[Review] Resident Evil


Resident Evil 1

REVIEW # 00000000 00100100

There are only three S.T.A.R.S. members left now. Captain Wesker, Jill and myself. We don’t know where Barry is.

After the survival horror has become popular among the filmmakers and the gamers (so approximatively in the last 20 years) having a game with a dark atmosphere, monsters or zombies, old and deserted mansion it’s nothing special. However in 1996, the year Resident Evil (or Biohazard in the japanese version) was released, the horror in video games was something unusual. A few games had an horror plot before but especially due to technical and graphical limitations, the gore and the suspence was impossible to find; maybe only Alone in the Dark had a bit of suspense but nothing compared to the Capcom masterpiece.

Then Capcom in 1996 gave to the world Resident Evil which was (is still) a milestone in history of gaming: it was more frightening than 90% of the horror movies ever made, its third person perspective was terrifying and  was so perfect in a cinematographic way, that the natural next step was the creation of a saga around the game, starring Milla Jovovich (with some really awful chapters).

Every single frame of the game gives you shivers and you can be sure that playing it alone during the night it’s the closest to nightmare experience you’ll ever have in your life.

My heart says…

100%

I first watched my uncle play Resident Evil in 1996 when I was still young and it was so ghastly that even nowadays I play the first chapters (I know them in every single detail) with an incredible fear.

I mean no game before (and even after I might say) can make you tremble just for the position of the camera in every single shot. If you played it try to remember the shivers you had every time you open a door and you see the screen gping comlpetely black. Remember your heartbeat everytime a Licker comes in front of you with histerrible gaze.

Really, I would have so much to say that I’m lost for words…

Splash screen

100%

Resident Evil intro

Maybe I’m a bit a partisan having a trmendous fear of the close-up of an eye wide open, but seeing that oye in background in the main menu has always put a bit of fear in me.

Resident Evil splash screen

But the top of the top is the movie before the main menu that puts you in the mood: evil dogs, an obscure mansion…Wow it was amazing. And shoot with real actors! Nothing can beat it, even if in the end looks like a real badass intro…

Graphics

100%

Resident Evil 2

For 1996 this was an excellent 3D graphic. It’s a pre-rendered graphic with some real-time rendered graphics only for the objects the characters can interact with.

By the way the best things about the visuals are the camera positions and the wonderfully gloomy colors. The colors themselves are one of the most important features that makes RE like a real horror movie.

Narrative

100%

The plot of RE is superb. It’s simple but very articulated and it so many side stories and characters that a long long list of games were created after this.

The story is set in 1998, so two years after the release date. This is the first great idea: giving to the story a precise location gives the player the idea that the facts could have really happened in the future (or at least it was so for me, and I was paralysed by the fear that a zombie invasion could have hit my town in 1998)

The game starts as a survbival horror then the player discover the real secret of the mansion and the existence of the Umbrella Corporation.

I think all of you will know the story but I don’t want to sapoil anything because it’s too beautiful to re-discover it playing the game… 🙂

Gameplay

100%

In this impressive third person masterpiece you can embody Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, two members of the S.T.A.R.S. and there are some little differences between the two, but nothing particular.

The game it’s a perfect mix of shooting, horror, action and puzzles and this balance is never broken: you have an horror scene, than a shooting moment, than you can breath and try to solve a puzzle and then a sort of panic room where you can release the tension, save the game (another great feature, a room where you can save your progress on a typewriter with an ink ribbon!) and search in the box for the items left there.

The way you can move Jill or Chris or let them use the weapons is quite natural and easy to manage after 10 seconds and, even if it seems a stupid thing, one of the major features in the gameplay is the inventory. Managing the items it’s easy and different from the previous games: now you can handle just a fixed numbers of things not as much as you want…

In the end a perfect gameplay!

Sound

100%

Again, shivers: the only word that comes to my mind when I think about the sounds, the whispers and the music of RE. I can almost say that the best part of the game sound is the silence. Being in a large mansion, infested with zombies and like and hear nothing but the protagonist footsteps it’s a fundamental part of the gaming experience.

Longevity

100%

There are at least two factors that increase the longevity of the game: the big amount of puzzles and challenges during the game and the skepticism with which the player proceed in the “haunted” corridors of the creaky mansion. Sometimes it happens that it’s too scary to proceed with the game even because in every corner there’s the possibility that you can shit in your pants.

