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Is Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City a disaster for franchise?

It has been a pretty mixed journey for Capcom as of late. After initially wowing their fans with the excellent Street Fighter IV, and then following it up with countless DLC content for most of their titles, they now switch their efforts towards their brand new, but much-talked about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City game.

The new game is being co-developed by Slant Six and to celebrate the upcoming release of the game onto Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at the end of the year, Capcom has just released a 30 minute video of solid gameplay from Operation Raccoon City, and we’re interested in hearing what you think about the game.

Many of you would have thought that Capcom would return to their horror roots after Resident Evil 5 and the again-debated African setting. Many hardcore fans were hoping that the next game in the series would return to the ‘mansion style’ gameplay that fans fell in love with at the start of the series, but instead Operation Raccoon City will be far from that, with Capcom opting for a third person shooter style of game on the streets of Raccoon City.

And the gameplay video we have to show you doesn’t really do Capcom any favors, as aside from the graphics being satisfactory at best, the gameplay looks a little boring and definitely a complete u-turn with what fans expected to see in a new Resident Evil game. We kind of have to agree with the Resident Evil community too, as we would prefer to see the first-person Resident Evil game come back to life, with jaw dropping graphics which leave gamers excited to pick up their copy at the end of the year.

Sadly though, we have a feeling that this game may not win over many fans, as hardcore RE fans opt to save their cash until the next Resident Evil game. The good news is that Resident Evil 6 has already been confirmed and an unveiling is currently scheduled to happen at the Tokyo Game Show in September.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the Resident Evil franchise? Are you sad to see Capcom taking the third-person route with Operation Raccoon City?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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I really don’t care what kind of shooter resident evil is. I should know i played all of the resident evil games
0 to 5. Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is going to be a great game for this year. And it don’t suck i
saw the trailer for it. It looks cool really cool to play as the umbrella.


When I first saw Operation: Raccoon City, I was rather frustrated at the route that Capcom have taken with the franchise. I think that I, and many other fans, were let down by Resident Evil 5 with it’s focus on action rather than elements of survival horror (not to mention clunky co-operation). The idea of returning to something nearly entirely co-operative and action orientated seems…ugh But after watching several gameplay trailers…I’ve surprised myself. I’m intrigued by the use of the class-based characters, the use of a new T-Virus mechanic, and nostalgic enemies truly overwhelming you and your friends. I think… Read more »


this is just a spin off …. true resident evil fans (like me) love anything resident evil…. this so far is the most exiting title this year and i honestly cant wait until it comes out… capcom is obviously releasing different spinoffs for the series to try somethin new… revelations is their return to survival horror so no one should complain… there is somethin for everyone


I Like how they brought a fresh new Idea to the resident evil saga but I agree 0-CV were the best I love the whole puzzle solving and whole dark ominous feel to it that makes the hair in the back of the neck tingling dont know if ORC will bring that feeling but I do know that they escalated the whole survival horror game to a new level so I have to give them thumbs up for that and I will be looking forward for this game to release


looks kinda like lost planet


looks kinda like lost planet

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horror is subjective of the person that is playing the game, in my eyes ever since 1,2,3 there have not been any good games from RE - i am die hard RE fan and i can say that i am buzzing for this game, 4 & 5 are trash in my eyes , they were boring and lacked the atmosphere of the first 3 RE games, but this is definalty bring back that dark feel to it, the only down side is what Joe said it will most likely lack the puzzle elements to the game, and i have to agree, its better… Read more »


They took the TPS route with RE4, took it further with RE5, and went way beyond with ORC.  The difference here is that Capcom is not pretending this is a survival horror game, like they did with RE4/5.   I hope RE6 goes back to the semi non-linear game play, with detective elements and puzzle solving like in RE0-CV.  They need to get rid of their chapter and store system, too.

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