Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica
|Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica|
|Developer(s)||Capcom, Namco, Nextech, SIMS Co., Ltd.|
|Platform(s)||Arcade, PlayStation 2|
|Genre(s)||Light gun shooter|
Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica, known in Japan as Gun Survivor 2 – Biohazard – Code: Veronica (ガンサバイバー2バイオハザードコード：ベロニカ Gan Sabaibā Tsū Baiohazādo Kōdo: Beronika), is a light gun shooter video game developed and published by Capcom and the 7th installment of the Resident Evil series. The arcade version was developed in conjunction with Namco for the arcade machines. The game was released for PlayStation 2 and the Namco System 246. It was released on the PlayStation 2 on November 8, 2001 in Japan and in Europe on March 22, 2002. The game is the second installment in the Gun Survivor series and sequel to Resident Evil Survivor. The game is adapted from Resident Evil Code: Veronica and features enemies and characters from that game, and enemies from Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
Claire Redfield, is continuing to look for her brother after the Raccoon City incident and she was tipped by an unknown source about an Umbrella facility in Paris. When she tried to infiltrate the facility, she was caught, after which she was taken to the Umbrella prison in Rockfort Island. She teams up with fellow prisoner, Steve Burnside, and plans to escape while an outbreak of the t-Virus is released onto the island. This game's events are actually revealed to be a dream after the completion of the arcade mode, which Claire is having after escaping Antarctica with her brother Chris Redfield at the end of Code: Veronica.
In the game, players assume control of either Claire Redfield or Steve Burnside in two distinct gameplay modes: dungeon and arcade. Both modes offer light-gun support, including the GunCon 2 from Namco, although the game can be played using the standard Dual Shock 2 controller as well.
In arcade mode, the aim is simply to escape from Rockfort Island. The route is split into several stages, with completion of each sector dependent on finding a key and defeating the boss character lurking in the area. In addition to the bosses, players must face an assortment of enemies. The arcade mode also offers assistance via the partner system. This allows players to team up with a computer-controlled character to provide cover. If players choose to play as Claire, for example, their partner will be Steve. The game runs on a timer that counts down when an area is entered, and if time runs out, the Nemesis from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis will start pursuing the player and will quickly kill the characters if they don't hurry to an exit.
Without the assistance of a partner, the dungeon mode pits players against successive waves of enemies, comparable to a survival mode. Completion of a mission is once again determined by defeating a boss, but the more zombies and mutants defeated, the greater the overall mission score. Time is also crucial in this mode, because each time an enemy is defeated, a combo gauge appears and the player must defeat another enemy before the gauge runs out to receive an additional combo score. If players are quick enough and accurate enough, then the combo will keep multiplying, resulting in bigger scores. In this mode, the player's character can select three weapons to take on the quest. Some weapons can be used by both Claire and Steve, while others such as the magnum and the grenade launcher are restricted to an individual character.
The game was announced as Biohazard: Fire Zone by Capcom in February 2001 as part of a deal with Namco in developing an Arcade game tie-in to the Resident Evil series. Back in 1998, Capcom had toyed with the notion of developing an arcade game after the proper-establishment of the franchise; this was either the precursor to Fire Zone or an unrelated project "deep in development" for the Sega Naomi that was merged with the then-Dreamcast-exclusive Resident Evil Code: Veronica (the Naomi and Dreamcast were designed with the same hardware components).
Still in beta-testing, it was scheduled to appear at the AOU Amusement Expo later in February, 2001. From available footage, it was noticeable at the time that there was no voice acting in the game's cutscenes; instead, all conversations between Steve Burnside and Claire Redfield were subtitled. Capcom had already confirmed that they had no plans on releasing the Arcade machine into the North American market. Just two months later, the game was officially renamed Gun Survivor 2 Biohazard Code: Veronica.
Despite that Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica is a retelling of the events in Code: Veronica depicted as dream from Claire Redfield, she never encountered the Nemesis or the monsters from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis in Raccoon City. However, the secret report files which can be read after collecting the hidden gems in the arcade mode reveal that Umbrella sent a replica of the Nemesis to Rock Fort Island due to Albert Wesker's offensive attack on Rock Fort and that it is programmed to set loose and attack once an emergency is detected.
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