Hardcore Goes Lite
Gamers will be quick to recognize the Resident Evil name. And for those of you who are more familiar with mobile platform gaming, the brand is still bound to ring a bell. Resident Evil: Degeneration is an impressive little app that pulls in many good elements about the hardcore game series then mixes it all up to make it fit for a touch screen device. So far, we have come to love and appreciate the effort that Capcom has given to create this completely new game. However, there are still a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out.
The Resident Evil: Degeneration game is set during the events of the CG movie, with players in control of Leon (lead protagonist of Resident Evil 2 and 4). Claire Redfield also appears in the movie but plays no part in the game itself. The main plot of the game revolves around a zombie outbreak in an airport –which makes up the first parts of the Degeneration movie. This makes the game and the movie part of the canonical storyline (as opposed to the live action films which are considered to be non-canon, or simply put, not a part of the Resident Evil game continuity).
The game is divided into several chapters and to get past each chapter, you must accomplish a small set of objectives and bring Leon to a designated exit point. It is all pretty straight forward though expect to do a bit of back-and-forth exploration as you hunt the maps for key items that will let you progress the story.
Release Date: 12/05/2009
Available on: iOS
Touch and Go
The touch controls lend themselves well to the slow and careful of RE: Degeneration. The game takes on a third person view with tank controls –it feels a little clumsy at first, trying to incorporate turning with forward and back commands, but after a while it becomes easier to do. Aiming is done by tapping on the button to begin combat mode –in this mode, you cannot move much, but you will be able to aim your shots carefully.
As with all RE games, ammunition is limited, so try to get headshots when you can and practice the use of the melee attack. The range for melee is short and the attack animation is slow, so timing is the key to using this. Once you do master the melee combat, there will be plenty of opportunities to engage the enemies in melee as opposed to wasting your bullets.
That said, the game is pretty decent when it comes to farming credits. You can upgrade weapons in order to improve their performance. But try to budget your upgrades and prioritize important weapon details first. Guns with lots of ammunition and good firepower will benefit the most from faster reload times. On the other hand, weapons that shoot fast could do well with a bit of a damage boost. Continue Reading by taking a look at our Resident Evil Damnation game discussion.
Resident Evil Degeneration is developed by Capcom.