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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review - IGN


In theory, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City had everything going for it - a great concept set in a beloved universe and a rich, compelling canon to draw from. However, this team-based shooter amounts to far less than the sum of its parts. There's a distinct difference between a franchise offshoot and a franchise bastardization. Unfortunately, Operation Raccoon City can only be defined as the latter. (PC, PS3, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Xbox 360) 4/10

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ksense  +   1423d ago
never had high hopes for this game
StanSmith  +   1423d ago
Same here. I said when it was announced that Slant Six were developing it, that it would be a poor game.

Slant Six are useless. Why Capcom asked them to make it, i'll never know.
jony_dols  +   1423d ago
True. It's a pity Capcom didn't invest in a RE: Outbreak 3 game instead of this poorly put together squad shooter.
Raoh  +   1423d ago
Probably because they are cheap to hire. I think their main success was socom on psp, outside of that I think slant six is pretty useless.
sikbeta  +   1423d ago
RE:Giraffe here we go! XD

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SilentNegotiator  +   1423d ago
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

Slant Six developed it and the gameplay videos showed horrendously loose gameplay. I saw it coming.
crxss  +   1422d ago
i'm enjoying the new ratings IGN is putting out. 8's and 9's should be stellar games and not handed out so easily.
zeeshan  +   1422d ago
@crXss: Yes, I wish. If only they had been this true with Mass Effect 3 and Call of Duty MW3 as well.

On topic: Well, I don't want to brag but I have always said that this game NEVER looked interesting at all. It's just not what you'd expect with RE games. No matter how hard you are trying to spin a game to attract COD crowd, the fact is that RE rapidly decreasing fan base is there because they loved the survival horror genre not another L4D or COD rip off. CAPCOM has really dropped the ball on this game and to be honest, after seeing all that I have and now after seeing the IGN review, I have absolutely little to no hope left for RE6 even though LEON is set to make a comeback (he is my fav RE character).

I hope I am wrong, I really hope that time and Capcom will prove me and skeptics like me wrong as it's painful to see such a monster of a franchise take a nosedive like this but I'd rather be prepared for what it seems now inevitable.

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RedDead  +   1423d ago
--Slant Six--

Ruining franchises since 2007
red2tango  +   1423d ago
To be fair, they did a better job with Socom Confrontation (after patches) than Zipper did with Socom 4. I want Socom 2 HD :(
Heartnet  +   1422d ago
There psp socom games were decent lol Confrontatioon was their only mess and i think some people still play that game so might just be me
Grap  +   1423d ago
way to go japan ruin your best franchises
sikbeta  +   1423d ago
Isn't Slant Six Canadian Dev? :P
snipes101  +   1423d ago
Yea, but a Japanese developer handed their franchise to a developer with a poor track record.
Sony360  +   1422d ago

A japanese PUBLISHER handed their franchise over etc. etc.

VanillaBear  +   1423d ago
Same here...

Best thing we can do now is hope to god the people who were going to get it to "try it" will hold off untill it goes in the bargain bin so Capcom will gain low sales for it

Capcom loose faith in getting crappy western devs to exploit their games

Capcom looses money

Slant Six won't be able to ruin another franchise again, who would turst them

and maybe, just maybe Capcom will learn their mistakes and get the wake up call they deserve

Everyone wins
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Raoh  +   1423d ago
Pretty much, I don't think anyone expected this to do well.

1. Slant Six (the aholes behind socom confrontation)
2. Capcom, slowly killing off all of their own franchises and turning resident evil into something that no longer resembles horror games.
3. ??????????????
4. Profit Loss
Ravenor  +   1422d ago
There is zero wrong with SOCOM confrontation. Least when it launched I could easily join a game with friends, unlike the party systemless SOCOM 4.
callahan09  +   1423d ago
This review sounds so much more hate-filled than the Ninja Gaiden 3 one. The entire review is a complete lambasting of every aspect of the game and makes it so utterly awful and completely unplayable. There was nothing in the NG3 review that made it sound even REMOTELY as awful, annoying, despicably unplayable as this game, and yet they gave this a higher score. Something seems wrong there.
BluePumpkin7  +   1423d ago
nope, the game's just shit.
Proeliator  +   1423d ago
That's what I thought too... and then I played it...
Heartnet  +   1422d ago
tbh the script written for this review lacks material -_- she repeats the same thing over and over lol made me chuckle :)
kaveti6616  +   1422d ago
"Something seems wrong there."

