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Resident evil; the legacy continues,
This review is from: Resident Evil: Gaiden (GBC) (Video Game)
So finally here it is. Capcom has brought out the latest installment of the resident evil series and yet its not on a 32 bit format or even a next generation console. No, the grimey, gore gotten game has been bunged onto a tiny cartridge and placed onto the game boy colour.
You have the opportunity to play as Barry (the cool guy from the original game), Leon (the amazing cop from res2) or this new chick who's the new heroine in the game, Lucy.
The set is a large tanker which is carrying some 'sensitive' materials, this of course being the dreaded T-virus which has been in use for so long now, that it should be made a word in the English dictionary. However, the bio organic weapon, or B.O.W for short, has gotten lose yet again and our hero's are the only ones who can stop it. Won't Umbrella ever learn?
The graphics really do push the game boy advance to its limits. Obviously they won't be as complex as anything the ps2 can stock, but that have coped with that aspect pretty well. The atmos does feel dark and evil and this is accompanied with some fantastic sound effects. The game boy can really push that sound chip to limit with an amazing shot gun crack.
The gameplay is decent, especially for a hand held console and it'll keep you playing all through Cristmas. It can be a little slow at times, but thats what adventure horror is all about. There are some really good cut scenes too. Not in FMV of course, but there are some great pictures accompanied with text to hepl tell the story. One advantage to this is that there'll be no more nativity style acting like we're used to in the other games! There are plenty of bad guys to kill, lots of rooms and different areas of the ship ( including a submerine!) to explore.
For any of you who own a GBA, you'll be able to knock this one on wide screen for some amazing graphics and extra large characters, and those of you with a GBC will also be able to experience something quite simular. I really hope that capcom make a version for the GBA, as there will be the possibility of better sound and graphics, but at the moment I'm gonna keep playing this little gem...