There’s been a lot of talk about Resident Evil 6, but is Resident Evil: Outbreak already a remake? With the release of Raging Adrenaline, it appears that we could very well see a brand new version of Resident Evil. While this concept may be simply a new name being used for the game, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re getting a brand new game at all. Several things are similar between the two games.
Both the first and third Resident Evils featured a set piece or setting highly reminiscent of a home invasion scenario. In Resident Evil: Outbreak, you played as one of many survivors who were taken on board a ship that the resistance had abandoned. You were one of only eight to have a chance to escape and fight your way to the top of the vessel. The scenes in both games were shot in the first person and involved a great deal of moving around and fighting against large groups of zombies. Both games saw you fighting the same infected enemies, just in different environments.
One of the differences between the two games is that you don’t have much time to get supplies and equipment in the later game. You have to survive and fight your way through the ship’s many rooms. This means that each area is filled with numerous enemies, and you’ll need to use your resources efficiently to kill them off quickly and without taking too much damage. In the previous game, your only real option for acquiring items and weapons is to scavenge through locked cabinets and drawers or to find a way to unlock the cage containing the locked object. Each room is filled with something different, so you never know what items you might need to help you survive.
In the second half of Resident Evil: Outbreak, you are given more detailed instructions on what you should be doing and where to go. There is now a map marked on the screen, which can be used to point out your current location and direction of travel. If you play on more severe difficulties, the map may point out several hidden places that will give you better loot than you will find on the lower problems. You can also gain access to a few special items and weapons that will allow you to kill even more zombies without taking damage from your attacks.
There is another difference between the two games, though. In the first game, the residents of the game are all dead. You cannot talk to them, offer any help, or even tell them that you are not a resident. In the second half of Resident Evil: Outbreak, all of the game residents have survived.
The maps in the second half of the game are clearly labeled. There is no need for you to guess how to get from one area to another. This allows you to venture out into the wilderness at your leisure, looking for supplies and weapons that will help you fight off the infected. When playing as a member of the survivor team, you receive a gun that you can use against any enemies that approach you. When playing as a member of the evil organization, you receive an electric knife that will cut through any flesh you encounter. These weapons make combat much easier, but they make it a little more challenging to find the items and weapons needed to complete the tasks of each area.
For the player, this has the effect of making the game feel like a completely different game. You have a clear objective and a goal when fighting off the zombies, but there is no need to worry about fighting your way through the entire game. It is still possible to get lost and become disoriented, but since the game prompts you to look for vital items every few moments, you never have to spend too much time searching for them. The action is usually quick enough to allow you to complete the task before you lose focus, and if you die, you do not lose any progress on your objective.
Overall, the game provides a welcome change to the series formula. The puzzle and horror elements were already powerful, but the fun makes them even more potent than they already were. The scenery is justifiably scary, and the combat makes the experience all the better. Combined with the signature sound effects and the well-thought-out inventory system, the Resident Evil Village makes a fantastic game for anyone who enjoys playing horror games. Although it is not the best game in the series, it competes with Resident Evil Extinction. If you like to stay horror game fresh, you should play the resident village.