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Resident Evil

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
90
3.9
SEGA Saturn
88
4.2
Windows
76
3.7

User Reviews

Ouch! When I said, "bite me", I did not mean it literally! PlayStation ETJB (447)
9 out of 10 zombies agree: Resident Evil is NNhhGgggggooooouudddddd...!!! PlayStation Zovni (9360)
A Great Version of a Classic Game SEGA Saturn Jordan Connor (5)
Great game that took and older concept and succeeded big time. PlayStation cimerians (48)
The host of the virus PlayStation GNJMSTR (145)
I'll take a 2nd of brains please... PlayStation OlSkool_Gamer (99)
An okay but flawed game PlayStation Kate Jones (454)
Not the original survival horror title, but the one that re-defined it. PlayStation Sycada (175)
Almost the first, and STILL one of the best... Windows Dr.Bedlam (53)
"The logo that started it all" PlayStation Kadeem Gomez (38)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 88 3.9
SEGA Saturn 32 4.2
Windows 54 3.7
Combined MobyScore 174 3.9


The Press Says

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100
SEGA SaturnGame Revolution
All together, Resident Evil is a very impressive package. This is exactly the kind of revolutionary title that we applaud. Sure, others like it will come along, some will even surpass it, but hats off to Resident Evil for getting there first. Even deducting a few points for bad voice acting and the gratuitous use of special forces teams, this game earns its grade.
100
PlayStationEntertainment Weekly
Every time a door opens you don't know what's coming: Bloody zombies and king-size spiders are among the tamer possibilities. Be ready to run and shoot for your life, but also be prepared to think — Resident Evil has innovative puzzles can stop you dead just as quickly as the creatures.
100
PlayStationThe Video Game Critic
With apologies to Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil (RE) is the grandfather of survival horror games. Brilliantly conceived, this third-person adventure stands the test of time as one of the scariest games ever.
100
PlayStationJust Adventure
Resident Evil is a rare commodity in several ways. First, it is one of the few titles that can jump from a console to the PC and back with no loss of quality or experience. Second, it a game that can be picked up three years after its release and still have the same impact it did on day one. Finally, very few games can claim to have spawned a genre. Resident Evil can make this claim, as well as the unique claim of near perfection on the first try.
100
PlayStationVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
This small space can't do the game justice. Everything about Resident Evil screams "classic". It's a challenging, brain-twisting shock ride filled with sudden scares, fiendish puzzles and more atmosphere than a dozen plants. People will actually stop in their tracks and watch while you play this one, because it's better than most flicks. Be afraid, be very afraid.
100
PlayStationGamePro (US)
Long the lord of Street Fighter, Capcom's clearly taking a new tack with this killer game and the results are outstanding. Resident Evil stands tall as a topnotch second-generation Playstation game that's well worth the green.
100
WindowsJust Adventure
Resident Evil is a rare commodity in several ways. First, it is one of the few titles that can jump from a console to the PC and back with no loss of quality or experience. Second, it a game that can be picked up three years after its release and still have the same impact it did on day one. Finally, very few games can claim to have spawned a genre. Resident Evil can make this claim, as well as the unique claim of near perfection on the first try.
98
PlayStationGameFan Magazine
I've been waiting my entire life for this game...I've seen pieces of it before...the puzzle elements are reminiscent of Infogram's game, the play mechanics are similar to Delphine's titles and the theme takes be back to D's and 7th Guest...But this is the first time all these elements have come together to make a truly excellent game. This is going to be one of those games that define a system and isn't forgotten, like Actraiser or Ghouls and Ghosts. Make it into a series, Capcom, please! (But lose Barry)
95
PlayStationGamesCollection
Una produzione di altissimo livello, e contemporaneamente un'esperienza irripetibile da vivere con il fiato sospeso. Giocatelo a fondo, non ve ne pentirete.
95
PlayStationNowGamer
Considering the game boasts a perfect B-movie plot, just the right amount of action, character interaction, mental challenge and film-like presentation, that If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Capcom has produced the perfect interactive movie. RE is horribly, horribly addictive – it tests your reflexes, satiates your bloodlust, stretches your mind (and temper) and leaves you both thrilled and drained. Resident Evil 2 please Capcom, as soon as you can do it, and don’t spare the ketchup.
95
SEGA SaturnVicioJuegos.com
En definitiva, una obra maestra más que añadir al catálogo de Saturn.
93
SEGA SaturnHobby Consolas
Una presentación totalmente cinematográfica, unos gráficos 3D sensacionales y unos efectos de sonido aterradores redondean una aventura imprescindible.
