Let me tell you a story, one which takes us back to the halcyon days of March 2005, an bygone era when we we still allowed to leave our houses. Something that I’ve entirely forgotten how to do in 2020. Having purposely requested a Gamecube for the previous Christmas, I eagerly awaited the release of Resident Evil 4. In fact, I even called my not-so-local Game store on the release day to see that they put aside a copy for me.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I’ve been a fan of the series for a long time and followed it through the highs and lows, and I have been very impressed by the last two years and the subsequent remakes that have arrived of my favourite game of all time Resident Evil 2 and it’s successor 3: Nemesis. But, no matter how great I might think it is (and I REALLY do), I don’t think we need the rumoured Resident Evil 4 remake slated for 2021.
Imagine that you narrowly survived a living nightmare that was orchestrated to kill not only you but your entire specialised military unit. Then imagine that almost all of your friends that escaped that ordeal have already skipped town to take the fight to the bastards responsible. But, you elected to stay because the city has a particular donut shop you’re a fan or, or whatever equally stupid reason. Oh, and you’re a dumbass.
If you imagined that all correctly, you should now find yourself squarely in a pair of fashionable boots, with a skirt, vest and cute little jumper tied at the waist. Lucky you. This far less functionally-dressed Jill Valentine is the heroine of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for Playstation, released in 1999, and a game that has seen a recent remake in the style of last year’s popular “The undead chomp on Claire and Leon” simulator – Resident Evil 2.
Before I start here, just a quick warning of potential spoilers for a game that is more than 20 years old. Some of the plot threads might not have been altered with the remake so go and play that nonsense then come back. Okay? Okay.
Being a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, I’ve feverishly consumed every morsel of flesh the franchise has had to offer, with the exception of a few outliers like the abysmal-looking Umbrella Corps, of course. However, one has always escaped me, the black sheep, Resident Evil Gaiden. Now is the time to right that wrong, for better or worse.
With the release this year of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, I’ve found myself feeling really nostalgic for Resident Evil as a franchise, the iconic survival horror game series that’s been challenging and frightening gamers for more than 20 years. One thing that the series isn’t given enough credit for though is the sheer amount of prime husbandos throughout. So, consider this my attempt to rectify this gross mistake.
Being quite the fan of the fantasy genre, it’s with excitement that I approached this Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen review. A Switch port of an enhanced version of a Playstation 3 era title, this game really needed to be special to prove it was still relevant in today’s market.
After an odd, but ultimately enjoyable, trip to an alternate version to the world, Devil May Cry returns to the main timeline with Devil May Cry 5, bringing back everyone’s favourite devil hunter along with a whole new host of trouble.
It’s a struggle reviewing a remake, as nostalgia can ruin even the most hardened reviewer’s perspective. With this Resident Evil 2 review, the game in question is something that I have been personally waiting for since Resident Evil REmake in 2002.
As such this will heavily reference the original title and the differences between this version and it’s predecessor. Also, unlike many of the reviews I tend to write, there will be plot and mechanical spoilers. Nothing too extreme, but just something to consider before reading. Right, it’s time to enter the world of Survival Horror (again) …
It’s hard to look back at older games, especially as it’s difficult to remove the bias of nostalgia while playing. However, with the overbearing feeling of dread inspired by the recently released remake of Resident Evil 2 last month, I thought this might be the best time to revisit the original title.
This was originally posted on Rice Digital on 5th December 2018.
In an announcement today that has me salivating more than that first zombie in the Spencer Mansion, Capcom and the amazingly inventive merch company Numskull Designs revealed the official Resident Evil 2™ merchandise range, that they are releasing to coincide with the upcoming launch of Resident Evil 2 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC next year.
This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on June 7th, 2018.
Street Fighter has been around for more that thirty years, let that sink in for a moment and let it make you feel really old. Starting in 1987, there have been a tremendous amount of games and spin-offs since the original arcade game. Capcom recently released, by means of a celebration, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, a twelve game anthology of key titles from the series history in ‘arcade perfect’ forms with added online functionality. After fighting through the collection in a strange kind of fighting rite of passage, does the collection match the legacy?