It may no longer be one of the scariest game franchises around but Resident Evil is still the most popular survival horror series.
From that moment when zombie dogs smashed through a window in the 1996 original, to being chased by a chainsaw-wielding madman with a bag over his head in Resident Evil 4, Capcom’s action horror games have provided us with plenty of memorable experiences. And the series has sold over 45m units globally.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is the latest to offer gamers a barrage of new chilling moments, this time in glasses-free 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s published by Capcom and distributed by Nintendo in the UK.
Based specifically on the Mercenaries mini-game in previous Resident Evil instalments, this new handheld title allows players to choose a character before taking out as many enemies as they can before the timer counts down to zero. Missions take place on remastered stages from the acclaimed Resident Evil 4 and most recent Resident Evil 5.
Guns for hire
Gamers can take control of several series favourites such as Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker, Krauser, Hunk, and for the first time in a Mercenaries game, Claire Redfield.
Key selling points include the introduction of a two-player wireless co-op mode and the ability for players to customise their characters’ health, weapons, costumes and other attributes. And as it’s on the portable 3DS, Mercenaries allows gamers to switch weapons on the fly. All they have to do is select an icon by pressing the stylus onto the touchscreen.
There are 30 missions running over 12 different stages in Mercenaries. Gamers can play Scene Attack and Survival modes, as well as a tutorial mode where Wesker runs through the basics.
On top of the laser-sighted machine guns, knives, shotguns and explosive weapons, gamers can also use special attacks such as jumping on enemies’ shoulders and cracking their necks.
As a brand new Resident Evil title and one exclusive to the 3DS, it will no doubt give the system an extra sales boost this summer.
Mercenaries 3D comes with a playable demo of Capcom’s other upcoming 3DS game, Resident Evil: Revelations. This allows gamers to take control of series favourite Jill Valentine and experience a new horror adventure.
15 scary years
To celebrate Resident Evil’s 15th anniversary this year, Capcom has announced an all-new games line-up. As well as two 3DS titles, it is also releasing Resident Evil Code: Veronica X and Resident Evil 4 HD on PSN and Xbox Live. A brand new game for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC will hit shelves called Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City.