Capcom’s venerable Resident Evil series may be suffering from something of a brand identity crisis of late--the disjoined mess that was 2012’s RE6 is testament to how this once-mighty series has fallen in recent years--but there’s no reason for fans to turn their decomposing noses up at the franchise. Not yet, anyway.
While the series’ future remains ambiguous, Capcom has thrown survival horror fans a bone in the shape of a remastered version of 2002’s Resident Evil. Originally a GameCube-exclusive as part of Capcom’s cosying up to Nintendo back in the early PS2 era, this revered fright fest--colloquially known among fans as ‘REbirth or ‘REmake’--is largely considered the quintessential version of the zombie-slaying series and the pinnacle of old-school survival horror.
PSU Towers is particularly excited for the planned re-release, and as the site’s long-time Resident Evil aficionado, I’ve decided to cobble together five reasons Resident Evil HD Remaster is the most significant franchise entry in years.
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IT LOOKS AMAZING
Resident Evil is unequivocally one of the prettiest video games ever made, let alone on the GameCube. When it was first released, the game floored jaws with its intricately-realized pre-rendered backdrops and detailed character models, and even 12 years on, it still stands up to the test of time--just dust off your GameCube and give it a go. However, Capcom is giving the game a PS4 makeover for its digital re-release, including 1080p visuals, improved character models, enhanced lighting, and much more. As such, REmake is looking even better than its GameCube cousin, and users are in for a treat as a result; just look at the screen below of the thunderstorm illuminating the creepy mansion’s 2nd floor balcony. Gorgeous.
THIS IS SURVIVAL HORROR
Those of you who were brought up on a diet of Resident Evil 4 and 5 better read up on their history: Resident Evil HD Remaster is a trip back to old-school survival horror. Yep, this is the realm of brain-aching puzzles, limited ammunition/supplies, and spooky exploration, with atmospheric zombie-blasting merely complementing the overall package, rather than being pushed to the forefront of the experience. Resident Evil Remake is a succinct, bone-chilling reminder of how Capcom pioneered the survival horror genre back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s before things turned sour, and as such needs to be experienced by any self-respecting horror aficionado and curious gamer alike. If you are wondering why the original games elicited such applause back in the ‘90s, then get your mitts on the remaster--and a fresh pair of underwear while you’re at it.