STRIDER 2014 REVIEW

STRIDER HIRYU, READY FOR BATTLE

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STRIDER 2014

 

Platforms: XBOX 1/XBOX 360/PS4/PS3/PC DIGITAL ONLY GAME

Game Supports: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German text.(XBOX 1 & 360)

Audio Support: English(Main characters only) and Russian(Lower class minions only).

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Strider’s mission is to stop all the bad guys.

Good or Bad Story: The story is not the game’s main focus, it’s just there to tell you “You see that guy? You’re going to kick his ass next.”. And you won’t give a single damn about it. DON’T GIVE A DAMN!

Graphics: Strider 2014 on XBOX 1 looks really good and it’s a port of the 360 version so it’s not a huge graphical upgrade, so it’s just brighter. It runs at 1080p and a glorious 60fps at all times and all of this is thanks to the Hex engine the same engine that powers KI3. Strider has his MVC look, but with some adjustments like his scarf is now a laser scarf and the game’s level design is similar to Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, but adjusted to make the game’s world look like a game.

Audio: The music while there isn’t a big variety is really good and gives of a nostalgic feeling like this nananananananeeneeneenee. The game does have voice acting and it’s both good and bad depending on the characters and luckily Strider is not voice by his UMVC3 English actor who made him sound bad in that game, instead he has a new actor who gives him a Japanese accent to let you know he is Japanese and he sounds good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Strider 2014 stays true to its roots as the game is a 2.5D action adventure game with the originals being 2D. You play as Strider Hiryu who is 1 of the Striders a groups of badassess who look and fight like ninjas. You start as a badass and are equipped with light attacks, launcher(can also be done by holding up and pressing the light attack button), ninja mobility(jumping, a slide attack, hanging from walls), a mini and full map, and good looks. You also have a rage mode that can be used to deal more damage and gain a bit more reach with your sword attack, but be warned if you get hit you can lose it.

Along the way you will became a super badass by obtaining options which are based off his moves from the MVC series, as well as finding status upgrades, and obtaining more plasma to make you an ultra badass. All of these upgrades are important as you’ll need to explore the levels a lot and some doors can’t be open unless you have the proper upgrade as well as some enemies can only be/are weaker with the proper upgrade and you will want to explore as you can be rewarded with unlockable stuff like costumes and art. The game also has camera controls which is meant for aiming your knives though you can do that with the LS, there is some platforming, you’ll also notice throughout the game there are some green orbs and these can be used to heal you, and the game has a save station. Also it has boss fight with some of the bosses returning from the previous games and it has 3 game modes a becon mode which is a speed run mode, story mode, and survival.

Bad: There is nothing I found to be bad in this game, but I wish I could use the dpad to move Strider as I’m not a fan of using analog sticks for 2D/2.5D games, but I got used to it.

Differences: The game plays the same on all platforms and it also looks pretty much the same with the XBOX 1 and PS4 versions running at 1080p 60fps as well as PC and the 360 and PS3 version likely running at a lower resolution. If you have only a 360 and/or PS3 on 360 you get just Strider 2014, but if you get it on PS3 you get Strider 2014 and Strider 1/2. So pretty much the PS3 version gives you a better value, but if you also have 360 get on it as well. If you only have a XBOX 1 and/or PS4 there isn’t any difference so get it on both. If you have a current and next-gen console get it first on the next-gen then on current-gen. But if you have at least 2 of the platforms the game’s on then get it on both.

Questionable: Where are the other Striders? Their mentioned in the game, but their nowhere to be seen. Are they on vacation? If so why make Hiryu do everything? He needs a break too, couldn’t they at least order him some Little Caesar’s?

Overall: Strider 2014 is so fun for every enemy killed you get a sense of enjoyment and hype cause your empowered, instead of being a weakling. You get the sense that Double Helix made this game to be fun at every turn. The game feels and controls good. There is always something to do in this game like going back to a area that you already visited to find any hidden secrets and slicing and dicing everyone who gets in your way. This is 1 of the first wave of games for early 2014 and Strider 2014 delivers. Strider 2014 is 1 of the best games of 2014 and should not be missed by anyone. Double Helix has made another favorite game of mine along with KI3. So get this game now you won’t regret it and its $15. So now I’m going to play again and re-enjoy the hype that is Strider 2014.