92
PlayStationGame Players
Sing along everybody! Blast those zombies in the head, Do-dah, do-dah! Make sure that they're are good and dead! Oh, do-dah day! Now, repeat after me! I NEED THIS GAME. I NEED THIS GAME! This game rocks!
91
PlayStationGaming Target
For a game that is by all means ancient, Resident Evil is one of the all-time great games. Sure, by today's means it has been outclassed by the sequels (and of course the new GCN remake), but this is where it all started - and if you intend to be a fan of Resident Evil games (or have never played an RE game), you best get your hands on this and any other RE games you missed, or you're missing out on one of the best series of games in a long time. It's a little hard to find brand new (for PlayStation anyways), but if you can find either the Director's Cut or the original censored version, it's well worth giving a try.
91
WindowsGame Revolution
Resident Evil, whether it is on the Playstation or PC, is just a damn good game. With minute improvements over the Playstation predecessor, any PC owners who own a 3D accelerator should get their money's worth. One important thing: This game is NOT for those with a weak stomach. If you can't handle gore, you can't handle Resident Evil.
91
PlayStationGame Revolution
If you've been dying for a gruesome meaty treat, look no further than Resident Evil. This is the kind of game we love to see at Game Revolution. Stunning graphics, intelligent design, and revolutionary gameplay! Intrigued? Read on!
90
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
Resident Evil est une étape majeure dans le processus de rapprochement irréversible entre deux géants culturels, deux médias qui n'ont jamais vraiment cessé de se tourner autour avec intérêt, le jeu vidéo et le cinéma. Mais il constitue aussi et avant tout un excellent titre d'action et d'exploration, un trip horrifique comme il n'en existait pas à l'époque et comme on n'en fait plus vraiment aujourd'hui. Il est enfin celui qui éleva le survival-horror au rang de genre à part entière, rompant avec l'action brute et discontinue, distillant une atmosphère délicieusement glacée, et promettant une tripotée d'affrontements sanglants et de sursauts mémorables. Une réussite esthétique, ludique et cinématographique qui donnera lieu à de nombreuses suites et au moins autant de clones, dont un petit nombre seulement est parvenu à l'égaler. Si un certain Rebirth relancera la donne d'une manière absolument époustouflante, rendons ici hommage à la légende originelle qui le mérite amplement.
90
SEGA SaturnJeuxvideo.com
Resident Evil est une étape majeure dans le processus de rapprochement irréversible entre deux géants culturels, deux médias qui n'ont jamais vraiment cessé de se tourner autour avec intérêt, le jeu vidéo et le cinéma. Mais il constitue aussi et avant tout un excellent titre d'action et d'exploration, un trip horrifique comme il n'en existait pas à l'époque et comme on n'en fait plus vraiment aujourd'hui. Il est enfin celui qui éleva le survival-horror au rang de genre à part entière, rompant avec l'action brute et discontinue, distillant une atmosphère délicieusement glacée, et promettant une tripotée d'affrontements sanglants et de sursauts mémorables. Une réussite esthétique, ludique et cinématographique qui donnera lieu à de nombreuses suites et au moins autant de clones, dont un petit nombre seulement est parvenu à l'égaler. Si un certain Rebirth relancera la donne d'une manière absolument époustouflante, rendons ici hommage à la légende originelle qui le mérite amplement.
90
PlayStationEdge
Everything in Resident Evil is geared towards suspense: the skewed camera angles, the haunting strains of the soundtrack, the fact that you can run forwards but only retreat in painfully slow steps. In fact, the only blemish on an otherwise stainless product (apart from some acting in the cut-away sequences to make the cast of Hollyoaks blush) is the difficulty level. Suspenseful though it may be, it can be all too easy to loose off a couple of rash shots in an awkward position only to find yourself with your trousers round your ankles, your neck in the mouth of a flesh-eating ghoul, and your last save point about six rabid wolves and a snake away. Still, Resident Evil was never destined for the faint of heart. Where it is destined for, however, is the PlayStation pantheon. With the notable exception of T2, Resident Evil is the best yet.
90
WindowsMeristation
La aventura trascurre en un escenario espeluznante de terror, una verdadera pesadilla. El protagonista se enfrentará a zombies que escupen ácido, luchará contra perros mutantes, todo esto para unir las piezas de los rompecabezas que liberarán la casa de los monstruos resultantes de un experimento de
90
PlayStationJust Games Retro
Resident Evil is fondly remembered for a reason, and the more I think about it, the fewer faults I can find. Most of the serious issues at least have a good reason for being done the way they were, and I like that this is an excellent example of a cinematic style you just don’t see anymore. Also, as I alluded to in the beginning, this is one of my favorites in the series because it’s just not so damn goofy yet. Anime angst (Wesker) and barely competent little girls (Rebecca) don’t factor in here. It’s a great start to the series, a great introduction and showcase to the PlayStation hardware, and arguably, one of the last great adventure games.
