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The Retro Corner: Resident Evil

Hello everyone & welcome to The Retro Corner where we take a trip back down Memory Lane and revisit classic titles from yesteryear. This edition of The Retro Corner sees us taking a look at one of the true originators of Survival Horror in Video Games; Resident Evil from Capcom. So lets begin.

Resident Evil PS1

Developed by Capcom

Published by Virgin Interactive

The Story:

Resident evil takes place in the Arklay mountains on the border of raccoon city, you play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine who are both members of the Special Tactics And Rescue Squad or S.T.A.R.S for short recently their were a lot of murders taking place in the Arklay mountains where victims were supposedly eaten, Chris and Jill are sent in with Alpha team to find their comrades Bravo team who went missing while investigating the murders, after Alpha reach the mountains things go wrong very quickly the group are attacked by dogs and are forced to retreat to a nearby mansion in which they uncover a conspiracy and a plot to destroy the S.T.A.R.S team.

The Gameplay:

Resident Evil is a ” survival horror ” game where you go through a mansion infested with zombies and other creatures, the controls can be a little hard to adapt to if you haven’t played any of the original resident evil games before, the best way to desribe resident evil’s control is that of a Tank if you hold left on the controller you will turn left if you hold up you will move the character forward etc, you will have to scavenge ammo for your gun as you dont start with much and the enemies can take a few shots to kill. The game also has a few puzzles to solve but they aren’t to hard most of the time you will be exploring the mansion solving puzzles,unlocking doors and fighting or avoiding zombies I dont really have any complaints about the gameplay of this game but just know this game has a TON of backtracking, there is also one enemy I have to talk about the HUNTERS these are very fast and deadly enemiesĀ  that also have an intstant kill attack, finally their are a few differences between the characters for example Jill has two extra inventory slots and gets more help from one of the members of Alpha team Barry whereas Chris can take a few extra hits from enemies and gets some help from one of the members of Bravo team Rebecca.

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The Sound:

Resident Evil doesn’t have much of a soundtrack really there are a few tracks in the game but they are mostly in the opening and credits, however the VOICE ACTING is a whole different story Resident evils voice acting is famous for being one of the worst voice acting jobs ever done and I agree but I do have to admit some of the lines because they are done so poorly actually make the game hilarious when its not trying to be some of Barry Burtons lines are done so poorly that they are hysterical.

The Graphics:

There isnt much to say about the graphics they were pretty good for they’re time the pre-rendered backgrounds look very nice and the models for the characters and monsters are well done but the CG cutscenes although there are very few do look very dated and as a quick note the FMV cutscene at the beginning is Awesome even with the bad acting.

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Lasting Appeal:

Resident Evil is unfortunately very short and it does not have much replay value it takes me just under 2 hours to finish one character and about 4 for both characters they’re are a few costumes you get when you replay the game but not really much to make you come back.Overall Resident Evil is a good but flawed game the voice acting although hilarious is still bad, the game is very short and has a lot of backtracking but overall if you can look past that its a good game.

My Score – 7/10

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The Good:

  • Responsive Controls
  • Good Atmosphere
  • Nice Graphics
  • Funny Moments

The Bad:

  • The Voice Acting
  • Very Short
  • HUNTERS!!!!!

So thats it for this edition of The Retro Corner but what did you think? Are you a fan of the Resident Evil Series? Who is your favorite Resident Evil Character? Which setting is scarier; The Mansion or Raccoon City? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. Until next time, This is The Retro Corner.

Article by Jonnie Dixon

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