Survival Horror Showdown: Dead Space 3 vs. Resident Evil 6
I still remember a time when Resident Evil defined survival/horror. And in many ways, I suppose it still does.
But this generation has seen various genres shifting and changing; it has seen a new IP like Dead Space come in and take horror to another level. Some will claim it's more of a third-person shooter than survival/horror but that may not be accurate; just because you can move and shoot (which you'll be able to do in Resident Evil 6, finally) doesn't mean anything. There are still a lot of slow, "holy crap, what's around the next corner?" moments.
Now that Dead Space 3 has been formally unveiled, perhaps it's time to ask the inevitable question: Which horror-based game gets your vote? EA's relatively new series or the iconic Resident Evil, which returns in October? Maybe it's best if you see the E3 spot for DS3 first.
Now, as bad as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was, RE6 does look awfully promising. "Dramatic horror," Capcom calls it. Although, that being said, in direct comparison to the new Dead Space, I think the technical edge in terms of production values will have to go to EA. Then again, Capcom put a ton of effort into the reveal trailer for RE6, which is just dripping with atmospheric and dramatic goodness.
Actually, that almost looks to have just as much fast-paced action - if not more - than DS3. They seem to be very much in the same category, regardless of what some old-school fans might say. Those fans, by the way, will probably say survival/horror in the strictest, traditional sense is dead, and only Silent Hill has stayed true to that formula. But hey, times are changing. Third-person shooter, survival/horror, whatever; RE6 and DS3 are still in the same genre (or sub-genre).
If you had to pick only one to get your money, which would it be?
6/8/2012 10:45:43 AM Ben Dutka