90
SEGA SaturnOriginal Gamer
In summation, Resident Evil Saturn is best fit for people who only own a Saturn (for some reason...) and Resident Evil completists like me. To tell the truth, if I hadn't bought this game before the advent of Youtube, I would have been fine with just watching videos of the Saturn exclusives there. I really REALLY wish I had done that with the Outbreak series...
90
PlayStationLevel
Och faktum är att Resident Evil till stora delar fortfarande håller. Blandningen av pussel, action och utforskande tappar inte tempo, och mystiken som råder i herrgården suger bokstavligen tag i alla som vågar ta ett steg in i den.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Resident Evil est une étape majeure dans le processus de rapprochement irréversible entre deux géants culturels, deux médias qui n'ont jamais vraiment cessé de se tourner autour avec intérêt, le jeu vidéo et le cinéma. Mais il constitue aussi et avant tout un excellent titre d'action et d'exploration, un trip horrifique comme il n'en existait pas à l'époque et comme on n'en fait plus vraiment aujourd'hui. Il est enfin celui qui éleva le survival-horror au rang de genre à part entière, rompant avec l'action brute et discontinue, distillant une atmosphère délicieusement glacée, et promettant une tripotée d'affrontements sanglants et de sursauts mémorables. Une réussite esthétique, ludique et cinématographique qui donnera lieu à de nombreuses suites et au moins autant de clones, dont un petit nombre seulement est parvenu à l'égaler.
90
PlayStationLens of Truth
Just as Capcom’s Street Fighter II did for fighting games (set the bar for the entire genre), Resident Evil did the same for the survival horror. It brought imitation after imitation after it. In my opinion, none would match Resident Evil’s originality and creepiness. Fantastic enemies, and scares that literally “jump” out of nowhere stamped Resident Evil as the big daddy of horror games.
90
PlayStationAll Game Guide
Resident Evil was a highly anticipated title that impressed consumers as well as the press. It won many "Game of the Year" awards and did so well deserving, not to mention it went on to be one of the PlayStation's best sellers. Every once in a while a game comes out that defines, establishes or re-invents a genre -- Resident Evil accomplished them all.
89
PlayStationQuebec Gamers
Resident Evil est un jeu fantastique grâce à son ambiance et le sentiment de vraiment survivre à un cauchemar. Il est d'autant plus intéressant car il est le tout premier jeu d'une longue série et c'est intéressant de voir où tout a commencé. Même si dans mon cas, ça ne me fait que réaliser encore plus comment la série s'est dénaturée avec le temps et n'est devenue qu'une série d'action avec des héros de jeux vidéo qui survivent à tout! Mais bon, le premier Resident Evil sera toujours là pour nous montrer à quel point un bon Survival Horror peut être satisfaisant!
89
PlayStationElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
When first looking at resident Evil, one might think it is an Alone in the Dark wanna-be, but they are very wrong. RE is a great game from start to finish, providing the gamer with a cool plot, realistic sound effects and graphics that will blow you away. RE really challenges the player's reflexes as well as his/her puzzle-solving skills.
87
PlayStationMega Fun
Mit Resident Evil hat Capcom wirklich ein erstklassiges Adventure-Debüt hingelegt. Wem zum Beispiel Alone in the Dark gefallen hat, der wird um dieses Horror-Spektakel nicht herumkommen. Von der Aufmachung angefangen über die Grafik bis hin zur stimmungsvollen Grusel-Musik wurde hier ganze Arbeit geleistet. Mir blieb fast das Herz stehen, als ich mit Jill einen knarzenden Flur hinunterging und hinter mir mit lautem Klirren ein mutierter Hund durch‘s Fenster sprang! Aufgrund solcher Effekte und dem Blut, das reichlich in Resident Evil fließt, sollte man kräftige Nerven mitbringen, zumal das Game hierzulande (in eingedeutschter Fassung) unzensiert (!) erscheinen wird. Allerdings scheint mir auch der Schwierigkeitsgrad recht hoch angesetzt, so daß auch Genre-Profis sich ihre Zähne ausbeißen können. Durch die Tatsache, daß man zwei Charaktere zur Auswahl hat, bietet Resident Evil auch auf längere Sicht noch Abwechslung.
