Resident Evil PlayStation
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 1996
Metascore
91

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.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 194 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. 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? Full Review »
  2. 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, Full Review »
  3. 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! Full Review »