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Good game despite lame pay-off of the title. Kyle Levesque (935) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.1
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Overall User Score (13 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Atomic Gamer (Nov 24, 2009)
It is too bad, however, that backstory points (such as what exactly happened to Krauser between the time in the game to his change of heart and Plagas injection in RE4) are only hinted at, and not explored more fully. The same can be said, more or less, for the shorter present-day part of the game, which feels a little rushed compared to the relatively in-depth RE2 and Code: Veronica chapters. Even the “darkside” theme is a bit underdeveloped, but that’s probably more a function of the overall B-movie silliness that is more or less synonymous with the series’ various story arcs. In essence, what the game may lack in exposition or narrative complexity it makes up for in nostalgic capital, a refined weapons system and a classic Resident Evil feel. This is, for the most part, more than I can say about RE5; perhaps the dev team for the inevitable RE6 would do well to delve into their own past before deciding where to go from here.
The Game Hoard (Aug 12, 2018)
In most ways, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an improvement on its predecessor. It spends more time exploring the plots of the games it adapts, giving a fairly full picture of the events of Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica, while also constructing a new plot with new characters and monsters that fills in a bit of history about the characters of Leon and Krauser. You have greater access to your weapon reserves this time and its balanced better for their use, more moments that ask you to switch up your weapons cropping up and the upgrade system letting you spread the love across your arsenal. The overuse of shaky visual angles is meant to play into a bigger focus on horror and help make enemies more challenging, but it mostly frustrates the otherwise fairly accurate and satisfying shooting and complicates dealing with abrupt enemy attacks.
Meristation (Nov 17, 2009)
Visión en terrorífica persona

Resident Evil regresa a Wii con The Darkside Chronicles, secuela de Umbrella Chronicles que en esta ocasión traslada los clásicos Resident Evil 2 y Resident Evil: Code Veronica al género de los shooters sobre raíles. Es hora de volver a vernos las caras con personajes tan emblemáticos como William Birkin o Alfred Ashford.
Gamernode (Dec 09, 2009)
Altogether though, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a solid package with a load of content. The core combat is satisfying, sprinkled with interesting boss fights and fun visual and gameplay tricks to keep the usually stale light-gun formula fresh throughout the campaign. Factor in some secret scenarios (Hunk!) and a deeper look into the RE franchise, and you have a game that fans of the series will fawn over in droves. It's casual enough for the majority of the Wii fanbase to enjoy, yet features hardcore mechanics that will keep the more dedicated Wii owners blasting away into the night.
1UP (Nov 17, 2009)
And though I'm sure Darkside Chronicles can elicit a yelp or two from more casual players (co-op monster killing is always better with a friend or loved one!), storied Resident Evil fans likely won't bat an eye at the umpteenth zombie ambush. About the only moments of real tension I had were when I spotted an herb or other valuable item, and frantically tried to grab it before the camera swung in the other direction. Not to say the game is boring, though, because even though it's a little more passive, this will probably be the closest thing to a complete RE2 remake in our lifetime. Darkside Chronicles looks great, has a good amount of content, and is mindlessly fun without the mindless gaffes of its predecessor.
83 (Nov 30, 2009)
Offering fans of Resident Evil a chance to experience the longstanding zombie series from directly behind the gun barrel, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles ably builds on its predecessor and perfectly encapsulates all that's good about ye olde arcade shooter. Spread across a progressively challenging 10 to 12 hours of game time, Darkside Chronicles is a genuinely decent thrill ride that, if your arms and eyes can suffer the mounting strain, delivers a worthwhile experience that sits somewhere between retro distraction and gory tour de force.
Gaming Age (Dec 04, 2009)
If you're a die-hard RE fan then I think you'll really dig the new look at old stuff that this game offers, and all the fan service stuff that you can read and unlock along the way makes it a pretty cool experience. There's plenty of unlockables to uncover in the form of alternate costumes and weapon upgrades, making it worth the time to revisit the relatively short campaign over and over in order to unlock it all. Being able to play the game with another player in tow is certainly a lot of fun, and the improvements made to the shooting make for a pretty enjoyable multiplayer experience. It's definitely worth checking out even if you were disappointed with Umbrella Chronicles, as I think the improvements made here actually work. I look forward to seeing what Capcom does next with this spin-off, and I hope we see more like it in the near future.
