Resident Evil: HD Remaster - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

January 19, 2015

Also on:

PS4 Xbox One

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


'Resident: HD Remaster' on the PlayStation 4 is the latest Resident Evil to hit the digital market, this game was developed and published by Capcom. The game take place in 1998 where a special forces team are sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and are forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hangs heavy in the air and the supplies are scarce, and now they struggle to stay alive.

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Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 15GB Minimum
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Engine:
    • MT Framework
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 11 Hours
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'Resident Evil: HD Remaster' on the PlayStation 4 is the latest Resident Evil to hit the digital market, this game was developed and published by Capcom.

To truly appreciate the distance that the 'Resident Evil' franchise has come, one has to go all the way back to the beginning. In 1996 the first title in the series, simply named 'Resident Evil', was released for the PlayStation 1. It was instantly revered as a classic and it quickly spawned a variety of sequels and media extensions. Now, in 2015, we know the series for its high budget movies, huge and expansive sequels, and the commitment the developers have to their fans. But it all started back in 1996 and now we are getting a second chance to see how it all began. Capcom is bringing fans back to the first game by releasing an HD remake of the first game for the PlayStation 4. This is Raccoon City in a way that you've never experienced it, even for those of us who were there since the beginning.

A heady experience, full of terror and twists...

It's hard to imagine but the zombie genre didn't always rule the entertainment industry. There used to be a time when zombies were unique as a vessel for entertainment, and not played out shambling husks of themselves. So when the original 'Resident Evil' hit stores everywhere fans were appropriately taken aback. The game was full of twisting puzzles, high octane action segments, and legitimately scary moments. The original experience was harrowing and it served as the perfect introduction to the genre for an entire generation of fans.

With 'Resident Evil' for the PlayStation 4, the team at Capcom has gone back to what made them so popular to begin with. Looking at the cover of this title we shouldn't be surprised when we insert the disc. The name promises everything that we are about to receive, and boy does it deliver.

You start off in the game as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, two members of the S.T.A.R.S Alpha Team. Your initial mission is to explore one nasty looking mansion located deep in Raccoon Forest. Of course things don't go to plan (do they ever?) and soon you will find yourself swarmed with shambling zombies, mutated animals, and other nightmare created creatures. The halls of Spencer Mansion are here to try and kill you, and you need to get away.

The game is replete with exactly what made it so popular to begin with. You will experience frustratingly difficult puzzle segments couched between terrifying bits of exploration. The only difference, really, is that the game looks like a modern experience. While 'RE' for the PS4 doesn't look exactly like a current gen title, it still looks upgraded in a substantial way.

Most importantly of all the controls for the remake have been completely uplifted. You will no longer feel like you are steering a 20 ton truck with only three tires as you navigate down small hallways with your operative. You can switch to the old school controls if your nostalgia demands it, but otherwise you will be pushing through the game with the grace of modern day 3rd person controls.

'Resident Evil' brought to its fans a completely new genre for them to enjoy way back in 1996. We think of 'survival horror' as a buzz word nowadays, but this hasn't always been the case. The 1996 version of 'RE' was actually the first game to ever hold the title. And we get to see exactly why in this game. You work around with limited ammunition, barely any weapons, a depleting flash light, and a finite amount of health. You aren't some juggernaut incapable of getting hurt while you fire off twin guns with unlimited ammo. This scarcity, which the entire game emphasizes--even in the remake, is what makes the experience so enjoyable.

At our core what we want out of a video game is something that pushes us without challenging in an unfair way. We want to struggle with puzzles, sweat it out in gun fights, and gasp in fear when something scary happens. We don't want to feel punished for not getting lucky, or missing incredibly hard to see details. We want an experience that refuses to hold our hands as it pushes forward into an ever expanding story. That is what 'Resident Evil' used to be, at least back at the beginning and that is what Capcom put in front of us once more.

Once you've spent a few hours with the remastered title it will take a lot more than nostalgia to make you want to go back to the beginning. The first thing that most gamers will notice when they are playing is just how absolutely gorgeous the game looks. The textures of the gritty mansion are more detailed than ever. The way that the deteriorating zombies shuffle along the various hallways is more scary than it has ever been before.

One particular moment that pops out for me from my last time playing is when I was walking down a hallway. I came upon what was left of a certain on the ground, with a zombie lowering itself upon him. I had a moment to decide what I wanted to do. Did I want to start a fight here with my limited ammo and shaky grip on my survival? Not at all. So I turned tail and sprinted off. This is where the new, tight controls began to shine. Before when I played the original iteration of the game simply moving was a chore. Navigating through the halls was a problem that resulted in a ton of incidental deaths. And it is a testament to the game that it succeeded despite this fact.

At the end of the day when you purchase 'Resident Evil: HD Remaster' for the PS4 you aren't just buying a ticket to your past. You are getting a trip to a better version of the game that stole away entire weekends of your childhood. You'll see the game as it was meant to be seen.

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