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YMMV: Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • When Steve Burnside spots a couple of swinging cranes that they can use to escape Nosferatu:
      Steve: "Claire, you like to swing?"
      Claire: "Excuse me?"
    • Another one:
      Alfred (to Steve and Claire): "The girl and boy, destined to be one, will reveal the way!"
      Claire: "'Girl and Boy'...? What!?"
  • Awesome Music:
  • Badass Decay: Hearing Jack Krauser's internal monologue makes him sound whinier and more cowardly than he normally seems. Considering he's suffering a mental breakdown at the same time his raging inferiority complex decided to flare up, it was to be expected. To his credit, from Leon S. Kennedy's perspective he never actually loses his composure.
  • Complete Monster: The game's presentation of Alexia Ashford; her love for her brother is no longer a part of her personality, the way it was in Code: Veronica and her evil is cranked up a few notches higher. A Child Prodigy who joined the Umbrella Corporation at the age of twelve, Alexia was also an entitled sadist with a serious god complex. She aided her brother in murdering and experimenting on their father, tortured a classmate to death (and recorded the session) for being almost as smart as she was, and eventually injected herself with the T-Veronica virus, which she planned to use to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Reawakened from cryogenic sleep in her twenties, Alexia kills her brother for not waking her up on time, transforms Claire Redfield's Love Interest, Steve Burnside, into a monster and forces him to fight her to the death, and tries repeatedly to kill Chris and Claire for no other reason then their presence at her facility. She reveals that her plan is to infect the world with the T-Veronica virus, enslaving most of humanity to her will. When asked why, Alexia just gloats about how, as a superior specimen of humanity she deserves to be Queen.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Krauser, of course. He was so popular back in Resident Evil 4 that one of the main storylines in this game focuses on his descent into darkness.
      • The fact that he was one of the development team's favorite character was also a big contributing factor to the decision as well.
    • Manuela has built up a growing fanbase of her own. Though sadly, she may never appear in another game despite the game's canon ending saying she survives and is taken into U.S. government custody. However, her return is not completely out of the question. She has a wonderful singing voice which fans are very fond of. To top it off, she managed to accomplish what Alexia could not in her life-long mission: become one with the T-Veronica virus.
  • Even Better Sequel: The Darkside Chronicles certainly seems to be the better of the two Chronicles games in the eyes of fans. Whilst The Umbrella Chronicles was good on its own merits and added more depth for Albert Wesker, The Darkside Chronicles had improved graphics, widened the range of headshots (except on Hard and Very Hard difficulty to add to the experience), remastered and remixed some of the most beloved music pieces in the series, had a well developed, original story with a more complex villain in Javier Hidalgo, a good supporting character in Manuela Hidalgo, and the settings revolved around Resident Evil 2 and Code: Veronica; the former arguably being the most beloved game in the series and the latter being cult favorite amongst fans.
  • Game Breaker: Having a second person playing turns the game into a joke as the enemies increase in neither volume nor toughness to compensate for the fact that they are being shredded by twice as much lead. Note that this only applies to Normal mode and lower difficulties.
    • If the player don't have anyone to play with, they can always go Guns Akimbo. It just takes a while to get good at aiming with their other hand.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Crows, spiders, G-embryos and roaches in Memory of a Lost City.
    • Bats and ants in Game of Oblivion.
    • Piranha, bats and ants in Operation Javier.
  • Inferred Holocaust: There are T-Virus infected piranha loose in the Amazon river system. South America is boned.
  • Narm: Here.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Not completely rescued, but some fans who dislike Steve in Code: Veronica found him more tolerable in this game due to him having a new voice actor and for acting far less of a Jerkass towards Claire.
    • Annette Birkin of Resident Evil 2 fame also was hit by this, as her brief depiction in this game is a lot nicer and more sympathetic/tragic. She seems to be much more of a mother in this game than she was in the original, showing far more concern for Sherry and far less of an obsession with William's G-Virus. She even takes it upon herself to stop her mutated husband as opposed to fangirling over his work in spite it being a major contributing factor in the Raccoon City Incident.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Most fans of the game aren't very fond of the more pronounced and active shaky-cam, which can easily mess up the player's shots, more so if they're going for a critical hit on a zombie.
  • That One Boss: Most of the late chapter bosses will have the player swearing at the screen, as they tend to be iron Lightning Bruisers whose weak spot is small and hard to hit. The fact they often come sequentially is alleviated only by the fact that the game usually throws you a checkpoint in between each boss. Props definitely have to go to Alexia who is just as jaw-grittingly frustrating as she was in the original game. Worse then that, she comes right after the battle with Mutant Steve, himself a painful boss.

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