Whether your first journey into the mad world of Resident Evil started in March of 1996 or not, you probably vividly remember the first time you took up arms against the T-virus, or G-virus, or, well, you get the idea. The Resident Evil franchise has gone down roads that I couldn’t have possibly imagined so many years ago, but the PlayStation original has always served as the beating pulse of Survival Horror in the gaming world.
Most of you are likely aware that the original Resident Evil installment was given a remake facelift in 2002 for GameCube, and that same game was just recently remastered for Next Gen consoles in the Origins Collection, along with Resident Evil Zero. Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are also receiving the remaster treatment, and a from-scratch Resident Evil 2 remake is headed our way too.
All of this effort is being made by Capcom in order to revitalize the franchise and reignite older fan interest. From a personal standpoint, at least in part, their plan is working. Never have I been so eager to spend $40 on a pair of games I already own. The gameplay experience itself hasn’t necessarily changed, per se, but going through the motions of an old adventure I already loved with a new sleek look is something to rejoice over.
Starting with Zero, sprinting the length of the train, and picking up and dropping items at will, I was sucked right back to Christmas 2002. Zero is a unique adventure, even for the Resident Evil franchise, and getting to see the events prior to the Mansion, getting Billy’s endeavors and history, tying Birkin and Wesker to their later diabolic schemes, and getting Rebecca to Alpha Team, served as satisfying backstory. Not to mention, unleashing fury while getting that roof open was one hell of an adrenaline rush.
The Mansion is probably a more familiar exploit for most of the gaming masses. The first time you see a zombie turn from his mid Kenneth snacking, you quickly realize you might have bitten off more than you can chew, or maybe you even decided to flip the lights on. I can’t take you back to the late 90s, my time machine is out of commission, but six or eight slots, a knife, no room to carry extra ammo, death masks, different keys for every door, surviving the game felt like landing safely on the runway after the wings were ripped off the plane mid flight.
Whether the moment was finding out about Wesker’s betrayal, Umbrella’s evil motives, or unloading your Magnum during the final Tyrant encounter, you began to realize your personal war against the outbreak was only just beginning. So now we’re left wondering where the story is headed. We know Resident Evil 7 is coming in the not so distant future, but what should we expect?
If you’re already a Resident Evil fan, I’m sure you have a strong opinion, one way or the other, on where the series has gone since Resident Evil 4. The departure from Survival Horror started with mild flirtation and became a full-blown affair in a matter of three games. Like the movie adaptions, simply seeing our favorite hero or heroine in action isn’t enough. Getting Leon, Chris, Jill or Claire in a truly memorable and laborious story has become more vital than ever before.
I’m not going to spend too much time speculating over what will come out of future games. What I am going to do is look forward to the coming months of reliving Resident Evil through the eyes of my PS4. I can’t even put into words how excited I am for the Resident Evil 2 remake. For the record, any shenanigans attempting to replace Alyson Court’s Claire Redfield voice is going to be met with disdain. Capcom, you’ve officially been warned.
20 years has given us a hoard of video game titles, live action films, animated films, books, comic books, action figures, and a world we can immerse ourselves in for years to come. Long before Rick Grimes, Tallahassee and Columbus, or Gerry Lane, the men and women from S.T.A.R.S. and Racoon City were defending us from zombie swarms and hybrid mutations. “You have two choices here; Kill or be killed.”
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