Likes: Gameplay, graphics, music, voices.

Dislikes: voices.

Wishlist: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 ULTRA BADASS!

Recommended for fans of: Capcom, Double Helix, Strider, Fighters, 2D, 2.5D, ninjas, Ninja Gaiden, Bionic Commando, Moon Diver, TMNT, action, adventure.

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DEAD RISING 3 REVIEW

WELCOME TO THE AFTER PARTY!

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DEAD RISING 3

 

Platforms: XBOX 1/PC

Game Supports: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese text.

Audio Support: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, and Portuguese.

Supports 1p offline and 1-2p online co-op.

Played in Spanish.

 

Story: The citizens of The Lost, California have 72 hours to get out of the zombie infested city before its nuked.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is okay it has a serious tone like the previous Dead Rising games since it is a zombie apocalypse story, but you’ll run into characters that are so weird and there are funny parts. To Dead Rising 3 the story is not the most important thing to game, instead it’s the gameplay that matters. The plot is just there to make you do stuff. 0KAY!

Note that DR3 takes 10 years after DR2.

Graphics: DR3 shares the same visual style as the previous games meaning it has a realistic visual style and it looks really good. However, there are a few moments where the textures load.

Audio: There is some music in this game that is okay and the Spanish voice acting is really good, but at times the volume drops to where I problems hearing what the characters are saying even when increasing the volume on the TV. Note at the time of this review the XBOX 1 only supports 6 languages which are English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. The other languages that DR3 supports are not available yet so I’m not sure if the game includes voice acting done in those languages, so I will update when those languages are available.

Updated

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Dead Rising 3 is a open-world beat-em up where you play Nick Ramos a mechanic who can make pretty much anything and if playing the game in co-op then he is joined by none other than Fatal Fury’s very own Terry Bogard! Terry is a trucker in the game, but he changed the color of his clothes, is now probably over 30, lost so muscle, and doesn’t have his signature moves from his fighting game since that would make him too good. And he calls himself Dick.

So in DR3 you will be going around the city killing zombies with whatever you can find like a chair, a car, a teddy bear, a gun, a tire, a sword, a hand(literally), and so much more. The good thing about the items you pick is that they can be combined to make new weapons or vehicles as long as you have the blue print which are scattered around the city, however, don’t get too attach to 1 item cause overtime it will break. You can jump, dodge, sprint, and go hand to hand on the zombies. There are also upgrades available for your stats and skills. There are main and side missions, costumes, and boss fights. Note if you have the rumble feature on then the controller will rumble when you’re running out of ammo and when your vehicle is about to explode.

Bad: I don’t like the dodge button being on the LSB. The camera is crazy as it can make things hard to see. Picking up the items you want can be a pain when close to other items you don’t want. The loading takes too long and the last missions is stupid.

Overall: DR3 is 1 weird game due to fact that the gameplay doesn’t take itself serious at all since you can use whatever you want and some of combinations in both weapons and vehicles are so weird and out of place in zombie apocalypse. It also has references to other Capcom games like Street Fighter, Rockman(since this franchise was created by the same guy.), and others. It has its issues, but the game is so fun. I have played DR1 and I consider that game to be terrible, I played a bit of Case 0 and it was okay, but DR3 just somehow is able to pull me in and have fun. DR3 is the best retail XBOX 1 game in terms of exclusives with Ryse coming in 2nd place. This is a must have to all XBOX 1 owners.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, voices.

Dislikes: Dodge button, picking items being a problem, audio volume drops, last mission, loading, and camera.

Wishlist: Sequel, dodge mapped to another button, fix picking up items, better camera, faster loading, better last mission.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY G00D!

