Enter the survival horror again with Resident Evil

Resident Evil remains a genre definer.

Resident Evil remains a genre definer.

Stuart Benjamin, Arts Editor

Over the last six months, production companies have released a number of remastered video games from their early years of console game development.  Games such as the “Halo” series, “Legend of Zelda Windwaker,” and even “Grim Fandango” have all found their way into the next generation.

One major genre definer, “Resident Evil,” was recently given a high-def makeover for the Playstation and Microsoft consoles.

Unfortunately, gamers who may have expected some new content or better mechanics were met with disappointment on Jan. 20, as they sat down to test out the newest in a long line of video game remakes.

It is nothing more than a graphically updated version of the 2002 remake of “Resident Evil” for the Nintendo Gamecube, and not a reimagining of the 1997 Playstation Classic.  Although, content wise, the game offers very little, it does launch the classic game into the future with much sharper imaging, sharper textures, and much more attractive bloom lighting.

The game itself was scary enough with the 1997 graphics as it is, but with more advanced graphics, “Resident Evil HD Remastered” will leave you with fear in your eyes and your hands clutching for a light switch as you use both cunning and observation to navigate your way through the eerie mansion and dimly lit crypts.

For those who are new to the “Resident Evil” series: prepare for the ultimate and original survival horror experience.  Playing as either Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield, members of the elite Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) Alpha team, you are sent to investigate a string of murders happening in Raccoon Forest; the victims of which were partially eaten.

After discovering the fallen helicopter of Bravo team, they are attacked by vicious and rotting dogs, driving them into the mysterious mansion, where the real horror begins.

Horror is the prevalent theme, but the survival aspect is not to be taken lightly.  Only having eight item slots will have you backtracking throughout the game, doing various things such as saving, filling the item box, or retrieving key items to solve puzzles.

Resident Evil is a notoriously long and tedious game, so don’t plan on beating it in one night. Warning: it may cause profane language use towards game consoles, but is a wonderful game nonetheless.

Although this remake may have been an upset for many retro gaming enthusiasts, it is still a fun and challenging play.  With the complete graphics overhaul, the iconic scenes will remind you what it is to be scared as you, once again, “enter the survival horror.”