I got my introduction into the Resident Evil franchise rather late, starting in on Resident Evil 4 back on the Playstation 2 (which is an amazing game by the way). Since then, I have played all other major entries in the series with the exception of the original game, so I was more than excited when the Resident Evil HD Remaster was announced because I’d finally be able to play the first game, even if it was a remake.
The game puts you in the shoes of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and a unique playing experience for both characters in terms of how events play out and the hazards you face.
The story starts off with a quick exposition, showing the Alpha team of S.T.A.R.S. losing a few members in the woods outside of the Spencer Mansion. Trying to escape the creatures pursuing them, they enter the mansion. And that’s where the fun begins.
As you proceed through the mansion, you encounter traps, zombies, a giant snake, mutated dogs and a lot of betrayal. There is also a ton of backtracking, revisiting rooms you’ve already been to and trips to the magic item box to store or retrieve whatever you need to get.
Combat itself isn’t really difficult as most enemies can be avoided or brought down in just a few shots from the handgun (or one from the shotgun). Just make sure you burn the bodies or destroy the face or you’ll have a nasty surprise on return trips.
The game itself is relatively short, especially once you know what you’re doing, being beatable in 3-5 hours (there’s even a trophy for doing it). But it has a ton of replay value with additional difficulty levels and two playable characters. This puts the game at roughly 6 to 10 hours if you do both characters once, and a lot more if you’re going for difficulty achievements. And for about $20, that’s a steal.
As for other content, the only real bonus is the choice of costume, allowing you to take the classic S.T.A.R.S. look or the updated BSAA uniforms (RE:5 Lost in Nightmares style). And the updated costumes don’t look out of place which is another bonus in itself.
Overall, the Resident Evil HD Remaster is a fun game to play, though it can be frustrating at times (stupid traps), but it’s definitely something I’d recommend for people to play, especially fans of the series who never got to experience the original nightmare.