Community Review: Arthvader Reviews: Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD
Is this classic style RE game worth getting? Check this review and find out for yourself.
After extensive playtime with this great game, I'm ready to proceed with my first review for the guys here at Gouki.com.
The story of the game is pretty much about Claire Redfield searching for her brother, Chris Redfield. After be captured at an Umbrella Corporation facility in Paris, she was taken to Rockfort Island. Shortly after arriving, Claire was released from her prison cell by a man named Rodrigo Juan Raval, seeing as how he doesn't considered Claire as a threat because of the T-Virus outbreak in the island. While trying to escaping the island, she teams up with Steve Burnside, and at the same time, had a confrontation with the commander of the island, Alfred Ashford. During this time, Wesker was on a mission of his own in the island, searching for a sample of the T-Veronica virus that was developed my Alexander's twin sister, Alexia. Wesker's group was pretty much the ones responsible of the T-Virus outbreak in the island.
Eventually, Claire and Steve manages to escape the island, via seaplane. The only problem, though, is that Alfred has set it on auto-pilot, which it caused the plane to take both Claire and Steve to go to another Umbrella Facility in the Antarctic, with the hopes that he could free his sister from her 15-year-long cryogenic sleep after having being injected with the T-Veronica Virus, in order to counter the flaws of the virus. After another confrontation with Claire and Steve, which ends up allowing the protagonists to leave the facility via a digger, Alfred, who was heavily injured after the confrontation, is seen limping towards Alexia. Just moments before breathing his last breath, he managed to witness his sister's awakening. Alexia, just recently reawaken, summons giant tentacles and crashes the digger that Claire and Steve was using, thus recapturing them.
After being contacted by Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield arrived to Rockfort Island in search for Clair. He learns from Raval that Claire has already left the island. Raval was soon killed shortly afterwards by a giant worm. While searching around Rockfort, Chris had an encounter with none other that Wesker. Just as Wesker wants to finish Chris off, Alexia appears on the screen, laughing. Shocked at the fact that Alexia is still alive, Wesker changed his mind and decided to head back to the Antarctic. Eventually, Chris manages to reach there as well, and is finally reunited with Claire, who sets out to find Steve. When she found Steve, Claire found out that Alexia was conducting an experiment on Steve, injecting him with the T-Veronica virus. Steve then mutated into a reptilian monster and tries to kill Claire, who manages to escape to a prison cell, where she is attacked by more of Alexia's tentacles. While still in his mutated form, Steve breaks through the bars with his immense strength and rescued Claire. The tentacles, however, drove itself through Steve's chest and retreated. Steve then reverted back into his human form, and before he dies, he professes his love for Claire.
At the same time, Wesker and Chris confronts Alexia. Wesker, being overwhelmed by Alexia's strength, decided to retreat, leaving Chris to battle her alone. Chris manages to gain a victory over Alexia, albiet temporary, as she ressurects after the battle. Meanwhile, Chris activates the facilitiy's self-destruct system to release all the locks, allowing Claire to be free from her prison cell. It was at this point that Alexia confronts Chris for a second time, this time leading to her ultimate destruction. Chris then headed towards the emergency elevator, where he caught a glimpse of Wesker, whose men also managed to acquired Steve's body to use for further experiments, seeing as how he is the only subject injected with a sample of the T-Veronica virus. Chris manages to convince Wesker to release Claire, who then runs to the plane, waiting for her brother. During their confrontation, Wesker was gaining the upperhand over Chris. the battle ended prematurely when an explosion seperated the two of them. Wesker vows that he will get his revenge the next time they meet. Chris reunites with Claire and both set off in the jet just as the whole facility blows up. Chris swears to take Umbrella once and for all.
If you are one of the few people who has only played RE 4 or RE 5, then this game will be a huge departure from the other two games. First of all, in order to move the character, the player moves by pushing the d-pad or analog stick left or right to rotate the character, while pushing it up or down to move the character forwards or backwards. as for firing a weapon, you had to hold in the right trigger (R2 on the PS3), and then press X (Square on the PS3) to fire. You can also aim by pressing up or down while holding the Right Trigger/R2 . The X/Square button is used to interact with objects, go up and down stairs, and go through doors. with the A/X button, by holding it down while going forward, you can run, while pressing the button while pressing down at the same time will allow the character to make a 180-degree turn. By pressing the Y/Triangle button, you will open a map, which can be pretty convenient in the case you get lost. Pressing start will open your inventory screen, where you can equip any gun(s) that you have in your possession, use healing herbs or first aid spray to restore health, or use key items you come across to solve puzzles, open new passageways, etc... As for the perspective, you'll find that instead of behind-the-shoulder third-person-view found in RE4 and 5, you'll be moving around through fixed camera angles as you move from one area to the next. In the end, it could be a tad bit difficult to get used to the controls at first, but you'll eventually get used to it.
When it comes to the sound in the game, it could be a bit of a mixed bag. when it comes to the musical score in the game, it does serve the horror atmosphere pretty well. The voice acting may be bad, but at the same time it's funny to laugh at. You could say that the voice acting belongs in the "It's soo bad, it's good" category.
This is a comparasion between the PS2 port of Code: Veronica X and the HD port which is on the PS3 and 360 (footage uses the PS3 Ver.)
In terms of the graphics, you can cleary tell that Capcom gave this game some attention in this particular category. I'd have to say, Compared the the PS2 port, Capcom really did a good job with how the pixel shading, and the lighting effects were added along with the shadows. Another thing is the fact that the game has been upscaled as well.
All in all, I had a plesant experience playing this game. It took me around 10 hours to complete the game on my first run. the unlockable Battle Game mode was just as for me, as it was pretty much a time attack mode to see how fast you can complete it for a good rank. At this point, I'm still working on trying to get a A rank on the main game, which, in my opinion, is going to be a real pain to do, but in a way, it's worth the challenge. For $19.99 (PSN), or 1600 microsoft points, I say it's worth the money.
For those of you who are into the classic style of Resident Evil games, I would say BUY IT!!!
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