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  • Summary: The game that defined the survival-horror genre is back! Check out the remastered HD version of Resident Evil.

    In 1998 a special forces team is sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and
    The game that defined the survival-horror genre is back! Check out the remastered HD version of Resident Evil.

    In 1998 a special forces team is sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and are forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hangs heavy in the air. Supplies are scarce as they struggle to stay alive.

    Graphics:

    * More detailed graphics that retain the horror.
    * The environments come alive with detail thanks to resolution upgrades and non-static 3D models.
    * Post-processing effects like Bloom filters, which were not easy to do at the time of the original release, have been added to make the HD graphics even more realistic.
    * High-Resolution Environments - We've increased the resolution of the background environments by recreating them with a mix of high-res static images, plus animated 3D models.
    * Widescreen (16:9) is supported, so players can experience a greater sense of immersion.
    In widescreen mode, the screen will scroll. The parts of the screen that get cut off on the top and bottom will scroll into view automatically depending on the character's position.
    * You can switch the display mode during gameplay in real time.

    Sound:
    * High-Quality Sound - The audio has been remastered to increase the sampling rate, and of course 5.1ch output is also now supported.
    * You can play using the original control scheme or an alternate control scheme that lets you just push the analog stick to move in the direction you want to go.
    * You can switch the control scheme during gameplay in real time.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    91
    Resident Evil’s flaws are every bit as glaring today as they were back in 2002. The controls, the awkward camera and the game’s item management are all sources of irritation. And yet, despite these issues, Resident Evil HD is still an undeniable classic. No other survival horror game has managed to channel the same compelling level of tension. If you’ve ever played Resident Evil in any of its incarnations in the 23 years since its original release, you’ll know exactly what to expect: one of the most genuinely unnerving games the industry has ever produced. Having the game in portable form is just extra icing on the cake.
  2. May 22, 2019
    85
    Resident Evil on Switch is a familiar experience with some excellent gameplay that can be enjoyed in handheld mode. The few flaws it has shouldn’t detract, but the price might.
  3. May 23, 2019
    84
    This is just a great version of one of the best remakes in the history of video games. It holds up incredibly well, and it’s one of those games everyone should play at least once.
  4. May 22, 2019
    80
    In many ways, the first Resident Evil is – and can only ever be – a product of its time. Even when tuned and honed and buffed to perfection, it has its own idiosyncratic personality and ways; change them and you change the game. Cumbersome and horrifying in equal measure, it refuses to let you have your brains and eat them, so while series veterans will know what to expect, new players should prepare themselves for a schooling in game mechanics which have largely fallen out of fashion. Context is essential, then, but the Switch port shows this classic at its absolute best and there’s arguably no better way to sample the original Resident Evil formula in 2019, provided you’ve got the stomach for it.
  5. May 22, 2019
    80
    This is a thoroughly enjoyable port of one of gamings all time favorite survival horror games.
  6. Jun 21, 2019
    75
    As for content, sadly both this version and Resident Evil 0 along with it have arrived onto Switch with no new console specific content. For example, this version doesn’t make use of the motion control functionality that the Switch can provide which means that this version is simply a straight port of the previous remastered versions, and as such my biggest issue is the pricing. My opinion will always be that Resident Evil is absolutely worth playing, however unless the issue of portability is your main driver for choosing this version then you are perhaps better served playing it on another platform.
  7. Jun 3, 2019
    70
    There’s no denying this is a great remake of the PlayStation classic, however, it’s also one where you can feel its limitations and archaic systems creaking along. Going back to the original ways of Resident Evil is a little awkward, sure, but it’s still an enjoyable survival horror experience and one dripping in atmosphere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 30, 2019
    9
    Rebought this again because always loved this game on the Gamecube. Just as scary as ever!

    The game is looking cleaner than ever and such a
    Rebought this again because always loved this game on the Gamecube. Just as scary as ever!

    The game is looking cleaner than ever and such a great title on the go when you've got a spare 40 minutes on a train (though that amout only just feels justifed enough to use an ink ribbon lol)

    My only gripe is that this should of had a pysical release as an option as I would of felt more comfy paying £29.99 for a cartridge than a digital version.

    This game is for the horror fans and the controls though dated actually add to the experience to make it scarier. A must have on any system. Well done Capcom as usual.
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  2. Aug 1, 2019
    9
    Great port of a classic Game, looks beautiful, im only not giving it a 10 because they could have used the door transitions to load assets,Great port of a classic Game, looks beautiful, im only not giving it a 10 because they could have used the door transitions to load assets, and in some few ocations doesnt seem to do it, not sure if because the load is too much for the console (i dont think so) or the doors are literally a transition not used as a loading screen. Expand