Resident Evil HD Remaster
A brilliant, brutal survival horror dripping in atmosphere. It's from the oldest of schools, but still offers a rewarding challenge.
Resident Evil does a good job of updating the look and feel of a classic survival horror game for a new audience.
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.
A fresh take on a classic game, but not without a (gnarled) handful hang-ups. This is how you remember playing the game back in 1996.
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.
One of the greatest horror games of all time becomes even better
Resident Evil HD--a high-definition re-release of a remake of a classic--proves that sometimes the best adventures are the simplest ones.
Resident Evil is still a classic, but it's hard for some people to go back to
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.
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.