Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City review roundup
Horror game or horrible game?
Yet another release in the iconic Resident Evil Series, Operation Racoon City takes place during the same time frame as Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, although it is considered a non-canon, hypothetical scenario.
There are 12 playable characters in Operation Racoon City, each with different weapons and abilities.
Staying true to the Resident Evil name, Operation Racoon City is a third person action-horror game.
The game hits local retail shelves tomorrow (23 March), and is being released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. However, based on what other reviewers have had to say, we will probably be skipping this one. It’s 54/100 Metacritic, and 5.2/10 user score aren’t exactly compelling arguments to run out and buy it.
Here is what reviewers have had to say so far:
Raccoon City suffers from poor design and sometimes doesn’t quite seem to “get” the point of the style it wishes to emulate, but that doesn’t stop it from being a genuinely good time that should satisfy anybody looking for a hardcore romp. As a challenging rollercoaster ride through an iconic fictional catastrophe, Raccoon City provides hours of violent fun interspersed with some exasperated cries of aggravation. Read more
G4 TV 7/10
A pedestrian title with the power of the Resident Evil series behind it…However, with a kickass multiplayer, mixed zombie/contemporary warfare, and a high-definition view of Raccoon City’s infection, the game holds its own. Read more
Game Informer 6/10
Umbrella may have filled Raccoon City with horrific creatures, but SlantSix has tainted the fabled town in its own way. It’s difficult recommending a return to Raccoon when you have to endure buggy AI, clunky gameplay, and terrible glitches like disappearing floors. Yes, on more than one occasion my friends and I had to ditch whole missions because we kept falling into an empty void. Read more
A frighteningly flawed action-heavy spin-off that withers in the shadow of its superior alternatives. Read more
Operation Raccoon City is an under-designed and under-produced nightmare, a game that delivers the bare minimum in every category and stops right there. Read more
The terrible AI, the lackluster locations and the complete lack of atmosphere or memorable characters destroy what could have been a brilliant offshoot. In the end, Operation Raccoon City is little more than a poor man’s SOCOM, and a destitute man’s Resident Evil. Read more
Strategy Informer 3/10
The intelligent use of horror, intensity, and most importantly, subtleness has gone. While this game is only a diversion until Resident Evil 6 arrives, Capcom have done an amazingly awful job. Resident Evil used to be the trendsetter, the series everyone looked up to, now its identity has been de-constructed in a major way. Read more