Resident Evil HD Remaster (REMaster from here on out) was recently released for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox360, and Xbox One. It was originally released on Gamecube in 2002 and took the fanbase by storm. Unfortunately, I didn’t own a Gamecube at the time, so I didn’t get much play time. Now that it’s available, and cheap, it’s time to take a look at it for real!
Where do I even begin? It’s a remake of a remake of an iconic game. While it’s not a total overhaul, REMaster does offer up the ability to use classic tank controls or alternate controls. I went straight for tank controls. They just make more sense with fixed angles. Honestly, I have no idea how the alternate controls work, but I imagine they make the game more confusion to navigate.
There are some minor differences from the original controls, like the ability to do a 180-degree quick turn, and using more modernized aiming and shooting mechanics.
Other gameplay related things include the addition of Crimson Heads (super zombies), Lisa Trevor (doesn’t seem to ever die), new areas of the mansion, new versions of old puzzles. It’s so good!
The controls are tight and responsive, there isn’t really much to say; they’re tank controls and they work.
Aside from the controls, there are numerous changes to the game’s canon, mansion’s architecture, and the general layout. It’s like a whole new game!
So, the big draw for REMaster is the ability to play in HD at 60FPS while looking at awesome environments. At least, that’s what it would be if the game didn’t have some issue for a group of users (myself included) that made the game run in slow-mo no matter what tweaks you’ve made. 30FPS, 60, Variable, low settings, mid, high, whatever it is, it doesn’t do anything to help. Even when I made tweaks with my processors, it still ran in slow-mo. At the time of writing, I’m waiting, and hoping, that there’s a patch soon to fix this and add support for more systems. It seems to affect people at random. From people who have computers way above the recommended requirements to people who meet them and anyone in between. It’s a real downer, especially when you have a PC that can run circles around it.
Either way, it runs fine on consoles from what I’ve seen. How about a wall of screenshots? Good!
REMaster is even more stunning that it was when it was just REMake. It’s nearly 13 years old and still looks amazing. Then again, I still see SNES games that I think look better than some modern games, so, yea.
There is one thing that bugs me about REMaster. The addition of the B.S.A.A. costumes for Chris and Jill. Now, I love these costumes, but when you try to use them in this, they just look so out of place. They don’t fit. I’m fairly sure Capcom just ripped them from Lost In Nightmares and stuffed them here without doing anything to help them fit the setting, and that just makes them look ridiculous here.
So, the game is still as impressive as it’s ever been, but if you happen to be unfortunate enough to encounter the slow-mo bug, you’ll just have to try to tweak the game into running a little better or just wait it out. I’m currently in the second camp as my PS3 has become a professional dust collector.
The sound design for REMaster is right on par with the graphics. Ambient noises from the dusty old mansion will keep you on your toes, and the groans and screams of Crimson Heads and Lisa Trevor will keep you light on them.
It might just be me, but it seems like the gunfire almost has a muffled sound to it. Like it’s being pressed down on by the dreary-ness of the mansion’s atmosphere to make sure no one knows that you’re alone and in trouble.
I love it.
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I’ll cut to the chase this time – this game is worth every bit of $20 on console and PC, so do yourself a favor and just buy the damn thing already! If you’re worried about the slow-mo issues, well, I wish I could say there was a demo, but as far as I know, there isn’t. Maybe you’re reading this long, long after it’s originally gone up and there’s been a patch to fix the issues, in which case I have two things to say; 1) Why’d you wait so long? 2) I hope it’s working out better for you than it is for those of us right now.
Other options would include just tweaking it and hoping for the best. Either way, if you see it on sale, snap it right up, and if you don’t see it on sale, snap it right up.
Next week’s review is Resident Evil: Revelations! Man, as much as I love Resident Evil, I’ll be glad to be done with the series for a while after this.
That’s all for now.
You folks have fun, take care, and I’ll see you next time.