The first Resident Evil game turns 25 today, and the series remains one of my favourites to this day, even if it’s holding onto that with a single, decaying finger at this point. I remember playing the first game back in 1997 when I was the ripe old age of 11 (yes, I’m old, hush) as a rebellious response to my stepdad saying that it was too scary for me (also yes, I’ve always been an ass).
From the laughable, live-action FMV cutscene to the first zombie rearing it’s ugly, rotten head up from happily munching on your associate, I was in love with the game within the first few minutes. This isn’t to say that my stepdad wasn’t right, Resident Evil did scare the shit out of me, but it is an experience I wouldn’t have changed and I have stayed with the series ever since.
But what was it about this game that got its teeth into me (pun intended)?
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.
I have been obsessed with Resident Evil recently, and I’m not alone what with the remake of the second main title landing to incredible critical and commercial response. It got me thinking though, with this new title, where would it place in my Top 10 Resident Evil Games of all time?
A couple of caveats about this list before I start … Firstly, full on remakes of games are counted as separate titles but ports like, say, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition are not. Secondly, in the case of ports of a title, such as Resident Evil: Revelations HD, I will consider all titles under that umbrella (hehe) as one game. Finally, this is my list, but feel free to discuss anywhere on the internet. It’s time to once again to enter the world of survival horror. Good luck.
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.