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Resident Evil: Zero takes place before the events of the original Resident Evil. You take on the role as one of two characters; Rebecca Chambers, the Bravo team medic encountered in the first game, and Billy Coen, an ex-con being transported. The game begins with the Bravo team flying overhead, en route to investigate a series of murders. Something happens, and the helicopter crashes. Everyone survives, but when they all start searching, they encounter an overturned military transport truck, with nothing but corpses inside. Rebecca Chambers, the youngest member of S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team, goes to investigate the Umbrella Company Luxury Train, which has mysteriously stalled in the middle of the woods. You now take control of Rebecca, and your journey begins.

In addition to the series' traditional survival horror gameplay, the game introduces what it calls a "partner zapping" system, which allows you to switch between Rebecca and Billy at any time. This feature must be used at times, as the game requires both characters to work together to solve some puzzles. New to the game are a bunch of terrifying enemies, like the mutant centipede, new areas to explore, and the ability to drop items on the ground instead of having to find an item box.

Unlike the original GameCube release, all enhanced ports later on feature an additional Wesker mode which gets unlocked after completing the game. That mode adds two new costumes, a red-eye controlled Rebecca look and a Wesker look for Billy with certain special abilities for Wesker. Both skins seem to have been based on Wesker and Jill from Resident Evil 5 which came after the GameCube release of this game.


Resident Evil 0 GameCube Is it hot here, or is it just me?
Resident Evil 0 Windows ...including the control scheme.
Resident Evil 0 PlayStation 4 Passenger train somewhere in the Raccoon Forest, July 1998
Resident Evil 0 PlayStation 4 Title screen

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Resident Evil 0 Logo
Resident Evil 0 Screenshot
Resident Evil 0 Screenshot
Resident Evil 0 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "生化危机0" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Resident Evil Zero" -- Alternate title
  • "Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero" -- Alternate Wii title
  • "Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil 0" -- Wii title
  • "Biohazard Zero: HD Remaster" -- Alternate Japanese PS3 / PS4 title
  • "Biohazard Zero" -- Alternate Japanese title
  • "Biohazard 0: HD Remaster" -- Japanese PS3 / PS4 title
  • "Biohazard 0" -- Japanese title
  • "バイオハザード0" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Better late than never. GameCube Melvin Raeynes (26)
AMAZINGLY SUPER-BRILLIANT is not eloquent enough for this game. GameCube MAT (192118)
The Resident Evil range has always set a precedent for survival horror, though of late it seemed that Silent Hill might take the limelight. Capcom rose to the challenge and released this stunning title. GameCube Miktar Dracon (1)
Buy it if your not scared of zombies! Boo!! GameCube Richard Umali (25)
The horror has spread to the GameCube! GameCube Reborn_Demon (136)

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine GameCube Dec, 2002 9.25 out of 10 92
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jan 18, 2016 82 out of 100 82
IGN GameCube Nov 11, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot GameCube Nov 12, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Jan 22, 2010 78 out of 100 78 Windows Jan 18, 2016 74 out of 100 74
Gamekult GameCube Mar 05, 2003 7 out of 10 70 Wii Jan 15, 2010 6.8 out of 10 68
Anime News Network PlayStation 4 Jan 19, 2016 B- 67
IGN Australia Wii Jul 20, 2008 5.4 out of 10 54


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Past the game 1 JOSE RODRIGUEZ
Oct 15, 2007


1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Resident Evil Zero appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Resident Evil Zero was originally planned for the Nintendo 64.


A book adaptation of the game was published in 2004, the seventh in Pocket Books' Resident Evil series (though, since it is a prequel in much the same sense as the game is, it is numbered "0" on the cover), written by S.D. Perry and entitled Zero Hour.


According to publisher Capcom, Resident Evil 0 has sold 1.25 million copies worldwide since its initial release, while the HD Remaster versions added another 1.1 million copies to this number (as of June 30, 2016).


On 9 March, 2005, Capcom released Biohazard Sound Chronicle - Best Track Box which features six soundtracks from Biohazard (aka Resident Evil) games: All soundtracks were also released separately, except the one from Resident Evil Zero.

Only 3,000 copies were made and the price of the package is around $80.


Information also contributed by Kartanym, MAT, and Pseudo_Intellectual.

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