No, nothing's wrong. You just don't understand that two different people reviewed those two different games.
callahan09  +   1421d ago
But IGN slapped their name on both reviews. Is it really true that the individual reviewer at a site like IGN gets 100% of the say in the score for a game? Don't they have an editor in place who oversees these kinds of things? I just believe that since they're slapping their name on the review, and it goes into Metacritic as "IGN" not as "Greg Miller" or whoever the individual was, that IGN's editors should keep some form of consistency between reviews, even when tested by different individuals. You can keep this consistency without even playing the games, as far as that editor is concerned. You just have to personally approve each submission, and in doing so, you have to ensure that the score is justified. If one review says "The game works, but fans of the series won't appreciate the changes and simplification and it's a bit easy" and the other review says "The game is frustrating, annoying, the AI is broken, and the series fans won't appreciate the changes" then it seems to me the latter description must come with a lower score because the text of the review describes it as being a much worse product.
DarkSymbiote  +   1423d ago
Who did?
finbars75  +   1423d ago
WTF is wrong with you people in this room?Seriousley.Im sorry but just because someone says its a 4/10 does it mean it really is?In there opinion they think its a 4/10 but if you actually play the game its a hell of alot better then some of the games out right now.The game is smooth as butter and the controls are dead on.The graphics arent the best but the gameplay is sweet and the coop is fantastic.So really in my opinion on what I have played its alot higher then a 4 which tells me that IGNs head is where the sun doesnt shine along with everyone else in this room judging the game by a crappy review.Try the game and you will be very surprised on how good this game is.I would give it a 7.8 easily maybe 8 but overall its a fun game with great times with your friends and others online.A 4/10 plzzz what game where you guys playing?
StanSmith  +   1423d ago
The thing is, it's not just ign saying this. This game generally has poor reviews.

After the abortion of a game Socom Confrontation, their was no way i would chance $60/£40 on this. Especially after the reviews. I may rent it at a later date or i may wait for a price drop to £20.
jwk94  +   1423d ago
Fine then, listen to the dozens of others that failed this game. It's sitting at a 50% on Metacritic
Ravenor  +   1422d ago
@MarioFTW what was wrong with SOCOM confrontation again? What made SOCOM 4 or even SOCOM 3 better?
saf100792  +   1422d ago
@Ravenor a shit ton of stuff. 4 wasn't great but confrontation was absolutely utter trash when it released. its better now but seriously you couldn't even move and change weapons when it first released. It was horrible. Least 4 has smooth gameplay. yea it lacked some things but it damn sure allowed you to change weapons and move
Sony360  +   1422d ago
You can't go into denial about this. If it's getting scores like this from places like IGN, there has to be something wrong with it. No matter how much you dress it up.
StanSmith  +   1422d ago
@Ravenor The question you should be asking yourself is what was right with Socom Confrontation? That answer (if you are honest) is very little.

The game took months just to become playable. Although Socom 4 was not as good as the Original or Socom 2, it was far better than Confrontation.
ritsuka666  +   1423d ago

CRAPCOM deserve this, they are pathetic in this
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finbars75  +   1422d ago
It doesnt matter how many reviews that came out that where 7-8/10.Everyone has different taste.So basically your trying to tell me that MWF3 is great because the reviewers gave it good scores? exactley my point.You cant trust every reviewer out there on any game.I have played so many great games that had low scores and so many shit games that high reviews.Until you actually play the game then I feel that your opnion doesnt count.If you played the game and from what I have read which is no then i will give you your opinion so stop watching some ridiculious video that only shows the bad and not the good.
Legionaire2005  +   1422d ago
Dude If you watch the gameplay walkthrough in the past couple of months you see why this game got the score what it got. The game is a terrible mess!!! The A.I. is bad the level design are boring, and very bad glitches. The hype for the this game died when Resident Evil 6 was announced for November of this year, and it completely overshadowed this game. Save your money and reserve Resident Evil 6. Heck that even has multiplayer too that would over shadow it. The 360 at least got the better version of this crappy game, by adding a playable Nemesis. This is crap out the trash can, and I mean literally. Armored Core 5 will rip this a new one.
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antz1104  +   1422d ago
Do you mean MW3? Are you really going to compare THAT to THIS? Say what you want, MW3 is a gem compared to this.