Final Score 100/100

100%

I first gave my 100/100 to Super Mario Bros. 3 and I think now it’s the time to expand the category “The Game” with another title. Resident Evil deserve to stay at the top of the ranking; it should be the same grade (or even better) also for some of the sequels, like RE2 and RE3: Nemesis but being this the first chapter of an entire genre has a little plus on its side.


Year: 1996

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Genre: Adventure, Survival Horror

Games Mode: Single Player

Original Platform: PlayStation

From same developers/publishers:

  • 1942 (1984) and sequels
  • Ghost ‘n Goblins (1985)
  • Bionic Commando (1987)
  • Mega Man (1987) and sequels
  • Street Fighter (1987) and sequels
  • Ghouls and Ghosts (1988)
  • DuckTales (1989)
  • Final Fight (1989)
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993)

Inspired to:

  • Splatterhouse (1988)
  • Sweet Home (1989)
  • Alone in the Dark (1992) and sequels

If you liked you can also try:

  • Silent Hill (1999) and sequels
  • Dino Crisis (1999)

Other chapters of the saga:

  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (1997)
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut Dual Shock (1998)
  • Resident Evil 2 (1998)
  • Resident Evil 2: Dual Shock (1998)
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)
  • Resident Evil: Survivor (2000)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (2001)
  • Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)
  • Resident Evil: Survivor 2 Code: Veronica (2001)
  • Resident Evil Zero (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak (2003)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 (2004)
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (2006)
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
  • Resident Evil 5 (2009)
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009)
  • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (2010)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak Survive (2011)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries Vs. (2011)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011)
  • Resident Evil 4 HD (2011)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD (2011)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles HD (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles HD (2012)
  • Resident Evil 6 (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations HD (2013)
  • Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD (2014)
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster (2014)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)
  • Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster (2016)
  • Resident Evil: Origins Collection (2016)
  • Resident Evil 6 Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps (2016)
  • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil 4 Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (2017)

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Rei says:

    this game is one of the first games I played on ps1 .. i started horror with clock tower 2. Nemesis is definitely my favorite after this part.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Yes Nemesis is my favourite too. RE was my first horror experience in gaming even if at first I only watched (It was too scary for me). Even now even if I know what’s gonna happen in the game I still feel the shivers. And this means the game is perfect. Since I have problems pf compatibility with the PC version of RE now I’m playing RE2. Scary as the first!

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  2. I play through Res1 at least once a year. Still love it.

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    1. benez256 says:

      It’s like Christmas. Once per year you have to celebrate it…

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  3. Mr. Panda says:

    Wow! 100/100! This really is a classic game, and it’s great to see how much you praise it. I agree on those camera shots though. The fixed camera gave me fear because I always knew they were trying to instill fear and tension through these angles. To be honest, I have only played the REmake on GameCube, but I really enjoyed that as my first survival horror game. I couldn’t imagine how playing the first one would have been before the survival horror genre really kicked off.

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    1. benez256 says:

      The first one for me was like a nightmare and I had bad dreams about it for months. For me the camera shots are one of the vest feature. You keep standing still because you know that probably there is a zombie or something else round the corner, than you stand there petrified for the fear and you start to hear an horrible breathe…man what a sensation!

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  4. I can’t believe I ever actually played or watched this knowing how much of a wuss puss I am, but I remember how immersed I was in the story (if I’m remembering it right and not confusing it with something else). This was the game where you find that diary in the dormitories, and its writer is slowly turning until the last entry merely says, “Itchy, tasty.” It was unnerving. I remember that corridor with the crows and how you could hear their wings flapping and the cawing, and that plant you had to kill with poison. Then there was that eerie message about “opening the Gate of Life.” Resident Evil was so ahead of its time on par with some of the best horror films of the past and since.

