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Resident Evil is one of gaming’s more storied horror franchises. The original is one of the earliest titles in the survival horror genre and Resident Evil 4 more or less gave birth to the modern third-person shooter. The latest entry in the series, Resident Evil 6, looks like it’s shaping up to be the biggest entry in the franchise to date.

At E3 Capcom gave us our first look at what they’re calling “Cross Over Co-Op.” Basically what this means is that during certain missions in the story the individual character campaigns will intersect. When this happens, the game will reach out and find a co-op team that’s playing the other end of the mission that you and your co-op partner are playing and bring them into your game to have a four player simultaneous co-op session.

The demo they showed us featured Leon, Helena, Jake and Sherry teaming up to take on the Ustanak, an indestructible monster that seems to be taking some cues from Resident Evil 3 baddie, the Nemesis.

It starts off with the four characters meeting up and filling each other in on their situations, but before long the Ustanak shows up to spoil the party. At this point the game is a full-on four player co-op boss battle where you have to all work together to survive.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

This is a great idea in theory, but I’m curious to see how it works once the game is in the wild. Co-Op is usually best played with a like-minded individual who you can work well with. Adding in the element of being matched randomly with people you don’t know and then forced to work together is a gamble at best and a disaster at worst. If it all works out, however, it will be extremely cool. Of course, they did make it a point to say that you have the option to opt out if you so choose. But where’s the fun in that?

I also had a chance to get some hands-on time with the three demos they had on display at the show, here are some thoughts on that…

The first demo starts with a familiar scene from the reveal trailer. During what appears to be fundraiser dinner or a campaign speech, there’s a bioterror attack and the President of the United States gets infected and is turning into a zombie. Leon Kennedy, and his partner Helena Harper, have no choice but to put him down.

After dispatching the commander-in-chief they decide that their best bet is to be anywhere but there. While searching for a way out of the building they’re currently trapped in they run into a somewhat disheveled looking man who is searching for his daughter. He says he knows a way out but isn’t going anywhere until he finds her. Leon and Helena agree to aid him in his search. After poking around a little bit they’re able to locate the girl who, well, let’s just say she isn’t looking very well. The man then says that their best chance to escape is through an elevator that leads down to a parking garage.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

When the group hits the elevator, things take a turn for the worse.

The daughter passes away and her father isn’t far behind. Shortly after that the pair turn undead because of course they do. They lunge at Helena and Leon who are able to fight them off. When the elevator reaches the parking garage, the doors open to reveal a hoard of zombies waiting for our heroes.

At that point it’s officially on.

Leon and Helena proceed to fill their undead attackers with hot lead and after a short scuffle are to take them all out. But before they head out Leon sees something on a security monitor that catches his attention, two men who are cornered by a mob of zombies that are closing in fast. Leon is determined to help them, but before he can the men are attacked and killed. Leon still thinks he can help them, but Helena is able to convince him that it would be impossible. The demo ends with Leon and Helena determined to find answers about who is responsible for the outbreak.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

The second demo began with Chris Redfield, and his partner Piers Nivans, in a city somewhere in China that is burning all abound them. Their task is to fight their way to a location called “The Ace of Spades.”

This segment is quite a bit more straight forward than the Leon’s, mostly consisting of action sequences with little in the way of story. The enemies Chris and Piers are up against at this point seem similar to the ones from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, humanoid creatures that, when shot in certain areas, reveal mutations that make them even more dangerous.

This portion of the demo ends with Chris and Piers reaching their destination and having to hold their ground against all kinds of the monsters while waiting for an evac chopper to arrive.

The final demo was primarily an introduction to Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin’s primary antagonist, the aforementioned Ustanak. The Ustanak is a bad dude. He effortlessly cuts down a group of what appear to be infected soldiers before turning his sights on our heroes. Jake seems to hurt the monster temporarily by standing his ground and shooting an exploding canister as he begins the pursuit. This is a short lived victory, however, as when the flames die down the Ustanak rises back to his feet, unharmed.

The Ustanak then charges into an all-out sprint at Jake and Shelly, tearing through anything that’s in his path. After a chase sequence, Jake and Shelly are able to temporarily give him the slip by diving deeper into the enemy facility they’re currently trapped in. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re out of the water just yet.

After narrowly escaping with their lives, they encounter more of the infected soldiers from earlier. As Jake and Sherry try to fight their way through their enemies, the Ustanak shows up again to continue his pursuit. With nowhere left to run, they’re forced to stand and fight against their indestructible foe.

After a boss fight the demo ends with the Ustanak under a collapsed pillar and Jake and Sherry continuing their escape.

These demos do a good job of punctuating the main differences that players can expect out of the three campaigns. While all featuring the same basic gameplay, they all have a distinct feel to them.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

Leon’s is very much like classic Resident Evil, high tension, low ammo and tons of atmosphere, it almost feels like a return to the series’ roots. And, of course, for the first time in a long while the return of the series’ most classic enemy, the traditional zombie.

Chris’ demo is more along the lines of Resident Evil 4and Resident Evil 5, with a focus no high octane action. It has lots of enemies, lots of ammo and non-stop in your face shooting.

And finally Jake’s feels like somewhat of a departure from either style. While it does feature action similar to Chris, it has more of an emphasis on fleeing and escaping rather than shooting galleries.

Overall I really liked what I saw of Resident Evil 6 at E3. The controls have finally been updated to being them more in line with modern shooters. You’re a lot more mobile than you have been in past Resident Evil games. Not only are you finally able to move and shoot at the same time, but you’re also able to perform various more stylish moves like combat rolls and dodges. You’re also able to perform regular melee attacks without having to stagger your enemy first, as well. Unlike most modern shooters, however, your aiming reticule isn’t locked in the center of the screen; it still floats around like in the previous third-person shooter entries in the franchise. So, despite all the changes in the controls, it still feels like a Resident Evil game.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

Resident Evil 5 was generally considered to be a good game that just slightly missed the mark. In that game in felt like the co-op was thrown in at the last minute because that was the popular thing at the time. Resident Evil 6 on the other hand feels like it was built from the ground up with co-op in mind and it’s all the better for it. With three separate campaigns, each of which Capcom estimates to be around 80% of the length of Resident Evil 5, more modernized controls and the promise of another good old fashioned dose of Resident Evil insanity, Resident Evil 6seems to be coming along very nicely. I can’t wait to see more.

Resident Evil 6 launches on October 2nd for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 with a PC version planned for a later release. For more information, visit the official Resident Evil 6 website.

E3 2012: Resident Evil 6 Preview

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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