Release Date: October 2, 2012
"The story is told from the perspectives of Chris Redfield, a former member and founder of the BSAA traumatized by a failed operation, Leon S. Kennedy, a Raccoon City survivor and agent for the U.S. government, Jake Muller, illegitimate son of Albert Wesker and associate of Sherry Birkin, and Ada Wong, a freelance agent framed for the bio-terrorist attacks by Neo-Umbrella. They must all confront the force behind a massive bio-terrorist attack with the newly developed C-virus in cities across the world."
Ha-ha, even after playing it, I'm not sure I could tell you exactly what it's about. In addition, even if I could, it would ruin the whole story. Let's just say this, at some point or the other, all of the stories tie together, and it appears as though they are battling a new strain of the virus.
I've seen my fair share of bad reviews concerning this game. However, I really, really enjoyed it. Granted, my only real experience with the Resident Evil games revolves around number 4, which I tried at a gaming store. That being said, loving the franchise, I know a lot about the story behind the games. And, for me, this was a perfect fit! Plus, it was the return of Leon, who was my first video game crush back in 1998 ;)
The fact that the game is split into four different campaigns was interesting. I liked seeing the story from the different view points, and it was nice to be able to take a break between campaigns. It didn't need the consistent play that some of the previous ones did. Also, it let fans play their favorite characters without feeling as though they were cheating on others.
The non-stop action in Chris' campaign got a little annoying and overkill; however, considering his position in the BSAA, it was completely understandable. Further, the ending for his campaign had be in tears! It was interesting to see him after the events of Resident Evil 5 and how he was surviving after that. And I am still convinced that Wesker is going to come back!
Like Chris', Jake's campaign is another non-stop action; however, it was not nearly as intense as Chris'. That being said, I think the OTE in his campaign might be enough to give you severe thumb/hand cramps. Also, in the typical style of Japanese games, we really don't get to see the mushy ending between Jake and Sherry. Yes, yes, I was waiting for it!
Leon's campaign was a lot more introspective than the others. Because of his relationship to the President and working with Helena, it changed the whole dynamic of game play. That does not mean that the story lacked. For me, in a lot of ways, I felt the story was pushed even further because of the introspective nature of his campaign. Plus, Leon just rocks :)
The last campaign is only unlockable after you beat a few of the others. I will not give away the secret, because it's a nice surprise. That being said, the crossbow is probably my favorite weapon!
The QTE got to be overkill! I hated playing the little games while in the middle of battle. Further, the healing got on my nerves. It was hard to try and mix your herbs while being attacked on all fronts. The changing camera perspectives during running/QTE scenes really, really pissed me off. Many times I ended up dying because my camera angle was forced into a change.
That being said, I LOVED it! I love the ability to play agent hunt after beating the first campaign. And, even though the serpent symbols are a bitch to find, the collections are awesome! If you're planning on playing this, it is time consuming! But it's worth it :)