January’s Game Of The Month: Resident Evil HD
January was a pretty odd month for video game releases. Dying Light totally skipped stores, instead hitting only services for the low low price of £55. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was officially released, even though some store had been selling it for the past month, for some reason. For the start of the year, there was a void felt when it came to ‘big’ games. Thankfully, at least two games managed to impress. One title was the return of a much loved game with fancy new visuals…again, the other was the previously mentioned Treasure Tracker.
If I had to pick a single game to label as ‘Game of The Month’ then Resident Evil (HD?) would get the nod. While the game has been remade/re-released multiple times, I always find myself picking up the latest version. The Directors Cut offered a few new scraps, the Gamecube version remains as one of the best ever remakes, heck even the DS version was decent. This new version adds nothing more than slightly new controls and better quality visuals. All the additions from the glorious Gamecube version make a return, making this the most technically accomplished version of Resident Evil.
Even after playing all previously released versions of the game, this latest release is still brilliant. It serves as perfect reminder to days gone by, when video games weren’t all about the spectacle. Resident Evil is a perfect example of why modern installments lack any sense of identity. The original oozed of confidence, the game didn’t need, or want, to hold the players hand. The game wasn’t willing to give the player a easy ride just so they could see the ‘cool’ things. Resident Evil was filled with puzzles, near death experiences and plenty of sweet sweet back tracking.
The atmosphere the Spencer Mansion plays host to is still some of the best in video games. The design of each section, combined with the devilish camera angle/placement, is beautiful. There’s a constant sense of menace with each turn of a corner, especially towards the later stages of the game. This is one of the main differences between classic horror and modern horror games, the player is genuinely vulnerable.
At the fair price of £15.99, it’s hard not to recommend Resident Evil to literally everyone. In a industry that has bastardised the term ‘survival horror’, and horror in general, Resident Evil is a prime example of what those terms truly mean. A combination of nostalgia, respect and appreciation for good design, leave me smitten with Resident Evil HD. A history lesson, a experience, a classic.
Memorable mention of Treasure Tracker is needed. Nintendo have crafted a truly charming slice of video game bliss. The concept is simple, the execution is beautiful, it’s hard not to simple while in control of Captain Toad. While some may see it as a cheap cash-in, I beg them to try the game, those beliefs will be squashed. Classic Nintendo charm, gorgeous visuals, creative and ultimately fun.