Resident Evil 6 wasn’t exactly the most popular release in the survival horror franchise when it debuted back in 2012. Feeling like a slapdash attempt to recreate the commercial success of Resident Evil 5 while completely ignoring what made it a reasonable co-op experience, fans of the Resident Evil series were vocal about their disappointment in what was promoted as a leap forward for the franchise. But was it all so bad?
Three (Four) Campaigns
Resident Evil 6 takes the rather peculiar route of offering three unique campaigns opposed to one 10+ hour experience. Each of the campaigns features different characters with overlapping story arcs. Some argued that one campaign was obviously stronger than the over two, suggesting that Capcom had rushed two-thirds of the game in order to get it out on time. For shame.
Then there’s also the additional campaign offered as DLC and included as standard in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 re-releases featuring Ada Wong. That’s four.
One of the key features of Resident Evil 6 was the co-operative gameplay. Much like Resident Evil 5 before it, all three of Resident Evil 6‘s campaigns (four) are playable in two-player co-op mode. While it’s not the most intense Resident Evil puzzle-solving experience, Resident Evil 6 allows newcomers to playthrough the game with their partner or friend without any expectation of skill level or unreasonable demands on gaming knowledge. In fact, the success of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 as co-op games arguably lead to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 also featuring co-op gameplay; that’s a better place for long running Resident Evil series fans to get their hardcore gamer kicks.
That Co-Op Gameplay? You Can Play Offline
Not only is the co-op gameplay in Resident Evil 6 a major feature, but you can play it either online or as a local, couch co-op experience. Yup, split-screen with your buddy next to you. It’s just like being back in the ’90s.
In addition to the co-op gameplay Resident Evil 6 also includes competitive shooty-shooty, bang bang you’re dead multiplayer. It’s not exactly great, but it is more game for you money.
Whichever way to look at it, Resident Evil 6 is a pretty easy game. Yeah you can crank up the difficulty and challenge the ‘Professional’ level, but even then you’re only upping enemy health and damage and not actually increasing the mental challenge of the game. Plus, you can even toggle on infinite ammo.
While this may not be the preference of the core gamer, for newcomers to the Resident Evil franchise or even gaming as a whole, Resident Evil 6 provides a welcoming enough starting point. There’s something very good to be said about that.
What do you think of Resident Evil 6? Is it really as bad as everyone says? Is it the worst Resident Evil game? Let us know in the comments below!