• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2000

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
Buy On
  1. There are enough satisfying nuggets of 'survival horror turned "Virtua Cop" clone w/limited movement' goodness to make this odd curiosity worth playing for most, and maybe even worth owning by the "RE" fanatics.
  2. Brilliant. You'll certainly be having a bit of a laugh, as well as being scared out of your pants.
  3. Spank!
    Resident Evil fanatics will probably hate it and call it a travesty, but remove the Resident Evil tag and it's a damn good zombie shooter with a revolutionary control system.
  4. Antagonist
    If you're not a RE fan, don't even spend the effort to look at the back of the jewel case.
  5. RES tries its best to be a fusion of two drastically different genres, and it unfortunately limits itself with difficult control and tedious gameplay.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    This lame first-person shooter with no visual or visceral delights is an insult to the brand name that is Resident Evil.
  7. 40
    It'll provide you with about four hours maximum of campy, brainless shooting kicks. Just don't blame me for feeling dirty afterward, because you will, oh yes, you will.
  8. Looking for zombie-blasting kicks? Leave this one buried.
  9. 40
    The scariest thing about this game is how awful it is.
  10. Daily Radar
    Of little interest to any gamer -- hardcore, half-dead or otherwise.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
#15 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 55
  2. Negative: 12 out of 55
  1. Jan 27, 2012
    No, its not the best game, no, its not a horror game. But, it is a fun game. Its also pretty hard. Dont listen to critics. The only reasonNo, its not the best game, no, its not a horror game. But, it is a fun game. Its also pretty hard. Dont listen to critics. The only reason they wont review it good, is because of one of these:
    1. They are jealous that they cant have it on there craptendo and its PS1 exclusive.
    2. They find it too hard and are losers.
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  2. MohammadM
    Jan 15, 2010
    This RE version is full of mystic and mysterious soundtrack that is so penetrating to my soul. I enjoyed playing it and living it. I also This RE version is full of mystic and mysterious soundtrack that is so penetrating to my soul. I enjoyed playing it and living it. I also like the graphics and its gloomy nature, more adding to the true feel of RE. Thanks. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This game is the only title of the Resident Evil Series which I have been able to play through all the way to the end...Warning! This review contains a few spoilers. Therefore, do not continue to read unless you have either...1: Played the game before. Or...2: Do not mind finding out potential details which may alter your gaming experience if you have not played Resident Evil Survivor before.

    The pros...
    1: Great storyline!
    2: Good selection of weapons.
    3: The ability to choose your path (Which also affects the endgame result).
    4: Awesome characters!
    5: Very good game-play and controls; a great example of a good first person survival-horror shooter!

    The cons...
    1: A couple of the songs are not good for the game (For example the song which plays when you're in battling zombies in the cinema.
    2: Some of the voice acting is mediocre and a little cliche...The scene where the main character hears a recording of the mother of the antagonist.

    The rundown...You see a helicopter crashing to the ground and bursting into flames after seeing a vindictive blonde man telling the pilot of the copter quote: 'You're not going to get away!'. The pilot, a young man with brown hair tumbles out of the helicopter. He stands up and glances around...He has no idea where he is or who he is or how he got here. The only thing he knows is this...He has a gun and a will to survive. And so the game starts.

    You play as Mister Ark Thompson, a man working undercover for Leon S. Kennedy who had been sent to Sheena Island to investigate harrowing events involving one Vincent Goldman. Unfortunately, just moments before the first cut-scene, Vincent finds out who Ark is and a chase ensues, resulting in both men falling down unconscious and Ark having a case of amnesia.

    The game-play is very good, as mentioned above, as is the storyline. However, all throughout the game, you are playing in first-person perspective, which differs from other titles of the Resident Evil Series. I grew up with first-person shooters like Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Hexen, and later, Duke Nukem 3D. I did not have any experience with a third-person shooter until I discovered Sony Playstation and one of it's best games, Tomb Raider II.

    And in my opinion, combining a survival-horror game with a first-person perspective not only makes a game a lot more interesting, but it also brings an additional challenge to the game...Seeing everything through the eyes of your character, which may essentially make it seem as though you are experiencing everything he is...The pain, the confusion, and later, the astonishment.

    I don't understand why so many people are against Resident Evil Survivor. Do they somehow feel a first person shooter should not be made into a survival horror game? Do they feel the graphics are bad or perhaps the short length of time before the game is completed? Granted, I know the graphics are not state of the art (And for a game of the very early 2000's what can you expect?) and I realize the game can be finished very quickly, but if you are like me, then you will want to complete the game to 100%. And being such a person means finding all of the weapons, all of the documents, and visiting every area of the game at least once during a play-through.

    The bottom line...I feel this game is highly underestimated and highly over-criticized and I feel it perhaps deserves another chance. I know the graphics are dated by now, but in my opinion, this is one game which will remain in my collection forever if possible. I feel it is a classic among first-person shooters and even among survival-horror games. In fact, I remember the first time I completed it...My 'score' was not perfect, but I was worried about having to fight Hypnos Tyrant while the survivors were in their helicopter and he came back for another helping of cold, hard, revenge!

    And so as their chopper flies off into the distance beyond the endless ocean and the horizon as the Sun rises, who knows what becomes of Lott Klein, his younger sister Lily, and of course, Ark Thompson?
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