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  • Summary: (Also known as "BioHazard: Deadly Silence" in Japan) Experience the terror of Raccoon City as heroes Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine try to survive a mansion filled with flesh hungry zombies, giant spiders, horrific amphibious creatures, mutant dogs and worse. Now the Survival Horror Classic Resident Evil debuts with features exclusive to the Nintendo DS. Classic Mode – The original, high tension Resident Evil that features 80% exploration/puzzle solving and 20% intense battle elements. Rebirth Mode – Features a high octane game style that is 80% intense battle and 20% exploration/puzzle solving. Microphone Function – Solve puzzles and even resuscitate your injured teammate by blowing into the microphone. Bonus Mini-Game – Ward off hordes of the undead in the Master of Knifing mini-game. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. While the game may feel a little dated, and the graphic quality is not necessarily all the Nintendo DS can offer, it is a worthy addition to anyone’s Nintendo DS library, even if this may be the fifth time you find yourself buying the 1996 original.
  2. As the umpteenth port it can’t score as highly as original and exclusive DS titles, but as a handheld survival/horror game it is everything I wanted.
  3. 80
    This could be due to the age of the game, the fact that we've played it before or because the screen is so tiny, but the game isn't nearly as frightening as it used to be.
  4. Normally, mining the license library to populate new hardware is a move that smacks of laziness and creative bankruptcy. In this case, Capcom seems to be on to something. [May 2006, p.91]
  5. There are many good elements to Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, but it ultimately fails to excel on the two levels it attempts: it fails as nostalgia because the weaknesses of the original get in the way of the fun, and it fails as a new game because neither the environment nor story translate to a unique or very scary experience anymore.
  6. For those who have played the game to death on an older console, the 'Rebirth' mode and assorted other extras may offer enough incentive to drop the cash on it again, and for the ten people who are yet to play Resident Evil, it's certainly worth experiencing for the first time, despite its rather aged control scheme.
  7. 40
    Now, if "Rebirth Mode" was more than just the original game with some half-hearted minigames tacked on -- if it sported updated graphics and a more intuitive control scheme, things would be different.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    For what has come out for the original DS, I think it's one of the better games. The original Resident Evil was a classic and it transfers over to the DS extremely well. Even if it's corny by today's standards, I think they were sort of trying to model it off of a B-movie seeing it sort of starts with a cheesy live action forest sequence and the lead-in to the main menu is yet another cheesy live-action sequence of a guy getting attacked by some unseen force. The game's mystery still works today and the fact that you actually have to think about everything you do instead of running into the action and just blasting the monsters away and running through the game in a matter of minutes is great. You actually have to think about what you pick up and what you can actually carry (you have very limited amount of inventory space). Sometimes you have to sacrifice ammo, which is essential to surviving, just to carry more items - like key items used to progress in the game. This can be very annoying, but at the same time it sort of keeps the game interesting. Sure this game has flaws, but most are for those who aren't patient. The only flaw that still annoys me to this day and always will, is the fact that you have to use an ink ribbon for each save. Ink ribbons aren't necessarily difficult to find, but they take up space in your inventory (but on the bright side, they're stackable). Collapse
  2. EvadN.
    Aug 3, 2006
    10
    Awesome game! Scared the crap out of me! Although, the graphics are a little off, but the storyline is AWESOME!
  3. ChrisR.
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    An AWESOME game to have on your DS. Don't listen to the bad reviews. If you are a fan of the RE games then I guarantee you'll love this game. If you are new to RE, then you might find it a bit hard to adapt since it's essentially a 10 yr old game. Definitely worth biuying though. Although it's basically a port, added content and features makes it worth buying, even if you already have RE. Also, the graphics are a defnite improvement over the PS1 version. Character models are much smoother and nicer looking. I have all the RE games on Gamecube and even if this DS version is no match for REmake, it's still awesome to have it on a handheld. The RE games are seriously the only games that I can never get bored of replaying. So hurry up and get this game! I managed to score it for only AU$20! Expand
  4. RobertoM.
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    its a good game, but the control have some mistakes.
  5. robogomo
    Jun 10, 2006
    9
    Considering that this is game is over 10 years old...it still has a lot good play! The added features with the touch screen really bring it to an all new level...and it's just great fun. It's great to have a classic like this on the DS! And I agree with others who had posted--that the reviewer from other publications were just too harsh on this game. Don't believe the hype...this is a terrific game. Expand
  6. n
    Nov 8, 2008
    8
    One thing can be said about this port: It's solid. The control improvements are welcomed and the utilization of the touchscreen in certain parts of the game is pretty neat. Quick reload, "quick knife" that doesn't take up an inventory slot, soft reset, 180 turn... they felt like there should be there in the first place. Graphics are updated: Models look a lot better with sharper textures and smoother movement. Don't worry RE purists. The same cheesy lines and the same horrible actors are still there. The Rebirth mode is a nice touch - more enemies, more puzzles and utilization of DS features.It's still the same plot and the same scenario, but still it makes a new harder challenge. I still didn't try the multiplayer but the fact that it was put in is a good idea. Survival horrors are more fun when your friends join in. Overally it's NOT perfect, but it's a fine solid port. If you need a good horror game for a camping trip, this should be your pick. Expand
  7. JinF.
    Feb 6, 2006
    2
    i don't know the graphix are awefull, controls too... and alot of cheesiness is packed in package... this game was supposed to be so much better. Expand

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