Gamervision (Dec 07, 2009)
Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles is not just a strong follow-up to Umbrella Chronicles, it’s also a welcome addition to a well-established franchise. Even though there’s no online play, only leaderboards, this game is a great way to spend a night or weekend with a friend. Fans of the series would be foolish to pass up this great tribute to past entries, and newcomers could jump in without missing a beat thanks to the way the game presents its story. Following the highly enjoyable, yet also a survival horror FPS, Dead Space: Extraction wasn’t easy, but I guess you could say it’s been a pretty good year for rail-shooters on the Wii.
82 (Nov 24, 2009)
Was für ein herrlicher, intensiver, actionreicher und nostalgischer Horror-Trip! Mit Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles werden so viele Erinnerungen wach, dass ich die Reise auf Schienen durch Raccoon City, Rockford Island, die Antarktis und den neuen Schauplatz einfach lieben muss! Dabei fesselt mich vor allem die Wackelkamera mit ihren hektischen Fahrten und lässt mich instinktiv zusammen mit den Akteuren in Deckung gehen, auch wenn es die Entwickler dabei manchmal übertreiben. Allerdings hat Capcom ein Problem - und das heißt Dead Space: Extraction: Der Neuling von EA macht nicht nur technisch einen leicht besseren Eindruck, sondern hat auch gezeigt, dass man mit kreativen Zusätzen noch mehr aus dem Railshooter-Konzept herausholen kann als das, was das etwas zu konservative Resident Evil zeigt. Trotzdem bekommt man hier einen der besten Vertreter des Genres, der vor allem grafisch eindrucksvoll zeigt, was man aus der Wii herausholen kann.
Cheat Code Central (Nov, 2009)
In short, this is a good game, especially for fans with fond memories of classic Resident Evil titles and/or old-school light-gun games, and for those who liked The Umbrella Chronicles and want more of the same. It's a full-price Wii title, which might sound obscene for a rail shooter with a refurbished story, but it provides a long campaign with zombie-slaying galore, plenty of replay value, and an entertaining multiplayer experience.
IGN (Nov 13, 2009)
The rail shooter genre will never be the true Resident Evil experience, but Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles shows that the franchise can be spun out into different, successful styles of gameplay. Even with my complaints about the bouncy camera, I believe this follow-up is a significantly better experience than the original Umbrella Chronicles and one fun ride from start to finish.
True Game Headz (Dec 01, 2009)
Overall, “Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles” is a great addition to the “Resident Evil” franchise, as well as the Wii’s library. It’s a game that offers frights, an enjoyable co-op experience, and some of the most satisfying lightgun action around. If you’re a fan of “R.E.,” shooters, or just zombies in general, then this game should be at the top of your list of must play games, but if you scare easily, and don’t want nightmares of giant spiders, and undead cops, you may want to stick to something a little more kid friendly. For the rest of us, break out that zapper and hunt some undead.
80 (UK) (Nov 16, 2009)
As a companion offering to The Umbrella Chronicles this game is a neat fit, presenting a beautifully concise context within which to enjoy the some of the Resident Evil series' most intense high points. It might not be too complex or demanding but once the zombie hordes descend and your trigger finger starts pummelling the hell out of the Wii remote, you won't care one bit. For fans of twitch-gaming this surely ranks up there with the best that this anachronistic sub-genre has to offer.
80 (Nov 18, 2009)
Darkside Chronicles is one of those games that plays much better than you'd expect. Resident Evil fans will really enjoy the retelling of the past stories and the new mission with Krauser and Leon set in South America that ties into surrounding events in the RE timeline. This is one of the finest examples of how on-rails shooters can put gamers into the action without having them always in the driver seat.
