| Blood and Gore, Violence
| The Good
Great mood music
Lots of extra goodies
Fun but dated gameplay
| The Bad
Awkward controls to some
By now everyone has at least heard of Resident Evil,
the first game that truly started the survival horror genre.
Well, Capcom has been at it again - saying that GameCube is
the place to be for all the RE goodness and has decided to
re-release the series on GameCube, exclusively (Zero
and 4 will be totally new, and 2, 3,
and Code: Veronica will all be ports, sadly). Of course,
the first game they choose to introduce to fans and newbies
alike is the one that started it all: Resident Evil.
Graphics: Right from the opening FMV intro, you know
your in for a treat. In one word and one word only - WOW!
Sitting there seeing the GameCube pump out graphics like these
are unbelievable. Sure sure the backgrounds are pre-rendered
but who cares? It's all beautiful. The backgrounds just scream
alive right at you as your traveling through the game. With
wind swaying the tree's to moon light illuminating a hallway
from outside. All the backgrounds come out looking great and
there are lots of different locations to visit in the game.
The characters are just as great looking, if not better, than
the background graphics simply because they look real. Never
before has there been more realistic characters in a videogame
before. All the enemies in RE are all very realistically looking
as well and all these great graphics are what make RE that
much scarier on the GameCube.
Gameplay: There isn't much to say here its the typical
survival horror style gameplay of running around, finding
clues, watching cinemas, and shooting things all over the
place. Some find this gameplay stale and others are still
enjoying it today as we speak. If you have tired of the gameplay
of RE before, bets are you are probably still going to be
tired of it.
Control: The control is the same awkward controls
as other REs and that's that up makes you walk forward and
left/right make you turn and down makes you go backwards.
While lots find this style of moving very weird and cumbersome,
others see no problem with it at all. All in all, though,
everything feels pretty natural with the controls.
Sound: The sound is another key factor to making the
game scary and this game has it. The soundtrack for this type
of game couldn't have been pulled off any better. The soundtrack
kicks in a various times and lays silent at others, all in
all, adding tension to the already tense mood. The zombie
moans are even more horrific than before and the many other
creature sound effects are top notch.
Extras: Well this is a remake, so now to describe
the differences that are there. The one obvious addition is
the graphics, but you all knew that. Then there is the mansion
itself which is almost completely changed in some form or
way. *Personal note, I have played RE on the PSX about
14 times and know it like the back of my palm, but this one
still took me awhile*. Then there is the inclusion of
new defense weapons that can pull you out of a bind, when
need be, by stabbing, shocking, or blowing up the head of
the zombie. Speaking of which, there are two ways to kill
a zombie, one - decapitating it or two - burning it. Otherwise,
the bodies later reanimate and become crimson heads, deadly
zombies that run faster than you and take multiple chunks
out of you with their teeth and nails. New scenarios also
pop into play with you and your fellow teammates but they
are not to be spoiled here.
The Bad: There isn't much wrong with this Resident
Evil. In fact, its almost perfect.......almost. The only
problems in the game whatsoever come in the form of slight
skipping in the real time cinemas. They're not really that
bad, but it's there none the less. Also, to some the evil
just might be a little harder then expected. Plus, the controls
and gameplay still haven't really changed from the first one,
but that's either a love or hate relationship to people.
Overall: Overall Resident Evil is a great remake
brought out with lots of extras to justify a purchase for
people who have played the original and a great start for
newbies alike. So turn off your lights and begin the nightmare.
- Justin Celani