Review by Master Chris X2

Reviewed: 08/04/02 | Updated: 08/04/02

Best Version of RE1

Forget the PSX game. Yeah, even the Director's Cut one. This game is better on the Sega Saturn because of the extras. Here's the filth:

Story: 10/10
Yeah, we all know. You go into Arklay Mountains, dogs attack, Brad the wuss flies off, dogs chase you in th mansion, and you meet some dudes with an unusual diet: human flesh. Someone is a traitor, and you need to get out alive. and you all get split up. That sucks.

Graphics: 7/10
The characters are blockier than the PC and PSX games, and the graphics are granier, but it's still a great game and it's not bad to the point where you don't want to play it. Well done for the Saturn.

Sound: 9/10
The dialogue is hilariously bad, but gunshots and enemies sound great, and the music is eerie. Perfect for this kind of game, really. And it's got Moonlight Sonata!! Cool!

Gameplay: 9/10
You look for keys and items, solve puzzles, kill some weird creatures (Hunters are just plain scary), and uncover a conspiracy. Classic survival horror stuff.

Controls: 7/10
Well, in RE3, there's a quick turn and the ability to switch targets. Still, it's good. Turn, walk, turn, walk. And aiming your gun is easy.

Replay: 8/10
You'll play it for awhile. 2 stories (Chris and Jill) each with 2 endings. And you can get a Rocket launcher to play with, and there's the cool Battle Mode, where you fight levels full of bad guys with limited items.

Extras: 10/10
Ah, the super cool extras. Considering the Saturn version came out after the PSX one, it's gotta have something extra, right? Well, the Rocket Launcher is easier to unlock so you can have some fun with it (blowing dogs to pieced and stuff is a good past time for me), and a cool mode called Battle Mode is available after beating the game once with either character. Very nice, Capcom. Unfortunately, Capcom did not include this mode in the Director's Cut on PSX. They had Arrange Mode instead.

Overall: 9/10
Resident Evil is a classic, and no Saturn owner should pass this amazing game up. The story is great, and it's so revolutionary. Nowadays you see games like this everywhere: Dino Crisis, Fatal Frame, Eternal Darkness... the list goes on and on. But this is the original, so you've just gotta play it. This game is very, very, solid.

ALSO ON:
PlayStation - Original (8/10) and Director's Cut (8/10)
PC - Original (8/10)
GameCube - Rebirth Version (9/10)

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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