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Resident Evil HD Remaster Review Round-Up

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I’m not saying that I’m scared of Resident Evil. But i am saying that if anyone asks me to review the damn game, I’ll run to the hills quicker than a Ronnie James Dio song. Resident Evil is back once again, as the rather scrumptious 2002 remake gets another chance to shine outside of the Nintendo GameCube on other platforms. And it looks like Capcom may have a winner here.

Going for all of those 1080 peas and sporting the option to switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, the package also has remastered sound and a new game mode by the name of Very Easy Mode. Or Darryn Mode, according to the office. Here’s what the critics have to say:

Game Informer – 9.5/10

RE HD (5)

These new controls, along with a new easy mode that boosts ammo and health and makes enemies far weaker, present the perfect jumping-on point for RE fans that’ve been hesitant to try out the classics that solidified the genre’s legacy. Purists can stick to the original controls and aspect ratio, but I doubt I’ll be going back after shedding the clunky mechanics. I’d love to see Capcom remake the entire catalog of early titles in this style.

Videogamer – 9/10

RE HD (3)

There will be players that despise Resident Evil, of course, decrying its controls and save states. Granted, some of its puzzles can be more than a little obtuse. And its aforementioned graphical issues grate, if only in parts. For me, however, Resident Evil remains a game as odd, unsettling, and unforgettable as its setting. The HD remaster only emphasises this.

IGN – 8/10

RE HD (1)

I love coming back to Resident Evil, and this version does a good job of updating the look and feel of an old game for a modern audience. Some of the older visual flaws detract from the experience and pulled me out of tense moments, but the gameplay hooked me right back in. Resident Evil relies on atmosphere, tough limitations, and danger creeping around all corners, and this port recaptures the formula of a classic, relentless survival-horror game.

GamesRadar – 4/5

RE HD (4)

Generally well polished and deeply atmospheric, this is Resident Evil amplified and with a brand new set of authentically imperfect controls, but let down a little by occasional low-quality backgrounds.

GameSpot – 7/10

RE HD (6)

It is you, the mansion, and your imagination. As it happens, that trio makes for a fine adventure, without the need for more monsters, more outbreaks, and more guns.

Lazygamer

I’m not coming out from underneath my blanket. I’m scared.

Resident Evil HD Remaster arrives January 20 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Last Updated: January 20, 2015

85 Comments

  1. This will be added to the collection for sure.

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  2. Ghost In The Rift

    January 20, 2015 at 09:36

    I’m gonna pick this up,my brother is a medic,so ill have him on standby should my hart stop.

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  3. Ghost In The Rift

    January 20, 2015 at 09:37

    Hey guys,lets play Dark Souls HD Remaster with super easy mode!!!(will no one say EVER!)

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    • HairyEwok

      January 20, 2015 at 09:39

      Dark Souls with a chicken hat would be nice…… Oh wait that’s already taken.

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 20, 2015 at 09:40

      Dark Souls, while not easy…is not really that hard

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 20, 2015 at 09:43

        Yeah,once you get into it,hit and run lol, but coming from Dragon Age to Dark Souls i found my self F&*#$ed lol, it was so confusing.

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        • Mandom (Umar)

          January 20, 2015 at 09:45

          Dragon Age lol hold a button to win 😛

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          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 09:47

            LOL exactly just like that, i thought maybe its a death simulator, like a thousand ways to die, games made us so lazy over the years, i still could not finish Digimon World 1:-(

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 20, 2015 at 09:51

            I don’t blame you about the Digimon though. I never liked the battle system, it never gave you much control really. It was more about training your Digimon.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 09:56

            My greatest gaming accomplishment was when i beat Digimon World 2,and that was crap,took me a full year to finish.

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 20, 2015 at 10:00

            HAHAHA, I loved that game, but the domains became ridiculous over time, the traps were too harsh.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 10:02

            LOL them BUGS, i hated that return bug, and the evolution system, dna digivolve again and again until enough DP for a beter evolution, but it was fun,the last battle at the arena, took me 3 and a half hours.

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 20, 2015 at 10:08

            LOL Dude, evolution system was way out of control. 3 was nice and streamlined

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 10:13

            3 was good,just getting from point a to b got a little annoying later in the game, still got all 3 on a Emulator lol

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 20, 2015 at 10:15

            Lol nice! I played it again last year, along with the card battle one. Damn, those were the days

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 10:16

            Yup, will cherish those weekends never leaving the house forever.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 20, 2015 at 09:53

            Blerrie spam, don’t worry, I got em!

