There are a few places where Resident Evil 6 has improved upon the technical failings of the previous game, such as its inventory system, which is much more streamlined. Mixing herbs and selecting weapons can be done on the fly and you won't have to break the flow of the game for more than a few moments to heal up or pull out a grenade. If you're playing solo, your AI companion does a decent job of backing you up and taking the fight to the enemy rather than just standing by with a med kit for the first time you get a paper cut.
Resident Evil 6 also introduces a cover system mechanic, the most forgettable new feature of the game. It's not overly complicated to use; whenever you're near a box or a wall you just aim and then press a button to take cover. And since a good chunk of the new "J'avo" enemies you face (mostly in Chris and Jake's campaign) actually wield guns, ducking behind a sandbag or a chest-high wall does make some sense. However, you'll often find it just as effective, if not easier, to run around, shooting enemies point blank or kicking in their skulls.
When you get down to it, Resident Evil 6 isn't a horrible game, but it certainly isn't a great game, either. The action sequences and boss fights can be fun, and even challenging on rare occasion, but the whole experience blends together far too easily, feeling more like a generic action shooter than a classic Resident Evil game. Whatever tension or horror that may have existed in previous games has been replaced with quick time events, run-and-gun gameplay and levels that look like they belong in Call of Duty or Battlefield. Those who enjoy a decent action game will probably get the most out of Resident Evil 6's mindless explosions and gunfights, but for those who were hoping for a return to the more classic, scarier days of the series are going to be left disappointed.
Bottom Line: Resident Evil 6 is an average third person shooter that's missing much of what defined Resident Evil as a classic series.
Recommendation: Like guns, explosions, and zombies? Resident Evil 6 has all of those, but don't expect anything more substantial.
This review as based upon the Xbox 360 version of the game.
Game: Resident Evil 6
Genre: Survival Horror
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360