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Resident Evil’s flaws are every bit as glaring today as they were back in 2002. The controls, the awkward camera and the game’s item management are all sources of irritation. And yet, despite these issues, Resident Evil HD is still an undeniable classic. No other survival horror game has managed to channel the same compelling level of tension.
If you've never played the remake at all, it's worth visiting the mansion again just to meet Lisa Trevor, and if you've never played Resident Evil at all, now's the time. It's a slice of cultural history that has exerted enormous influence but has mostly avoided direct imitation. When something is this well-crafted, the flaws of a counterfeit are obvious.
Resident Evil HD Remaster's design restrictions heighten the game's survival horror feel, proving that less is indeed more. It delivers tension, horror, and fear liberally. In exchange, you have to commit your time to the game, and put up with some seemingly archaic conventions. In today's world of in-app purchase-laden affairs, it's a welcome throwback to when games demanded you, instead of money.
This HD remastered Resident Evil preserves the original experience of the game for fans who have their rose-tinted glasses polished and ready to go. From a next-gen standpoint, there are just too many things that get in the way of an enjoyable and immersive gaming experience.
If you like being drowned in nostalgia in a very well done rendition of one of your favorite childhood games which doesn't ruin the experience, yea, this is the Resident Evil for you.
Although I'd love the chance to play a remastered Resident Evil 2 for the first time with updated controls, I'm glad Capcom decided to revive the first entry again. Resident Evil is truly is a timeless classic that every generation should enjoy, and a perfect example of how to do survival horror without decking players out with a full armory. Welcome back to the mansion.
Hopefully this is the start of something great and the Gamecube's Resident Evil 0 receives the same treatment next, and a remake/port of Resident Evil 2 and 3 would be great, so here's hoping.
Resident Evil HD Remaster takes one of the best entries in the franchise and cleans it up for modern devices. It still holds up remarkably well. This is the perfect opportunity for newcomers to jump in, and hardcore fans can look forward to the definitive version of a survival horror classic.
My only fear going ahead is that the success of Resident Evil HD won't inspire Capcom to remaster Resident Evil 0, 2, 3, and Code Veronica, and instead read it as reason to make Resident Evil 7. There's room in this world for the new-style Resident Evil, but it should never be at the expense of removing classics from the selection.
If there's one game that deserves the remaster treatment, it's Resident Evil. The thirteen year old remake is arguably the best game in the long running series, not only staying true to its source material, but expanding upon it greatly with new content directly built into the core story.
Now that we're barrelling, battle-biceps exposed, into the conclusion of this critique/ nostalgia trip, I feel I must briefly attempt to convince you that a remaster of a remake of a nearly two decade old PS1 game is relevant by today's bustling gaming standards. To summarise it simply, it's about how RE's limitations add measurable impact to your choices. It's about the exploration and puzzle solving sans omnipresent hand-holding. These concepts are rare attributes in today's AAA gaming scene. And when laced with enhanced visuals and a friendlier control scheme, RE HD Remaster becomes a precious survival experience for the nostalgic and a necessary one for the newcomer.
It's still such a great game all these years later, and is a must play for all horror game fans, especially those who never go to play the original. And if you still aren't convinced, check out our PC footage bellow.
It's a hard task to sum up a game like this. Should it be judged as a title in 1996, 2002 or 2015? Does it stand up in today's market on its own merits? Am I viewing it with rose-tinted glasses and a bucket full of nostalgia or does it still deserve the high praise it has always garnered? I first played Resident Evil on the PSX with a group of friends back in 1996 and have fond memories of us gathered around the TV trying to figure out the puzzles, what to do and where to go next. In 2015 I feel you must play the game blind to experience that same magic. Using internet guides and youtube walkthroughs will take away everything that makes Resident Evil the classic survival horror adventure. In a nutshell the game is as good as it ever was and better than it has ever been. A masterclass in pacing, whether the design truly is masterful or just a product of the age from which it came will probably never be truly understood.
It was something both nostalgic and fresh, instantly familiar but teeming with macabre surprises and twists, keeping veterans guessing while giving newcomers a terrific reason to dive into the Spencer Mansion for the very first time. Everything that made the original Resident Evil a success was kept in, while almost all of the dated elements were overhauled and improved. It's good enough that Capcom can actually get away with remastering it and only earn sideways glances from yours truly – and that's saying something.
