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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2004
Five scenarios and eight characters means a lot of replay value. The game is excellent. The graphics are flawless, however, the controls take some getting used to. Also, some of the zombie sounds are recycled from Resident Evil games of the 90's. You'd think they'd be able to afford to record new sounds by now! And the virus meter is very annoying. The first scenario, Outbreak, takes place on the streets of Raccoon city, reminiscent of Resident Evil 2 and 3. The only problem with it is that there is seemingly an endless supply of zombies, who can open doors. The second scenario, Below Freezing Point, is a lot of fun, as it takes place in Umbrella's secret lab from Resident Evil 2 and 0. The third scenario, The Hive, takes place in a hospital, I think the same one from Resident Evil 3. The only problem with this scenario is that there's a monster that always follows you around, and it reminded me of the Leech Monster from Resident Evil 0. The fourth scenario, Hellfire, takes place in a burning hotel, and is very cool, since it features the return of the Lickers. The fifth and final scenario is called Decisions, Decisions. It takes place at Raccoon University, and has many routes to explore. I haven't played it online, so I can't comment on that aspect of it. This game is an excellent mix of old and new, and a must-have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2004
I have been an avid Resident Evil fan since it's first installment. This game has some great options. First of all the character select. You can use any character for any scenario. Each character has his/her own niche. For example, one starts with a gun, another can carry more items, etc. The backgrounds and landscapes are done very well. And anyone with experience in RE will quickly be reminded of certain scenes and situations. I have never not finished an RE game. Having said that, here are the flaws with this game. Most RE games forced a good flow to the game. They didn't let you go somewhere until you figured out why. You could go floor to floor, room to room and still not figure out what it is that you need to continue. During all of this gameplay, you get extremely annoyed by the few characters following you. They constantly say the same thing over and over again, even if you aren't trying to speak to them. Instant headache with that problem. I couldn't play for more than a half hour without putting it down. Next, it appears you can only save once during a scenario. Apparently you can only reload that save once...so if you die, then it's back to square one from the beginning. Irritating to know that you can waste an hour and not have anything to show for it. Another serious problem was the downtime. Every time you open a door or use the stairs, you have to wait a PS1 amount of time before you can continue. Way too much time in between loading screens. Even if you just walked through the door and went back out, you have to wait approximately 10-15 seconds each time. Doesn't sound like alot until you are playing it.
Great graphics, great scenarios, great choice of characters. But this turned out to be the most annoying RE game to play because of the obvious faults. I would definitely recommend you rent this game first before you decide to buy.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This Game Sucked Big Time. Now before you guys start ripping me for saying this on the fly, I'll tell you what's wrong with it. First of all, the game is really slow-paced in comparison to other resident evil games such as Resident evil 1 and 3. Also, if you don't have anybody to play this with, this could be a long boring game. Frankly, not a lot of people have the guts to play Resident Evil Games, so this tag team thing is really a serious issue with this game. But, the most amazing thing about this game is the level of difficulty that it has. Even in easy mode you will have problem fighting your way out of the mess. When a Zombie touches you, you will see an infection percentage that goes up with the speed of light and no green or blue herb will fix it. Also the controls suck big time for this game, and it will ground you down after a while. All in all, I recommend renting this game first before buying it since you might actually like it. I did not, so I am getting rid of my copy. Should have rented it first!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2004
For gamers, there are few worse fates than this: You read the reviews and do your research, go out and pay full price for a hot PS2 game, take it home and get jazzed watching the intro. Ready..set..SUCK. You begin to play, and slowly accept the truth -- the game blows.
I loved Code Veronica, and I am a big fan of the Silent Hill series. This game is NOTHING like that. Because of the online element, you are but one of a group of people. Imagine cooperative play with you and four brain dead morons. Movement is awkward, camera angles are worse than usual, and the dead weight bots following you around kill any fun factor.
I did not play this game in online mode, so my assessment speaks only to 1 person play.
But, I haven't got to the worst part.
S....l...o...w load times. I read this in other reviews,yet I bought the game anyway. I thought -- hey, load times take a little while; I am patient so it will be OK. WRONG! Take however slow you are guessing the load times might be, and multiply that time by a factor of 10. Still want this game?
I turned around and sold mine on Ebay two weeks after purchase, at quite a loss. I don't typically write reviews; I make this exception to save others from the nauseating boredom that is Resident Evil Outbreak.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2006
The title says it all! I am a HUGE RE fan, and own every game. I have played every RE game for hour after gory hour, over and over for the sheer fun of it...except this game. It has no interesting characters from the RE storyline. The characters are boring, as are the slow-moving encounters. The necessary trading of items with NPC's adds nothing to the game, and in fact makes the game even slower and more tedious. Difficult is great...tedious is not. I never even cared to finish a single round, which says something b/c it was very easy by RE standards (at least, as far as I played into it). INCREDIBLY disappointing. A real departure from the series!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2007
I actually own 'Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2', but I rented the first Outbreak for over a week, and let me say this Outbreak is by far the most annoying Resident Evil I've played/seen!

