Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Capcom has announced yet another new release, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. As with most of the others it is little more than fan service. The game features multiplayer with up to four player co-op, giving fans the thrill of playing as part of a team. Don’t get me wrong this would be great if it were part of the main series, but instead it takes place in an alternate reality where players can actually kill some of the main characters from previous games.
The game is set in Raccoon City, 1998, the same time as Resident Evil 2 and 3 took place. Players will take control of a team sent by Umbrella to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and its survivors. As well as zombies, Umbrella’s team will also be up against the government who have sent another team to retrieve the evidence necessary to expose the Umbrella Corporation.
The game really sounds great apart from the fact that you can change the history of the game by killing off some of the old main characters, Leon Kennedy for example. The multiplayer features alone are a pretty good reason to consider buying the game, but all the fan service in the world can’t save a game that goes against its own canon.
Competitive online modes will be included and it sounds like there will be a wider variety of online modes than previous instalments. Let’s just hope for one without an annoying timer. More information should be released at Capcom’s press conference next month, so we should know more then. The game itself was developed by Canadian game company Slant Six Games and is expected to hit shelves this winter. It will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of this game? Is the idea of killing previous main characters a good thing or a bad thing? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.