So I think I’m the only one who isn’t super pumped about Resident Evil 6. Allow me to explain with a lengthy rant of sorts.
Within the first 30 or so seconds of the trailer, I was immediately confused, annoyed, and downright infuriated with Leon Kennedy’s actions (or lack thereof). For those who aren’t up to speed: Leon Scott Kennedy is a police officer-turned special agent for the United States. He saw the T-Virus outbreak first hand as a rookie cop, and years later, was entrusted with a job to rescue the President’s daughter in a foreign country, all the while trying to survive against hordes of the undead and a brainwashed cult known as Los Illuminados.
So riddle me this: WHY THE FUCK DOES LEON HESITATE TO SHOOT THE ZOMBIE IN THE BEGINNING OF THE TRAILER?!
I get it, he’s the President of the United States. He’s kind of a big deal. But Leon is, at this point in the series, a trained Secret Service agent. It is his job to protect the President (which he clearly sucked at). BUT Kennedy is obviously highly experienced when it comes to zombies. It’s pretty obvious that once you’re infected, 9 times out of 10, there’s no saving you. So again, why did Leon hesitate? And more so, why did he bother trying to communicate with him? He knows that the President’s infected. He knows that there’s no reasoning with the undead. He has been trained to shoot them on sight. I can’t explain how angry that scene made me…
So Leon has some new partner who whines and cries that something is all her fault. What exactly? Who knows. And frankly, who cares.
Here’s the thing that ALWAYS irritates me with most zombie-mediums: lack of consistancy. In one of the first shots you see of the zombies, they look like the traditional undead. They slowly stumble towards a bus, lumbering along with their arms limp at their sides. This scene was a cinimatic and I appreciated it. I like traditional zombies - they’re horrifying! They slowly make their way toward you, grunting and moaning sounds that seem to come from hell itself, with the intention of painstakingly tearing the flesh off you with their rotted, blood-filled mouths while you’re still breathing. Horrifying, I love it…
Then they show actual gameplay…Two words: Jumping. Zombies.
As much as the movies are lol-worthy and aren’t that good, there was one scene in the first one that I love which explained that the undead function off of one sole purpose: the need to feed. The rest of the body is dead, the brain is simply willing it forward to eat to “survive.”
So, since the body of a zombie is basically dead, which means it can’t even physically move its legs in a way where it can RUN, how does it manage to bend its knees and use the deteriorated, dead muscles in its rotting legs to leap upwards at its prey? And why would it do so anyway? If the tasty person is close enough to just fall forward on top of to start munching away, why go through the effort of jumping upward to fall down on top of it? More importantly: most animals jump on prey with the intention of stabbing with their claws or crushing their prey to weaken them in order to kill them to feed themselves and their young. Zombies don’t give a fuck. They don’t care if you’re alive, and they don’t care if any other zombies get fed. I just can’t stress how stupid it is for a zombie dragging itself forward to suddenly have the capacity to jump in the air. Seriously, it’s fucking stupid and it makes my head hurt.
Okay moving on. So then we get to Chris Redfield, who is coming in on a helicopter in China.
One of the first things he does is shove a reporter’s camera in his face, so someone must have pissed in his coffee that morning. However, that scene looks interesting; civilians are running in a panic, a car is set ablaze, it looks like pandemonium. You hear a higher up of some sort say that they are to suppress the bioterrism outbreak while proceeding to Ace of Spades, which at this point, I hope is based entirely off of Motorhead. Seriously, Chris belting out the lyrics into a microphone above his head so he can ignore the crowd of zombies gathering below him sounds like a good addition to this trailer.
Now there’s people shooting. At Chris. Why? Who are these people? Terrorists? Hoodlums setting out to loot whatever they want in the panic? Who knows. I assume it’s so you have more things to deal with aside from zombies…which is silly. Why make a zombie game if you have to fight random guys with masks and submachine guns?
It’s a distraction from the horrors of zombies. Their threat is downplayed because we are all so accustomed to guns and bullets. They’re normal, and in a zombie-ridden world, they become a safety blanket. If I played this game, I would assume I’d be looking forward to human enemies because they’re not nearly as terrifying, which I assume is NOT the point of the game. I doubt you’re supposed to openly go searching for live people to try to kill you because it’s more natural to kill someone with a gun shooting at you rather than shooting a stinking corpse that resembles a civilian trying desperately to eat you. Not to mention, people with guns = more ammunition for you after you kill them, which kills the anxiety you would feel about running out of ammo. Basically, I feel like having people shooting at you takes away from the horror aspect. A lot.
Then some asshole shows up.
There’s theory that he’s Hunk without his whole getup considering no one’s ever heard him speak without his mask and he kiiiiinnnddd of looks like him? Kind of? I guess? I don’t know, but either way he’s an asshole. Why? Because he uses kung fu against zombies. Personally, I would think the LAST thing you would want to do in a zombie apocalypse is fight the undead with your bare hands. It’s like you’re trying to get yourself infected. “What’s the matter Mr. Zombie? Can’t reach my yummy fleshy leg? Here, let me kick you in the mouth and hope that you’ll clench down on my ankle and rip out my achilles tendon.” Oh what’s this? Leon’s doing it too. Thank god.
Blah blah blah, some girl shows up who looks like Ashley, but has been confirmed as Sherry Birkin. She will most likely be just as irritating as Ashley so I’m going to call her Asherry. Sounds fitting.
So Chris apparantly has a personal vendetta against some woman who he nicely refers to as ‘that bitch’ as he slams his fist on something. Then some guy who kind of looks like Matt Damon calms him down saying ‘I’m right there with you Captain,’ as he puts his hands on Chris’s chest, so I sense a bromance coming along nicely.
THEN LEON FUCKING SLIDES INBETWEEN A ZOMBIE’S LEGS TO SHOOT AT IT WHILE LAYING ON THE GROUND. AGAIN, THIS IS A TRAINED SECRET SERVICE AGENT. A MAN WHO HAS BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES WITH THE UNDEAD AND KNOWS HOW THEY WORK AND WHAT THEY DO. AND HIS MOST LOGICAL THOUGHT IS “Hmm instead of just shooting this zombie once in the head and moving on, or better yet, trying to find a way to get through this unscathed without wasting bullets, let me FUCKING SLIDE INBETWEEN IT’S LEGS and then REAMAIN ON THE GROUND SHOOTING IT IN THE BACK SEVERAL TIMES. Nevermind the fact that I slid through the zombie’s legs into a group of MORE ZOMBIES WHICH ARE NOW BEHIND ME AND HAVE ME IN A PERFECT POSITION TO SIMPLY FALL ON TOP OF ME AND START CHOMPING AWAY!”
I enjoy action, I really do, but I like it when it makes sense to do epic things. There was absolutely NO logic whatsoever in doing what he did in the trailer. NONE.
I will say this: the game looks visually appealing. The environments are well done as well as the people.
The gameplay looked solid from the few clips shown. It looks like they’re bringing a Giant thing similar to the ones in RE 4 and 5, and maybe some kind of Nemesis or Tyrant-ish looking BOWs.
I appreciate the fact that they are trying to bring two of the most popular male characters in the series together, I get it. And honestly, I’m not expecting much horror from a game series that is releasing Operation: Raccoon City in a few months, not to mention the games stopped being scary around the time Leon really started to shine through in 4 anyway. I just have a problem with inconsistencies, lack of appreciation for details, and excess things that just feel like they have no place being in the game. But we’ll see what happens, this is the first trailer released and it’s not coming out until November so maybe the game will show some promise, but as of now, not planning on adding it to my game collection.