Resident Evil PlayStation

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  • Summary: Raccoon City has been completely overrun by mutant beasts and bloodthirsty zombies. You are a member of S.T.A.R.S.--a rescue squad sent into the community to investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the disaster. Take the role of operative Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield and uncoverRaccoon City has been completely overrun by mutant beasts and bloodthirsty zombies. You are a member of S.T.A.R.S.--a rescue squad sent into the community to investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the disaster. Take the role of operative Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield and uncover the secrets behind a radical, genetic research facility. With an array of weapons to master and horrors around every corner, the ultimate test may be just to make it out alive. Expand
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  1. 100
    Long the lord of Street Fighter, Capcom's clearly taking a new tack with this killer game, and the results are outstanding. Resident Evil stands tall as a topnotch second-generation PlayStation game that's well worth the green.
  2. This is exactly the kind of revolutionary title that we applaud. Sure, others like it will come along, some will even surpass it, but hats off to Resident Evil for getting there first.
  3. Capcom has produced the perfect interactive movie. RE is horribly, horribly addictive -- it tests your reflexes, satiates your bloodlust, stretches your mind (and temper) and leaves you both thrilled and drained.
  4. One of the most important aspects to Resident Evil is the music and sound effects – both of which are nothing short of captivating and involving. The horror sounds and shills of zombies and hounds will keep the hair on the back of your neck full staff and your butt on the edge of your seat.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    89
    Fantastic game, but who can forget the terrible intro and dialogue? [Jan 2004, p.189]
  6. 87
    Never has a game combined excellent graphics with heart-stopping action and a great story in such a way as to create an almost cinematic adventure... A masterpiece.
  7. The (thankfully) isolated cinematic sequences showing the interactions of the S.T.A.R.S. team members... are filled to the vomit-line with some of the most hokey, badly-translated, drama-killing, god-awful voice acting ever burned onto a disc. Oh well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    10
    This is one of the best games in the genre, and of the best games for the PS1 ever. It's slightly more action-oriented than the more scaryThis is one of the best games in the genre, and of the best games for the PS1 ever. It's slightly more action-oriented than the more scary RE1, but it doesn't make it lesser of a game. The action-horror atmosphere actually fits very well, but maybe it could have been slightly better if it was a teeny tiny bit more scary. Who knows. The music and the sound effects are excellent and gives the game an eerie atmosphere. The dialogue is kinda cheesy, but that's the way I like it. It has a lot of puzzle-solving which is a good thing, and it has interesting environments and characters. 2 separate characters with 2 separate scenarios each (granted the scenarios aren't very different from one another), and an extra mini-game with Hunk and Tofu gives this game a great replay-value. Plenty of interesting bosses including: alligator, Mr X., different mutations of William Birkin, G-Virus' "Offspring", the Moth (although not really a boss). 1-2 more boss-fights had been perfect though. I think Chief Irons had made a good boss, imagine a boss-fight with a human who isn't infected by some kind of virus, blasting away with a hunting rifle, and setting off traps (he enjoyed hunting) during the fight. A boss-fight against one of Hunk's team members would have been nice too. A G-virus mutated mercenary with a machine gun. Plenty of different monsters such as: a few different kind of zombies (but where are all the children zombies?), 2 kind of lickers, 2 kind of walking plants, spiders, dogs (where are all the cats though?), crows. Cats and snakes (there are only sissy snakes, and few of them) would have been cool. Some kind of different bird would have been nice, since there are only crows/ravens/whatever. Summary: A solid 10, it is everything that a Resident Evil should be, and I will NEVER get tired of this game. I still remember the first time I saw this game, it was when I watched my friend play the RE2 demo, which his older brother had got from his copy of RE 1 Dir. Cut. I was awe-struck and deeply fascinated when i watched my friend play it. It's more than 10 years later now, and the fascination of this game hasn't decreased, Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Long long ago, when the Resident Evil series was an adventure/horror series and not an action/shooter series, Capcom actually knew how to makeLong long ago, when the Resident Evil series was an adventure/horror series and not an action/shooter series, Capcom actually knew how to make good games. The original Resident Evil is one of them. It's plot is simple, yet intriguing. The game is one of the most atmospheric games of this era and even though it's quite old, you can still tell that it is well designed. The gameplay is excellent as well. Need I say more? This game is a classic. Expand
  3. JayD.
    Jul 11, 2006
    10
    One of the best Resident Evil game i had ever played on the playstation one.
  4. Nov 29, 2014
    9
    My years of nightmares was worth it for this game!

