Non-player characters and AI player characters are two kinds of AI-controlled entities that can be encountered in games.
NPCs in Resident Evil Outbreak
In the Outbreak titles, NPCs lack "clipping", meaning that the player and AIPCs can simply walk straight through them. They are normally completely still, and can only talk through subtitles via the 'Examine' feature. NPCs cannot use the "Trade" feature, so items "traded" by Ben Bertolucci will simply appear on the floor near him.
AI Player Characters are different from NPCs in Outbreak. These individuals can attack; pick up items; trade and speak, and are also solid. They are predominantly the other protagonists on the player's team when in Offline gameplay. The AIPC can also be an extra individual altogether if the scenario requires them. For example, Bob can be carried to the rooftop of J's Bar, and is vulnerable to zombie attacks.
In Offline play, the player is given two partners to explore the scenario with.
|Player||Outbreak||Below Freezing Point||The Hive||Hellfire||Decisions, Decisions|
|Kevin||Mark and Cindy||George and Alyssa||George and Jim||David and Yoko||Yoko and David|
|Mark||Kevin and Cindy||George and Jim||Cindy and George||Alyssa and David||David and Yoko|
|Jim||Kevin and Mark||George and Alyssa||George and Cindy||Alyssa and David||Kevin and Yoko|
|George||Cindy and Mark||Jim and Alyssa||Jim and Cindy||David and Yoko||Kevin and Cindy|
|David||Mark and Kevin||George and Alyssa||Cindy and Jim||Yoko and Alyssa||Cindy and Yoko|
|Alyssa||Mark and Cindy||George and Jim||George and Cindy||Yoko and David||Yoko and Kevin|
|Cindy||Mark and Kevin||George and Jim||Jim and George||Alyssa and Yoko||David and Kevin|
|Yoko||Kevin and Mark||George and Alyssa||Jim and Cindy||David and Alyssa||Kevin and David|
In Resident Evil Outbreak File 2, the player has the freedom to select their own partners. To add a further need to strategise beyond character strength and speed, File 2 adds in personality. This is made more complex when one character likes another who feels ambivalent. Characters in a good relationship with the player will remain close by on the map; attack the same enemies and respond quickly to help and trade requests. Characters in bad relationships are prone to ignoring requests or even leaving the room upon the player's entering. Characters in ambivalent relationships will fluctuate between helping and ignoring the player.
|Player||Good relationship||Bad relationship|
- Birlew, Dan (2004). Resident Evil Outbreak Official Strategy Guide. Indianapolis: BradyGames. ISBN 978-0744003451.
- BIOHAZARD OUTBREAK OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK. Famitsu. 2004. ISBN 4-7577-1824-1.
- BIOHAZARD OUTBREAK PERFECT CAPTURE GUIDE. Futabasha. 2004. ISBN 978-4575164176.
- ↑ OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK, p.017.