Resident Evil 0 HD’s success or failure will determine future of RE franchise

RE0

Capcom announcing an HD remake of Resident Evil 0 may seem like another gimmick to appeal towards gamer nostalgia, but to the gaming community, its a representation of a cultural struggle that will determine the future of this iconic series.

Resident Evil was the leader in defining the concept of the horror survival genre, but now its future has been brought into question. Now a debate that has pitted traditional fans of the series against a new generation could be finally resolved by the success of Resident Evil 0 HD.

A Tale of Two Gaming Generations

Starting with the Fifth Console Generation, the Resident Evil series was the leader in defining the concept of the survival horror genre. However, the times changed and so did the series in the hopes of appealing to a new generation of gamers.

At first the new direction was welcomed by fans when Resident Evil 4 found the right balance of horror and action. Then everything changed when Resident Evil 5 abandoned most of the survival horror elements in favor of an action game. It all finally came to breaking point when Resident Evil 6 was released in 2012, being hailed as the worst game in the series. The result were a deep rift between a new generation of gamers and traditional fans while the future of the series was being put into question.

Adding insult to a disgruntled community was a special investment report that was published in 2013 that attributed the problems of the series to the fan base having become “too old.” Gamers were quick to express their outrage while the gaming media denounced the report as further proof that Capcom is failing to connect with its core audience.

Going Old School

In the Summer of 2014; Capcom announced that an HD remake of Resident Evil(based on the 2002 GameCube version) was in the works. The game took the player back to the traditional setup while visually being presented in 1080p and running at 60fps along with 5.1 surround support.

The announcement was met with enthusiasm and support from the gaming community, as there has been a strong demand to re-release the GameCube remake (dubbed REmake). Social media networks along with gaming sites were flooded with gamers voicing their support for the HD remake.

Resident Evil HD Remaster released on January 20, 2015, and it was highly praised by both fans along with critics. Despite being released at the end of the month and after the Holiday season, it was one of the best-selling titles of the year. According to Capcom; it was the fastest selling title in the series and one of the best-selling digital media titles. Sony also verified that Resident Evil was the best-selling game in January for both PlayStation consoles.

The Future Is Zero

Despite what fans are hoping for, the success of one game alone is not enough to determine the future of the series. Resident Evil 0 HD will be an attempt to recreate the success of Resident Evil HD to see if the series should return to its roots.

Should Resident Evil 0 succeed then the fans have sent a clear message to Capcom that the series needs to return to its roots as a true horror survival. It could also be the push needed for a proper remake of Resident Evil 2, something fans have wanted for a long time since its often hailed as the best game in the series.

However; if Resident Evil 0 HD fails then the ramification are going to be worse then more action games. The message sent to Capcom will be one of doubt that could jeopardize the future of the series. With no clear understanding of what the fan base wants, this could be a tipping point that could kill the Resident Evil series.

Gamers will have to wait until January 2016 to see if the success of Resident Evil 0 HD is the push needed to return the series to its roots. Or will its failure be the final nail in the coffin that ends the legacy of this pop-culture icon.

Written for GameSkinny
6/4/2015
Original Article: Resident Evil 0 HD’s success or failure will determine future of RE franchise

Advertisements

Resident Evil HD is a Return to the Classic Survival Horror Genre – 1/21/2015

It’s hard to believe now, but at one point Resident Evil was the gold standard in the horror survival genre. Now with the direction of the series in question, an HD version of the remake shows that sometimes all gamers want is a little old-fashioned.

Resident Evil HD is not just a nostalgic experience for the Next-Gen consoles but another chance to play a classic that so many fans missed. Many gamers played the original on the PlayStation, PC, or Sega Saturn back in the days but missed out on the GameCube remake because they either owned a PlayStation 2 or Xbox.

Old fans now have the opportunity to play an improved version of a timeless classic while new fans will finally experience what the true concept of horror survival is on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.

Iconic as Ever

The story itself has been hailed as one of the most memorable in gaming and has influenced the countless other horror games that followed. S.T.A.R.S (a special unit of the Raccoon Police Department) is deployed to investigate a series of murders outside the city. However, the team is forced to take refuge in a mansion after being attacked by a pack of Cerberus (zombie dogs). From this point is when the real nightmare begins as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine work to uncover the secrets of the Umbrella Corporation.

