RE6 is the worst RE game yet, excluding Operation RC because that was not Capcom. The 1 star is mostly for RE6, but also packaging/presentation.
RE4 and CVX and RE5 Gold are all DLC from XBL. For 90 dollars you'd have been better off with actual discs. Degeneration is a disc, but it comes in the RE6 case.
I already own RE4 HD and RE5 Gold, so the only things I got out of it were CVX and Degen. Still though, 90 dollars for 2 decent games, 2 s***ty games, and 1 good movie is a decent deal.
Packaging is nothing special, it has a lame cardboard sleeve and everything (3 discs) is in one case, with paper inserts for DLC codes. America got screwed as usual on the retail editions, not featuring anything extra worth the pricetag, while Europe got special features - you'll find nothing extra here, maybe a map for mercenaries.
If you don't already own CVX HD, RE4 HD, RE 5 Gold, and Degeneration, you're pretty much getting them at $7.50 a piece - you won't beat those prices at GameStop - maybe pre-owned online - especially for CVXHD and RE4HD which can only be purchased online, after you take away the $60 for RE6. It was a fun game, yea, at times. The game mechanics are terrible, the enemies are honestly too easy after you get used to the game, the plot is non-existent, the characters again show no development whatsoever from their multiple previous appearances, and the story is never explained at any point in time. As if that was bad enough, the story continues - once again - as it has in other recent entries, as if none of the previous lore of the franchise ever happened.
The only good campaign is Ada Wong's, and you'll be robbed of that if you buy it now (after the first month or so following release), because there's an update that lets you jump straight to her campaign, and it gives her a partner. I think you don't have to use the partner but regardless, the entire allure of her campaign is that you had to beat a bad game in order to play and be rewarded by the good game.
It does have some decent parts - the AI is significantly less terrible than RE5, and pretty much can't die. And as always, mercenaries is the best part. If you already own the games and don't have enough faith in Capcom to give them another chance - this is the last one for me - I would seriously wait until this is in the bargain bin for about 10 dollars. It may never happen due to inflated, undeserved market value from GameStop and "media journalists" and the self-esteem lacking fan-boys who perpetuate this franchise's lifeline, but it seems to me that a lot of too-popular-to-fail games have bit the dust lately, such as Ninja Gaiden 3 - terrible game, so it may indeed be possible.
I mean seriously, I see other customer reviews on here where people are giving it 4 stars or 9/10 and people are "finding the review helpful." Please for the love of god, do some research before you buy. Look up BrokenGamezHD videos on YouTube, regarding RE6 - he is dead on. Read alternate websites. The game is like a less terrible version of Raccoon City and that game is abysmally, irredeemably broken. Slant Six doesn't even know how to fix it it's so broken, and they've admitted it. If you're honest and you like RE and you've played all the games, yes, you have to admit maybe the story was "KIND OF" ridiculous from the start. It actually wasn't, at all - as sci-fi stories go, it was good, but you had to give it some leeway after 239 different strains of virus and one infected lab after another - especially Resident Evil 3 onward, where they ruined the story and franchise permanently.
The story makes no sense. They do not ever explain what happened - how anything happened - why anything happened. If the explanation is not directly in a cutscene, there isn't one. They utterly ignore all previously established canon and even BLATANTLY put in incorrect quotes in the game - for example, Chris says he met up with his sister on Rockfort island. No he did not. That NEVER happened. Not in the novel, not in CV, not in CVX, not in CVXHD, not in Darkside Chronicles. Not in any iteration of the story. They reunited in Antarctica, not Rockfort. Play the game. Chris does not see her ever until Antarctica. And there are plenty of other unacceptable storyline problems - the people who made this game have never even played Resident Evil, that's offensively obvious within 5 minutes. By the way, remember how Leon worked for the president in RE4? Which took place in 2004? Or 5? Yea, well, he still works for the same president - and the game takes place in 2013 (part of it in 2012) I don't know what America Capcom has been to but last time I checked, the max a president can be elected to, since FDR was elected to 4 terms, was 2 terms - they could serve 10 years if they became president due to succession over a dead or resigned/impeached one. So for that to make any sense, RE4 would have had to take place in oh, January, which I'm pretty sure it didn't because last time I checked, it does snow in Spain. Meaning he couldn't still be the president because Leon's campaign takes place at the end of the RE6 timeframe, in 2013. So he's been president for over 8 years.