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a satisfying shooter and a real treat for fans of the franchise. Weapon customization, titles, and alternate paths offer a great deal of replayability. The bobbling camera, however, while cinematic, is capable of inducing nausea or migraines on susceptible players, so be warned. The camera can also make some cheap shots, which are a little too frequent, and boss encounters a little frustrating. I ended up not minding the camera and felt it added a bit of flair, akin more to an amusement park attraction than actual movement. If you’re in the mood to kill some zombies, then grab a friend, a zapper or two, and get ready to relive some great moments from Resident Evil history.
Nintendo Life (Nov 30, 2009)
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a worthy sequel to Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. It nicely fills in the story gaps of the first collection and presents a very good-looking and deep light-gun experience. There are some interesting trade-offs in terms of the controls and some of the story lines are overly long (especially true of the Resident Evil 2 sections), but better visuals and more dynamic camera action keep the game fresh and exciting even hours into it. It's a shame there weren't the same amount of bonus chapters featuring alternate points of view like the first game, but there's still plenty to see and enjoy for fans of Umbrella Chronicles or the Resident Evil franchise in general. Here's hoping for a 3rd one covering Resident Evil 4, 5 and beyond!
Gamestyle (Dec 01, 2009)
After the disappointment of Resident Evil 5, our faith in the series has been given a much-needed shot in the arm. This is a definite improvement over the first game, and even manages to give the excellent House of the Dead: Overkill and Dead Space: Extraction a run for their money. It has a great level of fan-service for RE fans, and on its own is a solid, thoroughly entertaining game that deserves to be played.
ZTGameDomain (Dec, 2009)
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is not going to reinvent the genre, nor is it going to bring in any new fans. Instead what it does is offer a solid experience that fans of Resident Evil's twisted tale will love because it fills in so many gaps. The lengthy campaign and tons of unlockables will go a long way in satisfying the completionist in all of us and the solid visuals do a nice job of keeping you entertained throughout. The camera will bother you from time to time, but once you get used to it, it's not enough to keep you from playing. Darkside Chronicles is a great addition to the series, but I would still like to see a traditional RE game on the Wii, as would most Nintendo fans.
GameTrailers (Nov, 2009)
The latest Resident Evil spinoff is full of nostalgia and insight for dedicated fans, and it will provide anyone who isn't a zombie sympathizer plenty of 10 to 20 minute chunks of simple-but-satisfying light gun shooting. It's disappointing that the game does so little that's new, and you're basically at the mercy of the overactive camera the entire time, but Darkside Chronicles is further evidence that the slightly dated genre of light gun games can still be fun under the right circumstances.
GameZone (Nov 18, 2009)
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles doesn’t surpass the quality of the original. In some ways, it takes a couple of steps backward. But if you loved the carnage of The Umbrella Chronicles, would like to re-explore the joys of older Resident Evil games, and have been dying for another replay value-driven on-rails shooter, The Darkside Chronicles is worth playing.
Thunderbolt Games (Jan 06, 2010)
Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles isn’t the best light-gun shooter on Wii, and generally speaking, it feels like Capcom skimped a bit with respect to extras. Still, folks are getting quite a hefty story, and the pacing of most chapters makes for a fun, casual ride down memory lane.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Nov 22, 2009)
Även om det är högt tempo jag mejar ned tusentals levande döda så har jag en ganska avslappnad spelupplevelse. Ett lojt vift för att ladda om är den stressigaste rörelsen jag tvingas utföra. Annart är jag lugnt tillbakalutad i soffan med Wiimoten vilandes mot knät. Trots några få tråkiga buggar är Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles ett solitt actionspel som räcker för några kvällars förströelse. Man har inte siktat speciellt högt, men man har nått precis dit. Ungefär som ett mål mat på McDonalds.
Pelaajalehti (Dec, 2009)
Darkside Chronicles on ammattitaidolla tehty peli ja se on virheistään huolimatta erinomainen lisä valopistoolipeleistä pitävien arsenaaliin.
