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Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PlayStation)

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Description

Resident Evil: Director's Cut is a reissue of the original Resident Evil. Unlike Resident Evil for the GameCube, it is not a remake of the original game, instead, it is more of a slight remix.

There are three gameplay modes available. "Original" contains the original game with no changes or additions. "Beginner" features double the amount of ammunition and save ribbons, plus increased health for the player, increased damage for their weapons, and an auto-target feature.

"Arrange" mode is the "Director's Cut" version of the original. The default outfits for Jill, Chris, and Rebecca are changed, new camera angles are introduced, and the placement of key items is changed. Most of these changes are designed to play against the expectations of veteran players of the first Resident Evil - so zombie dogs may smash through new windows, or keys will not be where they were, forcing players to hunt for them anew. The default Beretta pistol is also changed to a chromed version with a randomized chance to kill standard zombies in one shot.

The original release of the Director's Cut advertised an uncut version of the opening cinema, in full color, and never-before seen. Notable aspects of this video include shots of a corpse with bites taken out of the face, close-ups of zombie dogs bleeding when shot, and graphic quick-cuts of Joseph being bitten by these dogs. Chris is also shown smoking in his introduction, which was cut from Western releases. However, only the French and German releases contained this footage. U.S. and UK versions retained the censored black-and-white video shipped with the original release. This has never been corrected, either in the Greatest Hits reissue, or with the PSOne Classics downloads on the Playstation Network.

The original issue of the Director's Cut contained a demo of Resident Evil 2 on a second disc. The "Greatest Hits" re-release added Dual Shock support for the controller (left "movement" stick only).

Screenshots

Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation Only the French and German releases got the uncut, color intro.
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation Rebecca's new costume
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation (French intro) Chris smokes, cut from the original release.
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation (French intro) Snouts get blown off and blood jets from wounds.

Alternate Titles

  • "Resident Evil: DC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Biohazard: Director's Cut" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

It's back and packing less than expected. Sycada (175) unrated
I Can See The Resident...But Where Is The Evil? MasterMegid (900) 0.14 Stars0.14 Stars0.14 Stars0.14 Stars0.14 Stars
Barry, Where's Barry?? TwoDividedByZero (149) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Really tough Ben Fahy (73) unrated

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Dec 16, 2004 A 100
PSM Aug, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 94 out of 100 94
Absolute Playstation Dec, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Meristation Oct 15, 1998 9 out of 10 90
IGN Sep 30, 1997 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamezilla 1997 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Oct 23, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69

Forums

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The soundtrack is hilarious 4 BlameItOnTheKusoge (5)
Aug 13, 2012

Trivia

The directors cut release of RE was supposed to have the original, uncut intro and the uncut version of the scene in which you first encounter a zombie put back into it. However, when the scenes were being approved for release, there was a problem with copyright and instead of removing the offending article, the new cutscenes were rejected and the old, censored cutscenes were put into production. By the time Capcom USA noticed the error, RE DC was on it's way to stores complete with cover art that specifically advertises the uncut scenes. They made no attempt to rectify the situation and never returned the scenes to any overseas copies or any future Playstation releases of the game.

Related Web Sites

  • Resident Evil Fan (With tons of videos, artwork, interviews and a Resident Evil encyclopedia, this fansite contains everything that the passionate fan could ask for.)
Grant McLellan (545) added Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
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