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Resident Evil: Director's Cut

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PS Vita
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3.7
PlayStation 3
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3.9
PSP
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3.9
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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 PSP Intro: meet Chris
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation The next set of frames should have clearly shown that dismembered arm. But due to a mix up at Capcom, the old censored scene was put back in the game instead.
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PSP Title screen
Resident Evil: Director's Cut PlayStation Jill's new Arrange Mode look.

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

It's back and packing less than expected. PlayStation Sycada (175)
I Can See The Resident...But Where Is The Evil? PlayStation MasterMegid (897)
Barry, Where's Barry?? PlayStation TwoDividedByZero (149)
Really tough PlayStation Ben Fahy (73)

The Press Says

PSM PlayStation Aug, 1997 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Dec 16, 2004 A 100
Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 94 out of 100 94
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Dec, 1997 91 out of 100 91
HonestGamers PlayStation Oct 30, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Meristation PlayStation Oct 15, 1998 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation Sep 30, 1997 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot PlayStation Oct 23, 1997 6.9 out of 10 69

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
The soundtrack is hilarious 4 BlameItOnTheKusoge (5)
Aug 13, 2012

Trivia

The German version of the game did not include the bonus disc with the demo of Resident Evil 2. Most probably this was because of the publisher being afraid that the game (RE2) might have been banned even before its German release.

Funny enough, it did contain the uncut intro accidentally missing in the US release, though.

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.)
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