Resident Evil (1996) Resident Evil (1996)
      20 Years ago around this time, my life was forever changed. After One Year of owning the first Playstation console, there... Resident Evil (1996)

 

 

 

20 Years ago around this time, my life was forever changed. After One Year of owning the first Playstation console, there was this game that not only redefined Survival Horror, but reintroduced the Zombie Sub-genre to the gaming and Movie going public in general.

That Game was Resident Evil!
Inspired by George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead film and a NES game called Sweet Home, Resident Evil is a horror game that encapsulates tactics and supply management as you slowly investigate the mystery involving mass killings within the outskirts of the Raccoon City while fighting for your very survival.

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Although the intro cut scene was a bit on the cheesy side, (Can’t say if it was deliberate as paying homage to classic B-Movies, or just plain ridiculous.) I was pumped with excitement when the music cued along with the narrator announcing Protagonists, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Barry Burton, Rebecca Chambers and the enigmatic Albert Wesker that ended with “Resident Evil”!

After the intro, the remaining members of STARS were forced to seek sanctuary within a huge Mansion. This was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire starting with the player searching the locale only to run into what is one of the first shocking moments of the game.

This had me yelling “What the Fuck” when facing my first Zombie. But that scenario paled compared to other couch cringing moments like the
Dog keeper who had left a very cryptic diary prior to him busting out of a closet with the appetite for human flesh!

May 16th 1998

I heard a researcher who tried to escape from this mansion was shot last night. My entire body feels burning and itchy at night. When I was scratching the swelling on my arms, a lump of rotten flesh dropped off. What the hell is happening to me?
May 19, 1998

Fever gone but itchy. Hungry and eat doggy food. Itchy Itchy Scott came. Ugly face so killed him. Tasty.

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Itchy.
Tasty.

throughout the game, you are forced to unlock doors, solve puzzles and even develop a chemical mixture in in order to progress and push on toward the end. I often used the Ink Ribbon save option because this game will try your patience and give you a serious beating if you’re not careful. I once made the mistake of playing the game for 2 hours without saving only to get my head lopped off by this gargantuan amphibian creature called The Hunter!

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The set pieces of the game varied as opposed to being stuck in some mansion. From a Graveyard to an underground facility, it was like a journey. The eerie soundtrack and Zombie sound effects was half the highlight of Resident Evil and then there were the creatures themselves.

The game wasn’t restricted to just shuffling Zombies, oh Fuck no.
I found myself going up against giant spiders and snakes, a killer shark, decaying Dobermans, Chimeras and the final boss the big daddy of the all-The Tyrant! After the one of the main characters have been exposed as the instigator of the Arklay incident, my heart raced when fighting off this giant humanoid with claws that will make Freddy Krueger look like he had a manicure.

 

And just when I thought the game was over when the rescue helicopter approached, the Tyrant returned and pissed as ever! And after 5 minutes of running and dodging his fast attacks, the cowardly pilot, Brad Vickers drops a Rocket launcher and thus began the trope that is a normal staple of the franchise.

Never had I experienced fright and an experience that is on par with many horror movies during that time. Resident Evil was a gamechanger that gave rebirth to the Zombie renaissance. Without Resident Evil, there will be no Walking Dead, Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty Zombies or World War Z.

Happy 20th Anniversary RE. Easter is not the only association with Jesus’ resurrection, the dead that has risen in the world of videogames, is a force to be reckoned with.

 

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  • phantomcreeps .

    Those fucking dogs jumping through the window, in the hallway at the beginning.

    My friend had surround sound back then new shit.

    Watched him start up the game, and that sound made my nuts shrivel up!

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  • CoolHandJuke

    just bought a ps tv so i can play resident evil 2 and 3 again. i have this disc which i run on an emulator. something about those crows in the painting room…

  • Kyle Fulton

    I just played Resident Evil Revelations 2 for the first time last week, and honestly, it was pretty good! This from the guy who hated 5 and 6, as you may recall. It’s like they’ve started remembering that it’s a horror series. If they follow this path for REmake 2 and RE7, I’ll be a happy camper.

