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  • Summary: In 1998 a special forces team was sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arrival they were attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and were forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hung heavy in the air. Supplies were scarceIn 1998 a special forces team was sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arrival they were attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and were forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hung heavy in the air. Supplies were scarce as they struggled to stay alive. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Jan 22, 2015
    100
    Resident Evil HD Remaster is a golden opportunity for newcomers to face the real terror. For everyone else it is a chance to get inside that beloved mansion once again.
  2. 90
    Resident Evil HD is a stunning recreation of one of survival horror's all-time classics. While some aspects may appear outdated, Capcom's zombie killer is one of the toughest, most rewarding adventure games you'll play, and the HD makeover ensures it looks better than ever.
  3. Feb 4, 2015
    90
    It’s still such a great game all these years later, and is a must play for all horror game fans, especially those who never go to play the original.
  4. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2015
    84
    Occasionally frustrating, but this remake delivers fresh shocks while still improving on a classic. [Mar 2015, p.66]
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 7, 2015
    80
    A sumptuous looking retread through an iconic scare-fest. Its fantastic frights are more than worth the uncompromising challenge. [Feb 2015, p.88]
  6. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    I like Resident Evil. Still. And as a fan of the GameCube remake I enjoy the up-to-date presentation with 16:9 ratio and 5.1 surround sound. Nonetheless, one of the godfathers of survival horrors lost a little of its fascination over the years. It still is better and scarier entertainment than Resident Evil 6.
  7. Jan 19, 2015
    70
    There's a beautiful simplicity to Resident Evil HD that serves as a reminder that the best mysteries don't need convoluted stories to be enthralling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 73
  2. Negative: 5 out of 73
  1. Feb 19, 2015
    10
    I have played this when it first came out on PS1 and playing this again after all these years on PS4 is just an awesome nostalgia factor. II have played this when it first came out on PS1 and playing this again after all these years on PS4 is just an awesome nostalgia factor. I have watched a few people play it on PC versions and compare it with the PS4 to be honest, this game has no gamebreaking fps drops at all. I would recommend to anyone wanted to play this again. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2015
    10
    Im meet Resident Evil the fourth part on PC and this was terrible experience. In future I was played the game series on PS3. Resident EvilIm meet Resident Evil the fourth part on PC and this was terrible experience. In future I was played the game series on PS3. Resident Evil HD Remaster I was missed when the game quitted but now Im making up missing game, and I like it. Thanks CAPCOM for this. Expand
  3. Jan 20, 2015
    10
    Just as addicting as the original if not better. Resident Evil HD adds to the game-play and puzzles but still keeps the essence of what madeJust as addicting as the original if not better. Resident Evil HD adds to the game-play and puzzles but still keeps the essence of what made the game a classic. The remastered version also looks gorgeous in 1080. Here is the cherry on top.. ITS ONLY $20! Good job Capcom. I've been asking for a HD version for a while and now I finally have it. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2015
    9
    As a person who never played any of the Resident Evil games before 4, I was curious to see if Resident Evil was as good as its reputationAs a person who never played any of the Resident Evil games before 4, I was curious to see if Resident Evil was as good as its reputation preceded it. I can personally confirm that after all these years, the gameplay and style of the original RE still holds up and only furthers my love for the series.

    If you've played Resident Evil on the GameCube or the original on the PlayStation, you know how the game works. The "tank" controls basically mean pushing up on the left stick will move the character in the direction they're facing rather than from your perspective. Also, there are no camera controls due to every camera angle having a fixed perspective. Combat itself is not really hectic as you rarely face more than one zombie at a time. The average zombie may be slow, but the tight corridors, stiff controls and the fact that your firing stance roots you to the spot all help to make killing zombies challenging. However, in Resident Evil, saving your resources and managing your inventory carefully is what's most important, so often running away from zombies or taking them out with little resources used as possible is the better choice and the greater challenge. This gameplay offers a nice change of pace in a gaming market currently saturated with high adrenaline shooters.

    I also loved the differences between Chris and Jill in terms of gameplay. Each character has different traits that makes both of their playthroughs feel different, even if the puzzles for the mansion's layout are still exactly the same. With different inventory sizes, hit points, weapons, and abilities, Chris and Jill both feel different without taking away any important core abilities. Because of this, there is no definitively weaker character, but instead two different characters. As for which plays better, that's simply a matter of preference, which I love.

