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Whilst Microsoft’s E3 conference didn’t deliver much in terms of new games or hardware, it did reveal a new trailer for Capcom’s Resident Evil 6. While the initial trailers have given hints at reigniting the dying flame of the survival horror genre, the newest trailer seems to have ditched survival horror in favor of action. Resident Evil’s newfound focus on action is an unwelcome venture by avid vans of the series, who were hoping for the long-awaited return of the series' survival horror roots.
Resident Evil 4 served its purpose in revitalizing a franchise that was too close to becoming stale. It ditched the pre-rendered backgrounds and allowed players to switch into an over-the-shoulder view when aiming. These new additions, while simple, dramatically changed the face of Resident Evil as we had grown to know it, and were certainly for the best.
So what’s my problem with the trailer that was shown at the Microsoft conference? The action-packed scenes just don’t do much for me—it’s not the Resident Evil I grew to love. On top of that, these scences seem too over-the-top and at times, just plain ridiculous. A plane plummeting from the sky in a ball of flames makes for a pretty cool cinematic display. When that plane sparks a mile-long chase scene in which Leon is trying to escape from an unexplained cyclone of ever-exploding motor vehicles, it all gets a bit too Micheal Bay.
In the most action-packed Resident Evil to date, Mikami’s departure from the series has also seen the departure of the game's survival horror elements. In the meantime, I can’t help but think that Capcom is starting to run out of ideas. On the plus side, it was announced today that Microsoft will get exclusive access to DLC before anyone else, which should at least keep Xbox 360 owners a bit happier. Maybe I’m just being a die-hard fan, but I can’t help but think that Capcom is running out of ideas. Until the game releases on October 2, you can watch the trailer below. We'll be closely following Capcom's own releases over the course of E3, so keep your eyes peeled.