Resident Evil Review
By 2015 it is fair to say that everyone knows just how an important game, Resident Evil was when it was released back on the Playstation, PC and Sega Saturn (yes it was released on the Saturn as well!) It was a huge hit which resulted in one of the biggest video game franchises of all time. Capcom would remake, Resident Evil for the Nintendo Game Cube in 2002. Keeping all the scares of the original game, but giving it a nice new lick of paint! Many to this day say this is the best Resident Evil game ever made. While the series has moved onto more “action” based games these days. Many fans do want the old style, Resident Evil back and that is what Capcom have done with this what I guess we will call a re-remake of Resident Evil!
Graphics & Presentation
On the Playstation 4 and Xbox One (and even the PS3 and 360 to be fair) Resident Evil is just a gorgeous game. The Game Cube version which was released back in 2002 was already a very nice looking game. But this takes things to a whole new level. The whole presentation of the game really sucks you in and while the dialogue may still be a little “weird” you still get very invested in the story and want to figure out what the hell has happened. The one thing that stood out for me as I played this game was the lighting effects. They are incredible and you will be seeing lots of shadows that will make you pull out your gun as you think there is something lurking there. The whole game has you on edge and even if you have played through the other versions multiple times it’s still hard not to get a little nervous when you enter a new room.
The story of the game is really fun and very “low key” when you consider what Resident Evil 5 and 6 offered. The idea is that there have been some grisly murders and some weird creatures spotted around the outskirts of Raccoon City. A team is sent into the woods to investigate and all contact is lost. Eventually the bad ass, S.T.A.R.S team is sent in and after a run in with some crazy and evil dogs they end up at the Spencer Mansion where all hell breaks loose!
As far as the sound goes there are just a ton of creepy as hell sound effects going on and hearing a zombie or some other kind of monster before you can see them, really does make the game that much more of an unnerving experience. The voice acting is still not too great, but it’s better than it was in 1996 that is for sure! Still voice acting has moved on so far in modern games that in some cases its movie like, so for someone new coming to the series it may seem a little off, but it’s nowhere near as bad as some people would have you believe.
Ah the game play of the original Resident Evil is something that people now either look back on with very fond memories………. Or something that they were cool with back in the early days of Resident Evil, but now find the “tank” controls a horrible, old and just clunky gaming experience. Well the good news is that this new Resident Evil caters for people who love the tank controls and those of us who have moved on and find them a pain to get to grips with. You guys who love the way that the tank controls make things a little more harder, unpredictable and maybe take you back to the old days of the series will be able to use those type of controls. Newer fans to the Resident Evil series can use new controls where the direction you push on the analogue stick will be the direction your character runs.
Speaking of characters this is the same game that you have played before where you pick from one of two characters, Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Jill can carry more items than Chris which does make the game easier to play through, but many people like to play as Chris as he is stronger. The cool thing is that each character sees the story from a slightly different point of view so there is a lot of replay value here as you will want to beat the game with both characters. But to start with I would recommend that you play as Jill before Chris.
This remake of Resident Evil is very set in its ways this is either a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. Item management is key here and you will, many times during the game be forced to drop one item to carry another. There are item boxes where you can store things, but this can still be a royal pain in the butt. I get why they kept this in the game I really do, but it does come off as more of a chore now than it does making you nervous about managing your inventory. There is a lot of back tracking in Resident Evil, but unlike the item management this can actually make the game scarier and works in the games favor, as the game will throw a few new things in your way. One walkthrough a corridor may be clear, but the next some big nasty Crimson Head will be standing in your way! Resident Evil is a very unsettling game experience and I think the term “survival horror” which the series coined really is perfect as many times you will be in an area and you will not care about killing all the zombies, grabbing the extra ammo, the herbs or whatever. You will just be praying that you can survive and make your way out of the room!
Resident Evil is a game that is made for those of us who played and loved the originals. If you just jumped into the series at say 4, 5 or 6. Then I can see you getting very frustrated and fed up with the game. Apart from the amazing visuals not a lot has been changed to the game. There are a few new costumes, but nothing major has been added so for you guys expecting a ton of new content, you may be a little disappointed. Still if you love the old school style of Resident Evil then another trip through the Spencer Mansion is well worth it.