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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City turns the tables as we fight for "the man" rather than humanity. Cosying down with The Umbrella Corporation felt a little odd at first, but I soon got into the swing of things..."
- Tech Gamer (Tue, 17 Apr 2012)
"Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City 360 spectacularly misses the point of the Resident Evil series, resurrecting favourite moments from earlier games as shambling cover-based shootouts..."
- Story Gamer (Mon, 09 Apr 2012)
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City returns to the events of the very first game, offering fresh opportunities for single player and multiplayer shooting action.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is something of a diversion from the usual Resident Evil style, offering a multiplayer squad shooter in the setting of the very first Resident Evil game. Raccoon City has been overrun by zombies and other bio-weapons, while US special forces and Umbrella mercenaries fight for control of the city.
The competitive aspect of the game will pitch players against each other in a team deathmatch, with one side as the authorities and the other side as the Umbrella Corp's mercenaries. Thrown into the mix is the (presumably AI-controlled) threat of infected creatures who will attack either side indiscriminately.
For those less enthused by the prospect of a multiplayer-only title, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will also offer a full single-player campaign from the perspective of the Umbrella Corp troops who are attempting to purge Raccoon City and remove all trace of the virus. The story campaign can also be played in a co-operative mode for up to four players, which is excellent news for fans of co-op gameplay.
The game will offer you the chance to develop your own character through skill upgrades, making each player's choices a unique force in the game. Hopefully this means that character development is consistent between singleplayer, co-op and online.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is currently planned for release on the Xbox 360, Windows PC and Playstation 3 on March 23rd 2012.
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