Resident Evil 6 Has the Weirdest Story in the Series


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WARNING: We’re discussing the full story of Resident Evil 6. MASSIVE SPOILERS HEREIN. This is your first and only warning. If you want something more palatable, consider our Resident Evil 6 review instead.


Resident Evil stories are not exactly known for being exactly easy to follow, or for making a ton of sense — and Resident Evil 6‘s storyline is the strangest of the bunch.

The whole plot comes together in four parts, each from the perspective of a different set of characters. But none of those characters really has the full story, until the fourth campaign is unlocked upon completing the other three. That campaign features Ada Wong, a central figure in Resident Evil 6, and it recasts all the events to be even stranger than they already seemed.

In fact, Resident Evil 6 is a demented stalker love story that almost destroys the world.

While Resident Evil 6 gives you the full campaign in a disjointed order from the points of view of each character, we’re going to slap it around and put it into chronological order — and show you just what the hell is going on.

Simmons and Wong

At its core, while the story seems to be about zombies, a group called Neo Umbrella, and a plot to destroy everything, it’s actually about one event, and the things that that event spawned.

Derek Simmons wanted to be Ada Wong’s boyfriend.

You remember Ada Wong, right? She’s the spy who first showed up in Resident Evil 2 and managed to make off with the G-Virus, but not before developing a bit of a weird relationship with series protagonist Leon S. Kennedy. Since then, she’s shown up wherever Leon has, to both interfere and help out. Previously, Wong worked for a shadowy group of which Albert Wesker was a part, but Wesker’s dead now, and she needs new stuff to do.

Meanwhile, there’s Derek Simmons, National Security Adviser. Simmons is a central antagonist in Resident Evil 6, especially in Leon’s campaign. He’s the big bad that you run down and kill through the course of Leon’s five chapters.

But when you get to Chris Redfield’s campaign and that of Jake Muller, things get weird, and it starts to seem like Ada Wong is the primary evil person behind the various biohazard outbreaks in the game. So what gives?

As is revealed definitively during Ada’s campaign, there are actually two Ada Wongs. The one you play as, who wears red, is the original Ada. The one in purple is a clone, created by Simmons.

Weird Science

Derek Simmons wanted to date Ada Wong. Ada said no. Simmons couldn’t handle it.

Simmons and his family have a ton of money, and the guy has been working on bio-organic weapons research for years. He was a friend of Leon’s boss, President Adam Benford, for something like 30 years, and Simmons was knowledgeable of, or complicit to a degree in, the Raccoon City Incident — as was the entire U.S. government because of weapons contracts with Umbrella.

So Simmons has been conducting secret C-virus research in his spare time, using the lab under a cathedral in the city of Tall Oaks. And after Ada broke up with him, or otherwise rejected him, Simmons went a little crazy. He decided to use the C-virus to “clone” Ada.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t just be done with standard cloning. Simmons needed a woman with the right DNA to be mutated with the C-virus into the Ada clone. Test subjects failed, and eventually he discovered that one of his researchers, Carla, a woman who trusted Simmons, could be the subject he needed. So he used the C-virus to turn Carla into Ada.

When you see Ada in purple in the story, that’s the Ada clone — Carla. Though she’d been transformed, Carla remembered something of her former life, and she hated Simmons for what he’d done to her, so she started to plot her revenge.

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11 Comments on Resident Evil 6 Has the Weirdest Story in the Series

Sharkey

On October 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

LOL, wow! So glad I didn’t pick this game up, was pretty much turned off by its E3 presentation. Man, I miss the actual good storyline from the classic RE games, Capcom has just been just jumping one shark after another with RE5 and RE6. At least Revelations was good, why can’t Capcom keep making RE games like that? =_=

faiyad

On October 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

Dafuq ????????

Fletcher

On October 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Wow, i’m impressed. They actually managed to make Albert Wesker’s comic book villain portrayal in Resident Evil 5 look good in comparison to Resident Evil 6′s story.

R.J.

On October 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

In a way, the story is kind of impressive. All the seemingly grand machinations and conspiracies just boiled down to something so absurdly simple. When I finished, I thought, “Wow. Really? That’s it?” But it seems to be growing on me.

Phil Hornshaw

On October 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

@RJ

I kind of have to agree with you. The story almost is a bit of a deconstruction of the traditional Resident Evil story — there are these seemingly huge, evil conspiracies, which we’re all used to seeing. Guys who do evil things for no other reason than that they’re power-hungry and that they can. Then you have RE6, which psychs us out — pretending to be the same story about evil guys who are evil, but it’s all a big red herring.

R.J.

On October 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Also, Simmons ran a group called The Family, which is more or less like the Illuminati, and basically dictates the path that nations follow. Looking back at it, it isn’t so strange that the obsession of a man with that kind of power could lead to huge consequences.

Carla’s use of Neo Umbrella with all connotations it brought up for the characters in the game was basically mirrored by what the players’ reaction would be. The characters hear “Umbrella” and start expecting certain things. The players hear that word, and also start expecting certain things. Having the game result in a “gotcha” moment might not appeal to some people, but I like that it shows the writers were aware of people’s expectations and they were able to play with that.

Wesker1984

On October 7, 2012 at 1:56 am

@Sharkey
RE6 is a good game and some points and monsters look like REvelations. Try to play the game instead of making a direct judgement because of an article. It not because you find the story strange or stupid make the game bad or even the story itself bad.

And talking about the game story i think the reasons why Carla-Ada named her organisation ”Neo-Umbrella” is to be a big slap in the face against Simmons. Simmons wanted to replace conventional military weapons by militarised bio-weapons to preserve more efficiently ”The Family” vison of ”order”. The Umbrella Corporation was the first company to produce those kind of bio-weapons and Carla-Ada founded and named her own company ”New/Neo-Umbrella to create ”chaos”. Through the defund Umbrella Corp. Simmons wanted order and throught Neo-Umbrella Carla create chaos.

Sean

On October 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Wrong!!!! I played the game. Derek Simmons did not develop bio terrorist attacks because he desperately wanted Ada Wong. Not sure how that even makes sense. He attacked because the President wanted to come clean on the whole Rac City incident. His obsession with Ada eventually made him have Carla become Ada’s doppelganger. He wanted Ada, so he made another version of her (with the C-virus). However “Carla” betrayed Simmons and was planning on destroying the world. I believe Simmons had no intention of having the attacks go globally. Matter of fact he probably wasn’t even planning to have China attacked. In a way he’s only the main antagonist for Leon & Ada’s campaigns. As Carla is the main antagonist for Chris & Jake’s campaigns. Trust me I do this for a living. It’s a complicated story, but when you have 4 campaigns it has to be.

Phil Hornshaw

On October 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

@Sean

Uh…that’s exactly what the article says. Simmons is responsible for the Tall Oaks incident, but he was rejected by Ada and that’s why he created Carla-Ada — who went nuts and tried to destroy the world. I said exactly what you said.

Nya Taylor

On October 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

WTF, Simmons, can’t you just go on eHarmony or something if you’re that lonely?
And Carla’s a Snapped episode gone horribly wrong.
WTF, Capcom, WTF?

Gaby

On January 7, 2014 at 5:23 am

LMFAO!!! The last line just made my day :D