Be the Bad Guy

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The Umbrella Corporation - the much-maligned company behind the massive cover-up of the horrors inflicted upon the residents of Raccoon City. You've battled them, you've hidden from them, you've cursed their very name. Now, you get to be them!

Taking place during the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, you are part of an Umbrella team sent in to clean up the mess that is Raccoon City. The opening cinematic should look extremenly familiar to long-time fans of the game series as it is a different perspective on the 18-wheel crash and explosion from the opening cinematic of RE: 2. As a member of U.S.S. (Umbrella Security Services), your job is to keep the outbreak on the down-low at any cost, and eliminate any survivors, including Raccoon City Police Officer Leon Kennedy, if that's what it takes.

Not only will you have to worry about zombies at every turn, both lumbering former people and classic enemies like the Licker, but you'll also have to battle a Special Ops team sent in by the U.S. Government to investigate. As one of 6 members of the team to choose from, you'll each have specialized weapons or abilities. One character has the ability to release a pheromone to attract zombies like flies to honey, making them easier to kill. During gameplay, if you happen to get bitten by a zombie, you will even turn on your squad mates, attacking them for a short period of time. While you can choose to watch this feature or skip it completely, it should be good for a few laughs.

You can play the squad-based 4-player game as a single player with A.I. or you can play 4-player online co-op. While I love shooters, I'm not the biggest fan of squad-based shooters or online play, but from what I can tell from my hands-on time with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, the game is going to be a blast and brings a completely different element to the already fantastic series.

Look for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City to infect home gaming consoles and PC this Winter.