    In any case, the original is a classic. Totally fantastic.

  • CoolHandJuke

    i’m glad that zombie guy kept his diary going…

  • Dominique Sings

    Lovely! Good times. I’d like to play that new HD remake.

  • Dominique Sings

    today he would post on facebook

  • Captain Genius

    i’ve barely played any of the RE games.i own several of them and never play them. I have a friend that CRUSHES these game. I just watch him play. Always fun, always tense, I always know there will be a happy ending because he dominates the games. That said I’ve always had a soft spot for the save room music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb_Bb8JA2pg

  • Captain Genius

    also, fuck Crimson Heads till the end of time. worst updated feature ever. more so then hayden christinsen in return of the jedi

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  • KilliK

    nice. Resident Evil is one of the games which defined the Playstation brand.
    But it’s a shame that the franchise lost its original identity and devolved to a brainless actioner. Capcom really needs to bring it back to its true survival horror roots, especially now that it has been proved after the success of its HD remake, that this genre is still profitable.

  • KilliK

    something that always found funny in the original ,is that a rural town has not one but two special units of soldiers/cops.

  • KilliK

    I remember watching an asian dude playing RE1 in his stream in Justin.tv (before it became Twitch.tv) man, the guy almost got a heart attack from his scares. very funny.

  • Stalkeye

    RE6 was the nail in the Coffin for this franchise because Capcom wanted those “Call of Duty” dollar$ only to shoot themselves in the foot. Maybe RE7 should focus on a Middle east setting but that would be too controversial. *Hint,hint*

  • Stalkeye

    A friend of mine who wasn’t into games enjoyed watching me play Resi. He equated it to watching an interactive Horror film.

  • Stalkeye

    Crimson heads scared me shitless. Those fuckers can run and claw yo ass!

  • Stalkeye

    The HD remake is relatively cheap. especially when there’s a weekly sale from PSN or XBL.

  • Stalkeye

    Very tenacious till the very end.

  • Stalkeye

    I enjoyed RER 2 and glad Barry Burton finally got to be the lead protagonist alongside Claire Redfield who looks stunning for a game character.
    I didn’t really care for the DLC games as they felt a bit shoehorned. Yes, the game went back to the franchise’s roots moreso than RE6.

    I preferred the original over the venerable RE2 because of its claustrophobic set pieces, which gave me that sense of dread.Imagine facing Zombies or hunters in a tight corridor. The soundtrack was amazing!

  • KilliK

    Latin America or the Poles would have been a cool setting for the next game.

    I am thinking of writing a small tribute for AITD the granddaddy of the survival horror genre and a big influence for RE. It’s a shame the franchise went down to the shitter with the last good game being the fourth installment in the series.

  • Stalkeye

    Uwe Boll’s films didn’t make AITD any better. And yes, the recent games flopped big time!

  • Captain Genius

    exactly

  • Captain Genius

    and fuck that one tough zombie shit

  • Stalkeye

    Lisa Trevor in the remake was scary shit, yo.

  • Captain Genius

    i need to get a game cube again and that game

  • Stalkeye

    Its available on PS3, XBox 360, Xbox one and PS4.
    Capcom gots you covered!

  • Captain Genius

    yeah, i keep forgetting they are whores

  • Tarmac492.1

    Nice tribute dude!! I never played the game, but remember it was a huge deal. Still would have loved if Romero had directed the first flick.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, S! RE paid a great deal of homage to the Romero films and the sequel was inspired by awn of the dead as you well know. It’s unfortunate that his script for the Movie adaptation wasn’t good enough, but he made way too many changes and I’m not crazy about the PWSA shit either.
    He directed an awesome RE commercial starring the late Brad Renfro.

  • Stalkeye

    Since those Street Fighter games, yes!