2012 seems to have started off as strongly as 2011 finished, at least as far as hot new games are concerned. Mass Effect 3, SSX, and Soul Calibur V are all on their way to a 360 or PS3 near you within the next couple of months. Also joining them will be not one, but two (count them, I did.) Resident Evil titles.
The first one which is set for release in the next few weeks dependent on your location, is Resident Evil: Revelations on 3DS. The single player story mode has promised a return to the roots of the series, with a slow paced atmosphere, scares and puzzles outweighing the fast paced combat.
At the other end of the scale, and due to hit on March 20th, is the all-action Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City. Playing out like a ‘what if?’ scenario, the game will enable you to take control of Umbrella soldiers and finally wipe out that whining Leon.
Slightly confusingly, it appears that the game will offer two modes, with you playing the part of a different group depending on which you select. The six members of the US Spec Ops team are the focus of the single player story mode, who appear in the trailer at least to be the ‘good’ guys. They each have their own special abilities, reminiscent of the underrated Star Wars: Republic Commando game from a few years back. The Umbrella team become playable in the online co-op mode, where it seems likely the two teams will face off, all controlled by gamers which should be fun.
This seems perhaps a little unfair however as I was looking forward to playing through a whole game as the ‘baddies’ but it could well be that the online section of the game is as meaty as single player. The trailer below should give you an idea of how it will play though, and it is certainly full of guns and monsters, the two mainstays of the series. Let us know if you’re looking forward to flying the flag for Umbrella in March in the usual place below…