• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. No Resident Evil has established such gloomy mood as effectively as Resident Evil Zero, which paints every screen with a decadent artistry that is unmatched in its extraordinary detail and inspired darkness. [Dec 2002, p.70]
  2. A captivating and horrifying journey. [Dec 2002, p.211]
  3. With beautiful graphics and disturbingly realistic audio Resident Evil 0 is probably the best game in the entire series.
  4. The story fills in most, if not all, of the plot holes from the series and provides a very engaging and entertaining ride.
  5. Zero's sound effects are mighty impressive.
  6. By the end of the game, you'll feel physically exhausted by how much content you've absorbed. [Dec 2002, p.124]
  7. There has been only a handful of times when I’ve been absolutely spellbound by a game. Be it for graphics or gameplay or a straight up solid game. In this category of acclaim, I would have to list "Mario 64," "Soul Calibur" (DC), and now Resident Evil: Zero.
  8. A fantastic achievement and a must buy for any Resident Evil fan. The new gameplay additions may even sway those of you who couldn’t get to grips with Remake.
  9. There is just enough of a story for Resident Evil fans to play the game and find out new information, but there certainly could have been much more in terms of the story.
  10. 90
    Some of the new play elements miss the mark, but overall Zero is a long, rewarding night of fright.
  11. The messiah RE fans have been prophesising...Do not expect to be sustained eternally however, an experienced gamer will burn through this game which can be completed on lower difficulties in the same amount of time as "Luigi’s Mansion."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. NaomiM.
    Nov 1, 2004
    YES!! I really like all the RE games and this one blew all the other ones away! The graphics made this game 100 times more scary then the others. The way you can play with Billy and Rebecca is one of a kind and I hope that others will come out just like it. I love this game!!! Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I always felt this was a game that didn't need to be made,the story was convoluted,I didn't like the drop and swap item mechanic or swapping between characters at times,the visuals were good but there was a blandness about it,everything seemed brownish yellow.IMO it would have been better if the game just stared Billy,trying to tie in Bravo team just has you asking more questions,in fact im surprised there wasn't a scene at the end of RE0 where Rebecca losses her memory as she never talks about the events of Zero ever again´╗┐ Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    Billy's character was so one-dimensional to me. Rebecca on the other hand, was quite impressive in the way that she was so fragile and naive (keeping in mind that she's only about 18 in the game). The controls are awful for the whole partner system. I'd love to see this re-released as a 2-Player game. Full Review »