This game does look really bad, and thats outside of the fact they sh%t all over one of the best survival horror franchises ever by turning it into a squad shooter. This game never really had a chance.
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gemc666  +   1422d ago
Coming up next, DMC, thanks crapcom, for ruining the franchises we loved -.-
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evilunklebud  +   1422d ago
Yeah, it seems the wheels have come off of this franchise.
turokgames  +   1423d ago
glad they finally fixed the video player.
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snipes101  +   1423d ago
I get that some of the crappy mechanics are getting bashed, but as for the lack of creepiness, I dont see that at all. They said it themselves, its an offshoot. A team based shooter. Its not supposed to be scary, youre a bad ass special ops soldier armed to the teeth. I dont see how that would lead you to believe that this would be scary.

Just because it takes place in the RE universe does not necessarily mean it is going to be scary, even though the franchise has been established as being scary.
Baka-akaB  +   1423d ago
that's not the issue ... it's not even a good shooter , or good at anything .

Would we be wasting time debating over this game if it didnt bear the RE brand anyway ? No we probably wouldnt .

Just like we didnt waste as much ink on their previous horrendeous Socom game , and average/mediocre stuff like Conflict denied ops ;p .
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Ravenor  +   1422d ago
Other then the launch what was terrible about Confrontation? It was SOCOM 2.5, what was so bad about that?

You would really rank Conflict: Denied Ops at Average/Mediocre? Okay...
snipes101  +   1423d ago
I didnt say any of that had anything to do with the quality of the game, Im just saying that the "atmosphere" theyre bemoaning isnt supposed to be scary. Its an action game.

Where did I say that had anything to do with how good the game is? My first sentence started with "I get that some of the crappy mechanics are getting bashed..." Make sense?

EDIT: My point being, if they want to take off points for crappy mechanics, thats perfectly fine and given what I read I cant say I disagree. But to take points off for lack of creepiness is just foolish. Its a team based shooter that is merely set in the RE universe. A different take on it. Too bad the story doesnt actually make this different take worth looking at. Ill withhold judgement till I get my copy though. Reviews for this are all over the place. It really seems like a love it or hate it game.
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Tdmd  +   1423d ago
Maybe it shouldn't be scary, but armed and well trained or not, you are still in the middle of a nightmarish town crowded by monsters and undead creatures, with death and destruction everywhere you go. One would think this should be at the very least, creepy, don't you think so? If they want to use the Resident Evil name, they should at least respect it's atmosphere. Doesn't need to be scary, but it should be moody. Gee, just take a look at dead space: a LOT of people said it wasn't scary at all, but no one can deny it IS very creepy.

Anyway, I think it is a valid criticism.
smashman98  +   1423d ago
@dmd no its not a valid point if u heard these characters talking to each other youd see theyre crazy

which just further shows that ur not meant to be scared capcom has said dozens of times this IS an action game

as for the mechanics i can see them taking off points for ai but everything else works really well
Godchild1020  +   1423d ago
I've had the game since Friday and played a few matches online and played the single player with some people. I found the game enjoyable. The only problem I had was the way the weapons are nerf'd. It takes way to many shoots to take down an enemy. At least it was like that in the first chapter on Veteran.
Baka-akaB  +   1423d ago
Sure , my bad .

I'm trying to say as well , that the lack of horror wouldnt be such an issue if any aspect of the game was any good
Rainstorm81  +   1423d ago
IGN is not holding back on these guys ruining good franchises........all is as it should be :-D
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LX-General-Kaos  +   1423d ago
Seen this comming miles away. That's what happens when you try to turn Resident Evil into a tactical military shooter. We all knew that it wouldn't end well. I hope other devs learn from this and stop destroying great games.

Not everything has to be a modern shooter. Especially resident evil.

Rated 4 For Everyone
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Ace_Pheonix  +   1423d ago
Metal Gear Rising comes to mind. I just know it's going to be terrible...
vallencer  +   1423d ago
Really how do you know? Have you seen platinum games record?? Its fantastic. Or are you saying this because a hack n slash game isn't your style of game?
BluePumpkin7  +   1423d ago
i agree it's going to be a terrible MGS game but a good game overall
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   1422d ago
I'd wait to see some gameplay before judging mgr
HellzAssassin  +   1422d ago
Platinum Games... that's all that matters. My favourite devs this generation so I know they won't fail. MGR:R will be a day one purchase for me.
antz1104  +   1422d ago
@ Vallencer,

Hack n' slash isnt Metal Gears type of game either if you want to put it that way.
Kahvipannu  +   1422d ago
MGS 4 was a shooter already, so I see why you would be worried about Rising too taking different aproach.

