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Some Classic Heroes and Villains Return In Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City [Video]

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has finally done something that could please fans of Resident Evil 2 but at the same time it’s far from being perfect. In addition to the main gameplay mode that has gamers assuming the roles of top tier Umbrella soldiers, Operation Raccoon City will also provide “retro” RE action via playable characters from the prestigious Resident Evil 2.

Having playable characters from Resident Evil 2 isn’t that much of a surprise since Operation Raccoon City is set within the events of RE2 and to an extent RE3: Nemesis.  Previously it wasn’t known what sort of goodies Operation Raccoon City would offer but at this new trailer shows we can expect several classic characters that could make some RE veterans give the game a shot.

Included in Operation Raccoon City via the newly revealed Heroes Mode will be playable versions of Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Carlos Oliveira, and Jill Valentine.  Each character will be able to partake in zombie/BOW killing action and yes, you can have all the characters on the same team for ultimate Resident Evil nostalgia.

The villains of the RE universe are getting their chance to shine as well as Ada Wong, Hunk, Nicholai Ginovaef, and Lone Wolf will represent the Umbrella Corporation.  If you have no clue who Lone Wolf is, it’s not me but that’s an inside joke, then you’re not the only one as it turns out he was the helicopter pilot that flew Hunk to safety at the end of RE2.  I don’t know if it’s complete fan service to include Lone Wolf or if developer Slant Six just needed another villain whose last name wasn’t Wesker and they ended up with a helicopter pilot.

Having some classic heroes and villains in the mix of Operation Raccoon City isn’t too bad and I honestly think it’s kind of a cool thing. The characters, at least the pre-rendered models, hav a weird look to them but it should be nice to just roam around and blast zombies as Leon while a buddy is Carlos or Jill.

I don’t think including such characters will instantly make Operation Raccoon City a great game since there still seems to be issues with it but at least it’ll have some elements that aren’t entirely groan worthy.  

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will do a zombie walk shuffle towards gamers in March for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.