|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Capcom Production Studio 4||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Capcom||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jun. 23, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While it would have been nice if the control and camera issues had been addressed in REA, this is just a straight port of the GameCube remake and most of us are used to these old school RE conventions by now. However, there are a few minor improvements in this version worth noting.
Players are given several control options now including using the Wii-mote and Nunchuk, Wii-mote only, a classic controller, or if you are really going for the nostalgic feel, a GameCube controller. All of these options work perfectly fine, with the only real issue coming from how hard the B trigger is to hit when using only the Wii-mote. There is also no need to fear shoddy motion controls, as they havent been shoehorned in, no matter which control option you ultimately decide to go with.
The two other noteworthy improvements actually come as a direct result of the change in media formats from the GameCube to the Wii. Sure, the tiny GameCube discs were cute and usually made for speedy load times, but they didnt hold very much data. As a result, RE came on two discs for the system whereas REA fits entirely on a single Wii disc. Even with the extra disc space, some compromises were still made when it came to the games audio, which is now noticeably clearer and crisper.
Having multiple control options, not having to change out tiny discs midway through the game, and having better audio are definitely pluses, but I dont think they are big enough improvements to merit picking up this title if you already own the GameCube version. However, if you for some reason didnt get around to checking it out before, at thirty dollars REA is a great deal and will provide you with countless hours of RE goodness. Of course, you do still need to be willing to put up with the not so great side of classic RE games including tank controls, fixed camera angles, and an unforgiving save system. Though, if those dont sound like major problems to you and you dont already have the RE remake on the GameCube, then this would definitely be a worthwhile purchase.
CCC Staff Contributor