previews\ May 19, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Resident Evil Outbreak - PS2 - Preview

E3 2003 - First Look


Ever dream of a multiplayer Resident Evil? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to team up with other players while fighting off hordes of zombies? Have no fear, Resident Evil Outbreak is the first ever online Resident Evil and it’s coming to a Playstation 2 near you.


Outbreak takes place between Resident Evil 1 and 3 in Raccoon City. You will play the role as one of eight civilians that are desperately trying to escape the doomed city. Resident Evil Outbreak can be played as a stand-alone game and players will still experience the story, but the true way to play is online with three other people.


When playing online you will play as the civilian you choose, and three other people will control the three civilians they choose; the remaining four will be AI controlled. Once in the game, players will cooperate and communicate in hopes of escaping Raccoon City alive. You will need to solve puzzles together, trade items, and watch each other’s backs to make it out alive.


The newest feature in Outbreak is the virus meter. Each time you are attacked by a zombie, your virus meter fills a little bit. Once it’s full, you become a zombie yourself. This creates an excellent new scare tactic in the Resident Evil series – someone you’ve been working with and getting to know is now trying to kill you. At the moment, if you become a zombie you die, but there has been talk about being able to have control over your zombie self…guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


The graphics are absolutely stunning. Although they aren’t quite as good as the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil or Resident Evil 0, they’re definitely better than the Playstation 2 version of Resident Evil Code: Veronica. Not much else is different; it still plays like Resident Evil. The only bad thing about the game is that we’re going to have to wait until March of 2004. Hang in there.


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