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on 4 January 2011
This book isn't worth more than £30, and certainly isn't worth what's being asked for at present (between an inflated £80 and a ridiculous £300 at the time of writing).
Offering some decent content amongst a lot of padding and very poor design decisions, Resident Evil Archives is an inconsistent and mediocre product that receives far better reviews than it deserves.
Character and creature chapters are the highlight of the book, where written bios accompany high quality artwork. A concise timeline is included, a glossary of terms, and a neat look at the entire inventory of all five titles.
Unfortunately, the rest of the book doesn't hold up as well. The plot synopses are padded with page upon page of tiny screenshots which, due to their size, fail to convey the cutscenes from which they originate in any meaningful way. Text in the book is generally poorly written (what else would you expect from a Capcom product?), the aforementioned synopses being the worst offender.
Most disappointing is the concept art chapter. Criminally resized, crammed together onto as few pages as possible, the artwork hasn't been given the space it deserves. What should be an interesting look at the pre-production stage is reduced to wincing at thumbnails. When it comes to images, quantity does not surpass quality. Why even include artwork if it's going to be at that size?
Whilst Resident Evil Archives is enjoyable for a follower of the series, it wasn't worth the price at the time (£40). At the current price, not even the most staunch Resident Evil fan will get their money's worth.