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One of the most frustrating Resi games, but also one of the most rewarding.
on 24 September 2012
The next Resident Evil game i'm going to review is the Gamecube's Resident Evil Zero. This must be one of the strangest entries in the series. Not only is it a prequel to the original Resident Evil, it also has you taking control of not one, but two characters, both of whom are essential to getting through the game alive.
Another big change is the absence of item boxes but to compensate, you are given the option to drop items wherever you wish. All in all, it's a very different Resident Evil, but no less enjoyable. It is however, a lot more difficult than most other games in the series in my opinion. Ammo is incredibly scarce and herbs are in short supply. Trust me when I say this is a true survival horror experience.
There are also several new creatures out to tear you limb from limb in Resident Evil Zero. As well as the usual zombies and hunters, you will also have to face strange leech creatures, mutated apes and giant insects. These new creatures are great and fit into the Resi storyline very well. The graphics in the game are also top notch with highly detailed pre rendered backgrounds and realistic character models.
Why overall this is a brilliant game and worthy entry to the franchise, there are a few minor issues which may frustrate some players. Firstly, the game contains a serious amount of backtracking. Far more than any other entry in the series. This is due mostly to the absence of storage crates but also because certain items take two inventory slots to carry. Just trust me when I say that the grappling hook is the most annoying item in Resi history. Another slighty annoying problem is when you and your partner get separated. This wouldn't be such be such a big deal, but sometimes you get separated without warning, and you realise you have just left your other character with all the herbs and ammo.
Apart from that though, it really is a great game with plenty of scares and an interesting plot. It's also one of the longest Resi's, with an average playthrough taking around ten hours. It's great value for money and is a must for Resi fans or people who just like survival horror in general.
The Survival Horror Specialist 24/09/2012