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Don't dismiss this gem.
Resident Evil (PC)
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Resident Evil (PC)
Advantages: Very atmospheric, great score, premise and gameplay, intuitive controls, a classic worth having.
Disadvantages: Hopeless dialogue, dated character models and animation.
Released in mid 1996 by Japanese games giants Capcom, Resident Evil helped to define the survival horror gaming institution. Tens of sequels, spin-offs and films have been made about the franchise since this original PC\PS1 title, but let's start at the beginning;
The player chooses to play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, elite members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad, or S.T.A.R.S.
As the Bravo team, they are investigating the mysterious disappearance of Alpha team, whom they had lost contact with after they began investigation of a mansion outside of the fictional Raccoon City, owned by the shadowy, omnipresent pharmaceutical corporation, UMBRELLA.
The game is a third-person puzzle action zombie horror, and to traverse the mansion you have to fight your way through hordes of zombies using just a limited array of guns and ammunition. The game is incredibly atmospheric and its pre-rendered backgrounds and uncomfortable camera angles are still unsettling to this day. There's some thought-provoking, cryptic puzzles to enjoy, and a lot of mindful inventory management is required.
The story is really good, and has been re-told and expanded upon through later games quite a bit now. Despite the arguably fulfilled potential for plot and character development though, the voice acting is absolutely atrocious, punctuated with poor japanese translations, and the character models are hopelessly outdated. It could be argued though, that the cheesy B-movie style is endearing, and all part of the charm. After all, it's still completely playable and engrossing, despite the horrible script. A few gems include;
Barry Burton:Hey Jill, here's a lockpick. I figure you, being the master of unlocking, would be able to find a use for it.
Barry Burton:Good thing you watched out for that boulder. You were almost a Jill Sandwich.
Chris Redfield: (after killing a giant mutant plant) Well Rebecca, looks like we got to the ... ROOT... of the problem ;)
Despite its flaws though, its still a good game, twee and cheesy as it might be. The live-action FMV sequences throughout the game are incredibly bad in a really good way, and the sound effects are well-picked and make for a surprisingly immersive experience.
It's worth playing if you're a fan of the franchise, a fan of zombie or survival horror, or even just someone who remembers it from years gone by and wants to pick it up again. Its unlockables and dual campaigns definitely add to replayability, as does the brief, but reassuring scoring system and intuitive controls. (which, on the PC version can be modified to work with PS1 controllers.)
This is a classic title definitely worth owning and it's bound, if nothing else to bring a smile to your face. Dated, but still really cool.
Summary: An excellent game, if a little past its prime.