its one of the best third person shooter game that we have ever played in a while. Good thing for the negative review though because Capcom needs the bad publicity to stop their stupid dlc scams. Oh wait, RE REvelations will be out and critics will give that game a 85 out of 100 and RE6 haters will like it even though they said they hated CApcom. What a bunch of hypocrite morons.
I still play RE6 To this day, and teenage mutant ninja turtles. Great fun back then and still is fun now.
You have to be mentally challenged to give this game a 4.5 rating. Of course there's another reason one would do that.. I mean.. it's not a Blizzard game and Capcom didn't keep the cash flowing with adverts like they did.
I bought this game for it's co-op and I am not disappointed. Of course there are glitches here and there and a slight camera problem (especially when running) but this is not enough to take it under 5. It's not a 9 either.. nor an 8.. but a 6-7 seems suitable and fair. Too bad fair isn't in Gamespots`s dictionary anymore.
If I were to beg you BeardedMan (Kevin VanOrd), I'd beg you not to push me to other IGN-ish sites. Of course I won't do that (beg) because I have a bit of honor and dignity left unlike you! I've spent too many years on Gamespot to be pushed back.
Please delete this humiliating 'review' wannabe, for your sake.
PS: I'd rate this game 6.5 on singleplayer and 7.5 on co-op which results in a 7 overall.
@Rohan75 There are opinions and there are people that form opinions through expressing their own. The Bearded Man is one of them. Plus, he's also a... "journalist" of sorts.
Either way, when the opinion you express is influenced by policy (you advertise with us, you get a good review) it's not a really pure one, you get it?
People come here for some facts about the game, not for the Bearded Man's very, very.. extremely subjective opinion.
AND ALSO, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE NOTICED - I EXPRESSED MY OPINION TOO, ABOUT THE GAME AND ABOUT HIS TAKE ON THE GAME.
I have just finished the first chapter of Leon's campaign, in my humble opinion this game is a huge improvement over Racoon City.
Granted the game has many flaws, the QTE clearly has gone overboard among other things but the 4.5 score is a bit too harsh.
This game is great. Had a great time with Co-op. I don't get all the hate. Nor did I find the camera to be a problem.
it's so funny capcom overhyped the crap out of this and said it'd be the best selling in the series..
Pride always comes before a fall.
When they say it must be an action game and that the change needed to happen, I do understand. What I don't understand is why it can't be a free running, open action game that had the same sort of puzzle and adventure aspects that the first games had. I mean imagine if they remade Resident Evil 1 completely. Where it was the same game but the camera wasn't fixed and you couldn't be shot by a fucking corpse! (Just eaten). Then you had to search around the mansion and find keys and do puzzles, fight massive snakes etc etc. Why did they have to go with the stunted story lines and linear missions? It doesn't make sense to me. I mean change up the situations and locations but that adventure, lost alone with zombies possibly around any corner, searching for a way forward is why the games worked. Plus they had great stories! Do they want our money or what?
@Dannystaples14 No one complained that RE needed action...RE was always great as a horror based franchise,twisting it to a generic genre was the start of the doom it destroyed RE by taking away everything that made it unique,RE4 is the proof of the decline it can hardly be recognized as a game of this franchise and the ignorants always praise it because of the gameplay,i say FUCK the gameplay almost everyone loves it for stupid reasons and having a famous name behind it is like an oasis in the desert for the idiots,it is because of that retarded audience that RE ended this way not to mention others classics and renowned franchises as well,this stupid new ''order'' of the gaming world.
Possibly the worst game in the series. I will not be aquiring another RE game unless they give it away for free.
The A.I is so stupid in this game it's incredible. While you are dying, 90% of the time your partner is running around the map just screaming. Horrible A.I, Sheva (RE5) went to Yale I guess....and Sherry to some community college.
Kevin dont deserve this...there are too many stupid gamers here complaining about his person and review for stupid reasons,it is a shame that Gamespot dont have rules like some blogs or official sites this place is turning into a mess just like Youtube and other open sites.
The HUGE spoilers you give away without restraint in your previous comments are a better reason to have rules especially against posters like you.
Besides the fact you find it difficult to accept that other people may have a different opinion than yours, you also proceed to the next level and show that you are not a great fan of free speech either.
Your inability to grasp the simple concept that some of the gamers commenting here are not "stupid" and just have a different opinion than yours is also testament to your extreemly biased point of view.
Btw you should apply to gamespot for Kevin VanOrd's personal suckup position, judging by his reviews lately he may need your services.
@Lucasdxx Who the hell are you and who you think you are?you talk about spoilers but what relevance the story of this game have?you dont know me so watch your tongue and im not talking about personal opinions,im talking about the truth of this franchise about how great it was and how ridiculous it has become,its so obvious but some people are so blind or ignorant that they fail to realize or accept it,i will ask again WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?Kevin is a veteran gamer like me and he knows what he is talking about you dont have any reason to criticize him,you are a child and must learn your place.
@VampySSI hate Naruto you fool
@HokutoSeikun Dumb fuck. Go play with your small thing, Naruto.
@VampySS youre only another clown that comes here to amuse me and spoil a good review,your commentary up there defines exactly what you are you scum.
@Lucasdxx This review is only meant for those who knows Resident Evil and loved it for what it was,the rate was especifically based in that vision its stupid to generalize it and its ridiculous to come here and criticize Kevin for that,he only talked the truth and its important to notice that he only talked about the gameplay,oh yes if he talked about the morbid story the review would be very large,you understand now child?you dont belong here
@Lucasdxx And again you talk nonsense...i only talked in your level child are you angry?you a veteran gamer?you make me laugh i hear that all the time you all fail to show some simpathy for the origins of this franchise and dont even care about the grotesque changes that happened with it,its time for idiots(possibly mentally declined) people like you to stop pretending to be something else you look like a kid wearing a clown costume practicing politics,its something beyond your imagination.
Although It's beside the point, I am just somebody who has been playing games since the Atari 2600 came out back in 1977, I am quite confident that's longer than your gaming experience and Van Ord's put together.
Furthermore your juvenile and insulting response is proof that you are the child here, you should know better than to start pissing contests over the internet with people you do not know.
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