Resident Evil: Code Veronica - PS2

Also known as: Bio Hazard: Code Veronica', 'Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

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Also for: GameCube, Dreamcast
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Graphic
Puzzle
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Capcom Soft. Co.: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom (GB/GB)
Released: 14 Sept 2001 (GB)
7 Jun 2002 (GB)
Unknown (JP)
Ratings: BBFC 15, ESRB Mature 17+ (M)
Features: Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only, Vibration Function Compatible
Accessories: Dual Shock Joypad, Memory Card

Summary

Resident Evil: Code Veronica is the first survival horror game to make it onto the PlayStation 2. Capcom’s excellent Resident Evil series has dominated the charts with its balance of action, compelling stories and truly scary moments. Many people regard Code Veronica as the best game of the series, and once you play it, you’ll know why.

The start of Code Veronica sees Claire Redfield leave Racoon city in search of the Umbrella company’s headquarters in Europe to find her missing brother Chris. During her search she is captured, beaten and dumped in a remote island prison. The island is, of course, overrun with the living un-dead and other unspeakable enemies. Your adventure begins. Without giving too much away, Code Veronica has the best plot of the series and even explains about Wesker from the original game.

What Resident Evil game would be complete without the inclusion of taxing puzzles to test your intellect? Code Veronica doesn’t disappoint: finding keys and items to unlock new sections of the game is still of vital importance. Some of the puzzles are particularly challenging, and rearranging the family portraits might prove very difficult.

The main difference between this version and the first three games is the how the game is displayed, although the camera angles are still reminiscent of the early titles, the backgrounds are now rendered in true 3D. This allows for subtle camera changes as the camera can move to a new angle, when you go up a flight of stairs, for example. The real advantage of the new perspective becomes clear once you complete the game. A hidden sub-game lets you tackle the game from a first-person perspective, Quake-style.

Overall, Code Veronica is one of the better titles available for the PlayStation 2. If you haven’t already played the Dreamcast version, check this out, it’s unlikely you will be disappointed.