87
PlayStationIGN
This game rules, no bones about it. It's already one of the best selling titles for the PlayStation, and with good reason. Never has a game combined excellent graphics with heart-stopping action and a great story in such a way as to create an almost cinematic adventure. You really do feel like you're participating in a movie. It's amazing.
85
SEGA SaturnneXGam
Endlich hat Capcom auch ein Herz für Saturn Fans und bringt mit Resident Evil wohl einen der PlayStation Blockbuster schlechthin für die SEGA Hardware. Im direkten Vergleich mit der Sony Version fallen einem sofort die besseren Backgrounds, kürzeren Ladezeiten und die gröber aufgelösten Charaktermodelle ins Auge. Wer das Spiel uncut genießen möchte, sollte sich die japanische Version (Biohazard) nach hause holen.
84
WindowsPC Jeux
Salué, l'an passé, par toute la presse console, l'une des plus effrayantes aventures débarque sur PC. Les japonais de Capcom ne sont pas des enfants de coeur... [...] Une aventure musclée, terriblement haletante, pour joueurs en mal de sensations fortes.
83
WindowsPC Zone
A bit more tweaking could have made this game a classic. It demands a hefty wedge of disk space for what it is, but that said, Resident Evil is generally a triumphant conversion of an excellent game. You won't be disappointed.
82
PlayStationGameSpot
At the time of this writing, Resident Evil - a super-slick, realistically mapped, and ultra-violent Alone in the Dark - is at the top of the heap in cinematic 3-D adventure games. It's one of the best buys for the Playstation, and one of those rare games that's almost as entertaining to watch as it is to play.
80
WindowsPower Play
Obwohl „Resident Evil“ der Grund war, weswegen ich mir eine Playstation zugelegt habe und ich auch heute noch gerne mal einen Abstecher in das Konsolen-Horrorhaus mache, kann ich nicht umhin, die PC-Umsetzung ein wenig zu kritisieren, obwohl sie bis auf einige neue Waffen und Cut-Scenes eine 1:1-Umsetzung der Videospiel-Variante ist. Doch genau da liegt der Dobermann begraben. Warum die ehemals speicherbedingten Ladezeiten vor Betreten des nächsten Raumes unbedingt „herübergerettet“ werden mußten, bleibt schleierhaft. Auf dem Medium PC ist man nicht mehr gewillt, diese jetzt unnötigen Verzögerungen hinzunehmen. Abgesehen davon entfaltet „Resident Evil“ ein weiteres mal seine herrlich beklemmende Gruselatmosphäre, die seit Infogrames' erstem „Alone in the Dark“ nicht mehr in dieser Form erreicht wurde (auch nicht von dessen Fortsetzungen).
80
SEGA SaturnSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Inutile de tergiverser plus longuement, Resident Evil version Saturn est une réussite complète. Les possesseurs de la fameuse 32 bits de Sega ont pu (ou vont pouvoir) découvrir un titre sorti deux ans auparavant sur Playstation, mais gardant toutes ses qualités qui font de lui un soft d´exception ! Efficace, bien réalisé, novateur et surtout dans les "normes" de notre temps. L´horreur pixellisé pourra peut être bientôt rejoindre l´horreur réelle? (et pas besoin de films pour ça, suffit de regarder les infos !)
80
PlayStationRetrogaming.it
Se è vero come affermano i soliti beninformati, che senza Alone in the dark probabilmente non ci sarebbe stato il titolo Capcom, è altrettanto sacrosanto affermare che senza quest’ultimo non ci sarebbe stato tutto il resto.
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Having played Resident Evil on the Playstation, it was exciting to see it transformed into a PC title. The graphics and effects that are all a part of Resident Evil have been carried over to perfection and even increased in quality, thanks to the more advanced 3D acceleration. The different puzzles and dialog that happen throughout the entire game give the story more depth behind it than is typically found in adventure games. I found it sometimes hard to solve and figure out how to do certain things, but then again, that is the whole point behind games like this. Resident Evil is a welcome change away from all the standard clones that are coming out this holiday season. It is also nice to see that there still can be a game produced that puts you in a state of suspense while you are playing!
74
WindowsPrivat Computer PC
Resident Evil er en af den slags spil der på trods af simpelt gameplay og en række irritationsmomenter alligevel er hårrejsende og fængslende.
73
SEGA SaturnGameSpot
Saturn owners: Welcome to the world of survival horror. If you don't already know it, Resident Evil is an action/puzzle horror game that was originally released in February 1996 for the Sony PlayStation. It was considered an instant classic by most critics, including myself. But how good is Resident Evil compared with today's games? Even though it's been nearly two years, Resident Evil still holds up and is now not only one of the best games for the PlayStation, it is one of the best for the Saturn.
