Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is one of Capcom's upcoming 3DS games that is set to come out this summer or in Nintendo's "launch window." The Mercenaries 3D is meant to be a celebration of the past 15 years of Resident Evil. In hopes of satisfying both loyal Resident Evil fans and more casual 3DS gamers, the game offers familiar characters with arcade style gameplay modes. Gamers will be able to play as Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Jack Krauser, Hunk, and Leon Kennedy.
I recently got some hands-on time with the game while at GDC. The game, or rather what we know about the game so far, is a compilation of Mercenaries Modes from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. There will be 30 levels in the final build. The point of this mode is to kill as many enemies as possible while racking up points. New to the series is the ability to switch from third-person to first-person.
The level I played was called Village; it was full of Red Monks from Resident Evil 4. The monks weren't overly aggressive, but when I got close, they attacked. I assumed they weren’t coming after me all at once to make the demo more accessible. Although, it did take several shots to bring one monk down. The real focal point of this demo was to show off shooting while moving, and, yes, it actually works! Imagine that. You hold down the shoulder buttons to sprint past zombies or opponents, all the while unloading on them. It's a good feeling.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D felt like a RE game. I got nervous and began to panic when I ran out of ammo; a familiar feeling whenever I play a Resident Evil game. The controls are fairly simple, and the only real adjustment will come with holding a 3DS. The R button is for aiming, X is to shoot, Y is your action button and B is for an item. Aiming with the circle pad took me a few minutes to get the hang of, but to be fair, those red monks are distracting.
Based on what I saw, The Mercenaries 3D will be a great game to pick and up play as an arcade experience with a series of quick matches. However, it doesn't seem like it will have a story mode that would keep gamers playing for a long time. As a side-note, graphically speaking, The Mercenaries is one of the best looking 3DS games I've seen.