Resident Evil

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Resident Evil


Resident Evil Directors Cut.jpg


"Itchy. Tasty." -Keeper, before fully turning into a Zombie.
Protagonist: Chris Redfield
Jill Valentine
Genre: Survival Horror
Third-Person Shooter
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Sega Saturn
Nintendo DS
Release Date: March 22, 1996 (original)
September 25, 1997 (Director's Cut)
March 22, 2002 (Resident Evil Remake)
Developer: PS/NDS: Capcom
Saturn: Nextech
Windows: Westwood Studios
Publisher: Capcom
Virgin Interactive
Previous Game: Resident Evil 0 (chronologically)
Next Game: Resident Evil 2 & Resident Evil 2: Remake (Story-wise)

For the remake of this game, see Resident Evil (2002).

Resident Evil is a survival horror video game developed and released by Capcom originally for the PlayStation in 1996, and is the first game in the Resident Evil series.


The game's plot follows Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, members of an elite task force known as S.T.A.R.S., as they investigate the outskirts of Raccoon City following the disappearance of their team members. They soon become trapped in a mansion infested with zombies and other monsters.

Why It Rocks

  1. Zombies!
  2. One of the finest survival horror experiences for the PlayStation 1.
    • And thus a survival-horror legend is born!
  3. Awesome graphics, especially the Sega Saturn.
  4. Awesome gameplay.
  5. Creepy atmosphere.
  6. Great soundtrack.
  7. Great puzzles.
  8. The story offers a pretty interesting horror mystery.
  9. The cheesy dialogue and voice acting that has such poor quality it becomes good.
  10. Jill Valentine, the master of unlocking, and Chris Redfield have the honor of being the first Resident Evil protagonists ever introduced. Barry Burton and Rebecca Chambers are also introduced here.
  11. The mansion is huge.
  12. Fearsome monsters and mutants to kill and dodge.
  13. The first zombie encounter is regarded as one of the most iconic videogame moments ever.
  14. The Director's Cut version have extra 2 difficulties for newbies and hardcores called beginner and arrange mode. Arrange mode changes a lot of things of the main game.
  15. In Sega Saturn version, you can play the battle game mode with both characters plus it contains new enemies like zombified Wesker and golden Tyrant.
  16. The Nintendo DS version has even more content and has some improvements over main game like being able to skip door animations.
  17. Albert Wesker is a great antagonist.
  18. In the Director's Cut, beating the game under a certain time limit will unlock infinite rocket launcher and the infinite magnum for the main game.
  19. The famous "Jill Sandwich" meme.

Bad Qualities

  1. Cheesy voice acting and dialogue even to this day.
  2. Takashi Niigaki's soundtrack in the Director's Cut Dual Shock version is garbage, particularly the basement soundtrack.
  3. The live action cutscenes are bad with costumes looking cheap and the acting being just as poor as the voice acting.
    • The CGI cutscenes haven't aged that well either, especially compared to Resident Evils 2 and 3. They look like animations you would see in bowling alleys.
  4. Also, the live-action scenes were also censored, for example Chris Redfield smoking tobacco and the guy who was killed by zombie dogs.


Resident Evil was very well received critically and commercially, and is often credited for defining the survival horror genre. Its success has spawned a multimedia franchise including video games, films, comics, novels, and other merchandise.

The game has received dedicated ports to the Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows, and Nintendo DS. In 2002, a remake of the same name was released for the GameCube featuring updated graphics, sound, and changes to the gameplay and story.