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Resident Evil Zero Review

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Halloween is tomorrow and I decided to kick things off a little early with this year’s Scare Fest and release my review of Resident Evil Zero! This is the first of many reviews and other content I have planned for tomorrow including my Top 10 Horror Games of All Time! 

The Gamecube era had some fantastic games. Resident Evil Zero is my second favorite Resident Evil game. It was the first game that let us play as both main protagonists at the same time.

The Great:

Gameplay:

At first I thought switching between characters would require too much micromanaging because I would have to make sure both characters had ammo at all times and if you’ve ever played Resident Evil you’ll know ammo is pretty hard to come by, but I was wrong. Since we’re in control of two characters ammo drops are more common than they were in previous games. How is it that Capcom nailed Billy’s AI for the most part, but Sheva was an ammo wasting machine? 

The gameplay is the same from previous Resident Evil games. It’s stiff, hard to aim, and can be frustrating at times, but it’s still fun to me and switching between Billy and Rebecca was awesome. It helped me get the upper hand on zombies in numerous situations.

Graphics:

For a game that came out back on the Gamecube it still looks fantastic. It’s obviously dated, but it doesn’t like as bad as games like Sonic Adventure, and the old Zelda games. This game looks really good. The character models and textures aren’t top-notch anymore, but they still look really good when you consider how much time has passed since it’s release.

Sounds:

A good soundtrack is important for horror games and Capcom nailed it here. The creepy ambient sounds, the moans, and grunts from the zombies, and songs that play in the background had me second guessing whether or not I should run down a narrow hallway or go nice and slow so I could be prepared for whatever nasty surprise would jump out at me. The voice acting is terrible, but in a good way. Does that even make sense? I love the cheesy lines that everyone delivered and I like the voice actress for Rebecca. Billy was okay too, but super cheesy. 

Stage Design:

The train was an excellent way to start the game off. It was creepy, filled with zombies, a giant scorpion, puzzles, and thrills at every corner. It only continued to get better from there and in the end I couldn’t think of a single negative thing to say about the stage design in this game. It’s simply fantastic and is amongst my favorite in the entire series. I like the slow build up to the mansion and horrors that lay within. It was an awesome experience. 

The Good:

Story:

This is a prequel to the Resident Evil games and it actually told a pretty good story. Resident Evil is never going to win any game of the year awards for its storytelling, but that doesn’t mean they tell bad stories. The story is cheesy, like all Resident Evil games, but it’s good and I really enjoyed replaying this old classic again.

Rebecca And Billy:

Rebecca and Billy are my second favorite team in Resident Evil, they’re slightly under Chris and Sheva. I like how their relationship progressed throughout the game. At first they were reluctant to work together, but eventually they grew to trust and depend on each other to get out of sticky situations and even became friends at the end. It’s a shame they never teamed up again after this game, but at least I get to relive this game again in HD. So there’s that at least…

Puzzles:

The puzzles in Resident Evil Zero are pretty good. They can’t compete with the original Resident Evil game, but they don’t need to. Even though I didn’t rack my brain for hours trying to figure out where to go next, or how to solve a particular puzzle I still enjoyed all of them and I’m not usually a person that enjoy puzzles. I’ve always loved the Resident Evil puzzles though. 

Stiff Controls:

Every Resident Evil game before part 6 had very stiff controls. Part 5 controls were stiff, but the excellent combo system, and tag team attacks really made up for it. It’s hard to do the simplest actions in this game because of the controls. I love shooting zombies, exploring, and solving puzzles, but it shouldn’t be so hard to do those things, but that’s not really a negative. The Resident Evil remakes were ahead of their time and had great gameplay for back then. The gameplay now is aged, but it’s not terrible. I’m just being nitpicky and this won’t count towards my final score. 

The Verdict

Resident Evil Zero introduced us to a new mechanic that allowed us to switch between both protagonist instead of playing through the game with each one. Keeping both of them alive, solving puzzles, and shooting zombies is great fun and this game has a good story too. I liked how Rebecca and Billy went from not trusting each other to close friends by the end of the game and I can easily call this my favorite Resident Evil game. Resident Evil Zero is fantastic and I'm glad Capcom decided to re-release this game on for the current generation of consoles and on PC.

9
Final Score:
9

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13 Comments

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    mattdoylemedia
    Oct 30, 2018 3:51 pm

    Gotta agree that this was a great game. It was one of my favourites on the GameCube.

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      drakulus
      Oct 30, 2018 4:12 pm

      Mine too! I enjoyed all of the Resident Evil games on Gamecube :).

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        mattdoylemedia
        Oct 30, 2018 4:15 pm

        I only palyed the original remake, origins and 4 on there, but all of them were great fun, even if 4 was a departure for me in style.

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          drakulus
          Oct 30, 2018 4:17 pm

          I’m the opposite. I prefer the gameplay of the later games over the older ones. The older ones were more atmospheric, but I think that was because Shinji Mikami was in charge. Once he left it became an action series with part 5 (my personal favorite), 6, and the revelation games.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Oct 30, 2018 4:28 pm

            That’s fair enough. It was the switch to mroe action based stuff that stopped me checking out 5 and 6. I loved the atmosphere of the older titles. In that regard, I thought that the most recent one was great. The Resi 2 remake looks like it may be a good balance between action and atmosphere though.

          • drakulus
            Oct 30, 2018 4:40 pm

            I’m looking forward to 2’s remake. I think Res 7 is the worst one in the series and it’s barely a Resident Evil game. It should have been a new IP.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Oct 30, 2018 6:06 pm

            See, I was the opposite and thought it was a return to form 🙂

          • drakulus
            Oct 30, 2018 6:13 pm

            I don’t see how it was a return to form when it’s almost nothing like the original game, but to each their own :).

          • mattdoylemedia
            Oct 31, 2018 2:36 am

            Exactly; different strokes and all that. By way of explanation though, it’s because it felt genuinely scary to me and saw a return of me feeling like there wasn’t enough ammo for me to get through comfortably, and those were things I hadn’t felt for a long time with the series.

          • drakulus
            Oct 31, 2018 10:26 am

            It just felt like Outlast with guns to me. I didn’t enjoy it. It should have been a new IP and not titled Resident Evil. It changed too much. And Resident Evil 6 was the only Resident Evil game that I didn’t need to conserve my ammo in. All of the previous games, including 5, had me stockpiling my ammo for boss fights that I knew would eventually happen. Have you played the Revelations games? Part 2 is a nice mix between newer Res games and the older ones.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Oct 31, 2018 10:37 am

            Ah, see I found myself feeling like there was too much ammo from 2 onwards, with it getting easier to stockpile as the games went along. I actually quite liked the changes simply because it made it a little fresher for me. That and I tend to find zombies dull, so the monster focus was nice.
            I’ve not had the chance to play Revelations yet. I’m kinda tempted to grab them because they turn quite often – and cheap – on the PS3 in my local second hand gaming store.

          • drakulus
            Oct 31, 2018 10:41 am

            Revelations 2 is a great game. Ammo is scarce and two of the playable characters don’t even have guns. I’ve played through that game a few times.

            Resident Evil 7… almost killed my love for the series lol.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Oct 31, 2018 12:35 pm

            Lol. Well, hopefully the 2 remake will serve you better

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