73
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Resident Evil besitzt mehr Gurselpotential und Atmospähre als alle anderen Spiele. Die Rätsel sind gerade schwer genug, um den Spieler voranzutreiben und die Hintergrundgeschichte macht ständig Lust auf mehr. Unverständlich bleibt nur dielieblose Konvertierung von der Playstation. Mit schöneren Grafiken, besserer Soundqualität und einer flexibleren Steuerung hätte Resident Evil ein echter Hit werden können.
65
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich bin wirklich nicht pingelig, wenn es um Gewalt in Computerspielen geht. Zwar finde ich auch das indizierte Quake brutal, doch wirkt dort die Darstellung so überspitzt, daß ich sie als Satire akzeptieren kann. Resident Evil hingegen kommt der Grenze zur Geschmacklosigkeit gefährlich nahe. Nichtsdestotrotz hat es Capcom geschafft, daß ich mein Hemd oft auswringen mußte: Plötzlich durch Fensterscheiben springende Werwölfe und heranwankende Zombies sorgen für Schweißausbrüche. Die Rätsel sind logisch aufgebaut und fair; wegen des kleinen Inventars muß ich nicht Unmengen von Gegenständen mit mir führen und behalte so die Übersicht. Allerdings nervt mich die Speicherfunktion ungemein. Zumindest hier hätte man die Videospiel-Version für den PC überarbeiten sollen. So aber sind nach jedem Bildschirmtod (und man stirbt viele!) meist weit zurückliegende Spielstände zu laden.
65
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Voor het geven van de score zit ik wel een beetje met een probleem. Langs de ene kant is RE een spel met een geweldige atmosfeer. Heb je een 3D accelerator dan beweegt bovendien alles heel soepel en ziet het er goed uit. Het spel zelf is echter verschrikkelijk frustrerend door de ongelijke kansen in de gevechten. Heb je bovendien de nodige hardware niet, dan wordt het een echte mission impossible.
60
PlayStationHonestGamers
Resident Evil deserves its recognition for what it accomplishes and what it brought to the table, but that doesn’t mean what it does wrong should get a get-out-of-jail-free card. It has its own sense of horror, but it’s marred in mistakes no longer excusable. A remake offered almost a decade later does its best to fix the majority of issues and makes the original offering -- one already updated with a Director‘s Cut a scant handful of years later -- forced further into obsoleteness. This leaves the majority with fond memories in an odd situation: those memories can only be preserved by shunning the game that made them. The undead isn’t Resident Evil‘s biggest enemy; it’s time. Like the rotting, sagging flesh on the bloodthirsty corpses made prevalent within, Capcom’s opening attempt at horror has not aged well.
60
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
No, what makes the game worth playing is being able to experience what is the worst dialog and voice-acting ever committed to CD-ROM. Eclipsing even the legendary Inca series, you can only hope it was intentionally made this way (some of the location descriptions would imply it's just one of those bizarre Japanese translation issues). Whatever the case, Resident Evil is the funniest game of 1997, and fans of all things Velveeta should worship it like the god it is.
60
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wer um alles in der Welt ist für dieses ätzend kleine Inventar verantwortlich? Wenn ich beispielsweise das Pech habe, erst die Patronen und dann die Heilpflanze aufzunehmen, kann ich letzte unter Umständen nicht nutzen, weil kein Platz mehr frei ist. Wenn mein Held dann schwerverletzt zum Depot wankt und sich unterwegs meucheln läßt, werde ich selbst zum Zombie. Daß man nur in bestimmten Räumen speichern darf, ist auch nicht toll. Außerdem habe ich selten so viele langweilig-häßliche Türen ansehen müssen wie hier bei den langen Ladezeiten. Zuviel Ärgernis für vier Sterne, aber drei sind es dicke.
50
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
I tried not to like RESIDENT EVIL, with its massive splatter and gore, astoundingly bad voice acting, inconsistent graphics, clumsy interface, noisy sound, and rampant sexism. This third-person action-adventure game, set in and about a creepy old mansion, features every plot device that The X-Files ever rejected. There are mutants shambling about, killer guard dogs patrolling the grounds, acid-splitting zombies roaming the halls, and giant snakes crawling out of holes in the attic. There are even man-eating sharks swimming around in the flooded basement, and they seem the most believable part of the game. I wanted to hate it all – but I couldn’t. Despite all its failings, RESIDENT EVIL is actually fun.