Capcom had quite the booth this year with no less than two dozen titles on display covering all genres and systems. Sequels to several popular franchises like Maximo, Dino Crisis, Onimusha, and Resident Evil were all on display along with plenty of new titles.
Onimusha 3 (PS2)
This will be the first Onimusha to use full polygonal backgrounds allowing for some of the most cinematic moving cameras in the history of the series. Onimusha has always been known for their amazing opening movies and Robot is back to create a new CG movie that will rival anything you have seen in theaters.
Onimusha 3 introduces a ‘dual hero system’, bringing not only a deeper story, but also a game chock full of content and detail! The design of the ‘dual hero system’ offers two very different kinds of action, giving the player unique ways to enjoy the game as they experience very different styles of excitement!
Resident Evil Outbreak (PS2)
Capcom plans to release Resident Evil Outbreak this winter and will retain the signature Resident Evil storytelling, visuals, and bone-chilling audio that Capcom’s survival-horror fans demand. The game introduces an all-new story, an assortment of new characters, and a large number of non-player characters (NPC’s). Scenarios are generated for the player by the game with storylines branching off in new directions based on decisions made. Players can enjoy each character’s own storyline, as well as communicate with others.
Resident Evil Outbreak tells the dramatic story of an outbreak caused by a secret biological weapon infecting the people of Raccoon City. Citizens are turning into flesh-eating zombies that swarm the streets. Players wage war against the pharmaceutical giant, Umbrella who is responsible for the events leading up to this disaster. In the shadow of this nightmare are a few desperate survivors. Players take the role of these distraught few as they search for traces of life. They must find a way to get out of this city before the government quarantines the entire area by firing a missile and destroying all proof of existence. Players must beat the clock or die trying.
The colonization of distant planets has become the norm and military defenses are dependent on CAMS (Computer Arms Management System). Something goes fatally awry on an outlying outpost with the planet’s CAMS malfunctioning and killing the entire colony. In an effort to bring the situation under control, the military sends Vanessa Z. Schneider, a freelance mercenary and robot killer with a grudge. However, this femme fatale has a dark past: CAMS killed her family and her plan is to get even. Players must dodge and weave through the heavy barrage of firepower on the planet while trying to blast the technological terrors into scrap metal.
Maximo vs. Army of Zin (PS2)
In Maximo vs. Army of Zin, eight months have passed since the original story and Maximo and Grim have searched in vain for Sophia. Their search is interrupted when they are attacked by a strange ‘clockwork’ monster and realize it is being powered by the captured souls of the dead. Maximo’s quest to uncover the secret of the Zin takes him through Crystal Mountains and Dead Seas, making new alliances and terrifying enemies along the way. Can this ancient evil be defeated? Who released them? Who gave Maximo the scar on his face? Will this saga have a happier ending than the last? All will be revealed when Maximo vs. Army of Zin ships for the PS2 this Fall.
Dino Crisis 3 (Xbox)
Dino Crisis 3 begins with the discovery of the gigantic spaceship “Ozymandius” that has suddenly re-emerged after disappearing for 300 years and is now headed towards earth. Players assume the role of Patrick or Sonya, members of an intergalactic marine group called SOAR (Special Operations And Reconnaissance), who are sent by the government to investigate and procure any possible survivors aboard the outpost. As Patrick and the agents infiltrate the spaceship, they come upon a horrific scene of ravenous dinosaurs inhabiting the spaceship. Now it’s a life and death struggle against massive beasts as they float through the dark recesses of space. Despite this unnerving situation, they must cautiously proceed with their mission to find out the mysteries of the colony ship and stop it from returning to Earth.
Equipped with hyper-speed booster units, players will explore and maneuver quickly throughout the massive polygonal environments to collect objects, solve puzzles and achieve their objectives. This new type of control is a break from anything done before in the Dino Crisis series. It offers new challenges and more freedom of movement. Gamers will now be fully armed with futuristic artillery including WASPs, drones that lock-on to an enemy and automatically begin a deadly barrage of fire, to ward off the ravenous dinosaurs. Visually, Capcom has focused its attention on achieving a sense of scale and solidifying the craft’s detail.