The Best of Gaming Horror: Evil Comes to Raccoon City – 10/23/2012

RE2Last year; The Best of Horror Gaming started the Halloween season with a critical look at the game that created the horror survival genre, Resident Evil. Now with a new season of fear upon gamers, its time to look back at the sequel to this great classic.

It’s been two months since the events of the last game, S.T.A.R.S. has been disbanded and the surviving members have begun their own investigation into the Umbrella Corporation. However the horror did not end after the Mansion Incident.

Resident Evil 2 begins with Leon Kennedy (a rookie cop) and Clair Redfield (Chris Redfield’s sister) arriving to a dark and quit Raccoon City. Everything seems a little to eerie until an encounter with a group of infected resident’s leads to our heroes racing to the police station until they are separated in an accident. Depending on the character the player selects; you will race to the police station in the hopes of finding salvation.

However the police station has been overrun with zombies and there are only a few survivors. Kennedy will find a mysterious woman named Ada Wong while Redfield finds a little girl named Sherry Burkin who is being pursued by her father, William Burkin.

Leon’s story will be the basic horror scenario as it focus on his efforts to work with Wong to find a way to escape Raccoon City.

Claire’s story may feel like homage to Aliens by presenting a character who has been put into a dangerous situation while having to act as a guardian to a defenseless child. However it would be unfair to brush Clair off as a video game rendition of Ellen Ripley; like Jill Valentine and Rebecca Chambers, she is actually a real character and not the “useless chick” that is present in Hollywood horror.

Upon its release, Resident Evil 2 became the fastest-selling video game in North America, grossing $19 millionduring its debut weekend. It would go on to sell over 4.96 million copies for the PlayStation and its success allowed it to be ported to the PC, Dreamcast, GameCube and N64.

The game may be a classic but its story progression has not aged well as the series expanded. The story has been repackaged and retold multiple times in spin-offs while Resident Evil 3: Nemesis opens up a lot of plot holes.

Looking back gamers could really see so many plot holes and anomalies within the progression of the story. Most notably how Leon and Clair got passed a military quarantine upon their arrival to Raccoon City or how dose some one misses piles of bodies in a city infected by a zombie virus.

Despite its now obvious plot holes and anomalies; Resident Evil 2 still remains a classic example of good horror game and a sequel that successfully improved over its predecessor.

Written for Bitmod
10/19/2012
Original Article: The Best of Gaming Horror – Evil Comes to Raccoon City

“Resident Evil” needs a reboot – 10/20/2012

resident_evil_operation_raccoon_city_01Lets be honest; 2012 has not been a great year for the Resident Evil-series. The year has brought one failure after another and its certain that devote fans are frustrated at the direction the franchise has been going.

It all started with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a spin-off that focused on the actions of the U.S.S. Delta Team (nicknamed “Wolfpack”) and US Special Operations during the Raccoon City Incident.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was promoted as a retelling of one of the most iconic video games from an alternative perspective. However with the poor dialogue and choppy story telling, this was just Resident Evil 2 and 3 butchered into a new unnecessary story.

Next was Resident Evil: Retribution, the fourth film in Paul W. S. Anderson adaptation of the game franchise. Too no surprise the film was meet with disappointing reviews by critics and traditional Resident Evil-fans.

Unfortunately Anderson is considering making a sixth film in an attempt (in his words) to bring his film series to an end. This despite that he should have only made one film or gone into career death a long time ago. Again traditional Resident Evil fans should be uttering “WTF” under their breath.

Finally we come to Resident Evil 6.

The good news is that the final judgment for Resident Evil 6 is not being declared a failure. Unfortunately the label of mediocre would be more appropriate given the cluster-f*** of content was mashed into the final production.

Its obvious that the Resident Evil-franchise has milked the concept of a zombie apocalypse and its in need of a reboot (and not the RE4-style reboot).

Resident Evil has always been a modern Frankenstein that has warned about the dangers of unchecked scientific progress. However pharmaceutical companies are not the only ones capable of unethical scientific progress. Robotics, cloning, GMO, nanobots, social media, or the destruction of the environment are examples of topics that could be the basis of a new Resident Evil.

The film series is also in need of a reboot given that they have evolved from a single failure into an excuse for Anderson to make a movie that features Milla Jovovich (his wife) running around in sexy outfits while blasting zombies. Meanwhile a few characters from the game may make a cameo just to connect with its source material.

The best person who should reboot the Resident Evil-film would be Christopher Nolan. After undoing the reputation left by Joel Schumacher on the Batman-films, Nolan should be the most obvious choice to reboot the Resident Evil-films.

You can already imagine the perfect cast for a  Christopher Nolan’s Resident Evil movie using stars that he has worked with. Such as:
Hugh Jackman – Chris Redfeild
Anne Hathaway – Jill Valentine
Christian Bale – Albert Wesker
Ellen Page – Rebecca Chambers
Tom Hardy – Barry Bruton
Cillian Murphy – William Burke

Regardless of what is the next direction for the Resident Evil-series, its obvious that the status quo has been overdone and its time for a new change.

Written for Bitmod
10/20/2011
Original Article: “Resident Evil” needs a reboot

Review: ‘007 Legends’ fails at recreating the worst Bond moments – 10/19/2012

007To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond-franchise, Activsion attempts to recreate five classic films with an over-arching narrative in ‘007 Legends’.

One classic movie from each Bond era has been selected to be redesigned into a mission that reflects the Daniel Craig rendition of the series. Unfortunately the term “classic” was used in the loosest definition possible.

The story begins with Bond getting shot and left for dead during a botched mission. As his life hangs in the balance, he begins to remember his past assignments and so begins this insulting tribute.

Gamers will have to battle their way through missions that are based on:
* Moonraker
* On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
* License to Kill
* Die Another Day
* Goldfinger

Yes, that list was for real!

In an attempt to retell 50 years of a franchise in one video game, 3/5 of 007 Legends will be based on the worst Bond films.

Moonraker has always been universally panned because of its poor story and laughable attempt to mimic the success of Star Wars. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was panned due to the horrible performance of actor George Lazenby. Finally who could forget Die Another Day with its overuse of CGI and poor plot that ended with the film series having to be rebooted.

“They gave the public what they wanted, though maybe they too realised there was only so far they could push it before Bond became a caricature of himself, and the funeral directors were called in,” was what Roger Moore had to say about Die Another Day in an OpEd for The Times.
 
Despite having 3/5 of the game based on the worst films in the franchises, the Goldfinger and License to Kill missions offer some redemption, right? Wrong! While most the story suffers from a poor source material the gameplay aspect is an equally worst disaster. This is due to (no surprise) its poor attempt to mimic the gameplay elements of Call of Duty. Nobody was expecting another 007 GoldenEye but it wouldn’t hurt to try and not emulate Call of Duty’s-gameplay.
 
However the game dose have one redeeming quality which is the return of the original cast from each film. 007 Legends reunites an all star cast that include Robert Davi, Richard Kiel, Toby Stephens, and Michael Lonsdale. Also returning are Halle Berry, Carey Lowell, and Lois Chiles who are well known for their status as Bond girls.

Despite its happy little reunion, 007 Legends is less of a tribute to the iconic franchise and more of an insult. There are many ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond-franchise and this is definitely not one of them. Its guaranteed that Ian Fleming is rolling over in his grave for the first time since Die Another Day.

Overall Score: 1/5

Written for Digital Journal
10/19/2012
Original Article: Review: ‘007 Legends’ fails at recreating the worst Bond moments