Resident Evil 6. © Capcom

Resident Evil 6 is an action-adventure third person shooter videogame continuing the legacy of the Resident Evil franchise. Published and developed by Capcom, it belongs to the dramatic horror genre, with strong survival elements. It can be played on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 since 2012 and in 2016, the complete game with downloadable content was made available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Key facts about Resident Evil 6

  • Resident Evil 6 is the biggest videogame in the series, in terms of both single player length and maps.
  • The game spent three years in the making and an additional year was spent to produce the downloadable content that can now be enjoyed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Resident Evil 6 introduces a plethora of new creatures in addition to classic monsters that return in the latest installment.
  • Upon its release, the game was a huge commercial success, selling more than 6 million copies worldwide.
  • Resident Evil 6 was criticized by some reviewers for the uneven game design and convoluted campaign.

The Resident Evil 6 games

Resident Evil 6 is the latest installment in the celebrated franchise, but the original game was released exactly 2 decades ago for PlayStation. The game was welcomed with open arms by the gaming community as well as the critics and resulted in sequels released in 1998 and 1999. The action-adventure third person shooter games can now be played across the entire spectrum of consoles as well as PCs.

The Resident Evil 6 games bear many similarities to the 4th game in the series that goes by the name of Resident Evil Code Veronica. The popularity of the game prompted developers to dedicate more hours to the game and an updated version was released several years later. Resident Evil 4 soon followed and the game was playable on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 right from the start.

A step forward for the franchise

The developers also tinkered with the GunCon compatible games in the early 2000s under the Resident Evil Survivor name. From 2007 onward, the Chronicles series picked up where the story left 5 years later and three games were released under this brand. There was a single online game released for PlayStation 2 back in 2003 and called Resident Evil Outbreak, but it didn’t enjoy the success developers were counting on, therefore it was discontinued.

Capcom fought back with a 3rd person shooter in 2011 called Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Resident Evil Revelations was released one year later for Nintendo just a couple of months before the official unveiling of Resident Evil 6. This is the latest game in the franchise, but rumors are that developers are still working on a multiplayer game. If the project is finalized, the game will go by the name of Umbrella Corps and hit the stores in late 2016.

Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom
Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom

What is Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 is a Horror action-adventure shooter played from the third person view perspective. Chris Redfield is the protagonist of the game and together with Leon Kennedy and his teammates try to survive another virus Apocalypse. The latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise is larger in scope and players are no longer restricted to the confinements of Raccoon City. Players travel all over the world to fight the agents of Neo-Umbrella, a bioterrorist organization developing a deadly virus.

Gameplay of Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 grants players more freedom to choose, compared to the previous installments which were heavenly scripted. Right from the start, players get to choose between 4 distinct scenarios and all of them have connected storylines, so they won’t be missing out on great narratives. Each story follows the actions of one of the protagonist and players get to control Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller and Ada Wong. The other characters are controlled by the AI, which was vastly improved by developers.

The gameplay of Resident Evil 6 enables players to choose the single player mode to go online whenever they like, although inventories are kept separately. There are special game modes such as the Mercenaries and Agent Hunt in which players assume control of random enemies. The game is fast-paced and players can shoot with high accuracy while on the move and they can also do so while driving vehicles.

Slight changes from the prequels

When players sustain damage, the hit points drop, but the health bar can be restored by using medicine and various herbs. When a player sustains catastrophic damage, teammates can revive him over a short period of time, to prevent an untimely end of the mission. There are plenty of new enemies to confront in Resident Evil 6 and not all of them are mindless zombies that will relentlessly attack you. Some of these foes can interact with each other and plan an attack, heal themselves and use weapons.

The Resident Evil 6 gameplay will look strangely familiar to those who have played many of the previous installments. Weapons can be picked up and reloaded with ease and players can mitigate the damage by wearing powerful armors. When killed, some opponents also drop skill points, which can be collected and then spent to purchase upgrades that make the armor and weapons more effective. These can be used in both single player and multiplayer games.

Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom
Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom

Plot of Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 has Chris Redfield at the cornerstone of its plot, the captain of a team specialized in fighting bioterrorists. He leads the Bio-terrorism Security Assessment Alliance fighting rebels that have been infected with the deadly C-Virus. Their enemies are numerous and as the virus propagates with great speed, the understaffed division is overwhelmed by the Neo-Umbrella fighters. The entire team is killed or turned into monsters after being exposed to the virus, except for Chris and Piers.

When the US president decides to tell the whole world what happened in Raccoon City back in 1999, he is targeted by the terrorists and dies in the attack. Things quickly spiral out of control and the former team gets together to uncover the truth behind the assassination, while also stopping the pandemic. Their quest takes them outside national borders and they end up in China, where they rescue 2 friends from captivity

Bad things on the domestic front

Back in the US, they learn the details of the assassination plot, but Sherry and Jake are captured and Chris sets out to rescue them. Players will travel to remote locations, such as an oil platform and most of these places end up being overrun by infected people. The Resident Evil 6 narrative feels like a race against the clock, as the team also tries to find a vaccine for the deadly virus. As the mutation worsens and team members get infected, some have no choice but to sacrifice themselves to save the others.

In the later stages of the the single player, the Resident Evil 6 plot gets terribly complicated, with some characters being revealed to be doppelgängers. Dealing with clones and friends who wait for an opportunity to betray the team pushes the central characters to the limit. The game ends on a positive note, but the developers made sure to live an open door for a new sequel.

Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom
Screenshot of Resident Evil 6. © Capcom

Development of Resident Evil 6

Development of Resident Evil 6 started in 2010 and the game was released 2 years later and then again in 2016 with a DLC pack. The producers advertise the game as a giant stride forward, by introducing new game mechanics and making the most of the advancements of technology. The game sold 6 million copies in 2012 should sell more now that it was made available on the late generation consoles.

Where can I download Resident Evil 6?

Capcom is both the developer and publisher of the game, so their official website is the place to go to, if you want to download Resident Evil 6. You’ll find plenty of other cool games here, including some of the highly anticipated titles of 2017. Street Fighter 5, Bionic Commando, Grand Theft Auto V, San Andreas as well as all the Resident Evil games can be found here.

What are others saying about Resident Evil 6?

Resident Evil 6 was well received by the audience both in 2012 when it first surfaced and in 2016 when the downloadable content pack was unveiled. The fans didn’t mind the fact that the campaign was a bit difficult to follow, but the critics bashed the narrative. All agreed that in terms of visual appeal, gameplay and overall experience, the new installment is a significant step forward for the series.

Resident Evil 6 tournaments

Resident Evil 6 has an excellent multiplayer and allows players to go online at any time, even if they have played exclusively in single player until that point. On the other hand, there are no Resident Evil 6 tournaments and the game is not a candidate for eSports either. If you seek competitive shooters, then you’d be better off playing Counter Strike Source and Counter Strike Condition Zero, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

My rating of Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil games always managed to scare me and my heart used to skip a beat when playing late at night. I enjoy this type of experience and I’m happy to say that Resident Evil 6 is still a fine horror game that will get your heart pumping. It is not a spectacular title, but rather a tiny step forward for the franchise, something that a review score of 8 out of 10 should accurately reflect.

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