70 (Nov 20, 2009)
The Darkside Chronicles is a mindless blast-a-thon. It lacks the sophistication of the recent Dead Space: Extraction, but it more than makes up for it by bewitching you with nostalgia. It's just great fun. Newcomers may find its frustrations too much to bare, but for those whom the words HUNK, Tofu (complete the game for a pleasant surprise) and T-Virus rekindle memories of heady summers spent battling the evil Umbrella corporation and running past giant spiders, The Darkside Chronicles is unmissable.
Worth Playing (Nov 25, 2009)
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a solid sequel to The Umbrella Chronicles, but it's not really much of an improvement. Some of Umbrella Chronicles' more annoying problems were fixed, but not a lot of note-worthy content was added, and some good elements were even removed. The new "cinematic" features, like the shaky-cam view, are interesting to watch but don't really add to the gameplay and, in some cases, even make the game less enjoyable. There are a lot of places where it feels like the game could cut corners as well, such as the last two levels being a copy-and-paste of the previous two. If you enjoyed The Umbrella Chronicles or if you just enjoy blowing the brains out of zombies, you'll probably find a fair amount to enjoy here, but there isn't really anything to recommend this game above most of the other excellent (and cheaper) zombie-based rail shooters available for the Wii.
GamersGlobal (Nov 22, 2009)
Resident Evil - The Darkside Chronicles ist beileibe kein schlechter Rail-Shooter und bietet genug Interaktion und Abwechslung, um nicht zu einer reinen Schießbude zu verkommen. Es bietet gerade Fans der Serie mit dem Ansatz, alte Geschichten aus neuem Blickwinkel zu erzählen und zwischendrin auch einige ganz neue Informationen zu liefern, mehr als genug Anreiz, um es zu spielen. Und das Highscoresystem, der Koop-Modus, das Aufleveln der Waffen und die vielen freischaltbaren Extras sorgen für ein gewisses Maß an Wiederspielwert.
NintendoWorldReport (Nov 29, 2009)
Light-gun rail-shooters require consistency to be really great, and sadly, Darkside Chronicles introduces some bizarre elements that take away from that. On the other hand, this is classic Resident Evil zombie-shootin’ action with great co-op action and…bouncing zombie boobs.
Digital Chumps (Nov 16, 2009)
Despite my less than enthusiastic response to my time with Darkside Chronicles, I can empathize with fans who might still enjoy the package. And, for them, there are plenty of reasons to stick around and engage the considerable amount of content. Playing the other character helps make a second trip through the game a little more bearable, and doing the whole thing with a friend (or two Wii motes in your hand for true badasses) is equally fun. There are tons of documents to collect, upgrades to flesh out, and meat alternative modes (!) to unlock. And yeah, if all you want to do is blast away endless hoards in mindless fashion, Darkside Chronicles is an easy buy (that is, if you've already blasted through the superior Dead Space: Extraction).
WiiDSFrance (Dec 16, 2009)
En définitive, le titre de Cavia se pose comme un rail-shoot pas franchement désagréable mais qui ne restera clairement pas dans les annales. Malgré quelques petites améliorations par rapport à The Umbrella Chronicles, le soft souffre tout de même de trop nombreux défauts pour se révéler véritablement intéressant : caméra à rendre épileptique, durée de vie limitée, réalisation technique pas sensationnelle, etc. Les véritables fans d'horreur et de rail-shooters préféreront à n'en pas douter se tourner vers Dead Space Extraction voire The House of the Dead : Overkill pour combler leurs pulsions barbares.
65 (Nov 18, 2009)
Capcom se fait à nouveau voler la vedette par Electronic Arts grâce à son Dead Space Extraction bien plus convaincant que ce Resident Evil : The Darkside Chronicles. Malgré tout, le rail shooter de Cavia s'en sort convenablement grâce à une longévité accrue, une customisation des armes imparfaite mais plus poussée et un dynamisme renforcé. Il faudra toutefois s'accrocher pour supporter quelques choix de gameplay douteux et une progression terriblement lourde. Cependant, si vous y parvenez, vous aurez trouvé là un jeu de tir sympathique qui prendra tout son sens avec un ami à vos côtés.