This HD remaster of a remake is a remarkable homage to the original survival horror masterpiece to be enjoyed by fans of the original PS1 game, the GameCube remake or even complete newbs. Some of the mechanics like the dated inventory system can and will frustrate, but the overall journey is a rewarding one through one of gaming's most important games. Can we finally have that remake of Resi 2 now please, Capcom?
It's clear from the start that, without a doubt, this is the best version of Resident Evil out there. While some of the game's legacy design choices may be hard to stomach in 2015, Capcom has ensured this gothic horror adventure is more approachable than ever before. By adding a no tank-control option and new Very Easy mode for newcomers, there is no longer any excuse to let this survival horror classic shamble on by.
Resident Evil HD is a stunning recreation of one of survival horror's all-time classics. While some aspects may appear outdated, Capcom's zombie killer is one of the toughest, most rewarding adventure games you'll play, and the HD makeover ensures it looks better than ever.
Still considered one of the best (if not THE best in the series) REmake still holds up today as a trendsetter in the gaming world. Every other title wanted to be it, but none ever quite nailed the formula the way this Gamecube remake does. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre, as this is the pinnacle of what Shinji Mikami created all those years ago.
Resident Evil HD Remaster takes the fantastic REmake from the Gamecube and bumps it up to modern standards with improved visuals, new difficulty settings and a new control scheme. Fans of the genre should pick it up immediately, but more casual players might have trouble with the older gameplay style.
In the dawn of the new gen console, we've already seen plenty of HD remakes, some perhaps needed more than others. Resident Evil HD Remaster is the latest in line with improved HD visuals and audio, not to mention a new control scheme, the classic lives on as we once again enter survival horror.
The bottom line is that this game is definitely worth the twenty dollar price tag. For those of you that want to experience Resident Evil the way it meant to be experienced, you need to grab this game up. For those of you who have no idea what I am even talking about, you owe it to yourself to see where survival horror really began. And to those of you just looking for a way to relive the glory days and play something from yesteryear that you loved so much but are afraid a remake would tarnish the memory, fear not. This time, Capcom didn't let us down. RE: HD is one of the best remakes out there and they couldn't have picked a better game to nail it on than this one. So take a trip back to the mansion and remember what it's like to get the crap scared out of you. This game still made me jump… even after all these years.
Though imperfect, Resident Evil HD Remaster is a good update to a now-classic remake. The core game holds up rather well after more than a decade, and when compared to some of its contemporaries, it's still gripping in the action and scares. The improvements to the controls help greatly, and the various technical options ensure that just about everyone gets a near-perfect version of the remake. The compression artifacts are disappointing to see, especially when compared to the work done on the polygonal elements, and some of the sounds could have been done better. Those elements don't cripple the gameplay, and fans of survival-horror will be happy to experience this, especially if they didn't try it on the Nintendo consoles.
An absolutely gorgeous update to a timeless classic, Resident Evil is every bit as thrilling and enjoyable now as it was when it was originally released in 1996. The controls still feel rough at times, even with the updated options, but the atmosphere and experience is second to none when it comes to the survival horror genre.
Great environments but with some blurred textures; Fantastic sound remix for 5.1 but with occasionally subpar voice work; Terrifying and thrilling but with lots of retreading; Lots of replay value but sometimes only slight differences in endings. Ultimately a great price for excellent game, but would have liked disc-based US release. The wild card is that it's a multigenerational rerelease with slight graphical variation across platforms.
Resident Evil on the Switch is a familiar experience with some excellent gameplay that can be enjoyed in handheld mode. The few flaws it has shouldn't detract, but the price might.
If you want some good, classic scares, then pick up this great Resident Evil remaster as soon as you can. $20 might sound like a lot for what is really an old game with shiny new "packaging," but with multiple endings, the best visuals possible, and that iconic mansion setting, you're always going to want to come back for more. Whether you want to relive the nightmares of your youth or experience a classic for the first time, this version of Resident Evil is an easy recommendation to real survival horror fans.
Resident Evil HD Remaster is just as good as the original in most ways, and in others better. Resident Evil HD feels great, looks great, and the controls are wonderfully remade for the newer systems. It can get a little hard at times figuring out your way, but that is what makes Resident Evil one of the hardest, yet most accomplished games in the series to have ever been released.