    Years of nightmares because of this game, I am now 22 and I am perfectly fine *Checks
    My years of nightmares was worth it for this game!

    Years of nightmares because of this game, I am now 22 and I am perfectly fine *Checks over shoulder for zombie* -There is nothing wrong with me whatsoever! Moving on...

    This is one of my all time favourites to play when I was growing up, I have completed this about 3 times? It's a game where you can go back and play it and still (sometimes) get stuck on what you have to do!

    The famous iconic moment in this game is when you go throw the dining room to find (possibly Chris's blood) on the floor, then you enter the door in front of you, turn left, then poke your head round the corner and what do you see? A zombie enjoy his MANwich (See what I did there huh?)... He slowly rises his head and turns to you, staring you directly in the eyes as if you're now his dessert!

    The camera angles, the cut scenes, the "omg I think I've just sh*t myself moments", totally worth it!

    A very eerie soundtrack to this game, along with the cut scenes too, it kept the whole "suspense" going, it's like you needed a bowl to sit on just in case... Y'know?

    The dialogue... Well, now that was laughable! Who could ever forget "You were almost a Jill sandwich" HA-HA BARRY! That was... That was just dreadful! (Nice try Capcom, nice try).

    My only upsets were, controls were very clunky, dialogue was... Garbage!

    Very good storyline! Shame the acting was terrible though!

    9/10.
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  5. LukeI
    Jun 13, 2008
    9
    1996. The year I was born. Also the year the very first Metal Slug was released. Also the year when Capcom finally released a Survival/Horror 1996. The year I was born. Also the year the very first Metal Slug was released. Also the year when Capcom finally released a Survival/Horror game. The formula is one of the best ever. Unlike games like Max Payne, which is just shoot, slo-mo, shoot, slo-mo, this game has it's OWN genre. Ok, so Barry and Jill may sound like they're talking to 3-year olds, but you also get to experience realism. Like Jill, she isn't exactly the toughest person in the game, and she proves this at the start by getting Barry to shoot your first zombie. That's another thing in realism, you dont have fifty billion clips, and I'm sure zombie dogs do not drop them. You have to search in drawers, and even your teammates. KEYS. They are the annoying thing. You don't have infinite item slots, although I don't think it would be possible to fit a grenade launcher in your pocket... I love the run instead of shoot as well. Killing everything is a waste of time because soon enough, hunters will break loose and take the zombie's positions. Best of all, puzzles! Logical, physicall, and sometimes impossible puzzles! When you get the game guide of GameFAQs you'll say; 'Oh yeah, why didn't I think of that". And the sequels too. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis proved even more of a scare with the Nemesis on your tail. Roaring like and idiot. And I like how they introduced actually pushing zombies away, as Capcom seems to put another excellent feature in each game. Fantastic Work, the DS version is great too! Expand
  6. MarkD.
    Nov 10, 2006
    8
    Its been surpassed by its sequals and other games influenced by it but RE is a real rareity - a game that was not only original but gave us a Its been surpassed by its sequals and other games influenced by it but RE is a real rareity - a game that was not only original but gave us a whole new genre. However, where is the sadly underrated RE3 on Metacritics list of Playstation games? Expand
  7. MitchF.
    Aug 7, 2004
    0
    Horrible graphics, controls and worst of all gameplay. If you are looking for a classic horror title get Silent Hill.

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