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 20, 2015 at 10:00

            LOL Spam,i remember that chat app Mig33, those dudes could spam,or flood as they called it.

      • ToshZA

        January 20, 2015 at 09:45

        It’s also not fun. :/

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        • Mandom (Umar)

          January 20, 2015 at 09:51

          It’s extremely fun, in my top 10 games of all time. I thought it was one the best games last gen 😀

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          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 09:55

            Hehe, and yet no matter how many times I play I just can’t enjoy it. To each his own, but I do know I’m in the minority with that. 😛

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 20, 2015 at 10:08

            Yeah for sure, each has their own taste. I know quite a few people that didn’t like it.

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 10:11

            That’s actually comforting. I know of only 1 other person who doesn’t like it (who usually does enjoy that kind of game). That includes the myriad of people online. I really thought I was in the minority.

      • Dutch Matrix

        January 20, 2015 at 10:14

        What she said?

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 20, 2015 at 10:18

          lol

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 20, 2015 at 09:45

      Screw you buddy! I’ll deffo say that! LOL

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 20, 2015 at 09:48

        LOL i just wonder what is next

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  4. Admiral Chief

    January 20, 2015 at 09:39

    Will it have lekker mouse and keyboard controls?

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    • Mossel

      January 20, 2015 at 09:49

      If I remember correctly this game was played from a still isometric view, so it would probably be best to play it with a controller.

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 20, 2015 at 09:51

        Oh yes, I remember, I might just dust off ye olde controller (last game I played with it was the brilliant Thomas Was Alone

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  5. Mandom (Umar)

    January 20, 2015 at 09:40

    Tyrant > Nemesis. Nemesis was soooo annoying. STAAAAAARS. SHUT IT DICK FACE

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    • Mossel

      January 20, 2015 at 09:49

      hahaha! Ah man I remember that growl!

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    • CuddlesaurusRex

      January 20, 2015 at 09:50

      Nemesis was bad ass!

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 20, 2015 at 09:52

        I ate a dodgy garage pie over the weekend, I too had a bad ass!

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        • CuddlesaurusRex

          January 20, 2015 at 09:53

          Sorry man, no sympathy. That’s what you get for part taking in garage pies. For all you know it was the T-virus in that thing.

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 20, 2015 at 09:54

            I blame work, had to work on Saturday (should have been 3 hrs) but after hour 5 I was so hungry I could eat anything

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 09:56

            A garage pie does indeed scream desperation on the hunger front.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 20, 2015 at 09:58

            Well, it looked fine, tasted fine, but the rest is history

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:00

            Kinda sounds like Lords of the Fallen

      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 20, 2015 at 09:52

        Pah! He had no manners! showing up wherever, totally uninvited mind you. How rude, use the front door! Don’t jump through a window.

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        • CuddlesaurusRex

          January 20, 2015 at 09:54

          He did provide many short soiling surprises I will give you that hahahah

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  6. Viking Of Science

    January 20, 2015 at 09:41

    Darryn, you mixed up your Metal references there, Run to the Hills is a Maiden Song, not DIO… For getting it wrong, you must sacrifice a Jelly Baby to the Goat-Simulated Lord… Hail Santa

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    • Mossel

      January 20, 2015 at 09:50

      Yeah, lost the some respect for Daryn after I read that.

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 09:57

      You tell him!

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    • The D

      January 20, 2015 at 11:21

      I’ve already handed in my badge, gun and ripped denim road trip jacket to Geoff. Sorry guys.

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      • Viking Of Science

        January 20, 2015 at 11:33

        Good. You may re-apply for your licence in 666 days.

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  7. Captain JJ Saga

    January 20, 2015 at 10:07

    Last year was year of broken “AAA” games. Will this year be year of the remastered game?

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    • CuddlesaurusRex

      January 20, 2015 at 10:08

      Wasn’t last year the year of remastered AND broken AAA games?

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      • ToshZA

        January 20, 2015 at 10:09

        AND day 1 patches. #NeverForget

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        • CuddlesaurusRex

          January 20, 2015 at 10:10

          So this will be the year of broken, remastered, AAA titles with day 1 patches?

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 10:13

            lol

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 10:15

            I think I just died a little inside.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:17

            Well, if you don’t buy any games for the next 2 years you can pick it up again and get all the “latest” games all fixed up and ready to go.

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 10:18

            Yeah THAT’S going to happen. XD

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:24

            And the powers that be know this and that is why they can do what they do. A true fuster cluck.

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 10:26

            Yeah but I’ll be buying indies and older games. F^%$# new games, and F^&% AAA.