Recommended for fans of: Dead Rising, Capcom, Zombies, Left 4 Dead, Lollipop Chainsaw, The Walking Dead, World War Z, Biohazard.

LOST PLANET 3 REVIEW

DON’T EAT ICE CREAM!

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LOST PLANET 3

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/ PC/PS3

Game Supports: Japanese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, & Portuguese text.

Audio Support: English, Spanish, German, French, & Italian.

Supports 1offline, 1-10p online multiplayer.

Played in Spanish.

 

Story: Jim Peyton(he is in fact Jesus, but he cut his hair after he left Family Guy and decided that he need to leave Earth so he contact Capcom to star in the next Lost Planet) is a contractor who is working for Nevec on EDN3 to get payed and feed his family, but while doing his job he is going to discover the secrets that EDN3 holds.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is meh, but the ending is good and it maybe a cliffhanger to what is to come. The story is not the most important thing to game as something else is. BAD!

Note that Lost Planet 3 is the prequel to whole series.

Graphics: Lost Planet 3’s graphics are good, but some parts look better than the others. For 1 the environments and the akrid all look really good with the environments looking better in 3 than the previous games. And 2nd the humans have some good designs like the main character and his jacket while others looks weak or plain which makes the game look better than the 1st game, but not better looking than 2nd game. And there is minor loading textures and references to Lost Planet 1 and 2.

Audio: There isn’t a lot of music in the game, but the ones you hear at times are of action and horror film themes. You have music in your mech that Jesus’s wife installed and you can play your music inside the mech if you don’t like the music that is already there. And the Spanish voice acting is really good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Lost Planet 3 is an action adventure game like the previous Lost Planets; however, 3 is kind of open world and it is also a horror game. At its core this is still Lost Planet, but there are new additions that were not in the previous games and these are welcome addition. You play from a 3rd person view and you’ll shoot, throw grenades, throw punches, sprint(this time you can sprint infinitely without getting tired), change weapons, use the ancher(only on certain surfaces) , zoom in on your targets( holding the aim button puts the camera over the shoulder while pressing the melee button when holding a sniper rifle enters you in first person), use a mech, and fight bosses(on the size scale of LP1 and their weak spot is still the orange part of the body).

The new additions that are in Lost Planet 3 are a dodge and cover system(you can dodge in any direction and cover only works when you’re in battle, but this is not a cover based shooter), you have a main and sub-missions and with a press of a button you can check your job listings as well as other things like messages and what you have collected. Since it is also a horror game it will try to scare you at times, while I didn’t find the game scary it is; however, creepy in some parts and it does a good job at that department. Unlike the previous games where you only could carry 2 weapons in 3 you carry a main weapon and a sub weapon, but you will always have your 3rd weapon the infinite ammo pistol at all times(hold the change weapon button to use the pistol).

You have your very own mech known as a Rig that can make some fights easier since it can block, grab, and drill enemies up the ass, but when fighting bosses you will have to have patience and know when to attack and counter like in Punch-out. And unlike the previous mechs if its health drops to 0 it won’t self destruct it will instead repair itself, what a nice feature. And the best part is 3 has a shop that allows you to upgrade the Rig and upgrade Jesus’s armory with thermal energy, another thing to note is that you can change what weapons your carrying at anytime as long as your mech is near you or a computer with a image of a gun is nearby. The load screens have hints in them, you can walk around your base and hear conversations, and the game has a movie browser just in case you miss a cutscene.

Bad: The frame rate always drops from 30 to 20, but it doesn’t hinder the experience. There are a few times where the game will load the level while you’re moving, but this only takes 2 seconds so it’s not a major hinder to the game.

Questionable: In 3 thermal energy is the currency while in the previous games it was your health and in 3 your jacket always keeps you warm since it has thermal energy built in, so why in LP1 does your health always decrease every time you walk in the snow. Also the Rig can self repair, so why can’t any of the mechs in LP1 & 2 do self repair?

