I’ve enjoyed all the games in the Resident Evil series with the exception of the spin-offs. One of the latest spin-offs is Resident Evil: Revelations. I can’t say I’m too excited about this game for the following reasons:

– 3DS Exclusive: I don’t own a 3DS and based on what I’ve seen (or not seen as the case may be) I probably won’t get one. I have a regular DS already and the only game I play on that (rarely) is Picross 3D. Besides, the 3D element of the new DS makes my eyes work overtime – 20 minutes on Resident Evil: Revelations would leave me with tears in my eyes – tears of blood that is!

– Boats: I don’t like games that are set on boats, or have boat levels. Boats don’t inspire the imagination in the same way a city or open landscape can. And boats tend to have boring interiors that are designed purely from a function point of view – so every corridor looks identikit. Resident Evil 5 had a boat chapter – sure it had its moments, but overall? Not a patch on villages, marshes, ancient ruins and secret underground labs. In fact this entire game reminds me of that chapter – so it doesn’t feel like something new.

– After 4, but before 5: I don’t see the value of taking half a step back in terms of story. As a fan of the series I have an interest in the story but I want to experience it in a linear style; and not have to buy a new console to experience it.

In summary¬† – it looks nice, but it’s not very exciting (with the possible exception of Hunk). I’ll wait for RE6.

However, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City on the other hand, is right up my street. Due for release at the end of this year (on real consoles) it’s a team-based shooter – not story-driven at all – and it’s set in the period and location of Resident Evil 2 and 3 so it will feature the zombies and mutants we all know and love. You’ll also have the opportunity to shoot Leon S. Kennedy in the face – which alone has got to be worth the price of the game. Can’t wait for this one…