Resident Evil PlayStation
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 1996

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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. Stunning graphics. Amazing sounds. Gripping storyline. Frightening enemies. Callenging gameplay.
  5. 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.
  6. Fantastic game, but who can forget the terrible intro and dialogue? [Jan 2004, p.189]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    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 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, Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    At the time when this game came about, it was simply a ground-breaking game for survival horror genre. The way it makes you scared, almost 99% of the time is something remarkable. I remember how grateful I was everytime I found an ammo or new weapon, how frustrating it was sometimes to complete puzzles and defeat bosses, how I constantly run away into safe rooms to just relax for a moment, how proud I was after I finnished the game. A game to remember for sure .. Full Review »
  3. Aug 31, 2013
    It might not be the best in its series, but no one can deny, the first Resident Evil redefined the survival horror genre. Playing it for the first time in years I couldn't help but cringe, its blocky graphics, scary in a bad way voice acting, and sluggish controls make it by todays standards abit dated. Rub at its surface and you'll however inevitably find its diamond core. The eerie music, groan and sounds from the enemies and the horror it invokes still has a class of its own, inspiring real fear and helplessness. The story is good but nothing sensational, but those who enjoyed the game before will be happily nostalgic playing it in this day and age. Full Review »