Resident Evil HD Remaster Review

Developed By Capcom

Published By Capcom

” That was a close one… A second late, you woulda fit nicely into a sandwich. ”

This Review is of the PS4 Version

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 there have been quite a few grisly 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.

Overall Resident Evil HD is not very different at all in terms of story when compared to the original, which is good as Resident Evil isn’t a massive story based experience, there are however some different scenes which occur, nothing major of course, but they’re nice to be included.

Story

The Gameplay

The original Resident Evil was basically the architect for what survival horror games are now based on, low amounts of ammo, powerful enemies and limited healing, Resident Evil HD keeps to this style of gameplay adding in small changes to give you an improved experience compared to the original, for one the game just plain feels better, especially now that it has included a way to change the way you walk, in the older Resident Evil games, you basically felt like a Tank (Press the left directional button to turn you character to his or her left and then Up to make them move forward), this was probably one of the main complaints of the older games, now Capcom have added a much more fluent control style, that gives the game an updated feel and silences all the critiques of the older version. The premise of Resident Evil HD is still the same as the original, you are forced to navigate through a mansion filled with Zombies, Giant Spiders and Zombie Dogs, utilizing the few resources that the game gives you, whether it’s ammo or healing items, your main goal is to solve puzzles, instead in this game the whole area you’re in is one giant puzzle, you have to solve minor puzzles in one room to receive an item (Keys, medallions etc…), this in turn opens up newer parts of an area, in which you have to solve more puzzles and tackle more monsters, it’s a formula that simply doesn’t get old.

Resident Evil also includes an incentive not to kill those zombies that you frequently find shambling around the halls, basically if you decide to take one of them out their body stays down…..for about 30 minutes of real time I believe, then they come back to life as a much more powerful and quick version of themselves, when I first played this game back in 2002, I was terrified that all those zombies that I ” killed ” are now going to basically come back to haunt me, the idea is to burn the zombies that you put down with a lighter and kerosene, again it’s a great concept as you won’t always have enough kerosene to burn everything so you are forced to make a choice, whether it’s trying to avoid the zombies or to put them down and take your chances. Resident Evil also includes 2 characters which admittedly don’t have all that much difference to them, basically Chris takes more damage, gets 6 slots in his inventory, has a lighter on hand at all times and works with Rebecca to escape the mansion, whereas Jill has decreased health, 8 inventory slots, a lockpick and works with Barry to escape, personally even though there is only a few changes, I would still recommend playing through as both characters, mainly because this game is too good to only play once.

So overall Resident Evil HD is pretty much the perfect survival horror game, I would definitely say that this is the best version to own, for gameplay purposes, with the new control scheme, it welcomes new player and old players alike, well done to Capcom on this one.

Gameplay

The Sound

Resident Evil HD really doesn’t have that much of a soundtrack, which really is a good thing, as it helps build atmosphere, just hearing the sounds of the zombies groaning in the background and hearing the occasional roar of thunder is just a perfect tone setter, however there is one piece of music that is fantastic, and that is the save room theme, which is a very soothing piece of music, and definitely manages to put you at ease. Many people know that the original Resident Evil is one of the worst voice acting performances ever in a game, this game has significantly improved upon that, however despite it being a massive improvement, it still is quite a poor job in general, especially in terms of Barry and Chris, writing is also pretty dumb, but luckily all these flaws don’t bring you out of the game too much as the game isn’t focused on a story telling experience.

The Graphics

This game looks incredible. For a game originally released in 2002, Resident Evil on the Gamecube in my opinion is the best looking game of it’s time and arguably the best looking title on Gamecube, so what happens when you have an already gorgeous game and upscale it for the PS4, you get one of the best looking remasters ever released, they even included the character models from Resident Evil 5 in there, which I used as it gave it a more updated feel, simply put environments have a really enhanced look to them, however the original models don’t look the as good as they could, apart from the monsters, finally I should mention that the CGI cut-scenes look pretty awful they just look so blurred, and I feel they should have had a lot more work put into them.

Graphics

The Lasting Appeal

Resident Evil HD is quite a bit longer than the original game, areas have been added to make your journey through the mansion to be a lot longer, really the game can vary on the time it takes to beat it, some people can beat it within 2-3 hours and some people can take up to 10, I feel the average time ranges to around 6-8 which admittedly isn’t a lot, but luckily there are 2 campaigns which I mentioned above really don’t have all that much difference between them but do have some slight changes, plus after beating the game under certain requirements, you unlock some very interesting modes, such as Invisible enemies or Real survival which is Hard mode without the Item Boxes being interconnected, so overall, I believe that there is plenty of content included in this purchase, added on that there are now a set of trophies/achievements included, this is certainly the best version of Resident Evil to own right now.

Lasting Appeal

Final Thoughts

Overall I feel this is definitely the best version of Resident Evil to own right now, if you were put off originally by the outdated control scheme, Resident Evil HD corrects every single flaw that has been said about it, of course there are still some problems with it, CGI cutscenes and voice acting are both still pretty poor, however the controls and gameplay in general, along with the visuals have had a significant improvement, I honestly think purchasing this game is completely worth every penny and I am very much looking forward to see what Capcom will do in the future (Resident Evil 0 Remastered hopefully).

Final Thoughts

My Score – 9.7/10

Cover

The Good

  • Perfect Survival Horror Gameplay
  • Fantastic Visuals
  • Improved Controls
  • Plenty of Content

The Bad

  • Poor voice acting
  • CGI cutscenes look much worse

Resident Evil HD Remaster is available now for for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Capcom for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

 

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5 thoughts on “Resident Evil HD Remaster Review

  1. Loved playing these games, especially Resi 2. But never did quite understand why rejuvenation of limited vitality comprised of herb mixing? Does getting high have medicinal healing qualities?

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