I got this game for under $15 dollars (love Best Buy Sales and Gamer's Club). I have beaten this game numerous times on the PC, and my PS3. However i love this game and decided to pick it up for my PS4. This game is GREAT! Granted, the remaster isn't anything too special, i will be creating this review MOSTLY from the mindset of a new player experience.
- Story : This game is HEAVILY focused on the older characters from the Franchise, and ties up loose-ends with Wesker. The story is VERY well done, and despite a few hiccups and cliche's (the game's plot is very similar to RE4), the game is clearly top-notch and the variety and voice acting is superb!
Gameplay: I know many people knocked the game for its "Action-Adventure" gameplay, and the move away from Survival Horror. Yes, that is true it plays more like an Action game, but that isn't a bad thing. The game does this VERY well, and TBH, the gameplay isn't that far off from RE4 EITHER (which is considered by many to be amongst the most successful RE titles). It is very smooth to play, and very fun. The only gripe i have is the game is meant for co-op, so the Friendly AI is not so Friendly, and rather unintelligent. Also the fact you cannot shoot while moving is a little less to be desired GRANTED it moves away from Survival Horror. But it isn't anything major.
Graphics: This game was ORIGINALLY released in early 2009! That is ALMOST a full decade ago, and these graphics are on par with late PS3, early PS4 generation! The Remaster gives a near 60 FPS boost, and a few fixes to things like anti-aliasing....but nothing massive (most won't notice) But the increased FPS makes the game more enjoyable.
- Replayability: This game gives us the BEST Mercenaries mode currently out there. RE4 dabbled with this, but now with 2 player Mercenaries, I can say i spent MOST of my time playing this. MY cousin comes over often and we aim to get HIGH scoring SS Rank on ALL stages, with ALL Characters. There is something so satisfying about this mode.
- Difficulty: The only main gripe I have is the difficulty. On lower difficulties the game is pitifully easy. On higher difficulties you do get a challenge, but not for the right reasons. Poorly built AI will get you killed (or they die, hence you fail) and the increase to difficulty is primarily to the enemy POWER. Their health doesn't really get an increase, the amount of enemies isn't changed, NOR their tactics. I do felt the devs were a little lazy here, and would be my only negative
Overall this game is a MUST buy! It is only 20 bucks, and unless you have a laundry list of other games to play, or have played this to ad nauseam, then it is worth it. I love the RE franchise despite of where it has gone, and think Capcom did a great job on this game. Just KNOW you are not getting Survival Horror here, you are getting Action Adventure.