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Capcom’s recent announcement about the remake of the remake
of the original Resident Evil gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand, remakes
and refined and/or HD versions of games seems to be an overdone trend, especially in
this year, with the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, The Last of Us:
Remastered, and the upcoming release of the upgraded GTA V, all games that released in 2013. On the other hand, the original Resident Evil is one of gaming’s
greatest, and the new version will allow both old fans of the original and new
ones who never got to explore Spencer Mansion a chance to live (or relive) the
horror with great visuals and effects that aren’t capable on older-gen systems.
Now my biggest gripe with this announcement is probably what
many others’ are, and that is this game was already remade. The Gamecube remake
is twelve years old, but the visuals, while dated, still hold up surprisingly
well. The cheesy dialogue was improved (though still not great), and there were
new camera angles and cutscenes to accommodate the game’s overall presentation.
There was also a little extra content thrown in and some minor differences from the original for good measure. The Gamecube version
was the remake everyone hoped it would be, and there doesn't really need to be a new version that is just prettier to look at.
But then another part of me thinks how great this game would
be to play on new consoles. I mean, let’s be honest, this is no ordinary game
we’re talking about here. This is Resident Evil, a game that spawned a genre,
created a franchise that has spanned several console generations, as well as
many action-packed Hollywood films.
Besides, if there’s a demand for it, why wouldn’t Capcom
capitalize on this? Resident Evil is easily their biggest franchise, and this
isn’t the first time they have taken advantage of that. There was the Director’s
Cut version of the original Playstation title, multiple ports of 2 and 3 from
Playstation to a number of platforms, HD upgrades for Resident Evil 4 and Code
Veronica X, ports of the 3DS game, Revelations to the PS3 and 360, as well as
the aforementioned remake of the first Resident Evil on the Gamecube.
Overall, I am excited about this HD upgrade more than
anything else. The original Resident Evil is easily one of the greatest games of all time, and enough time has gone by (by the time it releases in 2015, it
will have been thirteen years since the Gamecube version came out) to warrant a
re-release. Plus, there is no denying that some of those screenshots look damn
good and on par with what I would expect for a game in 2015 to look like. The addition of widescreen viewing and refined controls can't hurt either. I
still have mixed feelings about this title and of remakes and upgraded ports in
general, but come time next year, I’ll have my money in hand, ready to survive
the evil one last time.