You’ll also unlock bonus side missions that tell more of the Resident Evil story. Oddly enough, these are single player only stages. There are special weapons available only in these missions, so it’s worth it to go it alone and check them out. It's kind of a bummer if your partner wants to play everything. You can ask them to go make you a sandwich while you play, but I wouldn't suggest it.
Speaking of partners, players share a health bar in RE: TUC, so feel free to grab a Green Herb or First Aid Spray when you see them. Ammo is not shared. Be sure to communicate with your partner. At the beginning of each stage you’ll be armed with a pistol which has infinite ammo along with a better weapon of your choice. I stuck with a shotgun while my wife used a submachine gun in the early levels. Plenty of weapons become avaiable as we progressed through the game.
Overall, the nostalgic fun factor outweighed the game’s flaws. We really enjoyed our time with Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. I'm happy to say The Darkside Chronicles is superior in almost every way. .
After having our fill of RE: TUC we attacked RE: TDC. The gameplay is very similar, with a few exceptions. First of all, the game looks much better. It’s still a 2009 game with a little bit of HD slapped on it, but at least it didn’t make my eyes bleed. The voice acting is still groan-worthy.
The events of RE: TDC focus on RE: 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, along with a few extra areas for good measure. Shoot bad guys in their weak spots and try not to die. Unlike RE: TUC, each player has their own health bar, so don't be that guy that grabs everything on screen. Ammo is shared this time, so if you do feel the urge to stuff your pockets, do it with bullets.
There are numerous extras to pick up in each level, including more data files and gold pieces. You'll use this gold to upgrade your guns. Once again, this is shared between you and your partner, so don't be shy. If it's shiny, shoot it, or take it, or both.
RE: TDC features a much more dynamic camera than RE: TUC. The game feels more polished than its predecessor. It does a great job of conveying the desperate mood of the older Resident Evil games. It's still and action-packed on-rails shooter, but the horror level is ramped up.
Light gun fans should definitely pick up the bundle. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a little rough around the edges, but The Darkside Chronicles more than makes up for it. Oh, and fair warning to single players: these games are tough solo. It's better to bring a friend.
Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection is available exclusively on the PlayStation Network. A review code was provided by the publisher.
The Co-Op Experience: Two player local co-op is supported. Each player controls an on-screen cursor with either a regular controller, a PS Move, or a combination of the two.
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