Friday, March 28, 2014
Resident Evil 6 Archives Unboxing
After the positive reception from everyone to my Resident Evil Retrospective, I had the itch to re-visit some of the classics in their more current (see: high definition) iterations. I started looking around for the best way to do this and received some hot tips from a few of you. The first was to hunt down a copy of Resident Evil 6:Anthology for the PS3. However, it turns out that due to rarity there is some INSANE price gouging for it in the aftermarkets. $135?! No thanks. I'm not willing to concede to that kind of free-market savagery just for an RE2 download code, so I went with the easier, less expensive option of Resident Evil 6:Archives for the Xbox 360. It has less content than Anthology but still has plenty of stuff inside the box. Lets open it up and take a look!
Firstly, this is no longer retailing for $90 like the header image states. You can buy it off of Amazon for roughly $30 now which is a fairer deal. Especially considering much of the contents is download codes. The main act is Resident Evil 6, and that is included across 2 discs with additional language packs. The third DVD is the full length CG animated movie Resident Evil:Degeneration which I actually have yet to watch. RE4:HD, RE5:Gold, and Code Veronica X:HD all come on paper as downloads. Whether this is unfortunate is a matter of opinion I suppose. Collectors tend to like physical media, but then again, hardcore RE fans would probably want copies of these games for their original platforms.
Since its presentation (a basic plastic Xbox 360 case) and content aren't a standout as a collector's item, I'd really recommend this to people who are interested in playing (or re-playing) the games. Resident Evil 4 and RE:CV are modern classics so explanation is needed for those. RE5 and RE6 have been maligned, but I'll argue that they are actually pretty fun in their own mindless way if you have someone to play co-op with. Heck, for thirty bones you could buy a second copy force it on someone as a gift.
I'm gonna give this an overall thumbs up. At half the cost of a new retail release, you're getting a LOT of content. Four complete games including DLC, along with a movie will give you hours of Umbrella fighting fun. Also, as far as I can tell, there aren't any of those sneaky expiration dates on the download codes, because I hate it when they do that. God of War: Legacy Collection, I'm looking in your direction!
Now i just need to figure out which game I'm going to tackle first...