DEGENERATION is a computer-animated feature film that serves as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 2, the hit video game that originally appeared on Playstation. It finds Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield battling a new outbreak of the T- and G-Viruses at an Indian airport as they attempt to track down the terrorist organization behind the attacks. After a shoddy intro with texture mapping and character design that looked like it came straight out of the 90s, the imaging immediately ramps up and looks absolutely amazing throughout the rest of the feature. There are a few moments when the visuals are so impressive they could easily be mistaken for being live-action. The designers experiment with glass, water, and fire texturing, each of which are handled very well. There are also several ambitious action sequences which would normally be over-the-top in a live feature, but are more forgivable and acceptable in an animated film. The zombies are gore are enough to satiate any Horror fan, with a good amount of attacks, but a larger majority of brain-splattering as the special ops team blasts their way through the zombie hordes. The film is less suspenseful than the game series, but certainly scarier and darker than the tiring big-budget action of the other films. Though the plot falls closely in line with the storylines of the games, for the amount of effort that went into the design seems misplaced for such a generic addition to the series. It was still engaging and visually appealing, and I can see myself easily reproaching this one before any of the lame live-action entries.
Animated Horror Rating: 8/10.
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