As we get closer to the release of Resident Evil 6 this October, several newcomers may not know the full backstory for the series. To give them a refresher course as to what happened prior to the virus breakout; Capcom is bringing the previously Wii exclusive Umbrella and Darkside Chronicles games to the PS3 in the form of Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection.
By improving the visuals, having full trophy support and the ability to use the PlayStation Move controller, is Chronicles HD Collection worth your time and money? Let’s take a look on what’s HOT and what’s NOT in our review.
Refresh the Story
If you happen to have only played Resident Evil 4 or 5 and immediately got into the series due to the nature of the story, then it’s likely you don’t know the whole story behind the whole series. Since it’s pretty much a troubling to replay the previous Resident Evil games prior to the fourth and fifth game due to their annoying tank controls, slow pace, and horrible voice overs, you have a chance to get a quick recap with the Chronicles HD Collection as it will tell you all of the story in the form of on-rails shooter.
In the Chronicles HD Collection, you will get the Umbrella Chronicles where you will revisit the memorable scenarios that tells the story of the virus brought by Umbrella through Resident Evil 0, 1, & 3. Once you’ve gone through the events of all four games, you will can then play the Darkside Chronicles where you can then relieve the events that took place in Resident Evil 2 with Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy, Code Veronica X with Claire and Steven Burnside and finally, an all new scenario that will give everyone an insight to the friendship between Leon and Jack Krauser from Resident Evil 4. By the time you’ve finished all six scenarios, you can then consider your Resident Evil knowledge somewhat refreshed and are now ready to take on Resident Evil 6 this October.
Better Precision in Aiming
For someone who has played the Wii version of the two games, I must say that using the PlayStation Move controller is much better than using the Wii Remote. The aiming with the PlayStation Move controller is more precise and it makes playing the games less annoying as you will get less lag and interference when playing. Also, if you have a Sharp Shooter attachment, try it as it will play much better especially on a rail-shooter game like this one.
Newcomers to the on-rail games, Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection plays similar to the shooter games you see on the arcade where you will have to put coins to play. You will not be required to move around as the game will automatically guide you to the enemy and it’s your job to gun them down when they appear on the screen. The only good thing about the two games in the collection is that the shooting ain’t as mindless it as was on the arcade since there’s a story to get you hooked.
Improved Visuals & Full Trophy Support
One of the biggest improvements that I like about in this HD collection is the improved visuals over to its predecessor. Usually when it comes to remastering the games and upgrading the visuals, the part where they leave something in SD resolution are CG cutscenes. In the Chronicles HD Collection, not only are the in-game cutscenes improved from 480p to 720p, the CG scenes are more crispier looking and you can see a big difference in its quality.