Overall: Lost Planet 3 is a really good action adventure horror that improves the series with the better controls scheme in the series and adding new mechanics and things like a upgrade system to both the mech and human. While the frame rate does drop it never hinders the experience. The story is not great, but you probably won’t care since the gameplay is where it’s at and that is the most important part of the game. This is a very underrated game, but it is really good and this is my favorite LP game. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay.

Dislikes: Story, some human designs.

Wishlist: Sequel, Better graphics than 2, costumes for both you and the mech.

Score: 5/5 DAMN ITS COLD!

Recommended for fans of: Lost Planet, Capcom, Aliens, Gundam, Robots, Snow, Spark Unlimited.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS SHADOW OVER MYSTARA REVIEW

ONWARD TO BATTLE!

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DUNGEONS& DRAGONS SHADOW OVER MYSTARA(PART OF CHRONICLES OF MYSTARA)

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3/WIIU

Game Supports Spanish, French, German, Italian, and English text.

Audio Support English only.

Supports 1-4p offline and online coop.

 

Story: A Sorceress is trying to revive a fiend that can destroy Mystara and our heroes must stop before the fiend is revived.

Good or Bad Story?: This beat-em up does focus on its story and its a good 1. Its predictable, but even so its good. G00D!

Graphics: This game came out in the arcades in the 90s and playing it in 2013 on the current consoles the game’s visuals hold up very well. You have option to change the graphics filter and screen size.

Audio: The music is well done and the voice acting is good although there isn’t much to it.

Game play:

Good: D& D is a beat-em up rpg arcade game that feels like a fighting game that supports coop both online(drop-in/out) and offline with 4 people. The game includes 6 playable characters each with an alternate costume who you can name whatever you want and yes you can name them bad words. In combat you have close range attacks that can hit enemies standing in front of you, below the belt, use SF motions to use more attacks, and attack those that are lying on the floor. Each also has an inventory that gives them access to more attacks, but depends on the character and each character has a special attack that is powerful that requires health.

During fights enemies tend to drop items and you can pick them up to get points and other stuff. At the end of each level your character will level and gain something like an item or extra cash as well as take you to a shop to purchase items. Now another thing during levels you may get the option to select where to go next and the choices you make may take you to a shortcut of the level. Finally you can also select any level after you beat the game, you can also run away from fights, unlock stuff, and you will fight some tough bosses.

Bad: ?

Overall: D & D is a really good beat-em up that offers 6 playable characters that give the game variety of play styles. It is 1 of the best beat-em ups available now and is best played with friends as this game is not easy when you fight a boss. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, game play, music, and story.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: Sequel.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Dragons, dungeons, Capcom, beat-em ups, fighters, coop, and rpgs.

REMEMBER ME REVIEW

REMEMBER TO LIVE

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REMEMBER ME

Platforms: Xbox 360/PC/PS3

Game Supports Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English text.

Audio Support French, Italian, German, Spanish, and English.

Played in French.

Story: Nilin is a memory hunter who is able to delete, steal, and change anyone’s memory and cause of that her own memory has been deleted. However, a person named Edge(not the former WWE wrestler) is going to help you get them back from the ones who deleted her memory.

Good or Bad Story?: Its really interesting to see what Nilin has to do to just get her memories. In the beginning it starts at a good pace, but later it gets emotional. GOOD!

Graphics: The game runs on Unreal Engine 3 and it looks really good. The art of the game reminds me of Appleseed EX Machina if it was made by the French.

Audio: The French voice acting is really good and unlike most games you can change the voice audio in game. The music of Remember Me is 1 of the best I ever heard in video games yet.

