Resident Evil 1 & 0 Review

Resident Evil 1 & 0 Review

Published: March 1, 2024 Author: JasonDarkX2  Category: Gaming,Reviews

Resident Evil is the game franchise that shaped the survival horror gaming genre as we come to know today. But for a handful decade old original HD remasters of games. Is the Resident Evil Origins bundle still worth it honestly?

Resident Evil - Chris

On Steam, the bundle consists of the HD Remastered of Resident Evil and Resident Evil Zero, paired with a couple costume packs for RE0. It’s certainly the best version to play, aside from diving into emulation if you’re really into it just for nostalgia. There are Steam features such as achievements that increase their replay value and some high value Steam trading cards from both games, you’re into that sort of stuff. Since Resident Evil games usually go on massive sales. I highly recommend picking these games as a part of a complete collection bundle like Humble Bundles. As the amount of content in both games individually are relatively small.

Resident Evil 0 - Leech Hunter

Speaking of games, both Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 campaigns average around 8 to 14 hours to complete while doing a blind playthrough. Whereas you could easily speed-run the entire campaign within 4 hours granted you memorized everything and/or have unlocked the necessary cheats. But having a walkthrough guide handy will help save time on some of the more tedious puzzles of which in the event you die, prior to manually saving will likely set you back several hours. Since there isn’t a prominent auto save feature in both games. If you’re going for 100% completion, be prepared to play the campaign multiple times.

Resident Evil cutscene

Story wise Resident Evil is overall better than Resident Evil 0. Since Resident Evil 0 is a prequel to Resident Evil, one might expect to play it first before Resident Evil. If done so in this order, your gameplay experience may be degraded coming Zero to Resident Evil. Due to the unique Resident Evil Zero gameplay experience of having to simultaneously control two characters. But in my opinion the story flows better playing Zero first since Zero cliffhanger ending leads right into the start of Resident Evil.

Resident Evil 0 - safe room

Gameplay wise both games use the really dated tank control style. Which requires some getting used to. Highly recommend playing these games with a controller set to modern. As tank controls for Keyboard/ Mouse input feels awful. Making playing on higher difficulty, a more painful experience. But overall difficulty is hard even on normal. Since there isn’t the modern luxury of auto-saving or checkpoints. Rely solely on your skill and memorization. Thankfully, there are plenty of guides and walkthroughs. Otherwise, you could download mods for the PC version to assist you and/or improve the experience. If you're a fan of jump scares, the dated clunkily controls adds to overall the experience.

But essentially are Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 HD remasters, still games worth purchasing? Well individually at full price, certainly not in my opinion. But if it’s part of discounted bundle we so often see on sale. It’s not a deal breaker and probably worth a revisit if you have the time. But there are other means of getting that Resident Evil nostalgia feel. Ultimately, it’s probably better to wait for a full remake of these games to get a better experience like Resident Evil 2 remake.

The Good:
  • Jump scare moments.
  • Actual survival horror experience.
  • Unlockable cheats
The Bad:
  • Uncomfortable Tank controls.
  • Punishing difficulty.
  • Replaying the same campaigns several times.

Is it still worth it?: No

Tags:Capcom game, Game Review, PC Games, Resident Evil
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