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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review (Xbox 360)

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Item reviewed: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City on x360

Small squad co-op shooters can be a lot of fun. They’re easy to get into, and when properly crafted their formula of pitting you and a few friends against hordes of enemies is a great way to kill an evening. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City tries to follow this idea by throwing you into the franchise’s famous town, fighting your way through undead, bio-engineered monsters, and opposing special-operations teams alike, but only partially succeeds. If you’re willing to accept a series of clumsy design choices, it is indeed fun; there just isn’t enough fun to be worth the full sixty dollar retail price.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Xbox 360)Though there are times where you’re playing as more famous Resident Evil characters, especially in online-centric modes, most of the time you play a member of Umbrella Corporation’s security squads, tasked with cleaning up any evidence of their involvement in Raccoon City’s viral outbreaks and other troubles. You have your choice from about a half-dozen characters, each with their own special skills, and several different guns to pick from. Once equipped, you work your way from one end of the stage to the next while killing hordes of enemies, solving basic puzzles, and following the storyline.

The action mostly follows a flow of giving you a minute to explore your starting area, then leading you to a few fights. A lull afterward lets you rest, heal, find more ammo, and otherwise get ready to move on. This pacing actually works fine, and is one of the things Operation Raccoon City does best. What isn’t so smooth is the cover system, which tries to be ’smart’ by automatically popping you behind compatible cover if you get close enough to it. It works most of the time, but is very frustrating in certain hallways and other points where you actually wanted to keep moving rather than snap to cover every so often.

The single-player campaign can be cleared in several hours and is available both for solo and online play. If you go alone, the AI will fill in for the unplayed characters... but seems almost random as to whether it will do its job right or not. Sometimes the AI squad does everything it should; its movements and decision-making are clearly stiff and mechanical, but acceptable. On other occasions it shows an alarming lack of sense and does things that will get you hurt, or just stand there doing pointless things even when real danger is at hand. Make no mistake, this is not a satisfying single-player game and anyone who expects to only play alone should pass on it.

 Our Rating for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review (Xbox 360)
6.5
Replay
A short game with repetitive mechanics, this is the sort of thing that is best played in short bursts with friends. Even the inclusion of some online versus modes only helps so much, and the same is true of the unlockable weapons, skills, and gallery content.
6.0
Graphics
Washed out visuals look like a launch title or even a late-era PS2 game. It works, but it doesn’t look particularly good. Nonetheless, the stage design pays clear tribute to classic parts of the Resident Evil franchise and looks ’in place’ for it.
7.0
Sound
Reasonably convincing weapons effects join an acceptable soundtrack and slightly bad but tolerable voice acting.
6.0
Gameplay
Purely average but acceptable third-person shooter mechanics suffer from a clumsy cover system and a few annoying bosses.
7.0
Multiplayer/Online Content
A series of decent versus modes combine with enjoyable co-op play, though missions do start to run a little long after a while. Note that online play is the heart of this game, and the sole reason to buy it since single-player sessions are boring.
5.5
Overall
A somewhat clumsy but still enjoyable co-op shooter that doesn’t earn its full retail price due to a lack of polish or length. Wait until it’s less expensive, then pick it up if you and some friends are interested.

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