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POSTED 6/1/10


RESIDENT EVIL: THE DARKSIDE CHRONICLES

Capcom
Wii

It must be really shitty being a zombie. Here you are, minding your own business on your nightly shamble, innocently looking out for somebody whose brains you can pick and invariably some arsehole comes along and blows your head off – usually scoring extra points for a clean hit. Shitty!

If you saw the ‘Resident Evil’ bit up there in the heading you may be thinking along the lines of, “Cool, more adventurey goodness,” however you’d be wrong. Much as with Capcom’s earlier Wii-exclusive The Umbrella Chronicles, The Darkside Chronicles is a re-imagining of sorts of past Resident Evil tales – this time the second instalment for the most part - in the form of a decidedly more mindless, but no less engrossing, survival horror shooter.

It all happens ‘on rails’, which means your movement is at the game’s whim, utilising an increasingly full-on collection of weaponry to blow away hapless shamblers and other icky creatures when they lob into your field of view. As such the camera has a habit of swinging around quite wildly – which brings us to warn you, if you’ve overindulged it may cause you to toss your cookies wildly too. 

So, think arcade fave Time Crisis with severe eczema and you’ll be partway there. There’s more story here, which can sometimes frustrate when you just want to dead the undead, but calm the itch for a minute and you should find it quite involving.

They say recycling is good, so kudos to Capcom for doing it and making the end product rather disturbingly entertaining.

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