Resident Anal HD

Resident Evil was hailed as a landmark video game which created the “survival horror” genre, upon it’s release on the original Playstation in 1996. never wanting to miss out on an opportunity to milk one of their most beloved franchises (which has gone off the rails in recent iterations) Capcom returned to their roots with a remastered version of the 2002 remake of Resident Evil, which appeared on Nintendo GameCube.

available this past Tuesday via Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Store, Resident Evil HD can be downloaded for the reasonable price of $20. having owned both prior editions, I couldn’t help but take the plunge. everything I know and loved about the game has been dutifully upgraded. exploring the mansion in beautiful HD with the new widescreen option adds an extra visual layer that is greatly appreciated. all the scares from the original are intact (dogs bursting thru windows; running around the shark tank; draining the bathtub, yadda yadda yadda). the puzzles are challenging (by 1996 standards) and the analog controls feel slightly less wonky than before, which can also sometimes lead to some frustrating problems with the camera. you do have the option to play with either the classic or modern controls. I still get the same satisfying feeling of landing a clean headshot that causes a zombie’s head to explode. it’s refreshing to play a game where ammo is in short supply, and you have to decide whether to fight or evade enemies. get munched on by one too many zombies, and you hafta start using your herbs to heal, lest you become “a Jill sandwich” can’t forget the cheesy dialogue!

all in all, it took me about 6 hours to playthru. this game is a great trip down memory lane for those of us who played the original. but I would only recommend it to diehard fans of the series. I would love to see them come out with a remastered version of RE2!

netflix: 4/5

imdb: 8/10

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