Tought PG is making Rising now, and personally after Bayonetta I just want next hack'n slash from them, even if it would be starred by Hermit the frog. Bayonetta's gameplay/controls were so spot on, it is just amazing game.
Ace_Pheonix  +   1422d ago
I'm saying this from the perspective of it not being at all Metal Gear. If it didn't have anything remotely to do with the Metal Gear series and I saw the trailer I might actually think it looks interesting. But the tone of the game just feels all wrong to me. I know the devs are talented, but this is MGS we're talking about here.
vallencer  +   1422d ago
I know exactly what you mean but neither was a card game and metal gear acid is actually really good. That's really the only reason I defend metal gear rising. That and platinum games is making it.
antz1104  +   1422d ago
^ Fair enough man, good retort!
MasterD919  +   1423d ago
Not too far off from what I thought IGN already have given it...They were destroying this game in their previews months ago.

Even if this game is rock bottom terrible I still wouldn't trust IGN's reviews when they are still giving COD games a 10/10 or 9/10.
Pintheshadows  +   1423d ago
I can't trust them since one of their staff members appeared in a game. Integrity compromised.
unknownhero1123  +   1423d ago
not mention the fact they attacked fans of the same game even though they had legit complaints. yeah, IGN is and always will be garbage.
momthemeatloaf  +   1423d ago
Not surprising considering the guys that made this game are the ones that made Socom Confrontation, the game that killed the Socom franchise, it was arguably one of the worst shooters I had ever played. That was there last game made.
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SlickShoes  +   1423d ago
Slant Six did butcher SOCOM, 25 minutes for a game to load at release and a whole host of other bugs.

Zipper put the final nail in the coffin with SOCOM4: Clone of Duty
nanometric  +   1422d ago
No it didn't, Confrontation was a technical mess initially, but the gameplay itself was very solid, after the patches Confrontation is above and beyond Socom 4 which just plainly sucks.
SlickShoes  +   1422d ago
I agree, but they released it a year early, it was 9 months - 1 year after release before I could play Confrontation without it crashing my PS3 every half hour or the audio completely dropping from the game.
AusRogo  +   1423d ago
I wasnt going to cough up 90 bucks for it day one anyway.. Im just going to wait till its down to atleast 30. Still seems fun , it would be with mates but I think I can hold out a while.
Kingdom Come  +   1423d ago
I'm still getting it day one. IGN have lost a lot of their credibility of the past few years and I've heard nothing but positive feedback from people who got the game early. To be honest, whilst I consider Ninja Gaiden 3 to look terrible, it didn't deserve a 3/10, that would imply it was an unplayable mess an below average...
Afterlife  +   1423d ago
I agree, a 3 for Ninja Gaiden 3 is stupid because to me NG3 looks playable unlike other 3/10 games out there.

But for ORC, the reviews are leaning towards IGN. Joystiq gave it a 2/5 and Eurogamer gave it a 4.
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Kingdom Come  +   1423d ago
Still, if the people's opinion is positive, and if consistently (in reviews I've read) the Co-Op and multiplayer has been considered fun, I'm getting it day one.

Also, their validations aren't strong enough to justify scoring the game below average. I mean, lack of atmosphere in multiplayer? Really? They hardly commented on shooting mechanics, loadouts, special abilities and such.
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jwk94  +   1423d ago
The game is at a 50% on Metacritic. That means it has so far received a steady stream of poor to below average scores. But please, waste your money.
Ravenor  +   1422d ago
Yeah, because Metacritic is the infallible fun meter. You think the rating of a game correlates to the amount of fun you might eke from it?

