Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X
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Information

Publisher:
Capcom
Developer:
Capcom
Release Date:
August 21, 2001
ESRB Rating:
M

Score: 9.7

The Resident Evil series has been a game which has always had 3D characters on top of a pre-rendered background, but that has changed with Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X.

Features:

  • The first Resident Evil game to be 100% 3D
  • Claire Redfield returns as she tries to find her brother Chris
  • New friends to make and new enemies to shoot down
  • The return of the Mansion
  • CODE: Veronica X features about 10 more minutes of cutscenes
Graphics
Resident Evil CODE: Veronica looked great when it originally came out for the Dreamcast, but now that it's been ported to the PlayStation 2 the game simply doesn't look as good as it did back then simply because there are much better-looking games out now. I'm not saying the game looks bad -- it looks good -- but it just doesn't look as good as the Gran Turismos, Metal Gear Solids, and other games that have come out recently.

Anyway, the game has finally switched from 3D characters on pre-rendered backgrounds to full 3D. Even though it is all in 3D, you really couldn't tell that much of a difference compared to previous games in the series because Capcom has done a great job in designing the backgrounds and the characters don't look bad themselves.

Gameplay
CODE: Veronica X still has the control scheme that everybody loves to hate, but I don't really have much of a problem with it even though I would love to see a Resident Evil with the Devil May Cry controls.

In X, you still have you track down keys to open door and solve some pretty easy puzzles so there's not much new in that department, but if it's good and works, why change it?

Sound
The voice acting in this game is good at some areas and just plain bad in others. Alfred Ashford, one of your enemies, has a voice and laugh that is just weird. Claire, Chris, and Steve Burnside, one of the people you'll be able to play as, are voiced pretty well, but they are mostly not that good.

As far as music goes, X has some pretty good music. I really can't find anything wrong with it.

Replay Value
The main part of the game will probably take you 8-10 hours to beat it, assuming you know what you are doing. Once you beat the game you unlock a Battle Mode where you can play as Claire, Chris, Steve, and Albert Wesker where you have to get to a certain point without dying before time runs out.

The Final Word
If you have Resident Evil CODE: Veronica for your Dreamcast, I wouldn't recommend getting X unless you are either a diehard Resident Evil fan and must have every game in the series or just want to see the extra 10 minutes of cutscenes. But for those who are new to the series, CODE: Veronica X is a great starting point.

-- MajorLocke

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