At the end of the day, Resident Evil is still the same great game that it was when it released on the Nintendo Gamecube. The game looks good at 1080p and it's great for those wanting to relive the mansion incident or for those that want to enter the survival horror for the first time.
The remake is no longer the technical marvel it once was, but Capcom has done their best to reissue it in a way that maintains all the splendour, scares, and laughs of the original.
It's been four years, but Resident Evil HD is just as good a remake as when it first launched. For anyone who didn't grow up in the era of the original PlayStation or get around to trying it on another platform, this specific outing of Resident Evil 1 is a great way to get into the series, provided you don't mind a few Switch-related quirks with the port.
I’m glad I finally got around to playing Resident Evil, a lot of mechanics still hold up and the overall experience was challenging and suspenseful. Despite issues I had with the nineteen-year-old mechanics not adapting very well to modern games, such as pre-rendered backdrops with set camera angles, a very limited item stash, and awkward combat, I enjoyed the experience. With options for both new and old fans of the series, Capcom has adapted to everyone without altering the core-gameplay of the original game – Difficulty settings, visual ratio and prefered control methods will allow everyone to play the game whichever way they feel the most comfortable.
Context is essential, then, but the Switch port shows this classic at its absolute best and there’s arguably no better way to sample the original Resident Evil formula in 2019, provided you’ve got the stomach for it.
So in conclusion, yes, Resident Evil HD is yet another remaster. In fact, it's a remaster of a remaster. However, it's clear that a lot more effort has been put into it than Capcom's "Ultimate HD Edition" of Resident Evil 4, and fans will relish the opportunity to explore this classic game all over again with all its new improvements.
Resident Evil for Nintendo Switch is a great adaptation of the cult game. This is one of the best projects in the series, which you should definitely play, especially if you've already completed an amazing Resident Evil 2 Remake.
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Resident Evil is an excellent, successful resurrection of a timeless classic. While there may not be enough content to satiate those familiar with the 13-year-old remake, things still felt fresh, in a rotted, unsettling sort of way.
For those who are fans of the Resident Evil series like me, who have not played the original in a long time, Resident Evil HD Remaster is great fan-service, and for the price how could you say no? So what are you waiting for? Grab your gun, get your green herbs ready, and go forth into Raccoon City, where the nightmare all started!
Resident Evil HD is a remake done right. Rather than bend over backwards to please a new generation of gamers, it proudly sticks by its roots and is better because of it. Those looking to try something "new" should look to the past with this spot-on remaster.
Resident Evil HD is the definitive way to experience the forefather of the survival horror genre. There may be some elements that are frustratingly outdated but the game is still terrifying and plenty of fun to play.
It's a straight HD remaster of the 2002 remake, but as long as you can live with Resident Evil's numerous and well-known idiosyncracies you'll be surprised at how well it still plays. If you're a major Resi fan it's questionable whether there's enough new here to take another dip - your Resident Evil memories are probably scarier than the real deal. First timers and long-absent friends, however, should open the creaky mansion door and step nervously inside. This horror pioneer is still one of the greats.
Everything fans loved about the original Resident Evil: Remake on Gamecube has literally been duplicated and brought over to the HD Remaster. Fans will appreciate this as mainly a new coat of paint was added to the visuals. Anyone that has had interest in stepping into the series might appreciate the alternate control scheme and vary levels of difficulty to choose from. Bringing this title to the modern, high definition age was an excellent idea as Capcom has succeeded in bring a classic back to life from its library.
Ultimately, Resident Evil is let down by its awkward combat and somewhat barebones plot. If the story were fleshed out a little more, and if it were possible to fight zombies a little less clumsily, it would still be able to hold its own against the very best of this day and age. Thirteen years is a long time in gaming, though, and the game does show its age a bit. The combat and some other elements, of course, hail from even further back in the 1996 original. As it is, it is merely a great horror game brought to the screen in high definition for the first time, and an absolute must for fans of the genre. Most importantly, it still has the power to inspire fear - and that alone makes it worth the price of admission.
Resident Evil has small issues here and there, and the silly writing and survival gameplay have never been for everybody, but these negatives don't change the fact that this is a fantastic release. The REmake is as enjoyable as ever, enhanced by small improvements that make it that much more playable, and the whole experience hints at just how great a new "classic" Resident Evil could be with today's technology behind it.
