To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil and the release of Resident Evil VIII next month – we’re celebrating the series this month.
Set 2 years before the events of Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles serves as a sequel to Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles as it tells the story of segments from the Resident Evil saga recapped.
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles retells the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica with an additional chapter feature set before Resident Evil 4. Following Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy as they go through Raccoon City and Claire and Steve Burnside as they chart through Rockfort Island.
It has three main sections: Operation Javier, Memories of a Loss City and Game of Oblivion. The first being the new chapter that follows Jack Krauser and Leon S. Kennedy as they search for a former drug lord with ties to Umbrella and discover the village has been infected. After this, it recounts the tragedies throughout previous games before setting up just before Resident Evil 4.
It has many of the features carried over from Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, but with some improvements. The rail shooter aspect is made easier with an evade technique to dodge attracts, headshots easier to perform and a status screen to display your health.
Whilst the subtle improvements are good and well-needed, it can’t save the game from the confusing layout of the story. Fans of the series will love this, but if you’re new to the franchise – it’ll be tough. There is a lot of assumed knowledge and characters introduced without a real introduction.
Despite that, the gameplay aspects are fun and the cutscenes look incredible. It feels like effort was actually put in, instead of it just being a cheap cop-out. Fans will love this (especially seeing Code Veronica with better graphics), but if you’re new to the series – just start with Resident Evil 1.
Words by Nicole Morris