With a new Resident Evil not coming out until next year (disregarding The Mercenaries 3D, which was more an arcade-style game than a proper chapter in the saga) in the form of Resident Evil: Revelations for the 3DS, fans have a bit of time to twiddle their thumbs, or stew in resentment, until its release. Luckily fans of the series can bide their time with the re-releases of RE:4 and Code: Veronica X. Both titles have been given that sparkling HD treatment which, while having been done to death as of late, provide a welcome alternative to, well, playing in Standard Definition. Having never been a huge fan of earlier games, I'm much more enthusiastic about RE: 4 which, in my opinion, was the game when Resident Evil got it right: distinguishing itself from a genre that was arguably becoming stale and formulaic - something my beloved Silent Hill seems to be bravely avoid -- you know, after everyone involved in the spirit of the series up and left (recently updated to "absolutely everyone" after the departure of Akira Yamaoka) -- casting aside the wooden plank and stomping-based self-defense in favor off more action-heavy combat, or simply running like a deranged acid freak, phallic man-boys that scream like banshees as they attempt to deliver death-by-hugging against the dismal backdrop of some desolate frostscape. Such seems to be the way of things these days. Still for the RE faithful, and perhaps those whose somber heart still whispers "Dreamcast... Dreamcast..." (I know, it made its way onto the PS2 and Gamecube, but still) Code: Veronica X will surely bring back some wistful memories. So without further adieu, a little taste of the games:
RE: 4 and Code: Veronica X will be available September 20th and 27th (respectively) in both European and North American territories, and each will be available to download for $20.