Resident Evil Outbreak 2 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 5.7
Graphics 8.9
Sound 6.9
Value 5.9
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
September 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

5.9


Resident Evil Outbreak File 2

Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 tells the story of eight regular people that were brought together during the events of the original Resident Evil games. The characters come from a variety of backgrounds and have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. For instance, the subway worker Jim can play dead when surrounded by enemies and the doctor George is extremely good at mixing medicines and other chemicals.

Before each mission, the player chooses one main character to play as and a couple of AI controlled team mates to provide some extra backup. The controls are similar to those from the previous PS2 Resident Evil games. However, there's an extra layer of complexity in the Outbreak series, though as you're not only trying to directly control your main character but also interact with your team mates through a convoluted system of shared inventories and shouted commands.

With that said, players are unfortunately stuck with helplessly yelling out overly vague one-liners in hopes of communicating with their team mates. New additional commands like shouting out what room you’re in or telling someone you’re sorry unfortunately don't make the distance. Somehow shouting "help," "come here," and "go" just doesn’t do much for the conversation piece and ultimately ends up causing as much confusion as humanly possible.

Unfortunately the implementation of a few new features do not warrant a purchase of this title as the developers have forsaken to fix the bugs from the original title that could of been one interesting experience. However, if you're looking for some action till the next Resident Evil game (in other words, you're a die hard fan), then you might want to check this game out but unfortunately the repetitive gameplay and clunky controls make this title almost unplayable.

Graphically Resident Evil Outbreak features some beautiful environments and very nice character models that really look like a great Resident Evil title and add some impressive background environments and this is one impressive looking title. A shame about the gameplay though.

When it comes to sound effects, the sound effects have been directly taken from previous titles but unfortunately the character acting overpowers the sound effects with needless communication and dribble. Once again, the beautiful musical score of the Resident Evil series makes a welcome return for some great background ambience.

In conclusion, Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 is an interesting game that unfortunately fails to deliver and considering the beautiful graphics of this title, it's a real shame. Recommended to fans of the series only!






 
 



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