After the Leon demo for Resident Evil 6 was displayed for all to see at E3 2012, a huge portion of Resident Evil fans and gamers all around the world crossed it off their ‘to get’ list. The demo at E3 was just awful. It looked like it had once again lost what made Resident Evil, the best horror franchise, once upon a time was by going down the more action route rather than the horror route. And while the new Leon demo isn’t scary or heart pounding I can say from just the thirty minute demo that it’s much, much better than Resident Evil 5.
Leon blows the former President’s brains to smithereens, Helena begins to ramble on about how it’s her fault but of course she says she’ll reveal all in due time. This leads to us searching for a chip in order to be able to open a gate in order to escape. Sounds simple right? Not when you have hundreds of blood thirsty zombies surrounding your location.The demo begins with Leon and Helena side by side watching on as they see that the president has become a full on terrifying zombie. Of course Leon is hesitating when it comes to shooting the president as its the president, but eventually does.
As soon as the cut scene finished and I was able to enable Leon I immediately felt uncomfortable with how sensitive the camera felt and how weird and awkward Leon moved about. Eventually I grew accustomed to it, but it was just really uncomfortable. He’d run around with his shoulders dropped, pointing his gun downwards while running out of control into things and tripping over everything.The gameplay worked really well. Shooting down waves of enemies felt perhaps too unchallenging at times but other times when you were surrounded by an onslaught of zombies it became much more difficult. What struck me most was how limited ammo is.
You really have to learn how to manage your ammo as it doesn’t come around too often, so you have to get the perfect balance of gunning down zombies and using hand to hand combat to defeat them. The graphics were really good as well. The graphics immediately made an impact with me because of the stellar lighting and the amount of detail that went into everything, it really set the dark tone and atmosphere. The lighting impressed me the most with how the weather conditions outside changed the lighting in the building from dark to light, creating a variety of situations as well as making it feel more realistic. I also liked the lighting from when you gunned down zombies. Every time you took a shot a light would appear showing the expression of the zombies face. The sound also added to the atmosphere as it was always creepy hearing a zombie in the distance and not being able to see him due to the dark conditions.
The Resident Evil 6 Leon demo has made me put RE 6 back on my ‘to get’ list. It was a huge improvement over the awful demo shown at E3 2012. While it is still clear that its leaning more over to action rather than horror, I feel that there is a good balance of the two making the Leon campaign seem the best and worthwhile campaign to play.