Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are surprisingly good, even though the franchise as a whole suffered a bit of a glut around this time. Keep in mind, this was long before the masterful remake of Resident Evil 2 was even in the cards. The latest of these two dropped for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in October 2012 and it obviously is much more outdated game by modern standards, that doesn’t make it bad though. And obviously, Capcom felt that these two games deserved a second chance. Of course a lot of more hardcore fans felt that Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are rather poor compared to the heights of the early games. So there’s likely to be some Switch players that are turned off by the more action-heavy focus of the gameplay in these two games. That’s probably why these demos exist.
The big draw with these two games on the Switch is the option for couch co-op modes, as the games were built from the ground up to be co-op titles on their original platforms. That’s in addition to all the other gameplay features of course.
There is a cool addition to these demos though if you do decide to buy into the two remakes. The demos appear to share save games with the main games as whatever progress you make with the demos transfers over to the full versions. This means you won’t have to slave over the two games multiple times just to replay some early sections. I just wish more games had this kind of feature. Although I also wish more games had demos in general, as some games I’ve spent money on would not have been able to get money out of me if I could have played them beforehand.
And just in case you need further convincing, here’s a rundown of what the two games include when they release on the Switch on October 30th, for $30. That’s also the same day the Resident Evil Triple Pack releases, which includes Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6.
Resident Evil 5 is the fullest version of the game, packing in single-player and co-op modes, all previously released DLC, No Mercy mode, and the new “The Mercenaries United” mode, which bundles The Mercenaries and The Mercenaries Reunion. Resident Evil 6 includes all DLC, plus two costumes for each main character. The core game features a solo campaign, 2-4 player co-op, and an extra mode where you play as a random survivor fighting off a horde of zombies in waves.