Some of you have already had a chance to play the Resident Evil DBG, but many more of you will have had that opportunity after December 3rd 2010, when the game was officially released. Once you learn to play the game, which you can do now by watching our flash tutorial, you will get to choose or be assigned your character and will start to play the game. As you begin to play you will start to figure out what kind of player you will be. Will you be the aggressive go getter that will start swinging at those Infected creatures with whatever weapon you can get your hands on, be it a gun or a knife? Or will you stay out of sight until you’ve got that perfect setup of weapons and ammunition so as not to run into some monstrous Infected that you can’t handle? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of these two types of players and I would guess most players will land somewhere between the two.
I am generally the cautious player, as those that have played with me will attest to. I like to stay behind, gather my resources and set up the perfect deck before I start hacking away at my enemy. I like to stay cool and collected until I’m ready to strike. At times this leads to my friends gaining the upper hand on me because they have had some success by the time I’m ready to strike, and they have collected enough Commendations to use their character’s effects. This will put me at a disadvantage at first, but with a strong deck and some well thought out plans I should be able to catch up and even jump to the lead in a short time. This is where the trickiness of it all occurs. Waiting will usually cause the Mansion to have lost some of its weaker Infected to the other players which means I’ll likely be facing a stronger breed of Infected. Additionally, I will have to get a few kills before I can get the Commendations needed to activate my Character’s effects. This type of play style is not for everyone and waiting to attack will not guarantee a perfect deck, because it still requires a decent amount of planning and strategy to succeed with no actual proof of perfection besides the hope of consecutive successful kills. Finally, make sure to watch out for the effects of the other player’s Characters, because sometimes they will have the ability to tamper with your strategy.
Now for a brief look at the aggressive player and their advantages. The obvious disadvantage of this type of player is that you can get more then you bargained for and flip up a massive Infected dude that will cause some damage to your Character. That being said, usually some planning and Herbs can alleviate the pain but may also slow you down a bit. The advantages however are huge and awesome, like flipping into the Gatling Gun or the Rocket Launcher, which will make killing a lot easier. These two weapons will be added to your discard pile when flipped and then make their way into your deck. Once you have either of them in hand, killing will be a breeze. Another great card to flip into is an Herb, which will permanently raise your Health and heal you a bit. Some Infected have a little added bonus of providing the person that defeats them with an effect to sabotage another player. These bonus effects are a great way to slow down the player that is ahead, or if you are ahead, slow down the player in 2nd to hold your lead. Finally, achieving your Character’s effect by obtaining the required Commendations before the slower players will keep you going strong and possible give you what you need to start killing off the bigger Infected or sabotaging your competition even further.
Most players will probably be a little of each of the described players, but whichever you may normally be, I definitely recommend you take a risk and try playing as both of the described types at least once so you can really find the best combination to win every game. Just remember, it doesn’t matter how you decide to play, as long as you’re having fun and killing some Infected goodness.