8 years ago
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is not your typical RE game. It's an on-rails arcade shooter like it's predecessor, The Umbrella Chronicles, and the Gun Survivor series. That means no free movement...you just go where the camera takes you in first-person mode, shoot every zombie / monster in sight, and collect items you see. You start out as Leon and Krauser during a new campaign called "Operation Javier", and over the course of the game Leon describes the past events of RE2 and Code: Veronica--which you play out entirely. Technically, these areas are a retread of past games...but the graphics, music, and voices have been completely redone so it feels new.
The graphics are on par with what you've seen in Resident Evil 4, so no complaints there. The soundtrack is fitting (mostly creepy horror-esque tunes), the voice acting is great for the most part, and the sound effects are visceral enough to get the job done. The control scheme works perfectly, even without the optional nunchuk: B to shoot, shake to reload, A to pick up items, and the d-pad to switch weapons (HINT: Remember to shoot objects in the backround such as lights and boxes to reveal hidden gold / items). In order to use herbs, you WILL have to go into the pause menu, but it doesn't ruin the experience. Don't worry too much about running out of ammo, as the pistol is infinite and formidable when upgraded.
Even though The Darkside Chronicles is at it's heart an on-rails shooter, it's a fairly meaty 5-6 hours long. Guns can be upgraded with the gold you find, and a couple of additional scenarios / costumes can be unlocked after beating the game. A second player can hop in also, which certainly helps make some of the hectic areas easier.
If you like arcade gun games and Resident Evil, The Darkside Chronicles is a must-buy. There's some interesting nuggets of info that lead into RE4, and it's certainly the best of the RE shooters to date.
yes: I recommend this product