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The rise and fall and rise again of Hatred
It's been a long 24 hours for Destructive Creations. One minute their controversial game, Hatred, makes it way to Steam Greenlight then it's taken off the next and eventually added back on becoming the biggest gaming news story of the day. ... [read more]
Now English speakers can understand the Final Fantasy XV trailer
It’s been a long time. Too long. Not much longer. That’s right, Square Enix has an English dub of Final Fantasy XV on the way, and they released a trailer for it.... [read more]
More Uruk slaying and beast taming awaits in Lord of the Hunt DLC
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's content expands one again with the Lord of the Hunt DLC. ... [read more]

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The rise and fall and rise again of Hatred
It's been a long 24 hours for Destructive Creations. One minute their controversial game, Hatred, makes it way to Steam Greenlight then it's taken off the next and eventually added back on becoming the biggest gaming news story of the day. ... [read more]
An Open Letter to 2K Sports - How 'Bout Them Spurs?
I saw your latest trailer for NBA 2K15, and I had to simply shake my head. As an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, you know that team that won the NBA Championship last year, I was disappointed with their exclusion from the trailer. After re-watching trailer, I realized that they ... [read more]
gamescom 2014: Sony shows off more indie games and hidden Silent Hill game
Lots of games ranging from AAA to Indie along with some shocking surprises were revealed at this year’s Sony Press Conference at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.... [read more]

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review
With a three year development cycle, Sledgehammer Games had a lot at stake when they took charge in the leading the efforts behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Set in the future, Advanced Warfare's campaign is packed with explosive moments featuring cool new tech and gad... [read more]
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
If Batman: Arkham Asylum placed Rocksteady Studios in god’s shrine, then I can say with utmost confidence that it’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that is a shining example for a great future that’s ahead for Monolith Productions. Shadow of Mordor has surprised the h... [read more]
Destiny Review
After creating one of the most iconic sci-fi first-person shooters with the Halo series, Bungie partnered with Activision to create their massive new IP, Destiny. Destiny is a multiplayer action shooter with heavier emphasis on RPG elements like character customization, prog... [read more]

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8-Bit Eric: Retron 5 Unboxing
Hyperkin's Retron 5 is a retro gaming powerhouse that can play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance games. Find out what you get in the box with this video from 8-Bit Eric. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Hyrule Warriors Review
8-Bit Eric reviews Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, a new hack and slash game based on the Legend of Zelda that is a spinoff of the Dynasty Warriors series. How does this game hold up? ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Favorite Video Game Rentals
8-Bit Eric takes you back to his childhood to look at some of the games he loved to rent. ... [read more]
Resident Evil Survivor 2:Code Veronica Review
Posted on March 10, 2009 by

Today we are taking a look at the PS2 sequel to RE Survivor, released only in Japan in 2001. This game was also released in Japanese arcades, and I understand that an arcade unit is worth quite a few bucks. The PS2 version is identical to the arcade, and Guncon support is available. Huzzah! A few things have changed from the very mediocre game that was Survivor. Does this serve to make a merely average game into something real Resident Evil fans can enjoy?

Resident Evil Gun Survivor 2 ditches the one (mostly) positive aspect of the original Survivor for a recycled mishmash of stages based on the events of Code Veronica. You play as Steve and Claire attempting to escape from Rockfort Island. Because this is really only part of CV's storyline, several characters aren't present and there are no real storyline sequences. Oddly enough, Nemesis is present as well, mostly just to kill you if you take too long...

Survivor 2's graphics are good and almost identical to Code Veronica on PS2, maybe a bit brighter in key areas. I am also glad to see that the jaggies of FFX aren't present here. I knew that all it would take was time to solve that graphics problem. The characters, Steve and Claire, look the same as in CV, which is good. The highlight is definitely the higher definition Nemesis. He just looks better, even if it is simply a matter of less pixelization.

The music is from Code Veronica, so I must give it a positive mention. Even if it is all recycled music, at least it is GOOD recycled music, not just mostly ambient noise. There are some new tracks but nothing stands out compared to the Battle themes of CV. Nemesis' roars also elevate this game's sound effects.

Gameplay is in the mold of the extra battle game in Code Veronica, but with more action and greater weapon selection. Control is unique in this game, as it uses a quasi Resident Evil control scheme, which is certainly better for a light gun shooter than the traditional tank controls. In order to turn your character, L1/RI must be used. This doesn't work very well for a controller, as it is slow and awkward. Not wanting to buy a Guncon just for this and a few other games, I can't comment on how the Guncon controls respond.

Challenge is this game is pretty easy, and if you have trouble, credits are added as you accumulate hours into this game, so you will eventually beat it. Being able to play with a 2nd player naturally makes the game easier, as double firepower is always a good thing. The replay value on Survivor 2 is surprising with plenty of unlockables, including a hidden boss fight and new playable characters. None of the requirements are particularly difficult to achieve, so I definitely think it is worth it to unlock these extras.

Overall, Resident Evil Survivor 2 is wise to ditch the pretense of a storyline and just focus on action. Much like the recent House of the Dead Overkill, Survivor 2 is action, pure and simple. And it works! Check it out if you are able to play imports, I recommend the MagicSwap software or whatever it is called. I don't exactly do it very often...

- Ugly Bob

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Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
The Crew
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
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The Talos Principle
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