Resident Evil Outbreak (PS2)
- An all-new breed of fear
- Master cooperative play to succeed
- Respond to other characters' gunshots and screams for help
- Team-oriented puzzles
- Choose from 8 characters
- Non-playable characters will help and hinder
- For 1 player
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
Most Resident Evil games are all about you being stuck entirely on your own trying to escape from a mansion full of flesh-eating zombies--and worse. Resident Evil: Outbreak though was originally designed as an online multi-player game where up to four people could co-operate to escape the zombie apocalypse that is Raccoon City. Unfortuately, "for technical reasons", the final UK version of the game doesn't have any online features at all--but it's a decent enough offline single-player game.
The most notable aspect about Outbreak is the graphics--they're almost as good as the GameCube versions and yet they're in full 3-D instead of just having static 2-D backdrops. Together with the constant calls for help from other people this makes the game one of the most cinematic yet, although the slow-paced psychological horror of the first game has been replaced by all-out fast-paced terror.
Things are made even more difficult since most of the eight characters you can choose to play as are ordinary men and women, not super-cops, so you usually start the game with no weapons other than those you can find scattered around. Although perhaps not the best game in the Resident Evil series, Outbreak is still well worth a look for fans of the genre.--David Jenkins
Resident Evil Outbreak supports both single player and online multiplayer game modes set within the Resident Evil universe. Resident Evil Outbreak sees the return of two familiar heroes and introduces an all-new story. Featuring a new assortment of characters, the game retains the signature storytelling, visuals, and spine-chilling audio that Capcom's survival-horror fans demand.
Resident Evil Outbreak tells the dramatic story of escaping from decaying zombies infected with the T-virus, and the ultimate struggle to escape from Raccoon City. An outbreak of a secret biological weapon has infected the people of this isolated town which has caused everyday people to turn into flesh-eating zombies that swarm the streets. In a final attempt to stop the spread of the zombies the city is engulfed in flames. A fight is being fought by S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Squads) members Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they are trapped within this horrific nightmare. They wage their war against the pharmaceutical giant, Umbrella who are responsible for the events leading up to this disaster. In the shadow of this nightmare are a few meagre survivors. These survivors must find a way to get out of this city before the government quarantines the entire area by firing a missile and destroying all traces of life. Players must beat the clock or die trying.
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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.Read more ›
So here it is, at last! Resident Evil in 2004.
You are in a bar, nicely drawn but nothing to write home about. An annoying repetitive percussive loop is blaring in the background indicating impending danger. Non player characters are running manically around the room exclaiming random sentences which appear to have nothing to do with the onscreen action. You try to flag one down and get some kind of interaction going. 'No.' He intones before madly sprinting off. Okay. Lets get going then. Wait a minute, the control system is the worst in the entire world and the loading times are absolutely astronomical.
So there it is. My favourite game franchise in the entire world, ruined. It is achingly obviously that this game was meant as an online experience. As a one player game it is mind bogglingly flawed. Aside from its slothful performance, dreadful dialogue, typos and general shoddiness there is the story. Or lack thereof. This isn't a Resident Evil story as we know it, its more of a paraphrase of events from the other titles ineptly mashed together without any respect or thought for the original story.
Just awful. It nearly made me cry.
And i'm not much of a crier.
I am a huge fan of all of the previous games in the series (with the exception of the 'Survivor' games, obviously), which made the prolongued release of this entry even more infuriating when it finally arrived. It is rubbish.
Aside from the, admittedly beautiful, graphics, there is nothing else in this game that works:
- Your AI controlled team mates are buffoons, who love nothing more than collecting the (hard to see, but vital) ammo and first aid items, and then running off and dying somewhere, forcing you to struggle through the maps in order to find them.
- The AI is not only stupid, but it is also unresponsive, often refusing to obey the simplest of commands, such as "follow me", for no reason. They also pee away any ammo you give them, firing off five shotgun rounds into a Hunter, when it only takes two or three to kill them.
- The scenarios are disjointed and have no correlation between one another. They are also badly designed, often with puzzles placed in rooms full of respawning zombies, making it hard to work out what exactly you are supposed to be doing.
- As has been previously mentioned, the load times are also ridiculous, ranging from anywhere between 10-30 seconds to change rooms, which is frankly ridiculous.
Overall, as a Resident Evil fan, I have nothing to recommend this. As a Games Designer by profession, I am amazed at how badly constructed this title is. Come on CAPCOM, what on Earth were you playing at?
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Perfect ! Game in very good condition.
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I had to have this one to add to my Resident Evil games collection.
Obviously I do not buy the ones I dislike, hence I bought this, which I consider to be a great game.