Do We Need A Resident Evil HD Remaster?
After hearing about Resident Evil being remastered and rereleased for the second time I became very depressed for my favorite franchise. I grew up with Resident Evil and besides Street Fighter 2 this franchise is what made me buy every Capcom game released for years. Resident Evil has fallen into quite a slump after Resident Evil 6 failed to deliver the type of sequel that we have come to expect from this survival horror. It was a perfect example of when a game tries to do too much. Capcom is attempting to take the survival horror crown back with its upcoming release of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (early 2015) which will mark the return of Claire Redfield. While Resident Evil One is a great jumping on point for newcomers another rerelease of this classic seems quite desperate. For many loyal fans of the series this would be the third or fourth time that they purchased this game and this newest version has minimal enhancements. This Resident Evil HD Remaster version will be released in early 2015 most likely before Resident Evil Revelations 2.
Now besides Capcom looking desperate I have many other problems with this release. What made this game so intense was the stiff and limited control scheme. Being able to weave in and out of zombies through a hallway was part of the experience in playing Resident Evil. The new control scheme uses the analog stick to simply move your character in any direction you choose. The need for a run button has been removed and the classic 180-degree quickturn has become an unnecessary function as well. While this seems like a logical change updating the controls to match current standards, these new controls turn this classic into a joke. Now it is possible to just run around zombies with ease and makes the knife a feasible weapon due your characters enhanced agility. Resident Evil HD Remaster looks like it is turning into Resident Evil HD Remaster Easy Mode. Many of the encounters have now been ruined by these new controls and it really changes the overall feel of the game.
Now resolution is another change made to the game that is also to the detriment to the original feel of the classic. When this game was remade for the GameCube in 2002 it was made with a native resolution of 4:3. So when remaking this game to fit a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio it became necessary to trim parts of the original environment out of the scene. The camera uses digital panning to follow the character through the modified widescreen format. In Capcom’s defense it does work fairly well and is hardly noticeable, but in certain scenes the camera changes angles automatically causing your character to suddenly be running in the completely wrong direction. This becomes quite frustrating when running from zombies and leads to accidental deaths.
So do we really need a remake of Resident Evil One? There are so many Resident Evil games and movies at this point that newcomers to the series have very little need for this release. With Capcom struggling financially this remaster seems like a desperate grab for some easy cash. Square-Enix has been doing this for years after failing in the movie business and now Final Fantasy has been released on almost every platform known to man. Hopefully, Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be the reboot that this franchise needs relieving us from any more desperate remakes in the future tarnishing an already polished masterpiece.
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