Review by Truck_1_0_1_

Reviewed: 06/02/09

Resident, Upheaveal!!!!!

After playing through a phenomenal game in Resident Evil Code: Veronica on the Dreamcast, I just had to pick up the original, and give it a go. Well, after playing through the first two scenes or so, I ended up purchasing Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 for the Dreamcast! And after about four or five days playing the original, I finally finished it today. Many say it is inferior to the PSX version, however I have seen lots of game play video, and I have to conclude that the two versions are virtually identical, with minor differences in look, and I'm sure, in game play too (how different could it be from the PSX version? Really?). While Resident Evil was not the first,"Survival Horror," title, the parent company, Capcom, did create the first, "Survival Horror," title, Sweet Home. This was followed by the Infogrames title, Alone in the Dark, which coined the term, "Survival Horror." Sweet Home was more of an rpg, and Alone in the Dark started to develop, "Survival Horror," as we know it today. However, it was Resident Evil that perfected the genre and essentially caused the genre to stand out as its own, and not just as an action or adventure title with horror elements. And on that note, let us move on to game play.

Game play: 8/10

Basically, Resident Evil requires you to traverse a mansion, and its grounds, in order to reach your goal. Throughout this area though, there are numerous monsters, and evil creatures you must kill, or avoid. In fact, evasion is key in this game, as ammunition, and health, are scarce, especially in the latter portions of the game. Suffice to say, if you kill everything in sight, or if you are careless, and you require health to be restored constantly, you will not proceed in the game. Rookies and those new to the genre will usually have considerable trouble when it comes to these two areas of game play. You can pick one of two members of S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team, either Jill Valentine (the easier game), or Chris Redfield (the much harder game). Jill cannot take as much punishment as Chris, though she has a better variety of weapons, can carry two more items, starts out with more items, and is bailed out by her trust buddy, Barry Burton, quite a bit. Chris is faster, and can take more punishment, however he starts out with just a knife instead of a knife and a pistol, can only carry six items, and later on in the game, you need as much space as you can handle, thus it is easier to utilise Jill. Chris is also helped along by a member of the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team, Rebecca Chambers. Through the mansion and its grounds though, there are also many puzzles to be solved, buttons to be pushed, and items to be collected. It is Resident Evil at its finest! The story is another golden piece, that brings up the score a little bit.

Story: 10/10

July, 1998. Raccoon City is overrun with murders, though they are unusual murders, as the victims seem to have been killed from scratches and bites. Furthermore, they have all occurred in and around the Arklay Mountain area. Raccoon City's S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) team has two factions; Alpha, and Bravo. Bravo team has already been sent in the Arklay Mountains, though there has been no response from them, as hope is rapidly fading. The Alpha team is then sent in to try and find out what has happened with Bravo team, and also to continue Bravo team's investigation, as this situation is becoming ever more mysterious... This is the story that started it all, and it could not have gotten much better than this! Graphics coming at you next!

Graphics: 8/10

While the Saturn could do better (see Fighter 2, Virtua, and Saga, Panzer Dragoon) in the 3D department than what is in this game, Resident Evil is by no means an ugly game. Chris, Jill, Wesker, Barry, and Rebecca all look fairly detailed, and not too polygonal. The enemies look a bit more detailed, though aside from the Zombies and Chimeras, nothing will strike fear into you (especially the hunters. There is so much build up to the first scene with the hunters, though when you see the creature for the first time, you cannot help but laugh as it looks ridiculous!). The backgrounds on the house, and the mansion grounds look great, very detailed, and colorful. This game is not as bright as the PSX version, though since this is a, "Survival Horror," title, that could actually be a better thing (this is not to say that the lighting effects are poor, as they are not. The game is simply darker, nothing more). The graphics are good, and the sound?

Sound: 8/10

Ah, such a relief once you hear that familiar ambient tune of... the save room! Resident Evil has always been known to be fantastic in the sound department, and the first title is the same. The chilling music is everywhere (though when you first encounter the Cerebus {dobermans}, the majority of those who play this game comment that the music and atmosphere freak them out. In reality, the music in this scene is laughable, and is more suited to a fighting game), and even when there is not any music, and you think you are safe, you hear footsteps, and you worry that a zombie, or even worse, that a hunter is around the corner waiting to attack! It is this wonderful blend of, "less is more," and timing that make the sounds really stand out in Resident Evil. Replay is where this game starts to fall short.

Replay ability: 6/10

I could have graded it worse, but the chances are that this game will get more than one or two play-throughs once you beat it. I completed the game in fifteen hours or so (the game only said five hours, however if you factor in how many times you must backtrack, and all of that, it comes out to more), and most will complete the game in less time than that (I completed it with Jill. I would imagine that Chris' game would take longer). After you complete the game in certain hours, you unlock items, and the Battle game. The battle game has you traversing random rooms/areas in the game, and defeating random enemies. It is a lot of fun, and the uptempo music reminds you a little bit of Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64.

Buy or rent?

I'm sure you have played Resident Evil, however if you are like me and only played it recent-times, then implore you to go out and buy it! Forget about renting it, it is a privilege to own this historic game.

Resident Evil has spawned five sequels, a remake, a prequel, novels, films, and countless game spin-offs, its no wonder this series is still booming to this day. Capcom took a relatively new albeit simple formula, changed it around, and helped re-create a genre that is now one of the most important, popular, and profitable genres in videogames today. Even with terribly cheesy, live-action FMV video, mediocre (but laughable) voice acting, and not ver scary looking enemies, Resident Evil triumphed, and it continues to triumph to this day. (Looks at a puddle of blood) "Barry! What is that!?"... ... ... Barry is Investigating...

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Resident Evil (US, 08/31/97)

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