Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

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Video43 mins of Resi Evil: Mercs 3D footage

Capcom shooter gets extended demo.

VideoResident Evil: Mercenaries 3D trailer

A tasty Hunk of opening cinematic.

VideoResident Evil: Mercenaries 3D trailer

Capcom dates 3DS shooter 28th June.

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Anderson: directors don't know games

Tomb Raider "wasn't very good."

Resident Evil film mastermind Paul WS Anderson has blasted Hollywood directors for "not knowing" the games their film adaptations are based on.

SSF4 Arcade Edition, Resident Evil sales

Capcom has sold 400,000 copies of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D since launch.

It sold 300,000 copies of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Japan-exclusive PlayStation Portable game Monster Hunter Freedom 3 sold 100,000 copies in the quarter.

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Lovefilm on Super Monkey Ball 3D rentals

Why you can rent SMB but not Resi Evil.

Game rental service Lovefilm has issued a bizarre explanation of its decision to allow customers to rent Super Monkey Ball 3D – despite it preventing the reset of game save data.

UK top 40: Zumba conquers all

Resi 3DS and UFC fitness game struggle.

Best-selling dance fitness game Zumba Fitness has conquered the UK all-formats chart again, spending a third consecutive week up top.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

With The Mercenaries 3D, Resident Evil finally sheds the last vestiges of its horror past and gives in to the third-person shooter urges that have been tugging away at the franchise since 2005, when this game mode first appeared as an unlockable bonus in Resident Evil 4.

It's an unpretentious timed shooting gallery, more interested in leaderboards than atmosphere and dread. You pick one of eight characters, all drawn from Resident Evil lore with their own unique weapon sets, and then dive into thirty stopwatch missions aiming for the best time and high score. There's no story, no pacing – just enemies and locations from the fourth and fifth games, shuffled around and thrown in your face relentlessly.

And it works, at least to start with. Hush the nagging voice that asks "shouldn't Resident Evil be scary?" and The Mercenaries is a solid and often satisfying action game. Control is simple, with movement assigned to the thumbstick, while the right bumper sweeps you into first-person view for aiming and shooting. This being Resident Evil, there's no shooting from the hip or moving while aiming. Well, that's not technically true, since you can shuffle around in first-person view by holding the left bumper as well, but it's fiddly, sluggish and more likely to get you killed than simply dropping your weapon and making a run for it.

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FeaturePre-Owned Mercenary

Capcom takes aim at the second-hand market - or so the Internet wants to believe.

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Capcom defends Resi: Mercs save system

"It's not some secret form of DRM."

Capcom has defended its decision to deny anyone playing Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D the ability to delete their saved game file and start from scratch.

Out This Week - 01/07/11

Resi Mercs! UFC! Dynasty Warriors!

The cast of Capcom's survival horror series reunites this week for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Heard the name before? You've probably played the all-fighting spin-off as a mini-game in Resi 4 and 5. It's expanded here, with a larger cast and extra features.

Resi Evil: Mercs 3D: no save data reset

To combat second hand sales?

UPDATE: The UK version of Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, which has just landed on Eurogamer's desk, confirms the Tiny Cartridge report. The manual reads: "saved data on this software cannot be reset."

Why Leon isn't in Resi Evil Mercs 3D

No plan for DLC characters.

Capcom has dashed fan hope that Resident Evil 2 star Leon Kennedy will be added to the roster of playable characters in upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D as post-launch downloadable content.

Resi Evil Mercenaries 3D UK release date

Resi Evil Mercenaries 3D UK release date

Bonus mode gets chance to shine.

Nintendo 3DS game Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D launches in the UK on 1st July, Nintendo has announced.

The third-person fast-paced action shooter includes a demo for Resident Evil Revelations, a survival horror title yet to be dated.

The Mercenaries 3D is based on the Mercenaries bonus mode from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.

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The most popular Resi Evil characters

Are not who you might think.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Resident Evil 2 rookie cop Leon Kennedy and Resident Evil 5 star Chris Redfield would be the two most popular Resident Evil characters. But you'd be wrong.