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The Evil Is Finally Revealed.......,
This review is from: Resident Evil Zero (GameCube) (Video Game)
Resident Evil Zero is the second exclusive RE title for the Nintendo gamecube after RE: Remake, and marks the first true game (although a prequel rather than a sequel) for the series since RE: Code Veronica on Dreamcast/PS2.
The game allows you to control two characters (Rebecca Chambers & Billy Coen) fully for the first time, with a new feature in the games called character zapping which means you can instantly switch between the controlling of the two characters in seconds and give orders like attack or idle.
For those who don't know, Rebecca was a secondary character in the first game and eventually the only survivor of the Bravo team who were sent in first to their deaths when stumbling upon the evil. This game, seven years after the PSONE original reveals what actually happened.
At the start, the bravo team arrive to investigate an incident in the a neighbouring forest of Raccoon City when their helicopter inexplicably malfunctions. An emergency landing is forced with touch down in the forest where the team slit up to investigate the area. Coming across some bodies and documents, they find that a man named Billy Coen, an ex-marine on sentence of death for killing 23 people has escaped. It is up to Rebecca to find him while being stalked by a mysterious figure who seems to be the master of the leeches that infest the game. The first bit of the game takes place on an empty (or is it?) train, before settling into the more familiar surroundings of a mansion, church, training facilities and sewer complex.
The graphics are extremely well done, if a little bland when compared to the slightly more impressive RE:Remake. All the bosses are visually excellent, if not the best yet as are the two characters you control. The backgrounds are still pre-rendered, which you'll either like (great detail) or dislike (no 3D interactivity).
For me, the game seemed one of the least musical of the series. Ther are at times, moments of silence which as in Silent Hill 2 can be well utilized at the right times for fear (although not as good as the forementioned rival game), what music that does rear its head can be at times forgettable. The music in the intro FMV before the title screen also doesn't quite keep in keeping with previous brooding scores. Highlights however, is the ending theme once the game is completed (nearly as good as RE2's end piano score) as well as the music that comes before encountering the leach zombies!
The game mechanics and controls have remained the same as all the previous titles (which you'll either like or dislike for ints lack of innovation). Whatever your feelings, the controls have been refined and improved as much as they have ever been, and fans of RE will feel right at home. The zapping system is good, but can at times be fiddly when having to jointly solve puzzles or fight the bosses. The computer controlled partner is often better at attacking than you! Arguably this can detract from the fear, but I never noticed it. If anything, practice makes perfect with the system.
Without a guide you'll probably finish it within five days on normal mode. There's also hard mode if you can be bothered (nothing extra is revealed compared to normal, just the challenge). Like all the others before it, completing the game under the classic conditions will lead to extra weapons, clothes and a mini-game.
Re:Zero is a classic game, yet there were a couple of times during gameplay that made me question whether it's the best yet and whether the character zapping works? By the end of the game and its climatic finale, I was well and truly won over except on the point of the zapping system which is alright for one game, but with Capcom waiting to use it for RE4 as well let's hope it improves and isn't as frustrating (especially wasting ammo when giving orders!). For anyone who is a fan of the series, this comes highly recommended especially for the character revelations of Rebecca and those 'dog tags' and salute. Is this the best in the series? Re:Remake and especially the undervalued Code Veronica (no.1 in my opinion)is the best!