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Capcom Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City & Revelations

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I saved the best for last in my roundup of the Capcom games I saw at their NYC sneak peek event. Although since there's not as much to say about Revelations as Operation Raccoon City, I'm lumping the two Resident Evil games into this one post.


Let's get Resident Evil: Revelations out of the way first. Having played the fantastic demo at E3, I didn't play it here, because it was the same one. (Although the one included with Resident Evil: Mercenaries is different.) Revelations is a more traditional action adventure for the Nintendo 3DS. You'll play as Jill Valentine as well as a new character named Parker. As the game takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, you'll be searching for Chris Redfield's location. The majority of the game will be taking place on a massive boat, so naturally the gameplay will include swimming for the very first time. For further impressions, you can just read my E3 article!

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Capcom's other big RE title is Operation Raccoon City, which goes further away from your traditional RE game than even Mercenaries did. Basically, it's a squad-based shooter that has you playing as Umbrella operatives tasked with covering up the outbreak. The game takes place between Resident Evil 2 and 3, although isn't necessarily canon, which is intriguing because the demo mission I played part of had me trying to kill Leon Kennedy. Unfortunately, they were cagey about spilling whether or not the game would be out-of-continuity enough to actually let you succeed!

There are six different characters to choose from, each with very different skills. You'll have 3 AI companions to help you out, and it's important you keep a good balance of characters. The Medic, in particular, sounds important, as they can heal you in case you get infected by a zombie bite. Yes, in this game, you can be bitten and slowly killed. There are also Spec Ops soldiers as well as monsters and zombies to take out, and Operation Raccoon City will also include a multiplayer mode that pits Umbrella against the Spec Ops team with creatures in the way.

Interestingly, while the game isn't a traditional RE experience, turning it into a squad-based shooter actually kind of works. The creatures are all familiar, and it's fun to team up with friends and take them all out. At the very least, since it controls like a shooter, that's already a step up from the tank-like controls we've all gotten used to!

Look for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in winter of this year!

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