Resident Evil Game
Resident Evil Game
Directed By : Shinji Mikami
Produced By : Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Designed By : Koji Kakae, Joesuke Kaji, Shigenori Nishikawa
Composed By : Shusaku Uchiyama, Makoto Tomozawa, Misao Senbongi
Platform : Gamecube, Playstation, Sega Saturn
Genre : Survival Horror
Mode : Single Player
Release Date : March 22, 2002
Rating : Mature (17+)
Released in 2002, Resident Evil for the GameCube is a remake of the popular 1996 survival horror video game of the same name. Directed by Shinji Mikami, the director and designer of the original Resident Evil game for the PlayStation, this GameCube remake was created due to the fact that Mikami felt the original version had not aged well.
Consequently, this GameCube remake features the original setting, characters and plotlines of the original Resident Evil, but also incorporates enhanced graphics and improved game-play features which have proved extremely popular amongst both diehard Resident Evil fans and new players discovering the franchise for the first time.
Jill or Chris?
Created as a collaboration between Capcom and Nintendo, Resident Evil for the GameCube follows the same plotlines as the original PlayStation game; players choose to complete the game as either Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield.
These characters are members of Raccoon City Police Department’s elite Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S) team who have been sent to investigate a series of murders which have taken place on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Whilst searching for the missing S.T.A.R.S Bravo team, Jill, Chris and the remaining members of the S.T.A.R.S Alpha team seek refuge in an abandoned mansion which unbeknownst to them is filled to bursting with the monstrous undead creations of the Umbrella Corporation!
Although the GameCube version follows this original plotline and the PlayStation version’s third-person player perspective, this remake benefits from improved graphics and upgraded game-play features. These include an expanded inventory with the addition of lock picking tools and the separation of offensive weapons and defensive items within the inventory to facilitate slightly easier game-play.
The Fear Factor
The implementation of heightened visual graphics also increase the fear factor of the game in general as its monsters appear more vivid and intense. The overall light-dark colour contrast of the game further heightens this suspenseful tone as these monsters blend with the mansion’s background and pounce unexpectedly!
Another improvement that features in this GameCube remake is the fact that the zombies come back to life even after they have been killed. This game-play revision adds a new level of dynamism and difficulty to the game as players are required to react quickly to reanimated corpses.
Nostalgia meets Novelty
New map areas, subplots and puzzles have been also incorporated within the original storyline; all of which combines to offer the perfect combination of classic Resident Evil nostalgia and the refreshing twist of new challenges.
Residence Evil Game Violence Rating
Rated M, the content in Resident Evil for the GameCube has been deemed suitable for players aged 17 years and older. This is due to the fact that the game features vivid images of gruesome zombies and undead creations, an arsenal of weapons, explosions and gore.
Real-time visual effects
Various plot twists culminate in the deaths of characters at the hands of the living undead, alongside high quality real-time visual effects of zombies and other undead creations attacking the main player and fellow characters.
Resident Evil for the GameCube is an action-packed survival horror game that will thrill and chill fans of the Resident Evil franchise!
Resident Evil Game Verdict
By taking advantage of the upgraded visual format, controls and opportunities facilitated by the GameCube console, this Resident Evil remake is able to offer immensely improved graphics, heightened sound quality and a new plot depth that honours all of the original aspects of the PlayStation version as well as taking the game’s suspense and fearful tone to a whole new level!
The monsters are scarier, the maps are more extensive and invigorating to explore, and the puzzles offer intriguing new challenges that build upon those set forth in the original game. Combine these factors with the addition of new characters, such as Lisa Trevor who was cut from the original game, interesting sub-plots and new map areas, and Resident Evil for the GameCube serves as the perfect addition to any zombie gaming collection!