Game play:

Good: Remember Me is a 3rd person action beat-em up that is straightforward. Like any beat-em up you will fight enemies who are of lower class and then fight the boss at the end of the stage. The combat; however, is different from other beat-em ups as you can pull-off combos which you have a total of 4, but start off with 2. The combos can be adjusted to your liking by going in to the combo lab where you assign any attacks to any of the 4 combos and there are 4 types to choose strength, heal, cool down, and chain. Strength attacks do more damage, heal attacks will give you health, cool down will lower the timer on your S-Pressens so they can recharge quicker, and chain allows you to chain another combo. The longer the combo the more the timing changes to land the next attack and you can reset your combos by rolling which can also help you avoid attacks from your enemies. There are also super moves called S-Pressens which give you new abilities, but you must unlock them first and there are fatalities called Overloads which are satisfying. And the combat is similar to the Batman Arkham games as you can move the left stick in any direction while attacking to switch targets. There are parts of the game where you will have to use stealth, it starts easy and gets harder later. There are puzzles which are mostly simple, but there are a few that require patients and some cut scenes are also puzzles know as Memory Remix where you will have to alter the memory of certain characters. You will be able to explore the environment to find collectibles that can increase your stats, health kits, earn xp, and unlock some artwork. You can also shoot enemies(the shooting has a Metroid Prime Feel), fight bosses( each boss fight is different), and there are plenty of plat forming. Note the game will give you hints on where to find some collectibles and when you don’t know how to fight certain enemies.

Bad: ?

Overall: Remember Me ends up being a really good beat-em with a good story, fun combat, good puzzles, and good stealth. Dontnod’s first game is memorable and I hope to see what they come out with next.

Likes: Graphics, voices, combat, boss fights, puzzles, stealth, story, exploring, collectibles, and music.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: A sequel/spin-off/prequel/reboot of Remember ME.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Dontnod, action, beat-em ups, Batman, stealth, sci-fi, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, Ted, Capcom, and fighters.

BIOHAZARD 5 REVIEW

I’M NO SUPERHERO

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RACIST EVIL 5(BIOHAZARD/ RESIDENT EVIL) INCLUDING DESPERATE ESCAPE

Platforms: Xbox 360/PC/PS3(Desperate Escape only on Xbox 360/PS3)

Game Supports Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English text.

Audio Support Bilingual(some English and some Afrikaans)

Supports 1-2 coop offline and online.

Story: Chris Redfield is sent to Africa to team up with Sheva Alomar to arrest Irving who is trying to sell bio-weapons to the black-market, but they must first survive against the villagers. In Desperate Escape Josh and a old friend must go and find Chris and Sheva while fighting the remaining villagers.

Good or Bad Story?: RE5’s main story is really good, but in Desperate Escape there isn’t much story do to the fact as its only an escape and it’s not a bad thing as you will know where it leads. GOOD!

Graphics: RE5 came out in early 2009 and playing it in 2013 the game is still 1 of the best looking games I ever played. Everything is highly detailed from the menus to the characters. However in my 3rd play through there was a bit of screen tearing although its barely noticeable.

Audio: The voice acting is really good, but I would have liked if the characters could speak more languages. And the music is really good from the tense moments to the game’s final theme.

Game play:

Good: RE5 is a 3rd person action survival shooter where you shoot/knife, punch/kick, share items, and solve puzzles. You can shoot/knife enemies in any part of the body and hitting certain body parts can deal more damage and allow you to perform melee attacks. The inventory contains 9 slots for both characters, if you play with a AI partner then you have full control of what your partner can carry, but not when playing with a friend. The inventory allows for sharing items between both characters and allow for shortcuts on the d-pad by placing items on the top, bottom, and left to right of the center slot. And when exiting or beating a chapter the game will allow you to remove and add items before the next chapter begins. Even though it’s not perfect I got used to it. The puzzles are mostly simple except 1, some can be done by 1 player, but some require both players. The game also has some QTEs and they add more of a interaction to some cut scenes and during fights they can help you avoid damage. There are also boss fights, unlocks, a on-screen map which can be turned on or off, a cover system depending on which level(s) your playing on and it works really well, movie browser, explore to find rare items, ammo, healing items, and guns with all items can be sold as well as guns can be bought and upgraded, and on each loading screen there is a history of RE to refresh your memory of the series. Through the game you will always have a partner and your partner will help when you are in danger as well you can give him/her orders to go guns blazing or be more defensive and if you can’t see your partner with the press of a button you can track him/her. The AI for your partner is good, but it’s better to play with a friend. Desperate Escape play’s like the main game except you only fight minions so no boss fights and no puzzles, but it is really fun to play. RE5 has 2 types of controls the classic controls which reminiscence RE4’s controls and the shooter controls which feels like other 3rd person and FPS games. The movement and camera controls for type 1are the same as RE4 as your character can move up, walk backwards, and turn to the left and right and the camera can be moved up, down, and left to right. In type 2 your character can move up, walk backwards, and side step to the left and right and the camera allows you to look up and down, but when moving it to the left and right it turns the character in that direction, but if you hold the run button then the movement in type 2 will change to type 1’s movement. So both of RE5’s controls work and feel really good. Note Desperate Escape must be beaten in 1 play through and you must beat the game once to play the Sheva and Josh’s partner and the vest takes inventory space.

