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Not so bad if contract this one!,
This review is from: Resident Evil Outbreak (PS2) (Video Game)
I was rather sceptical when these Resident Evil spin off games came out, no original characters and plots did seem rather uninteresting, however I decided to give them a go and so I bought Outbreak. What can I say about this game? Well actually it's pretty damn good once you get into it. In this RE outing you can actually choose which character to play, they range from a Racoon City police officer to a barmaid even a plumber! In apperence it looks just the same as any other Resident Evil game but the gameplay is somewhat different. On each level you choose a character to play and then will have 2 computer controlled characters along side you. These 2 characters follow you and you can give them weapons and health items etc, and you need to watch out for their wellbeing if you want to complete the level as they're the only assistance you have, if they are wounded you may need to help them to safety, sometimes at risk to yourself. Now I know what your thinking, just two mindless drones that will get in the way and slow you down, well I can tell you now, that's not how it works.
As I've been playing the game more and more I have found they do actually help you out, you can actually call out for help using the R3 button and they will come running and, if armed, will fire at any zombie, licker or BOW attacking you. You will find many guns and other weapons in the game but don't be greedy because it wont help you, instead of hoarding the weapons hand some to your team mates and they will help you, trust me. The part I find so good about this game is that because you have to look out for other characters in real time you have a more involved gameing experiance, it really gives a sense of commanding responsibility as you actually find yourself dashing recklessly into danger to help them because you actually see them as a friend and want them to survive alongside you. I love that if you find a Magnum handgun and already access to 2 shotguns you'll happily give those guns to the others and keep the Magnum, they're you backup should things get nasty, and they regularly do.
Overall I think that this game is based around the 2nd Resident Evil film where one character leads a small group of survivors to safety, so if you like that film then you'll love this. The game does have some downsides but nothing we haven't seen before. As with all the other RE games it takes a day and an age just to go through a door which can become very trying, also the objectives are often very obscure and will often find yourself wandering around aimlessly for ages and then suddenly, but accidentally, stumble across something. However putting these aside the game plays very good, the Scenario game is basically small sub levels, each one is a self contained game really and what with an Infinity mode you can unlock later there's plenty to keep you occupied.