Gist Of The Game: If you've played all the other Resident Evils out there, then you know what the games are about. If not, here's the scoop: Umbrella Corporation has 'accidentally' released a deadly virus into the air, turning all living/non living into undead, flesh eating creatures! Now it's up to eight survivors -- all with unique personalities/careers -- to try and get out of Raccoon City before the virus takes over them!

Gameplay: You control one of eight characters (3 females and 5 males) and out of the rest, two of them join you on a mission to complete each scenario without being taken over by the virus. Meaning, if your 'virus gauge' reaches 100%, you die. Overall, you have a time limit on whatever scenario you choose (there are 5 scenarios to start out with).

My Opinion On Game: The only nice things I can say about the game is the unique characters that Capcom made (along with people who wear more 'normal' outfits'). Also, the levels, the bosses, and even the creepy monsters that sometimes chase you around in certain places are rather disturbing. I admit that this first Outbreak is better with the scenarios than the second one.

Actually, even though the characters are unique, but they're the biggest flaws in the game! You can't even choose the people to acompany you, and their dialouge -- they just can't keep their mouths shut! They barely help you out in the first place! The side characters just usually run around complaining and whining about the situation.

Another thing is the whole aiming system. The second Outbreak actually improves greatly on this, but for this one...it stinks. It would help to move and 'auto-aim' at the enemies rather than doing it manually (I guess it's good for people looking for a challenge).

Last but not least is the puzzles. Usually I can figure out puzzles without any help (at hard ones, I sometimes shut the system off and think it over) but these Outbreak puzzles can be quite tricky without help from a players guide. Also, puzzles and the number of monsters changes depending on which difficulty level you pick. Even the easy difficulty can be somewhat hard.

Overall: I guess if you're a Resident Evil fan, then I reccomend playing this just for the heck of it. Personally though, the second Outbreak is much better -- unfortunately though, the scenarios aren't as frightening and...neither are the monsters/bosses...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2005
I waited until the day this game came out to buy it.I was hoping for this game to be really fun like RE1,2,3 and code veronica but when I put it in I was Uterly disapointed,the game play was very bad with very bad controls,The other Resident Evil games had better controls.The other thing is that this game had no story line, you just start off in a bar and run from zombies.Do not get this game just wait for RE4.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2004
I'm warning you, there is boring stuff that you might not want to read... but anyways... First of all, I havn't played much of the Resident Evil seris, just the GameCube remake and number 2 + 3 on playstation. But some of my friends love Resident Evil, and were exicted to get this game. I was wondering what was it about these games they liked.
About two weeks ago whenever one of my friends bought the only Resident Evil he didn't have (RE3: Nemesis). I had played the game with him, and I was hooked almost instantly. I finally went online to research about the RE seris, and most of what I have been reading about it was good. And I was thinking, maybe I might get Outbreak also. This past weekend when it came out, another friend of mine (Who is hooked on RE) and me went to EBgames and we both bought our own copies. Before I bought it though I was having some problems, I coudn't decided if I wanted to get it. I had a feeling that this good be fifty dollars on a game I would deslike. But I just said yes... And it was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made! This game is fun offline or online (prefer online more though). You can choose of eight characters in many differnet levels also... This is one of my most favorite games of all time. The best (of only three online games I have) online game I have.
For me it is hard to explain the game, so if you want to know how the game is, buy it... or simply rent it, but I think it is worth the fifty dollars I spent on it... (...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2004
i bought this game in hopes of blasting away zombies and having fun. the first level is cool and is the only level that feels like you are stuck in the middle of an outbreak epidemic. the rest of the few levels just feel like all the science and sewer parts of the past games, only rearranged. the difference in character choices is hardly anything special. some people can kick ass, others can unlock stuff, some can heal, but no matter what, you still get the same boring gameplay. the characters still walk around like tanks, as they do in previous titles, but the controls don't bother me. what made me mad that i wasted fifty bucks on this is that it's so freakin' short, and there's hardly any replay value other than unlocking movies and pictures. the on-line isn't all the fun either. but it's better than the single player mode. after i wasted my time with this, i felt sorry for capcom. if this is the best they can come up with, than they are headed for bankruptcy. but then i played resident evil 4 for the gamecube and that straigtened me out a bit. it kicks ass, but this game does not. buy this if you are a die hard resident evil fan. avoid it if you want a cool, entertaining game. either way, resident evil 4 can't get here soon enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2004
by the terrible new controls of the game. why change up the controls from a hugely successful franchise? stupid. the camera angles are the worst i've seen in a resident evil game; who knows where the enemies are?!?
i must state that i am a huge RE fan, but i could not be any less interested in playing online games (especially with the ps2). i think the single-player campaign in this game was glossed over in a rush because capcom was focused on putting out a RE online game. what a mistake.
RE4 looks like it will be cool for the Cube, but who knows? hopefully Outbreak doesn't sell well and capcom goes back to the basics which everyone has loved for over a decade now.
quit screwing up RE, capcom!!! the graphics should be better with each release, but don't monkey around with the controls. a successful franchise is successful for a reason, and doesn't need to be overhauled each time a new game comes out.
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