The T-Virus has been unleashed again! Back-peddling to the beginning of Resident Evil's rich history, Operation Raccoon City takes place - as the title suggests - back in Raccoon City, where it all began in 1998. This much-anticipated title by Capcom is now available on store shelves and with its release, comes a brand new launch trailer!
For those unfamiliar with the story behind Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, it is the duty of players as Umbrella Secret Service agents to cover up Umbrella's tracks and ensure the secrecy of what happened in Raccoon City - that's right, you'll be playing as the villains and reshaping history. For anyone who follows the games religiously, the game takes place in the timeline right between Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. To get a better look at the story, tone, and characters check out the Operation Raccoon City 'Triple Impact' trailer.
Within the trailer we get a lot of quick cuts of the action, zombies, and at the end a very threatening BOW (bio-organic weapon) that isn't Nemesis. Filled with much more action than Resident Evil fans are accustom to, this game will truly test the franchise's elasticity. Check out Operation Raccoon City launch trailer below:
Operation Raccoon City is not the run-of-the-mill Resident Evil game, which was the intent to begin with - Capcom was looking to broaden its audience within the Resident Evil franchise. From a glance, looking at the first 10-minutes of gameplay, any fan of the series could tell this would not be a typical RE game. Taking the survival horror out of a survival horror franchise was quite difficult, especially considering the bit of backlash Resident Evil 5 received from the hardcore segment of the fanbase for focusing more on action and less on horror, but Slant Six Games seems to have found their own way to leave their mark on the series.
Not leaving anything to chance, Capcom has also given gamers a great expansion of gameplay with 4-player online co-op and online multiplayer vs. modes supporting 4-8 players depending on the mode. The multiplayer modes sound very promising since they let players expand away from Umbrella and play as the US Spec Ops team. Aside from the multiplayer features, fans can also jump into Heroes Mode - packed with the series' iconic characters - and Nemesis Mode (only for the Xbox 360).
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is one of Game Rant's 25 most anticipated releases of 2012 and is out today with a May 18 release date for PC.
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