            Just saying.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:28

            What baffles me most is the fact that they still release these titles knowing that they going to be a mess and in turn ruin their reputation. I would be far happier waiting an extra couple of months to get a game that works as it should from start up. Unfortunately money talks and bullshit walks.

      • Dutch Matrix

        January 20, 2015 at 10:12

        You do have a point…

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 20, 2015 at 10:13

        There were only a few remasters last year though. This year there are quite a lot of them.

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        • CuddlesaurusRex

          January 20, 2015 at 10:15

          I don’t mind remasters so much, but it would be nice if they were older than year before being remastered, haha. I wouldn’t mind a remastered Splatterhouse.

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 10:18

            No, I don’t mind them at all. (Cannot wait for the Homeworld remaster) But just don’t expect me to pay new price for a remastered game.
            Same goes for GTA V coming to pc. They say it’s been optimised and with new content. It’s still an old game though.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:21

            This is true. Although I was one of the folk who got GAT V on both generations. I must say that you do notice the difference but charging full retail is still a kak one. Luckily I had trade in fodder. Otherwise it would not have happened.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 10:23

            On PC a game that’s a year and a half old is a 75% Steam sale item.
            So I’m not getting GTA V on release, as much as I know I’m going to love it.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:25

            You will indeed. It really is a great game. One of the only games of late where you can truly see the effort that was put into it.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 10:26

            Really looking forward to some madness with my friends also.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:29

            Online is crazy fun. My bro and I usually take it on as a duo in a private game. Every now and then we hit the “community” and be social haha.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 10:32

            Yea, I’ll probably mostly do private matches too. Used to love playing Saints Row co-op.

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:33

            Ja, private is best to level up, otherwise you just get guys trying to take you out the whole session. Gets annoying.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 10:46

            Wasn’t Splatterhouse remastered two years ago?

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            January 20, 2015 at 10:49

            I think it was longer than 2 years man, but it was rebooted for the PS3. I would just like to see it with the new gen flash. All that brutality all shiny and new with an updated sound track. The previous soundtrack was awesome though but a new one would be sick.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 11:03

            Always wanted to play it, but rather kept my distance. Thought it was a bomb. *sigh* so many shitty games out there….

    • Rock789

      January 20, 2015 at 10:29

      Definitely Year of the Patch.

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      • CuddlesaurusRex

        January 20, 2015 at 10:30

        I hear the new AC is going to be call Apache… Drum roll please. haha

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  8. RinceThis

    January 20, 2015 at 10:13

    So glad to hear it! Last one they remade (I reviewed, bought new trousers) was awesome.

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 10:15

      Any excuse for you to buy a new pair of these is good enough…
      http://marineparentsinc.com/store/images/ca-soffe-od-shorts.jpg

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 20, 2015 at 10:18

        LOL

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      • Rock789

        January 20, 2015 at 10:28

        JJ – why are you posting those pics you took of Rince over the weekend? I specifically remember you promised you wouldn’t… 😉 😛

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 20, 2015 at 10:37

          LOL
          I thought this was a “safe place”

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  9. Rock789

    January 20, 2015 at 10:26

    “Lazygamer: I’m not coming out from underneath my blanket. I’m scared.” 🙂 Priceless! 😉

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 10:27

      “I see cabbages”

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  10. Rock789

    January 20, 2015 at 10:27

    I’m interested… Probably won’t get it right away, but it will be added to the ol’ collection at some point. 🙂

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 20, 2015 at 10:45

      Nah, as soon as I can get my hands on a copy, I am buying it! (might have buyers remorse later)

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  11. CypherGate

    January 20, 2015 at 12:35

    Now all we need is a real Resident Evil 2 remake. Not some remastered HD edition. Like a full on remake. 2D High resolution artwork for the backgrounds etc etc. Not to make it full 3D like the newer ones. If they can do that then Id be over the moon and jump back right in. Hell id pay top Randelas for that.

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    • Ceyber, The Metal Rabbit

      January 20, 2015 at 13:44

      Came here to say this. No more half-assed “swap out this texture and chuck a dynamic light over here” nonsense. Remaster like the TLOU or full remake… enough of this obvious minimum effort for maximum profit.

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      • CypherGate

        January 20, 2015 at 13:49

        TOTALLY agree with you. It looks nice, but its just their way of cashing in on the whole franchise. They would get so much more sales if they did a full remake or a remaster like TLOU. RE2 deserves a proper overhaul cause that game is just so classic its not even funny. I miss the days of those kinds of puzzles. Just loved it. Nowadays they making games with almost no puzzle or thought behind it. Doesnt make your brain work a bit.

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