Resident Evil Code: Veronica X


Key events

EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection MIA.

An upscaled version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica headlines this week's PSN Store update. It's available for 15.99.

FIFA 12 arrives to download on Friday - for the privilege of saving yourself a walk to the shops you'll pay 54.99 on PlayStation 3 and 31.99 on PSP.

Battlefield 3's open beta rolls out on Thursday, while gamers can help themselves to PSN-exclusive shooter Rochard, freemium role-player Free Realms and new Dead Nation DLC from today.

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Resident Evil: Code Veronica HD

Code Veronica is the lost Resident Evil, a game caught in the awkward evolutionary transition between the series' shuffling, B-movie beginnings on PlayStation and its transformation into the most important action game of the past decade with the fourth core entry in the series.

Released for the Dreamcast in 2000 (and later for the PS2 and GameCube, upon which this HD port for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network is based), it was the first game in the series to abandon the pre-rendered backgrounds that had defined Racoon City in favour of dimly lit polygons. But this was the only evolutionary step for a game that held fast to the semi-fixed camera angles, agonizing control scheme, camp dialogue and protracted loading transitions that were as much a part of the Resident Evil aesthetic in its formative days as the groaning zombies and rabid Doberman. It was, even upon release, a game stuck somewhere between the past and the future of video games.

As such, this reissue (and make no mistake, this is a reissue rather than a remake, the HD tagline justifiable only in regard to the crisp new menu screens) is a wholly different creature to last week's Resident Evil 4 HD. Where the fourth game in Shinji Mikami's series is a prominent feature within the gaming canon, Code Veronica is a less familiar quantity, boasting none of that cultural cachet or legacy.

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Out This Week - 30/09/11

FIFA 12! Resi: CV! Ico Collection!

EA Sports' annual football giant FIFA 12 lands this week for every platform under the sun. Versions for 3DS, DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 arrive in an otherwise quiet week for retail releases, as other titles stay clear of the beautiful game.

PlayStation Plus members can pick up Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD at half price (7.99) when it launches on PSN next Wednesday, Sony has announced.

Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Free Resi, Plants vs. Zombies, too.

PlayStation Plus members get exclusive first entry into the Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One online beta this week.

Botanical tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies and the PS one Resident Evil: Director's Cut are also available free.

This week's PlayStation Network Play release BloodRayne: Betrayal comes 20 per cent off, while popular PSN sidescroller Explodemon! is now half price.

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Resi HD remakes cost 1600 Points/15.99

Capcom confirms September release dates.

The forthcoming HD remakes of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X will set you back 1600 Points on Xbox Live or 15.99 on PlayStation Network, Capcom has announced.

Resident Evil HD remakes dated

Resi 4, Code: Veronica out in September.

The HD makeovers of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X arrive on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in September, Capcom has announced.