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This review is from: Resident Evil Outbreak (PS2) (Video Game)
Being a fan of the Resident Evil series from the original on the PS1, I was really looking forward to this. To say I am disappointed is a huge understatement.
They seem to have taken all the elements that made the previous games so great and discarded each and every one of them. Ditching the 'survival horror' in favour of almost 'arcade action' has turned this game into an uncontrollable shambles.
Yes, the control system (which wasn't the best to begin with) has been taken apart without putting it back together again. Anyone trying to operate the new status screen will know what I mean.
The addition of 'co-operative play' with other characters is a nice idea, but incredibly badly implemented. the 'co-operative play' usually amounts to the other characters running around shouting random 'actions' and 'responses', ignoring you entirely, getting in your way and wasting all the ammo within 20 seconds. Just try swapping items between characters and you'll se how bad this series has become.
The thing I liked about the previous games were the pace. You could actually contemplate and try to anticipate at times, which added more of a tense atmosphere. Now it doesn't feel like you are actually in control as you are continuously pushed along into unavoidable situations with a sluggish combat and menu system. I realise this is supposed to add greater tension, but it just makes the game seem more linear.
The loading time between rooms and scenarios is abysmal. I am not exaggerating when I say they are actually longer than on the original playstation version.
This game has annoyed me so much I'm not going to waste anymore of my time writing about it.