    Btw I don’t know how I didn’t notice this before, but I love how you put other games made by the creators in addition to inspirations, suggestions, and other games in the series. Nice touch!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thanks a lot! You described some key moments from RE and RE2 (for example the crows are in the second chapter). Just yesterday I passed unhardmed the crows corridor while I was re-playing RE2. Unfortunately there’s a point in which the game fail to play a video and the game crashes…I’m really really upset…

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      1. Aw that’s the worse. Something similar happened to my old copy of FFX. When a random battle would occur, the screen would do it’s normal “break,” the music would start, but the screen would remain black. I think the disk was scratched :\

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      2. benez256 says:

        Now I have to find another version of the game… 😦

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  5. I love Resident Evil! The story both captivates me and scares me at the same time.

    I will also never forget the “Jill sandwich” line, lol

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    1. benez256 says:

      Hahahahaha yes, that was a great moment! 😀
      Btw yes, the plot of RE is wonderful and this is the reason why it became a movie (an horrible movie)

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  6. itsonlyleggy says:

    A little late to the party, but great post. I would put Resident Evil in my top 5 franchises of all time and this is where it all started. The over-exaggerated hand motions and the awful dialogue provide comic relief while the music and sound coming out of this game leave you on the edge of your seat (hearing those hunter footsteps click along the floor – shudder!) I love every minute of RE1, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve visited that mansion!

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  7. Resident Evil 1 has to be one of my top games. The atmosphere was so deeply engrossing…and so genuinely scary. It’s something no modern title can match.

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  8. allendemir says:

    Everyone always talks about Resident Evil 2, but I loved the environments and style so much more in this one. And I don’t care what other people think, I loved the old B movie style of the opening.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Such a badass intro… 😉

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  9. penguin1721 says:

    I love everything about the first resident evil except for the voice acting, the remastered edition made that so much better XD, but i like how you interpret each moment and convey each moment from the amazing experience that everyone needs to understand, but the movies are a different story. They are okay but have little to nothing to do with the games and in my opinion is a big heavy hitter on the series as a whole. Overall what was your fav game all the way up to the soon to release Resident Evil 7?

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    1. benez256 says:

      Unfortunately my experience with RE ended on chapter 3 (or maybe untile Code: Veronica) and I have to say I love all the first titles released: the first one because it was a revolutionary game (and it was really scary!), the 2nd because it was a good improvement and the thrid for the presence of Nemesis. The franchise is always wonderful I think for the huge story created towards the different games. There are just a few games with a so detailed plot as RE…

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      1. penguin1721 says:

        Why did it end? was it because of the plot of the story?, or the gameplay?

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      2. benez256 says:

        No, just because after the university I spent most of time looking for a job, I didn’t updated my PC and my last console was the PS2. Then when finall I had time to play it again I was a bit out of time and so I left the gaming world for a long time…a bit sad…

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  10. penguin1721 says:

    oh man that sucks are you planning to get back into gaming like ps4?

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    1. benez256 says:

      Sooner or later yes, but first I have to do a hyper-quick recap before with all the consoles released in the last years…

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      1. penguin1721 says:

        haha yeah how far are u behind? i currently have a playstation 4 and recently bought a xbox360 due to the older games that haven’t been remastered for the newer consoles. on a side note do you have a youtube? since you blog?

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      2. benez256 says:

        Let’s say that I should buy a PS4 and a XBox 360 too…

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      3. penguin1721 says:

        i got my 360 for 40 bucks a a pawn shop lol, i enjoy it, but i make videos on videogames and non commetary reviews on games if you would like to follow my youtube channal

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  11. Pooky says:

    Great review. I just love the sheer mount of love you show for it. Resident Evil rocks. 100/100 sounds fair enough to me.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I was hesitant because I think both RE1 and RE3 deserve a 100/100 but in the end I thought that the first one was worth the top score since it was the first to deeply explore the horror theme…

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      1. Pooky says:

        Hmm…Yeah, they are both wonderful games deserving of high scores. I’ve always thought the original was just a touch better, though – maybe ’cause it was the first, like you said! Honestly though, there is so much to love about nemesis. I don’t remember if they’re planning remake for it but I’d love one in the style of the resi 1 remake. That would be sweet!

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      2. benez256 says:

        I don’t think they did a remake of Nemesis. I enjoyed the remastered RE1 too, it was awesome! Everytime I play one of the RE franchise I always risk an heart attack…

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      3. Pooky says:

        I heard they might remake 2 and 3, but that could just be a rumour…

        Haha, yes, I’m the same. 🙂 crimson heads make my heart pound and nemesis makes my blood run cold

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