Reviewed on Playstation 3
Previously released on the Nintendo Wii, Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection brings Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles to the PS3 with HD visuals and full Move support.
Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection takes the major pre-RE4 storylines and events and packages them into a digestible, light-gun style shell. Umbrella Chronicles takes you on a Wesker-narrated stroll through Resident Evil 0, 1, 3, and a few previously untold scenarios. Darkside Chronicles focuses on the backstory of Leon and the mysterious RE4 baddie, Jack Krauser, with flashbacks to the events of Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica peppered throughout.
Umbrella and Darkside Chronicles ditch the traditional slow-paced, puzzle-filled gameplay of the earlier titles, providing simple and fast-paced action. If you can point your Move at your television, then you can easily grasp the core gameplay. In Umbrella Chronicles, you can use the Navigation Controller’s analog stick to move the camera slightly, allowing you to observe your surroundings and hunt for collectibles. Camera control is removed in Darkside Chronicles to provide a more cinematic feel with onscreen player characters and “shaky-cam” effects.
Blasting through hordes of zombies is fun, but it is best when done with a buddy; thankfully, Chronicles HD Collection supports two-player local co-op throughout the whole game. The game balances your extra firepower with tougher and more plentiful enemies. Sadly, there is no online co-op for those who do not have 2 Move controllers or a local friend to play with.
If you already played the Wii versions, your experience will not be much different. While you may notice yourself getting more headshots because of the PlayStation Move’s more precise control, the simple point and shoot gameplay works well enough on both systems to not make a significant difference. HD Collection looks noticeably better than its Wii counterparts but don’t expect it live up to the standards of RE5. The look is similar to RE4 or the 2002 Resident Evil remake for the GameCube. The character models are a bit muddy and the cut scenes have a grainy look but your eyes will be too busy following your crosshairs to notice.
Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection is an approachable and fun way to re-live most of the essential moments of Resident Evil’s 16 year history, including some previously untold stories. This may be the best way to experience the earlier games (just in time for RE6!) especially for those who don’t want to deal with the outdated controls and graphics.