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If you’ve been playing Resident Evil since the PlayStation One days, you might have picked up that games from that franchise have become something different. You’ve changed man, you’ve changed. And you can blame the Gamecube for that.

Speaking to IGN, series creator Shinji Mikami explained that the poor reception of the Gamecube Resident Evil remake was the reason why future games had veered off into a please-as-many-demographics-as-possible direction.

Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.

An experience which may have an influece on Mikami’s next game, The Evil Within. That game looks like it’ll be set firmly in the survivor horror genre, but it’ll have a touch of action according to recent previews of the game. “I have kind of a lingering trauma there, because the Resident Evil remake didn’t sell – much more than people would think,” Mikami said.

At the same time, it’s a bit unfair to throw all the blame on the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil. That game was superb, but it was on a system that was quite frankly failing at the time. Resident Evil 4 was a welcome departure though when it came afterwards, while 5 swapped horror for thrills and 6 lost the plot completely.

Hopefully, Resident Evil 7 will go back to what made the original games so memorable in the first place.

Last Updated: September 30, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

21 Comments

  1. And the irony is… the GameCube versions were superior in every way. They actually made the perfect game on the Cube. Just a pity the unwashed masses never embraced the Cube, and Nintendo didn’t understand that the device they had was damn near perfect.

    Fucking Nintento…. :/

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 30, 2013 at 10:38

      I wished the game cube never failed, It was a awesome little console. I was so close to getting one too, good thing I didn’t! Thankfully that’s where emulators come in, play all the missed game cube games 😉

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      • SaintsRowNigri

        September 30, 2013 at 11:17

        Bloody Pirate!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          September 30, 2013 at 11:39

          How am I a pirate? the emulator is free

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          • SaintsRowNigri

            September 30, 2013 at 11:44

            Where did you get the game software from?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 30, 2013 at 11:45

          • SaintsRowNigri

            September 30, 2013 at 11:50

            I’ll check that out tonight, but the golden rule is: If you did not pay for the game, you do not own the right to play the game. The emulator software might be free, doesn’t mean the games are… Copyright is a bitch…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 30, 2013 at 11:55

            Yes I know, but honestly Where am I to find a game cube and the games I want to play now…

          • SaintsRowNigri

            September 30, 2013 at 12:02

            I hear you. But if you ask Nintendo they will still call you nothing more than a worthless thieving pirate!

          • Paul 'Wolf' Ackroyd

            September 30, 2013 at 16:30

            FUCKING EBAY!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 30, 2013 at 16:57

            In south Africa man…Don’t use Ebay

    • Rincethis

      September 30, 2013 at 10:42

      Agreed.

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    • Aussious

      September 30, 2013 at 15:15

      Agreed The remake and RE Zero where probably the best REs ever made. I wasn’t a huge fan of RE4 even on the GameCube the whole action trumps horror angle just put me off the game didn’t feel like an RE game at all.

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  2. veggiesaurus ZA

    September 30, 2013 at 10:23

    That’s another thing to blame the gamecube for, along with my obsession with all things Smash Bros, and my infatuation with the stately cube itself.

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  3. Umar Jaeger

    September 30, 2013 at 10:24

    Hey, okay, in all seriousness, Survival Horror fans that watched the extended gameplay video. What are your impressions of The Evil Within? It left me feeling really weird, something seems off though. Anyone feels the same way?

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 30, 2013 at 10:40

      Survival horror games are not what they used to be.. In all honesty rather call Resident evil done and dusted. Make some new original games, that involve more Pure horror than action!

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      • SaintsRowNigri

        September 30, 2013 at 11:19

        Horror and action can live together hand in hand. Or be alive and be undead at the same time. Have you ever played Clive Barker’s Undying?

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          September 30, 2013 at 11:36

          Yes that was a great game for its time.

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  4. Uberutang

    September 30, 2013 at 10:51

    If you like horror you should play Outlast

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    • Johan Fourie

      September 30, 2013 at 14:56

      Finished it last week. Good game, albeit a tad short. Well worth the $14’s on Steam.

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  5. JRoy

    October 3, 2013 at 00:30

    The REMake was the finest of the series. It failed because it was on the GameCube of all system, which was widely regarded as a game system for kids. On Playstation 2, it would have gone Greatest Hits in a month, and it would have HD Remakes on PSN and XBL right now.

    In fact, there’s an idea. Port the thing to PS3/XB360 and release it as a download over PSN. Then see what kind of sales you get with it priced at $19.99.

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