Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Release Date: 2 February 2016
The Resident Evil Origins Collection is a combination of both Resident Evil HD Remaster, and Resident Evil 0 Remaster. It is one fine package with two great games and countless of hours of classic survival horror gameplay. Before the over-complicated Resident Evil 6, and all those terrible spinoffs, Resident Evil was an excellent series, especially when it comes to the original games.
Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
Bravo Team, made up of Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield have ventured into a mansion after discovering their lost S.T.A.R.S helicopter crashed in the forest nearby. Set a day before the events of the original title, Resident Evil, which takes place in the same mansion, Resident Evil 0 explores the journey of S.T.A.R.S Bravo Team as they venture through Umbrella’s test chambers and uncover the truth behind the creatures that have put a damper on their evening.
Resident Evil 0 is a survival horror at its core, and one of the best games in the series to make use of hardcore horror elements to heighten the game’s setting. Fixed angled camera, limited storage supply, limited save opportunities, and complex gameplay elements, all make for a nostalgic experience that will bring back memories of the classic franchise.
Resident Evil 0 lets you swap between two character during certain parts of the game, allowing you to complete certain puzzles, and defeat certain bosses by utilizing each character’s advantage in combat. Storage space is limited across both characters, so deciding who is carrying what, and if you need it later on is all a risk and reward system. Jill for example is the only character that can mix herbs, and at times you will be stuck with herbs on the other playable character at the time, Billy Coen, forcing you to leave them behind and remember where you dropped them for later on. At times the storage can be an issue, but thanks to the game remembering where you dropped your unwanted items at the time, you can always come back and grab them.
Controls are refined, but still clunky. It is a classic after all, and characters move in a tank movement, meaning they cannot run and turn without slowing down. There is however an option to switch to a new movement scheme that moves players in the position that the analogue is facing. There are times when you are supposed to control both characters with each analogue, luckily these moments don’t require any sort of timing or consequence as controlling them both can be a tough ride.
Resident Evil 0 was a great sequel to the franchise, and its eerie ambience and ruthless gameplay is what we loved from the series back in the day. It goes to show just how easy games have gotten now, with no real challenge and constant holding of our hands
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Now for the original Resident Evil released back in 1996 for PSOne and later in 2002 for GameCube. Visually the game has been greatly improved, textures are easier on the eyes, and character models are crisp and detailed. The game also has the new control scheme which eliminates the classic tank movements, and a new 16:9 widescreen display mode which really makes a difference when playing the game on a larger TV.
The game is set in the mansion a day after the events of Resident Evil 0, and is the true introduction to the Resident Evil franchise, and survival horror gameplay. The story still has all its twists and turns, and our favourite characters return as well.
Together with Resident Evil 0, the Resident Evil Origins Collection is a great package for anyone who has ever played any of the Resident Evil games from back in the original PlayStation and GameCube era. The controls, combat and visuals have all been polished, and the games are the true testament to the franchise. It’s two full games in one package, no downloads or anything, just put the disc in and play, like back in the day.