Capcom's back with a retread of one of the greatest horror games of all time, and the Japanese developer is firmly adopting the mantra of if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Chris and Jill's adventure through the creaking Spencer Mansion was always quirky, unsettling, and unremittingly tense, with this HD remaster serving to give a fresh lick of paint for today's gamers.
Resident Evil HD Remaster has all the jumps and scares with a few extra surprises for those who have only played the original and anyone returning from the Gamecube version will get more or less the same epic survival horror game but with improved visuals and effects.
Remaining true to its source material, Resident Evil HD is a true survival horror title, with head-scratching puzzles, extremely scarce ammo supplies, and dangerously limited saving opportunities. Running is often better than standing your ground fighting, unlike the action games the series has become.
Despite the clichéd haunted house setting with "monsters", the formula is perfect and the mansion itself has plenty to offer and explore. Many objects to investigate help with immersion and the style of artwork is stunning yet disturbingly dark at the same time.
The environment's are highly detailed thanks to the still camera views; you're essentially running around a gorgeous portrait. New lighting effects have been added and when combined with the new HD textures of the characters and enemies the game really shines.
Music is perfectly implemented (Saveroom relief) and the sounds of thunder in addition to the groans and moans of the dead (among other things) are as jumpy and disturbing as ever.
There is so much I want to mention here, the numerous monsters, weapons and scares but I really don't want to spoil any of the surprises, what I will say is expect the unexpected. Anyone remember the hounds?
Also the map is incredibly handy, any rooms that still have items in it will be highlighted in red and cleared rooms are blue so this should save you a lot of trouble should you find yourself stuck and wondering where to investigate next.
A choice of modern or retro controls (I still prefer the old tank method) with 60, variable or 30 FPS locks, and it runs maxed out easily on my laptop (I7 4710MQ, GTX 860M, 8 RAM). There's also the option of a new widescreen mode, getting rid of the shackles of a game originally built for 4:3 ratios.
For those who've already played the Gamecube version then this Resident Evil is a 9/10, however, if you're only played the PSX version or never even played Resident Evil at all then this is an almost perfect 10/10 entry point to one of the greatest games ever.
If you're after a genuine survival horror that involves more horror and thought rather than trigger action then this is the game for you, and easily the best Resident Evil in the series.
Hopefully this is the start of something great and the Gamecube's Resident Evil 0 receives the same treatment next, and a remake/port of Resident Evil 2 and 3 would be great, so here's hoping.
Finally a top tip for everyone .... should you meet the wailing women in chains ..... run .... NO REALLY .... RUN!!!