This raccoon needs to be put down.
The Pitch: Filling in the backstory between Resident Evil 2 and 3, Operation Raccoon City shifts the focus to a crack team of Umbrella Security agents sent in to clean up the crumbs (or bloodstains, whatevs) that were left behind.
What It Really Is: A disappointment. The idea of building a game around the murky backstage events of previous Resident Evils was genius. The opportunity to dive deeper into the lore of a story we enjoy should have given us that tingly feeling like when we found out that both Ed Norton and Brad Pitt were Tyler Durden. Only Operation Raccoon City never comes close to engaging us like that. The story is reprehensibly flat, the characters are vanilla, the AI (both your teammates and your enemies) showed up on a short bus and, in the end, you’re left with no revelations, just a frustrating feeling of emptiness and puzzlement about how Capcom had the gall to brand this shlock with the Resident Evil name. Operation Raccoon City is so unworthy of the RE title that, if it were a movie, Mila Jovovich’s agent wouldn’t even read the script....which we imagine would be penned in crayon and tears.
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: Operation Raccoon City gave us an outbreak...of joy!
Fun Fact: There are online multiplayer modes to be found here, all of which put forth a solid effort in redeeming Operation Raccoon City’s horrendous campaign. The catch is that you have to convince someone else to actually buy this game too. Good luck with that.
Special Features/Extras/Cheats/Packaging: The special edition of Operation Raccoon City includes a steelbook, exclusive art, two patches and eight in-game weapons. Why anyone would want to commemorate this with a special edition is still beyond us.
Who’s It For: If you had your brain preemptively removed so that zombies wouldn’t find you delicious, you can spend your time playing this while the rest of us fight to survive the latest Umbrella outbreak.