Gamekult (Nov 26, 2009)
S'il ne rivalise pas avec les ténors du genre sur Wii, Resident Evil : The Darkside Chronicles améliore sur de nombreux points la formule du survival shooter initiée deux ans plus tôt avec Umbrella Chronicles. Plus ergonomique dans la gestion des armes, et un peu plus dynamique au risque d'occasionner de violents maux de tête quand la caméra simule la panique, le jeu de Capcom pèche encore par mollesse à de nombreux égards. Cela n'empêchera pas les fans de la série de passer d'agréables moments, surtout s'ils sont deux, histoire de compenser les errances d'une I.A. bête comme ses pieds. A voir en occasion.
Cheat Happens (Dec 01, 2009)
From its uninspired plot to the cheap thrills and flawed mechanics, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is an incredibly disappointing experience. Die-hard fans of the series will appreciate the different takes on classic locales, but even they will forget the game much quicker than previous titles. With much more impressive games like the phenomenal Dead Space: Extraction available on the Wii, you’ll be best served to bypass The Darkside Chronicles entirely.
JeuxActu (Dec 08, 2009)
Même s’il s’avère meilleur que The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil : The Darkside Chronicles ne fait pas le poids face à Dead Space : Extraction, c’est clair. Moins immersif, moins profond, moins dynamique, le titre de Cavia affiche encore trop de carences - notamment au niveau de l'I.A. - qui l’empêchent de prendre son envol. Cela dit, l’ergonomie remaniée, les nombreux bonus à débloquer et les parties en coopération sont des qualités à coté desquelles on ne peut pas passer, surtout si l’on est fan de la série. C’est déjà ça de pris.
GameSpot (Nov 17, 2009)
If you're looking to take nostaglic trips through locales like the Raccoon City Police Department and the Ashford family mansion, The Darkside Chronicles has you covered. Even the new South American scenario appears crafted primarily to cater to series aficianados. This is not to say that extensive knowledge of the Resident Evil universe is required to jump into the adventure, but the motion-sickness-inducing camera and inconsistent gameplay are huge hurdles to overcome for someone not already invested. On a platform where great on-rails shooters like Dead Space Extraction and House of the Dead: Overkill are boldly taking the genre forward, The Darkside Chronicles feels a little too much like a trip back in time.
GameSpy (Nov 20, 2009)
For all its graphical weaknesses, RE:DC successfully accomplishes the most important thing: the gameplay itself. Standing next to your buddy as you both do your best firing-range impression with the Wii Zapper is an absolute thrill, especially when you're rattling off Resident Evil series jargon and one-liners as you play. While it doesn't reach the perfect tone of, say, House of the Dead, RE:DC gets you as close to that arcade feeling as you're likely to find on a home console. Add to that the series' trademark upgradeable weapons and a few Ada Wong fan-service shots, and you've got yourself a bona fide contender for light-gun champeen.
Giant Bomb (Nov 20, 2009)
If you don't come into Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles with an innate appreciation for the fiction of Resident Evil, all it really has to offer is a pretty by-the-numbers guided shooter experience. This doesn't make it a bad game, just an unambitious one, and one that has a hard limit on the audience for whom it will hold any significant appeal.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 11, 2014)
Darkside Chronicles had a lot going for it but it turned out to be more tiresome than fun.
Game Shark (Nov 25, 2009)
Unless you are a hardcore collector of all things Resident Evil, The Darkside Chronicles offers insipidly little to entice. Barring a few bright spots, usually fueled by nostalgia, the combination of extremely stringent hit-detection and a camera racked by Parkinson’s disease offers far more aggravation than entertainment. If you’re aching for a jaunt into the past, I recommend stepping off the rails and dusting off the GameCube remakes.
"Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles" enters a crowded genre on the Wii, a genre that has been done much better then what is presented here. Nice visuals and a stunning soundtrack can't save the huge design flaws present throughout the title, flaws that only serve to impair the gameplay and frustrate the player.