After its first appearance on the PSX, I knew Resident Evil was something special. Over the top, hammy, poorly performed dialogue, combined with a bizarre plot centered on genetic research, rolled together with the horror of a cheesy Romero-esque zombie film, Resident Evil had made its mark upon gaming the instant it rolled off the presses. Many years later, a few extra games, and one feature film underneath its belt, the Resident Evil franchise receives a much-needed update in this title for the Gamecube. Like the original, Resident Evil is a survival horror using creative camera angles (fixed angles with rendered characters) and undead to drive its story and gameplay.
Deep in the woods near Raccoon City, a mysterious force has been unleashed. The S.T.A.R.S. special police force, a crack unit of the Raccoon City PD, has been sent in to investigate. After Bravo Team disappears in the forest, Alpha Team is sent in, only to find a wrecked chopper, and mutilated bodies of the Bravo Team members. Pursued by strange dogs, Alpha Team is forced to take shelter in a strange mansion deep in the woods, harassed by the undead within. You can play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, officers from Alpha Team, each with a different part to play in the Resident Evil story.
With completely reworked graphics, and audio, the game now looks absolutely stunning, and sounds even better. Gone are the cheesy voice actors, replace with more serious ones, and even the gameplay got a bit of an update, now featuring defense items to help you survive. Make no mistake however'this is still the same Resident Evil and gives you the same bang for your buck. Get ready for the fixed camera-angle look of the original, because it hasn't changed.
And so, the Survival Horror begins.