"What if it was a different president before?" you say, feeling that I'm thinking way too hard about it. No, it's alluded to pretty thoroughly, because Adam and Leon are very good friends, that they've been friends for that entire time period he's worked for "the president", because he worked for the president.
In addition to that, in the Leon campaign, for example - they try shamelessly to cram down your throat the fact that they tried really hard to make it seem like Resident Evil 2 - Leon REPEATEDLY says out loud "ITS JUST LIKE RACCOON CITY!!" and so do others. We get it Capcom, you want us to think it's like Resident Evil 2, except the city full of infected people and creepy s*** - that's one chapter and part of another, out of the entire game - even combined with an infected city in two other campaigns. Here's the problem. It's nothing at all like Raccoon City, or Resident Evil 1 and 2 and 3 and CVX and Outbreak and even Zero - not in the slightest bit. There is not a single creepy moment - not a single scary moment. In fact, hardly even a thrilling moment outside of a limited few parts scattered throughout the four campaigns. I honestly am convinced that when they say "it's just like Raccoon City" "it's like Raccoon all over again", what they actually mean is "It's just like that god awful game Operation Raccoon City" because it is. It plays and feels just like Raccoon City, 99.99 percent - the only part that doesn't is the fact that people actually die when you headshot them (most times) in RE6, unlike raccoon city where you literally could shoot a human enemy - not a zombie or B.O/W - in the head 7 times with a .50 caliber anti-material rifle , and they would still be alive.
More you say? The game looks like crap on both 360 and PS3. The graphics are noticeably worse than Resident Evil 5, a game that came out years earlier. There is no way to upgrade your guns - you can use perks but that's it. There are no gun shops, no merchants. There aren't really even any minigames. All of the enemies are inevitable derivatives of previous enemies, and that's not really anything new, except not a single one of them brings a new challenge to the game, except for the resident evil revelations enemies. Half of them are just zombies, each with different weapons.
Oh and did I mention army/swat zombies with assault rifles? In addition to the plagas with guns? Yea. There's also another wonderfully awful part of the game, that prevents you from enjoying the multiplayer. If you try to join a game session, and the other player doesn't accept, it doesn't take you back to the game session list where you try to join from. It kicks you out of mutliplayer entirely, then you have to open it again and wait another maybe 20 or 30 seconds for it to find games. So to even play one game session with people not on your friends list, it will take you 5 or 10 minutes just to find a partner.
Let's not forget that the entire game is a quicktime event. Unlike previous games where the QTEs were just a stupid way to put in filler cutscenes - everything in the game is QTE. There are jokes and memes that in the new ultra hard mode, you'll have to do a QTE every time you want to use your gun. It's funny, but it's not a stretch. If a zombie grabs you, quicktime event - with the added fun that now the zombie also has a progress bar in addition to your progress bar, and you have to fill yours before the enemy does or they kill/maim you. What's the best part of that? The HARD enemies are easier to break free from than the zombies. There are also extended quick time button mashers where you have to do it for literally minutes at a time. You know what, I'm a hardcore/whatever term you want to use gamer. I've played video games for over 20 years. I'm good at games. I'm also getting old and maybe my hands don't work anymore but I can't do control stick rotating for 5 minutes straight without my thumbs breaking down. It's absurd. But wait, there's more. Certain sections of the game, one in specific, are based entirely on QTE, except you still have to control the character at the same time, and you're on a time limit, but that time limit isn't shown. If you're reading this and have beaten the game long ago, you know what part of Chris's campaign I'm talking about. Add to that the bad camera, and it's the most frustrating part of the entire game and you'll hate yourself for ever playing it. And it's ridiculous, because the camera in the game is actually halfway decent in most situations.
If you're an employed adult - which I imagine you are if you are shelling out the money for overpriced games these days - I would seriously not buy this game unless it's the archives/anthology version, it's a waste of money. The only thing that makes the purchase worth it, for either PS3 or 360, is that you get multiple games for your money, so it's a deal. Unless you already own all the games, which you probably do - I have them all, i just didnt have CVXHD on xbox because I didn't want to pay for the online price.
You'll honestly have more fun watching Degeneration over and over again than ever putting this horrid game disc in your system. There is nothing exciting, fresh, challenging, different, or new about this game - unless you consider mashing together RE4, RE5, OP Raccoon City, Gears of War, and [any other 3rd person shooter] to be new. Everything is derivative, unapologetic, boring, frustrating, unrewarding, shallow, and just miserable. I knew this would be the case going in to the game - most people who aren't morons did, but then again the people who like this game aren't sane or actual game/Resident Evil fans.