Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the PC is a refined horror classic that lurks enhanced graphic and controls for the next-generation.
Resident Evil is a re-release of the 2002 title for Nintendo Co.’s GameCube. The new version features updated textures, high-definition graphics and control options for new analog movement or traditional tank controls.
In addition, the title features 5.1 surround sound support and an option between 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 classic ratio.
The new control method, which allows users to move in any direction with the left analog, is solid and smooth without compromising tension between zombies in tight hallways. Purists can still opt for tank controls with left and right to turn and up and down to move forward or back.
Puzzles and resource management shine in the entry to provide a true balance of action, puzzles and survival. Ammunition is severely limited in most of the title and users will have to decide whether to brave a zombie bite in order to conserve ammo and carefully choose what items to carry between save rooms.
Chris is the more difficult option with six inventory slots, while Jill holds eight inventory slots and a lock pick to open additional mansion doors earlier.
The graphics engine is solid at 30 frames-per-second. Character models are well-constructed though animations are limited to the palette found in the 2002 release. In addition, the sound engine is solid, but zombie sounds aren’t directional and sound can be muted after an area load.
Resident Evil is a true classic refined for a new round of players ready to enter the mansion. With action, puzzles, and tense scares, be prepared to survive the horror or die trying.