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The History Of Resident Evil

Article: Resi for dummies (or in case you'd just forgot)

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Characters:

  • Claire Redfield
  • Chris Redfield
  • Steve Burnside

Background
Essentially, the same as the previously released Dreamcast title, this PlayStation 2 version offers improved graphics and additional background to the motives of the Machiavellian Albert Wesker.

RESIDENT EVIL SURVIVOR: CODE VERONICA

Release:2001
Platform:PlayStation 2

Characters:

  • Claire Redfield
  • Steve Burnside
  • Chris Redfield
  • Rodrigo Juan Raval

Story
Once again the franchise returns to a first person perspective, this time set in the Code Veronica universe. Nemesis, one of the franchises most fearsome enemies is also back to terrorise gamers.

RESIDENT EVIL

Release: September 2002
Platform: GameCube

Characters:

  • Chris Redfield
  • Jill Valentine
  • Albert Wesker
  • Barry Burton
  • Rebecca Chambers

Background
At a joint Capcom/Nintendo press conference on September 13, 2001, Shinji Mikami, the creative mastermind behind the Resident Evil franchise announced that the series was moving to the new Nintendo machine. This will start with a remake of the original PlayStation title released in 1996.

While retaining all that made the original game such a landmark title the power of the GameCube has allowed Mikami san and his team to realise their vision. Some of the most realistic and breathtaking visuals ever seen in a video game, combined this with new areas to explore, puzzles to solve and enemies to defeat make Resident Evil on GameCube more than just a simple remake. It is in effect a rebirth.

Story
The story remains true to the original PlayStation title (outlined above), but with some subtle new twists and turns.

RESIDENT EVIL ZERO

Release:Spring 2003

Platform:GameCube

Characters:

  • Rebecca Chambers
  • Billy Coen

Background
Set before the action of Resident Evil, this title features an all new gameplay system - 'partner zapping'. This allows the player to switch between control of Rebecca and Billy at the blink of an eye. As well as acting on their own Billy and Rebecca can also be teamed up to co-operate in various ways.

Story
Resident Evil 0 begins in July of 1998 in the suburbs of Raccoon City, a small town located in the Midwest. Several reported incidences of people being eaten by a strange creature have surfaced. The Raccoon city police department viewed the terrible murders as a top priority and quickly dispatched a special task force, the S.T.A.R.S Bravo team, to investigate. As the team heads to the scene of the murders, the helicopter transporting them begins to have mechanical problems, eventually crashing deep into the forest surrounding Raccoon City.

While the Bravo Team was successful in escaping from the crash, they lost all of their equipment and weapons. As they began to gather their wits, the team saw a shocking image. Before them lay a half-destroyed, over-turned transport truck with corpses of several navy officers that had been gruesomely killed and mangled.

Under orders from Commander Enrico, the Bravo Team began investigating the disappearance of Captain Billy Coen, one of the officers who was supposed to be in the over-turned transport yet his remains could not be found. Little does the Bravo Team know that this investigation is the beginning of a horrific nightmare.

RESIDENT EVIL 4

Release:Spring 2005

Platform:GameCube/PS2/Wii

Characters:

  • Leon S. Kennedy
  • Ada Wong
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Background
It is six years after the events of Resident Evil 2 and Leon Kennedy is now working for a government agency charged with the protection of the President and his family. When Ashley, the President's daughter, is kidnapped Leon tracks her down to a mysterious European village, where the local inhabitants give Leon a welcome he will never forget.

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