Following in the footsteps of horror icon George A. Romero, the game uses the setting of a zombie outbreak to facilitate a social critique of the greed of pharmaceutical companies and the influence of money in politics. At the same time, it’s a modern retelling of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein that focuses on the moral implications of unchecked scientific research.

One thing Resident Evil received little credit for is how it avoided the stereotypical gender roles that are common in both video games and movies. The obvious being how Jill Valentine is not marginalized into role of the “useless chick” but is an actual, competent heroine.

The story and message may be timeless, but this update is not an old game with a new coat of paint. Original content has been added that can be unlocked after completing the game in a certain manner or at start the game with a BSAA outfit.

Classic Mechanics in New Clothes

While the visual design has been updated for the Next-Gen consoles, the gameplay setup and controls remain true to the classic horror survival genre. Ammo and health are limited while the player works to overcome a series of obstacles in an attempt to escape the mansion.

Fans who haven’t played a classic Resident Evil game in a long time, along with those who were introduced to the series with Resident Evil 4, may have a difficult time adjusting to the traditional setup.

The point is that this will be a very difficult game because horror survival is supposed to be challenging. That is what makes Resident Evil HD such an ideal game is that it’s a return to what made the series a modern classic.

Even today: the original, and GameCube remake, are held in high regards while Resident Evil 6 is often seen as the epitome of everything that is wrong with the horror genre. For fans, it’s a call to return back to the series roots instead of pandering to the action-junkie fanbase.

Resident Evil established the horror survival genre 19 years ago and the GameCube remake polished a timeless story 12 years ago. With the series having abandoned its roots, the HD remake is reminder of what the franchise once was.

Written for GameSkinny
1/21/2015
Original ArticleResident Evil HD is a Return to the Classic Survival Horror Genre 

Op-Ed: Capcom needs to stop forcing co-op into every Resident Evil game – 9/8/2014

resident-evil-logo

According to the details gathered by GamesMaster, ‘Resident Evil: Revelations 2’ is suppose to continue the style of its predecessor and return the series to its horror survival roots.

For devoted fans of the series this has been promising news as many have felt the series has abandoned its horror survival roots for a more action orientated game that is trying to tap into the Call of Duty fan-base.

Resident Evil 5 was a commercial success while many were disappointed over its heavy dependence on the action concept. Its success was followed by the train wreck of a game that was called Resident Evil 6, which was panned by gamers and most critics. Capcom attributed the failure of Resident Evil 6 along with several other games to their core fans being too old, an insult that was meet with a massive backlash from the gaming community.

Flash forward to the Summer and Capcom announced that an HD remake of Resident Evil was in the works and set to be released in 2015 for all major consoles. Along with the announcement of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, it appears that Capcom is actually listing to its fans and it could be rewarding in the years to come.

However there is a “but” to the news and that is the fact that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will also feature co-op gameplay. Despite its efforts to take notes from the fans, Capcom still has an obsession with shoehorning co-op into every Resident Evil game.

Its understandable that Capcom does not want to churn the same game every year while looking for new ways to innovate the series, but forcing co-op into a game has not worked out all to well for them. Go onto any forum and its easy to see that gamers have despised the shoehorned co-op feature

Resident Evil 6 being the obvious example of how the co-op system was an utter failure in innovating while its feature in other the games was ignored by players. Unless its included as a side-game, Capcom is better just abandoning the concept of co-op in future Resident Evil games.

Resident Evil has always been the inspiration for horror games but major titles in the last few years have not been trying to force co-op onto the player. Dead Space and Alan Wake did not have to shoehorn co-op to be successful while the upcoming Alien Isolation is more focused the player trying to survive the horror scenario.

If Capcom is really interested in expanding the Resident Evil universe to the multiplayer world than it would be better to develop an open world MMORPG set in Raccoon City. The game could take inspiration from Grand Theft Auto: Online and DayZ while in the context of the Resident Evil universe.

Capcom is on the right path to restoring the series to its horror survival root but if it hopes for Resident Evil to be the example for other games to follow than they really need to abandon the concept of co-op in future titles.