Metacritic is irrelevant, it's not evidence of anything.
Glasscocked  +   1423d ago
It looks like it going to get pretty tore up all around. Yoystiq also has it at a low score.
Ahasverus  +   1423d ago
Hey guys who could smell this turd one mile away??
*everybody rises hands*
Good job!
betan21  +   1423d ago
i have the game and i like it.. i just dont buy games base on someone else opinion hell NO
Kahvipannu  +   1422d ago
Yeah, it's subjective. If someone doesn't like a game, it doesn't mean you won't like it. My favourite example is Lost Odyssey, it got pretty mediocre reviews, and it was slanted becouse it was "another traditional FF game" (Funny, FF XIII was slanted becouse it wasn't one.. logic.), but I got it anyway. Best JRPG I have played so far, truly loved it.
phantomexe  +   1423d ago
i didn't read the reviews before i picked it up......bad choice. I'm not far into it but i can tell you the AI is bad real bad and ur AI squad mates are well i'd like to kill them all. Story seems preety cool tho but i need to play it a little longer.
Titanz  +   1423d ago
Left 4 Dead...
This is not.
hano  +   1423d ago
Lol, wow, is this IGN we're talking about? The same websites that doesn't know scores below 7?

Is there a transformation of some sorts? First NG3 and now this?

Hope it's a trend of more critical reviews of games.
VanillaBear  +   1423d ago
I like it, it's a bit silly when a game is obviously crap and you try and be nice by giving it a 7/10. If a game is bad, then give it a bad score....reviewers need to show the developer that they did a bad job.

I'm just hoping that this will continue untill COD comes out, I mean with the game being the same thing after 4 years (5 this year), they have to give it a low score. To say last year that MW3 was on the same level as Gears/Uncharted/Batman/Portal was ridiculous
Zynga  +   1423d ago
Thank you! Someone who knows what they are talking about and let's hope they do the same for COD.
Kahvipannu  +   1422d ago
The numerical system is stupid to begin with, industry, fanboys, and publishers are getting obsessed by it, it should just die away.
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ZippyZapper  +   1423d ago
I guess I need to cancel my order... Oh wait! never ordered in the first place :) RE needs to die for about 10 years and come back with some new blood.
Cloudberry  +   1423d ago
Yakuza: Dead Souls get higher score than Ninja Gaiden 3 & Operation Racoon City.
According to IGN that is.

And I Still like & playing Dead Souls.
BluePumpkin7  +   1423d ago
your point?
Cloudberry  +   1422d ago
Don't let low scores judge your gaming.
That's my point.
Kahvipannu  +   1422d ago
People should stop staring at the numbers, thay are irrelevant. It's the content that matters in the reviews, and every review is a opinion of one person.

Reviews should tell you what the game is, and they should give you info if YOU will like it, or is it worth your time, any numerical value can't do it, the system is stupid, everything is subjective in gaming.

Yeah, agreed, don't stare the numbers.
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maverick40  +   1423d ago
so glad this is getting thrashed by reviewers. capcom are assholes.
madefade  +   1423d ago
Socom Confrontation wasn't that bad, even with all the bugs and glitches it was still fun to play. Socom 4 on the other hand was garbage.. what happened?
LOL_WUT  +   1423d ago
Totally agree Confrontation was actually a pretty fun game much better than CoD. I just didn't like socom 4 it was just horrible.
asmith2306  +   1423d ago
Agreed. Confrontation would have been top notch if it was bug free.
Urbz7870  +   1423d ago
*facepalm* smh
esemce  +   1423d ago
Socom Confrontation was THAT bad and slant six are beyond poor, do not touch this game it's actually worse than you can imagine. Capcom should be ashamed of themselves this month.
Gamer-Z  +   1423d ago
I think ill stick with ME3's multiplayer and Ghost Recon for my 3rd person shooter fix.
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AdmiralSnake  +   1423d ago
Sad. I actually think Slant six is great in terms of overall support and patches.
NYC_Gamer  +   1423d ago
Why are people acting all surprised?Slant Six can't produce a quality title just look at their Socom PS3 game.
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Legionaire2005  +   1423d ago
No surprise cause the Hype already died out when Resident Evil 6 was announced, and good riddance. At least Resident 5, even with its flaws was better than this nonsense. Two games this week with past great franchises under their belt, can't live up to their past success. I'm talking to you Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City and Ninja Gaiden 3!!!
bobrea  +   1423d ago
What a surprise. The game looked like trash in every video I saw. Can't see why anyone expected much out of this after seeing gameplay.
Tdmd  +   1423d ago
I hope this atrocity gets the low sales it deserves, so Crapcom may learn not to mess up with Resident Evil's name.
spirited  +   1423d ago
IGN did it four (popular)games getting low scores in a row what game is next hmmmmmmmm.....
they are def pissed off at japanese for ruining franchises

i mean seriously never happened before.
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Razgriz383  +   1423d ago
Tell me you didn't see this score coming?
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