The greatest evil residing in Outbreak isn't the hordes of zombies out to go all Dawn of the Dead on your ass--it's the shoddy online play structure. Capcom claims that not being able to speak or type to others makes the game scarier, but this and things like having to wait minutes--maybe even hours!--for others in the lobby after you die really just make it less fun to play. Single-player action redeems the faulty online setup with five unrelated scenarios (would it have been that hard to link them somehow) in which you really have to work with the A.I. characters to succeed. Whether offline or on, facing zombies with some backup adds an interesting gameplay mechanic to the RE formula. If only the online setup weren't so disappointing....
While the first title was a reasonable success worldwide, File #2 failed to satisfy the Japanese market even with its offer of a pre-order promotional demo of Devil May Cry 3. Consequently, it was decided that the remaining unfinished levels for the original game were to be shelved.
The beginning of Outbreak is set a couple of days after the initial outbreak of the T-virus in Raccoon City, moments before the crisis further escalates into complete chaos. The game starts with the eight characters in J's Bar, who are unaware of what is happening until a lone zombie wanders into the bar and attacks one of the employees named Will. After that, the characters must make it through the city. The game ends in the final moments of the same incident, with the player attempting to escape Raccoon City before the U.S. government launches a missile strike to eliminate the threat posed by the G-virus. The player controls one of eight characters with gameplay events transpiring across various regions of Raccoon City and span over a period of several days.
There are five individual scenarios in this game, which are not set in chronological order. The first, \"Outbreak\", takes place at the beginning of the outbreak, as the police prepare to destroy the zombie horde using explosives. \"Below Freezing Point\" deals with the events in the former underground laboratory of Umbrella, where a rogue virologist, Monica, attempts to steal bio-weapons research and deal with her former co-worker, Yoko Suzuki. \"The Hive\" involves the survivors taking refuge in the Raccoon General Hospital, which is also featured in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, while it is under assault from a colony of infected leeches. \"Hellfire\", set the same day as \"Outbreak\", involves a group of survivors fleeing into the Apple Inn hotel that turns out to be on fire and swarming with lickers. The final scenario, \"Decisions, Decisions\", regards the survivors' search for a cure to the T-virus, which sends them to Raccoon City University, where the eight different characters must wisely choose a decision to survive the puzzling secrets hidden in the university; they must then escape the city before it is destroyed.
Developer(s): CapcomPublisher(s): CapcomGenre: Action, Adventure, HorrorWikipedia: LinkGame review links: IGN: 7.6/10, Metacritic: 71/100Game description: The terror of Resident Evil returns and spreads online. Resident Evil Outbreak puts you in the role as one of eight survivors of an outbreak caused by a secret biological weapon. With situations spanning the first three Resident Evil games, the choices you make during the game dictate your abilities and scenarios. Play cooperatively or competitively offline in single-player mode or online with up to four players. But be extra careful--once you die, you join the zombie ranks.The game was the first in the Resident Evil series and the first survival horror game to feature cooperative gameplay and online multiplayer support, although online support was not available for the PAL versions of the game. 1e1e36bf2d