GAMES - Review
10:00 - 1st December 2013, by NEO Staff

Resident Evil - The Mercenaries 3D

There's no doubt that Resident Evil has completely transformed itself as a franchise over the last few years. From an outlandish but beloved, clunky, B-movie style survival horror game, Resi has changed into a first person shooter that's more at home in ramshackle shanty towns than it is in spooky, abandoned corridors. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D fully embraces this transformation, offering 3DS owners the first truly adult title for the console, based on the minigames from Resident Evil 4 and 5. The simple principle behind the action here is to defeat as many enemies as possible in a time limit, and thusly all of the plot has been stripped from the title. Playable characters include series stalwarts Chris, Claire, Jill and Rebecca, and the game also features an offline and online two-player mode (although no single cart option for local multiplayer). Although the action is well suited to the pick up and play concept of a mobile console, Resi-die-hards will no doubt be using it to mark time until the release of Resident Evil: Revelations, the demo of which is also included here.

Controversially, the save data for Mercenaries cannot be deleted from the 3DS, meaning that anyone hoping to scoop this up as a preowned title won't be able to unlock anything for themselves.

The Mercenaries 3D gives Resi fans a true taste of survival horror, in a tense series of quick-fire, against the clock levels.
SCORE: 4/5
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