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Resident Evil Outbreak returns you to the Umbrella Corporations disaster that consumed Racoon city. You play one of eight ordinary citizens of Racoon city attempting to survive the carnage caused by the T-Virus.

There are five different scenarios in this game. Initially only one is open to you, this is concerned with the outbreak in the city, but upon its completion further scenarios with different plots and locations become available.

Gameplay is similar to the previous Resident Evil games. It consists mainly of exploring, solving puzzles, finding items and of course surviving. This is also the first game of the resident evil franchise that can be played on-line, with up to four people playing cooperatively in order to survive.


Resident Evil: Outbreak PlayStation 2 Character selection, Alyssa
Resident Evil: Outbreak PlayStation 2 Character selection, David
Resident Evil: Outbreak PlayStation 2 Sometimes blunt weapons can serve their purpose just well enough to fend off weaker foes
Resident Evil: Outbreak PlayStation 2 Monica, one of the NPCs you'll encounter in the second scenario

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Alternate Titles

  • "生化危机:爆发" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "REO" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Biohazard: Outbreak" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

What went wrong with a game so full of promise?! AxelStone (34) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Possibly one of the worst games in the series. TwoDividedByZero (149) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
The only resdient evil where you get to turn into a zombie. evan dmith (2) unrated
You still won't have enough ammo. Nick Seafort (22) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Jun 19, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
GamesRadar Jan 16, 2004 9 out of 10 90
PlayFrance Feb 27, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine May, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
1UP May 09, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Apr 05, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Revolution Apr, 2004 B- 67
Diehard GameFan Apr 21, 2004 50 out of 100 50
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 10, 2006 2 out of 5 40
Super Play (Sweden) Sep, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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The younger Black character in this game, Jim, was originally designed as a comic relief character for the original game. (Perhaps they realized how unintentionally hilarious the game was already?)

European release

In Europe, the publisher decided to release this game without the possibility to play online, which wasn't a very smart idea as the whole game was intended to play with friends and not alone.


According to publisher Capcom, Resident Evil: Outbreak has sold 1.45 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

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Ciarán Lynch (76) added Resident Evil: Outbreak (PlayStation 2) on Mar 24, 2004