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Reports of grizzly murders have taken place in the Arklay Mountains of Raccoon City. Alpha team from the S.T.A.R.S. operatives group have been sent into the woods near Raccoon City to investigate the murders and join up with Bravo team who was sent in earlier. While searching for Bravo team, Alpha team is attacked by a group of creatures and have to take shelter in a nearby mansion. Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, along with Albert Wesker and Barry Burton search the mansion and soon discover zombies and other monsters lurking in its corridors.

Players start playing as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine and unravel the truth behind the creatures at the Spencer Estate mansion. Resident Evil is the survival horror game that started the franchise and spawned many upgraded versions and even a remake of the original game on GameCube. Through the dark corridors of the mansion all the way to the murky depths of the aqua ring and beyond, Resident Evil is never lets up with its intense feeling and survival gameplay.

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Because our resident reviewers aren't done just yet, Aevers has taken out the forty-sixth round of Articles of Excellence with her review of Resident Evil. Taking us back to the original days of the series, she describes it as a solid title in the survival horror genre, with only some action and voice acting holding it back.

 Resident Evil     Score: 4.0/5
 Genre: Action Shooter

 The action segments aren't that good and any attempt at drama is lampshaded by campy voice acting, but everything else is pretty good - whether it's actually good, like the atmosphere, level designs and the survival elements; or really corny, like the voice acting and dialogue.

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Remember when Resident Evil was about surviving against the undead, as opposed to just blowing their heads off? Remember when Resident Evil was about exploring and solving puzzles, as opposed to just killing zombies? Remember when Resident Evil actually made you conserve your items, as opposed to being allowed to go all guns blazing? Remember when Resident Evil was the video game equivalent of a B-grade horror movie, as opposed to an action movie?

Pepperidge Farm remembers. It also remembers that while it was far from the first survival horror game ever made, it was the game that got the genre on the map in the first place. In fact, it even coined the term “survival horror”, and throughout the game, you'll know what they mean – a haunting atmosphere, limited items around the place, limited space in your character's inventory packs, zombie dogs jumping through windows to attack you and, above all else, just the feeling that you could be dead at any moment is the definition of survival horror. Maybe not the best example of it – the series got better with each installment until the fourth one, in which they changed it up – but it's a pretty good example of it.

A series of bizarre murders have occurred in Raccoon City, so it's up to the Special Tactics And Rescue Service or STARS to investigate. After getting attacked by a pack of dogs, Chris, Jill, Barry and Wasker hide out inside a seemingly safe mansion, but they find more than they bargained for inside. Zombies eating other STARS members and Wesker suddenly disappearing... something's up with this mansion. I want to say that this leads to an excellent story or at least a good one, but it ends up feeling more like a B-grade horror movie, with extremely corny dialogue (“you were almost a Jill sandwich” is poetry at its finest) and overactive voice acting. It's laughably bad, and whatever drama or tension it was meant to convey is lampshaded by campy voice acting, but I guess if you have the case of the blues, this should cheer you up. In saying that, the story has a few changes depending on who you play is (Chris or Jill), and it's a neat little touch to make you want to play it again.
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  • Genre: Shooter (GC)
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Perspective(s): Third Person
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Released
    North AmericaApr 30, 2002
    EuropeSep 13, 2002
    JapanMar 22, 2002
  • Also known as:
  • Biohazard in Japan
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