Written for Digital Journal 
09/8/2014
Original Article: Op-Ed: Capcom needs to stop forcing co-op into every Resident Evil game

Gamers enthusiastic about ‘Resident Evil’ HD remake – 8/6/2014

resident-evil-logo
Capcom official announcement that an HD remastered version of ‘Resident Evil’ is in the works has been meet with enthusiasm and support from the gaming community.

Based on the discussions on social media like Facebook or news sites such as N4G, there has been a strong demand for Capcom to release an HD version of the GameCube remake (dubbed REmake) of the classic game. Many in the game media who are also fans of the series have voiced their support for the project.

Devoted fans of the series have been demanding an HD remastered version of Resident Evil for a long time. Many fans had missed out on the GameCube remake since they owned a PlayStation 2 or an Xbox.

The demand by fans was most vocal back in January when Capcom published a report that blamed the failure of Resident Evil 6 on its audience “growing old” while announcing an HD remake of Resident Evil 4.

After the announcement was made, the game’s official Facebook page was flooded with comments while many showed their enthusiasm by plastering the official Facebook page with the “Shut Up And Take My Money!” meme. One such fan was Souheil Abou Zelof who stated,Finally Capcom FINALLY , after all these years you did something right with the Resident Evil series , RE remake was the best RE game for me (also remake Resident evil 2 , it deserves one).

Rourke Keegan was another fan who stated, Seriously, this is the best news I’ve heard all year. REmake is my favorite horror game- and I have an extensive library (Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, Alone in the Dark). I have ABSOLUTELY no problem with buying this on every available platform. Capcom, you just got at LEAST four sales from this fan, if not five (it may or may not work on my computer). I cannot WAIT to see how pretty this is, cannot wait to unlock every trophy/achievement for this, and above all, REmember, REality, RElive!

James Cage was also an enthusiastic fan who stated, Thank You for bringing it to PS4!! Finally back to what Resident Evil is all about!!! Now start remastering RE2 next!!

Despite the enthusiasm, many fans also expressed their desire to see a remake of Resident Evil 2, which was never remastered for the GameCube.

The original Resident Evil was released for the PlayStation in 1996 and has been hailed as one of the greatest games for establishing the foundation of the horror survival genre. The franchise has spawned a massive franchise that includes many sequels and spin-off games along with a movie series.

Written for Digital Journal 
09/6/2014
Original Article: Gamers enthusiastic about ‘Resident Evil’ HD remake

‘Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition’ is a reminder that Capcom once made a good game – 2/28/2014

Nine years after its original release followed by several decent and terrible sequels, Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition is the sixth time the iconic game has been ported and now its a reminder that Capcom once released a good Resident Evil game.

A recap of the story; six years has passed since the incident in Raccoon City and Umbrella has been shutdown. Leon Kennedy is now an agent of the government and is tasked with rescuing Ashely Graham, the Presidents daughter. Upon his arrival to an isolated village, he is attacked by locals infected by a parasite while uncovering a sinister plot to infect the world. Oh and Ada Wong is back!

Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition brings everything fans loved about the original game only with high definition graphics that improves its visual quality. The  controls setup has been tweaked moderately to give players a better playing experience.

Everything about Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition looks great until you’re reminded that it’s a game that is nine years old while having been updated and re-released for the sixth time. Hence making this HD update a complete waste of time for Capcom.

Now one has to ask if this was a PR stunt to make angry fans forget about how Capcom insulted them not too long ago, a diversion in the hopes of buying more time until they could release a new game or an attempt to remind everyone that they once made a good game?

This makes one wonder rather then wasting resources on another HD port, why couldn’t they just remake Resident Evil 2 and 3? It would have been better had they give these classics the same update as Resident Evil for the GameCube. Plus such a move would have been more popular among the fan base who have wanted such a remake for sometime.

Being a PC re-release; chances are a gamer might have one of the several console ports that was released in the last few years. At best this will only appeal to the most fanatical fans who feel that the series has done no wrong.

Resident Evil 4 was an amazing game that redefined the horror genre when it came out back in 2005. But after nine years and several re-releases makes Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition very unnecessary.

