Welcome to the first entry in my new blog series, “Why I Didn’t Beat”, where I take a look at games that I never finished for one reason or another.  Today’s subject is Resident Evil 6, if the title of the blog didn’t already make that obvious.

Now I should briefly talk about my history with the Resident Evil series.  In fact, this blog should just be called “Why I Never Beaten a Single Resident Evil Game”.  Yes, I never beaten a single game in the series.  Not even Resident Evil 4, despite the fact that I played some of the game on both the Gamecube and the Wii.  I did play some of the various games such as Resident Evil 2, Code Veronica X for the PlayStation 2, the Gamecube remake of the first game, the aforementioned Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and of course, Resident Evil 6.

Now Resident Evil 6 was seen as a disappointment by critics and gamers alike as the reactions to the game were mixed among both groups.  The sales of the game were also considered a disappointment despite the fact that it had sold 4.9 million copies as of April 2013.  Many cried foul of the fact that the game wasn’t survival horror anymore.  Instead, they accused it of being a third person shooter that just happened to have the Resident Evil name slapped on to it.

To be fair, that’s not exactly a wrong assessment.  RE6 basically drops any pretense of being a survival horror.  Mind you, Resident Evil was never actually scary.  There were jump scares but nothing that really sticks with you in terms of scares.

I couldn’t even be bothered to finish the game.  After only three hours of gameplay, I just got so bored by it and I wasn’t having any fun playing the game.  It’s also worth noting that I was playing Leon’s Campaign, which was pointed out as the best part of the game.  There was just no point playing the game knowing that even what was allegedly the best part of the game wasn’t fun.

The story was not worth mentioning from what I played of it.  Story had never been a strong suit for those games and nothing changes.  It’s the standard zombie apocalypse with the world getting ravaged by those overexposed flesh eating monsters.  The characters aren’t interesting enough to make up for it either.

It also doesn’t help that the gameplay isn’t very good.  It’s very standard third person shooter in terms of execution.  However, the really bad parts is the co-op, which is very pointless.  This is because when playing by yourself, the partner character is played by A.I.  To add insult to injury, the partner character can’t die when they’re being played by the A.I., which makes it pointless to even bother with with the co-op mode.

Not that the game is any more fun to play by yourself.  The level design is drab and look way too dark.  While this was intended to add atmosphere to the game, it just makes the game all the more tedious.  There is also the use of Quick Time Events(or QTEs for short).  They were not done well at all as they come by too fast with only a few seconds to react.  This forces the player to restart from just before the QTE, which can make the game come off as repetitive.

I wish this blog post could have been longer but there just isn’t that much to say about the game that hasn’t been said by several other gamers and reviewers.  It’s dull, boring, stale, and whatever other words for “not fun” that are out there.  Unless you’re a die hard Resident Evil fan, I recommended giving RE6 a pass.  Even to RE fans, I suggest renting it first before you commit to a purchase.  Well, that’s all I have to say about this abomination of a game.

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