Oh Resident Evil. How many times have I bought (or, well…probably “obtained” in most past cases.) this same game already? Let’s see…twice for Playstation 1 (I believe I sold my original copy then got the Director’s Cut again later), then the remake for Gamecube, then there was the DS version, then the Wii re-release of the Gamecube version, aaaaand now the Xbox One remastered re-release of the Gamecube version. Sounds a little crazy when you say it out loud I suppose, but dammit I can’t get enough of these games! Or…can I?
I did have a fun time overall and it has probably been almost 10 years since the last time I played any of the various versions of the original. I started with a leisurely Jill play-through on Easy mode and slowly made my way through the deadly mansion and the obscenely bad dialogue, taking my time to enjoy the sights and the nostalgia of it all. I wondered if I ever noticed that Wesker actually saves your life once or twice in the game before you find out that he’s the evil mastermind. He even saves Chris’ life right in the opening cutscene. This is ironic not only because if he would have just let you die right there he probably would have ended up alive and ruling the world later down the line, but because he spends most of the game sneaking around and working on his mission to slaughter every member of S.T.A.R.S., except for you and whichever of the main pair that you didn’t choose, who he just locks in a cell for no particular reason. Oh, and Barry. Poor, dumb old Barry.
Really it’s just a horribly written game in both plot and dialogue, but I guess that was always part of its charm. Between all the horror moments it’s pretty funny just about any time anyone opens their mouth. The cheesy, overly dramatic, and sometimes pretty nonsensical, dialogue has become a staple of the series throughout the years, though it was always at its hilarious worst in this one.
Anyway, after Jill I started it up again with Chris on Hard mode because I am some kind of video masochist. Actually it wasn’t that terrible. This may be the Resident Evil with the least ammo and saves and the deadliest enemies, but if you’re very familiar with the mansion and very careful, you can creep and run your way through it without too many serious problems. The real challenges are yet to come, in the next unlocked modes of Real Survival and Invisible Enemies. One of these modes features no auto aiming and the disconnection of all item boxes, meaning exactly what it sounds like, that once you put an item in a box it will only be available again from that exact same box, not any of the others, and the other mode you can probably figure out on your own. On top of this there are also some nutty achievements like beating the game in under 3 hours, or without saving at all, or only using the knife. Now I am the kind of guy who usually goes through with every one of these crazy horror game challenges. I have 100%ed every other Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Dead Space, etc. etc., but it began to dawn on me that we were talking about something like another 4 whole playthroughs MINIMUM to finish everything in this one, which, with how busy I am lately, would take another 3 weeks or more, and it just hit me…
I have too many games and too little time to be playing the same game over and over again, one that I’ve already beaten probably 20 times before already, for a month straight or so. It’s not even fun anymore at that point either, so why should I waste my increasingly precious time on it? At a certain point it just becomes a chore. A chore that you don’t even gain anything from except a virtual medal to prove to random strangers that you did indeed waste weeks of your life beating the same game 8 times in a row. It’s just too much and just the thought of all that repetition bores me, so…we’re all done with this one.
Despite that little issue, this game remains an enjoyable and challenging horror classic. I had fun reliving the two campaigns after however many years its been since the last time I played them, just not enough to play the same damn campaigns 4-8 more times in a row, but then, I could say the same about any game. You may have noticed that I pretty much completely neglected to display or discuss much of the actual gameplay. Well, you’ve either played a Resident Evil game before or you haven’t. If you have, you should know this already. If you haven’t by now, you probably never will anyway so what the hell do I care? Also, the game DVR function on the console version of this game turned out to be completely broken and all of the video clips I captured were rendered completely unusable except this one for some reason, but I had already written this all out, so thanks for that, Capcom. Even with all that nonsense aside, Resident Evil still gets 4 out of 5 Barrys from me.