REmake's HD re-release is certainly worth the price of admission, especially for those who never played the Gamecube-exclusive original, but I'm hoping that beyond entertaining and scaring us, the game serves as a reminder to Capcom on what the next Resident Evil needs to be more like.
When returning to Resident Evil 1, some obvious flaws are apparent given the title’s age, such as the game’s tank-like controls, often awkward camera and downright cheesy dialogue… But in a bizarre way that adds to the charm of the title – The thematic tension you feel when exploring the manor… The fear you feel around every corner… The tension of solving a puzzle in the nick of time or making that narrow escape… Well, there’s nothing quite like it nowadays.
All in all, Resident Evil HD Remaster is a fun romp back into the survival horror genre of years gone and thankfully a clear example of what can be done to an aged title if enough dedication and effort are put forward. This is the best version of Resident Evil to date despite the zooming issues or the camera angles, all of which you'll forget about as your fighting for dear life.
With all its technical upgrades and incredible attention to every little bloody detail, the mansion looks magnificent and the game fulfills its purpose in reminding fans why we fell in love with this series in the first place. Sure, I do miss the campy live-action intro (who could forget the suave, Val Kilmer look-alike Albert Wesker slicking back his hair?) from the original PS1 version.
Those who've visited Resident Evil's iconic mansion countless times over the last twenty years will be safe to pass on this remaster. However, if you're interested in going through it for the first time, then Resident Evil HD is the version to buy.
While the "HD Remastered" tag feels a little hollow, if you just consider this a slightly updated re-release of a fantastic game then I can heartily recommend Resident Evil HD Remastered. Just remember to have a notebook and pen handy.
The makeover of Capcom's 1996 title Resident Evil proved more than a pleasing, it felt like a brand new experience. Resident Evil: HD improved the significant components in any survival horror game and exaggerated them (for the better).
Will Capcom ever do a completely overhauled remake of the original story with an over-the-shoulder perspective? No one knows, though that sure would be neat. In the meantime, the Resident Evil HD remaster — despite showing signs of aging — remains an excellent time capsule that brings a classic back to life.
Despite shortcomings, the remake of the first Resident Evil title is a tense, exciting romp through a mansion that has a ton of creepy secrets. There are definite signs of aging here that make me appreciate current day luxuries, but once I got past those I enjoyed Resident Evil's puzzles, scares and horrors.
Resident Evil HD Remaster is a decent remake of the original survival horror title, retaining the challenging puzzles and combat, while adding the new control scheme or the easy mode. Unfortunately, its overhauled aspects aren't that impressive, so don't go in with high expectations, as there are still plenty of confusing sequences, annoying door opening animations, and other relics of the past.
Resident Evil HD Remaster . . . achieves the same sense of lingering horror as its source material while simultaneously making the entire experience easier for modern audiences to appreciate.
Nevertheless, Spencer Mansion ultimately fails as a locale because of its implausibility. It is a place that has been designed in service to the designer's puzzles, rather than vice-versa and, for this reason, feels fake and contrived, characteristics that undermine the horror rather than heighten it. As a product of a unique moment in the medium's technological evolution, Resident Evil HD is a fascinating place to revisit. But for many contemporary visitors it will be an unpleasant stay, not because the game's inhabitants are unusually hostile, or because its idiosyncrasies are unfashionable, but because its formative designs have simply been bettered.
If you've played the original Resident Evil inside out, or the Gamecube remake, you know exactly what you're getting with Capcom's shiny re-release. It's a polished update that never strays far from the template, proving just as faithful as it is hardcore. For those looking for a gateway into the series, however, we advise extreme caution, especially if your notions of Resident Evil are based on more recent instalments. Although perfectly playable, it is likely to defy most, if not all, expectations you may have.
Resident Evil 0 HD Remastered is essentially the same RE0 that I played back in the Gamecube days, a dated but enjoyable RE experience. The HD coat of paint gives the game a 2016 glow that truly impresses, and the modern control scheme improves the experience in ways that cannot sufficiently be explained, but the core game remains intact. I enjoyed my trip back in time, but I don't think there's enough here that would make me want to do it again.
Resident Evil is a fine horror game that stands the test of time, and that game is still here. However Capcom's job updating it for 2015 is lazy and insulting to fans.