Resident Evil 6 (2012)

by Christopher
6 minutes read


Resident Evil 6 expands the survival horror genre with its innovative gameplay and intertwined storylines. Featuring a global narrative and cooperative play, it offers a distinct experience within the series, despite mixed reviews.


In the shadow of a global bio-terrorist attack, Resident Evil 6 stands as a bold evolution in the series. Introducing a blend of action, horror, and cooperative gameplay, it pushes the boundaries of survival horror.


“Resident Evil 6”, a major installment in the Resident Evil series, is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Capcom. The game was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October 2012, and for Windows in March 2013. It was re-released with all downloadable content for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2016, and for the Nintendo Switch in October 2019.

The game’s narrative is centered around four interwoven campaigns, each featuring a unique style in both tone and gameplay. Players control Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller, and Ada Wong as they confront the force behind a worldwide bio-terrorist attack.

The game allows players to select between four scenarios with interwoven storylines centered on Division of Security Operations (DSO) agent Leon S. Kennedy, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) Captain Chris Redfield, mercenary Jake Muller, and spy Ada Wong. In the Leon, Chris, and Jake scenarios, players have the option of controlling either them or their respective partners, United States Secret Service agent Helena Harper, BSAA sniper Piers Nivans, and DSO agent Sherry Birkin. The character not selected by the player is controlled by either artificial intelligence (AI) or another player via local or online multiplayer. Ada’s scenario can be played with or without a partner and a second player who joins will control the non-canonical character Agent.

The game takes place over a period of at least six months, from December 2012 to June 2013, which is over fifteen years after the U.S. Government’s destruction of Raccoon City. It also takes place in various locations around the world. The narrative moves between North America, the war-torn Eastern European state of Edonia, and the Chinese city of Lanshiang.

In Leon’s Campaign, United States President Adam Benford plans to publicly reveal the government’s involvement in the 1998 Raccoon City incident during a seminar held at Ivy University in the American town of Tall Oaks. However, during the seminar, he suddenly mutates into a zombie after inhaling an infectious gas of the newly developed C-virus. The gas spreads rapidly, infecting nearly everyone on campus. Agent Leon Kennedy of the Division of Security Operations (DSO) shoots the reanimated President to save United States Secret Service (USSS) agent Helena Harper, who admits her involvement in the bioterror attack and promises to explain once they reach Tall Oaks Cathedral.

Despite the criticisms, the game sold 10.9 million units by December 2022. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, released in 2017, switched to a first-person perspective and returned to the survival horror genre.


Main characters include Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and new additions like Jake Muller. Each brings unique skills and perspectives to the battle against the C-virus, with their paths crossing in unexpected ways throughout the game.


RE6 introduces an over-the-shoulder view with the ability to move and shoot, enhancing combat fluidity. Players navigate through the campaign in co-op mode, experiencing intersecting storylines and scenarios. Key moments allow for online multiplayer, where players can join forces in tackling the zombie menace.


Resident Evil 6 stands as a testament to the series’ ability to reinvent itself, offering a unique blend of action, horror, and cooperative play. While it may have divided fans and critics, its bold approach to narrative and gameplay secures its place in the Resident Evil legacy.

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