Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection is a sharp shooter for the Playstation 3 that includes two on-rails shooters that delve into alternate first-person scenarios for key characters and plot points in the Resident Evil franchise.

Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection includes Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, both previously released to Nintendo Co.’s Wii.

Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection includes scenarios from Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles includes events from Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code: Veronica, and brand new levels with Jack Krauser.

The Umbrella Chronicles includes moderately-paced on-rails shooting to authentically capture the brooding atmosphere of Resident Evil titles. There is a reload meter to negate instant ammo functionality and a knife option to melee pesky close-up enemies. Select levels are relegated to single-player functionality, however, co-op can be unlocked after completion of the entire game.

In The Darkside Chronicles, the entire game is co-op with each scenario using two key characters from the franchise in alternate episodes altered from the canon storyline. For example, instead of separating, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield fight together once they meet in a zombie-run Raccoon City.

Darkside Chronicles improves on the former entry with faster reloads, multiple paths, and better pacing. In addition, more objects can be shot up in the level to unlock new files that provide additional backstory to the game.

Control is solid with the Dualshock 3 controller with quick default cursor aiming and an auto-aim function. The title is also compatible with the Playstation Move and Navigation Controller.

The graphics engine is much improved with new 720p high-definition textures for sharp backdrops and enemies, though the character model construction is still conservative to accommodate the original Wii hardware. The sound engine is crisp with loud handgun and shotgun blasts to overlay an ambient, classic Resident Evil soundtrack.

Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection is a top light-gun shooting package that packs sharp on-rails action for franchise fans. From Resident Evil Zero to an exclusive chapter in the series, shooters won’t wait to reload and fire.

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