Bad: The AI for your partner can be clumsy at times.

Overall: RE5 is 1 of my favorite games of this console generation and also its 1 of the best RE games I played. Playing it again reminded me how fun the game is. Desperate Escape is just as fun as the main game and could have been its own XBLA game. The game is not scary, but does it make it a bad thing? No cause the game ended up being very fun. While your partner can be clumsy at times he/she does help you a lot and the best way to play is coop. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, voices, music, game play, puzzles, coop, unlocks, story, boss fights, inventory, partner.

Dislikes: Clumsy AI at times.

Questionable: Why does the vest take inventory space?

Wish list: More audio options.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: RE, action, survival, QTEs, puzzles, Capcom, coop, bro-ops.

BIOHAZARD 5 LOST IN NIGHTMARE REVIEW

JIIIIILLLL!

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RACIST EVIL 5 LOST IN NIGHTMARE(RESIDENT EVIL/BIOHAZARD)

Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3

Game Supports Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English text.

Audio Support English only

Supports 1-2 coop offline and online.

Story: Chris and Jill are sent to Oswald Spencer’s Mansion to capture Wesker.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good as you get to find out what happened after Revelations and before RE5’s main story.

Graphics: LIN’s graphics are the same as RE5, but there is a lot more darkness to the game which gives it the horror feel. Both the characters and the environments look amazing with a lot of detail.

Audio: The voice acting is really good, but I would have liked if the characters could speak more languages. And the music really suits the game’s mood.

Game play:

Good: RE5LIN is a 3rd person survival-horror shooter where you shoot, knife, punch/kick, ¬†share items, and solve puzzles. The inventory contains 9 slots for both Chris and Jill(you can play either 1, but you must beat the game once to play Jill next time) where you can exchange items or give an item to your partner, but also if you place items on the top, bottom, left, and right of the center slot then you can use the d-pad to equip the item rather than having to open the inventory. The puzzles are simple(the majority of the game is puzzle solving) and the shooting/knife/melee mechanics work like RE4. You can change the controls to either the classic controls which reminiscence RE4’s controls and the shooter controls which feels like other 3rd person and FPS games. The enemy variety in LIN is not the same as the main game since you only fight 1 type of mid-bosses and there is only 1 final boss(depending on the difficulty you may or may not fight a lot of enemies). LIN can be played with coop(Ai partner is good), but you can play by yourself and it also has the option to make the game go back to its roots which will give the game fixed camera angles and tank controls. Note LIN is similar to Assignment Ada as you can’t save so you will have to beat it in 1playthrough.

Bad: ?

Overall: LIN is a great addition to RE5 as it feels fresh and gives you something different from the main game. The game itself is a throwback to RE1 as the setting looks very familiar to RE1’s mansion and the game play is reminiscence of that. LIN is 1 of the best dlcs available. It’s a must have dlc.

Likes: Story, Graphics, voices, music, game play, coop, horror, boss fights, and puzzles.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: More audio options.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: RE, horror, survival, puzzles, Capcom, coop, shooters, bro-ops.