To say that the Resident Evil 6 trailer took the internet by storm this week could possibly be the biggest understatement of all time. Almost everyone I know was talking about it and linking to it on Facebook and Twitter. Now for anyone who knows me or has read some of my writing over the years knows that I am one of the biggest Resident Evil fans of all time and I have played every last one in the series(including the crappy Gameboy Color game.) To put it simply, Resident Evil is my favorite gaming franchise of all time, so I hold it to a higher standard than any other franchise in gaming. So I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the initial launch trailer and tell you the things that I love about it, and also the things that leave me feeling a little skeptical.
The trailer starts out showing Leon up against what appears to be a newly zombified President of The United States and is forced to dispose of him.
Let me start by saying that I am absolutely thrilled that the zombies are being introduced back into the game, as soon as I saw this, I immediately shrieked like a little girl at the revelation that zombies are back in the game. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the ‘Los Ganados’ and ‘Majini’ of RE4 and RE5 respectively, but there has always been something about the zombies in these games that made them truly feel like survival horror. I also love that Capcom will be delving deeper into the relationship between Leon and The President, hopefully they build off of what has already been established in Resident Evil 4.
This clip shows Leon interacting with a couple new female characters, one of which states “I did this…” The second new character says “90% of the population in Tall Oaks has been infected with the virus, that rounds out to 70,000 hostiles. Then Leon says “Yeah, this is Raccoon City all over again.” The trailer then cuts to Leon taking down some zombies and various other monsters before him.
The visuals in Resident Evil 6 so far are absolutely incredible, the cut scenes that were shown here look to be the best so far in the series. It interests me greatly that Capcom is introducing a whole new town seemingly set in the United States like Raccoon City. The scenes in ‘Tall Oaks’ are eerily similar to those that were made famous in Resident Evil 2. The reintroduction of darkness to the game is also something that has me excited, it just doesn’t give you the same survival horror game feel if the game is bright and full of colors like it was in Resident Evil 5.
This portion introduces Chris Redfield as the second protagonist of the game as he flies into a currently unknown city in China on a helicopter as a member of the BSAA. Chris and a few other soldiers are seen running through the city, which appears to be completely overrun by the infected. A commanding voice is heard speaking to Chris’ squad saying “Supress the bio-terror outbreak…..”
At first I was extremely excited to see that both Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy would both be apart of the same game, the on screen interactions would have to be video game gold judging by how the two handled the outbreak in their previous games. Resident Evil fans have long begged the developers at Capcom to put the two together and have them both be playable characters, and I was one of those people. However, I find it difficult to believe that Capcom will be able to get both of these titans of gaming enough on screen time to leave the fanboys of both men satisfied, it might have been best to be able to complete a full story with just one of them to feel that sense of accomplishment. This is a small negative observation, but I have all of the confidence in the world in Capcom to make this work for the game.
This part introduces another new character who immediately begins making demands of money in exchange for his services in helping destroy the monsters that have been created by the infection. The trailer continues to show this new character combating several different monsters in what appears to be a snowy setting. The clip then re-introduces Sherry Birkin of Resident Evil 2 fame with some dialogue saying “I’m not gonna let anything happen to you, the world needs you,” to which these new character says “No, not me……my blood, well the world can have it. As long as someone ponies up the dough.”
The speculation by many people on the internet has been that this new characters is infact Hunk, a character who has been made famous in previous games as a member of the Umbrella Corporation who is also completely immune to the virus. The logic in thinking that this is new character is Hunk understandable with him stating that the world needs his blood, but I really don’t think that Capcom would introduce Hunk into the story as one of the main characters. Hunk has always been a second thought in these games as he has only been an unlockable character in the ‘Mercenaries’ mode in recent memory.
The rest of the trailer is an amalgamation of clips showing Chris, Leon and some of the new characters in action sequences battling different monsters and zombies, finally ending with the revelation of the official logo for the game.
Overall, I am extremely happy with the initial trailer that Capcom put out for Resident Evil 6. The revelations of Leon and Chris both being in the game was extremely exciting and it feels like Resident Evil might be getting back to it’s roots as one of the staples in the survival horror genre with the reintroductions of zombies and just an overall sense of darkness and lack of light. Perhaps my favorite revelation of RE6 is the fact that it will be hitting store shelves this year on November 20th, so we won’t have that long to wait to get our hands on what is surely one of the biggest games of 2012.
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