Final Score: 3/5

Written for The Gamers Progress
02/28/2014
Original Article: ‘Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition’ is a reminder that Capcom once made a good game

Review: ‘Resident Evil 6’ for the PC is failure with a new coat of paint – 3/25/2013

Resident Evil 62012 was not a good year for the “Resident Evil”-series, so it comes as a big surprise when Capcom decided to port “Resident Evil 6” to the PC in hopes of a different result.

Set in a world were terrorists using the T-Virus has become common, Resident Evil 6 has gamers taken on the role of Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and Jake Muller (Albert Wesker illegitimate son) as they each try to prevent a global catastrophe.

Already its hard to read the plot synopsis with a straight face (terrorists using zombie virus is very laughable). However a laughable plot is not the only problem this game suffers from.

Let’s start with the most obvious problem; the game is not scary. Resident Evil 6 has a fear factor that is the equivalent to a Twilight-film. Gaming has changed a lot since 1996 but rather than taking advantage of the available resources, Capcom aimed instead for a Call of Duty-style game with zombies.

In an attempt to attract the same ADHD diagnosed audience that is attracted to Modern Warfare; Capcom (like so many publishers trying to attract the casual gamer market) has angered traditional Resident Evil fans.

The only thing that Resident Evil 6 for the PC has achieved is annoyed Resident Evil fans who prefer PC over the console. Overall you can paint over a pile of crap but in the end its still going to be a pile of crap.

Hopefully Capcom learns from this failure and makes an attempt to reboot the game back to its roots of terror.

Final Score: 2/5

Written for Digital Journal 
3/25/2012
Original Article: Review: ‘Resident Evil 6’ for the PC is failure with a new coat of paint

“Resident Evil” needs a reboot – 10/20/2012

resident_evil_operation_raccoon_city_01Lets be honest; 2012 has not been a great year for the Resident Evil-series. The year has brought one failure after another and its certain that devote fans are frustrated at the direction the franchise has been going.

It all started with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a spin-off that focused on the actions of the U.S.S. Delta Team (nicknamed “Wolfpack”) and US Special Operations during the Raccoon City Incident.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was promoted as a retelling of one of the most iconic video games from an alternative perspective. However with the poor dialogue and choppy story telling, this was just Resident Evil 2 and 3 butchered into a new unnecessary story.

Next was Resident Evil: Retribution, the fourth film in Paul W. S. Anderson adaptation of the game franchise. Too no surprise the film was meet with disappointing reviews by critics and traditional Resident Evil-fans.

Unfortunately Anderson is considering making a sixth film in an attempt (in his words) to bring his film series to an end. This despite that he should have only made one film or gone into career death a long time ago. Again traditional Resident Evil fans should be uttering “WTF” under their breath.

Finally we come to Resident Evil 6.

The good news is that the final judgment for Resident Evil 6 is not being declared a failure. Unfortunately the label of mediocre would be more appropriate given the cluster-f*** of content was mashed into the final production.

Its obvious that the Resident Evil-franchise has milked the concept of a zombie apocalypse and its in need of a reboot (and not the RE4-style reboot).

Resident Evil has always been a modern Frankenstein that has warned about the dangers of unchecked scientific progress. However pharmaceutical companies are not the only ones capable of unethical scientific progress. Robotics, cloning, GMO, nanobots, social media, or the destruction of the environment are examples of topics that could be the basis of a new Resident Evil.

The film series is also in need of a reboot given that they have evolved from a single failure into an excuse for Anderson to make a movie that features Milla Jovovich (his wife) running around in sexy outfits while blasting zombies. Meanwhile a few characters from the game may make a cameo just to connect with its source material.

The best person who should reboot the Resident Evil-film would be Christopher Nolan. After undoing the reputation left by Joel Schumacher on the Batman-films, Nolan should be the most obvious choice to reboot the Resident Evil-films.

You can already imagine the perfect cast for a  Christopher Nolan’s Resident Evil movie using stars that he has worked with. Such as:
Hugh Jackman – Chris Redfeild
Anne Hathaway – Jill Valentine
Christian Bale – Albert Wesker
Ellen Page – Rebecca Chambers
Tom Hardy – Barry Bruton
Cillian Murphy – William Burke

Regardless of what is the next direction for the Resident Evil-series, its obvious that the status quo has been overdone and its time for a new change.

Written for Bitmod
10/20/2011
Original Article: “Resident Evil” needs a reboot