    As for the mansion, despite the major amount of backtracking, the different variety and layouts of enemies kept things interesting, and the feeling of the mansion being one giant puzzle kept me going, and it was satisfying to figure the puzzles out for myself. Despite the relatively slow pace, I had a blast going through the Spencer Mansion. Plus, even after you finish the story, there's tons of replay value, including two different characters with both having a multitude of endings, different modes, weapons and costumes. There's a ton to unlock that'll keep you playing for a while, but even if those aren't your thing, one playthrough is enough to satisfy the purchase.

    With this remaster, Capcom took the progressive root and decided to give you the option of choosing between the old controls of the previous game or using the new alternative controls, where movement is based on the camera's perspective rather than the camera. Although good for new players, I personally have never had a problem with tank controls, so I just stuck with the game's original control scheme.

    As for the graphics, the game looks great during gameplay. While upgrading the character models and backgrounds, the remaster still retains the graphical style of the originals, with a video game character walking across what looks like a photo as a backdrop. Gameplay visuals look great, but I can't say the same for the cinematic cutscenes. Though some detail has been added, most of the cutscenes still look blurry, and there are a few that obviously haven't been touched.

    Unfortunately, that's not the only thing that seemed to be left unattended. While not as bad the original Resident Evil, the voice acting in this game still isn't very good. While some are passable, others (especially Jill) are particularly bad and make the game feel less immersive. It makes me wish they'd gotten the current voice actors of the characters to voice the lines, considering the current actors of Jill, Chris, Wesker, and Barry all put in good performances. It also doesn't help the game's sub-par story. All of the twists and turns are painfully obvious, and the bad voice acting with the pretty laughable dialogue accompanying it don't make it any more believable or engaging.

    There's also some small improvements I wish they would've made, like the ability to discard or swap items out of your inventory like in future Resident Evil games, but it hasn't been added. Plus, I was hoping for more diversity in the story or puzzles when playing as Chris and Jill, but instead their playthroughs remain largely the same.

    Ultimately though, none of the flaws here are big enough to take away from the game's fantastic re-release. The new improvements are welcome and the game looks fantastic. I'm also happy that the gameplay still holds up to this day, nearly twenty years after it's original release. For fans who miss the old Resident Evil style, this game may just have enough to incetivise you to come back. As for newcomers, the remaster is accessible enough for new fans of the franchise to play this game as well.
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  5. Jan 27, 2015
    8
    First review so be gentle,

    I have played all resident evil games including 3 versions resident evil 1, original box zombies of PS1 and the
    First review so be gentle,

    I have played all resident evil games including 3 versions resident evil 1, original box zombies of PS1 and the new sleek looking G.C. edition on the G.C. and Wii and with this in mind the game looks and feels like the G.C./Wii version the characters and zombies look amazing for example the zombies with holes in the shirts/flesh you can see the different layers which adds to the chill factor of zombies.

    Even after all these years and times I have played these resident evil games I still feel tense and even make the odd involuntary sound now and then, I have opted to use the original controls for my play through as this feels more like a resident evil game to me these controls work just as good/poorly as they always have but the new control scheme didn't quite do it for me made it too easy to turn and run from a zombie. Watching your character react as they back away from the undead just adds to the atmosphere, speaking of which the atmosphere is still there helped by the new shadow systems and sound quality, unfortunately the static images for the rooms/environments etc have not really aged well, they seem worse in the auqa ring and beyond but the overall quality of everything else just about compensates for that.

    One other thing that annoys me is the inventory screen, it is still in the 4:3 so when you open the inventory you get thick black lines down the right and left side of the screen, not game breaking but disappointing, I just wish they would do the same for resident evil 2 and 3 could you imagine Dr William Birkin and The Nemesis I have been waiting since playing the G.C. version of this game all them years ago
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  6. Jan 27, 2015
    8
    It's a good horror games. But lack of story telling. I hate to escaping some local zombies, & makes me wanna fight more. But f--k it, i ratherIt's a good horror games. But lack of story telling. I hate to escaping some local zombies, & makes me wanna fight more. But f--k it, i rather run like a bloody coward... Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2015
    0
    Terrible game. The controls are atrocious. The constantly changing POV is mind numbing. This game really has no redeeming features and I trulyTerrible game. The controls are atrocious. The constantly changing POV is mind numbing. This game really has no redeeming features and I truly wish I could get my money back. I cannot fathom the love for this game. Apparently it possesses a high nostalgia factor because it certainly does not stand on its own merits. Expand

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