i first played this game when i was in 8th grade. from the second the cinematics came on, i was HOOKED. no other game (aside from Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain) has ever drawn me in to the point where i genuinely felt afraid for the characters life as if i feared for my own. no game has this much atmosphere, a plot which captures you entirely and doesn't let go. i'd read advertisements, revues, studied the back of the game case for a while (not having a playstation until i was in 8th grade, buying it would have been quite useless. i've since beaten this game, the 2nd, 3rd, & code veronica. i'm waiting to send payment for a ps2 and looking forward to conquering RE4.
this is the closest to being in a B-movie as many of us can ever hope to come. this may be my favorite in the series so far, due to the actual human cinematics. the setting (a clean, nice looking mansion) makes the monsters & gore all the more shocking. i'll put it like this: you see a piece of fecal matter on the ground shocking? no. you see some on some fine china. with some parsley on the side for presentation. shocking? i'd say so. maybe i'm just assuming you don't see poop on a plate often.
ANYWHO, the graphics are very good for '96 (especially considering the trade in we had to endure, trading in graphics for a 3d game.) the controls (though awkward for some) are spot-on.
the music is perfect, creating a foreboding atmosphere. crisp, clean suspense. the sierra mist of video games. the sound effects are excellent; from the tapping claws of cerberus on stone, to the heavy impending doom sound of the footsteps of the hunter: all brilliantly clear & distinct.
now as for the game itself: you can play as one of two characters, both of which are members of the raccoon city S.T.A.R.S. team. jill valentine & chris redfield. your alpha team is sent in to investigate the disappearance of the bravo team, who were investigating the bizarre deaths in the area of the arclay mountains.
as for weaponry OHHHHHH BABY. the standard handgun, shotgun, bazooka, flamethrower, magnum, rocket launcher.. all with enough ammo to blast your way through any advancing horde... barely. the name of the game is conservation. you run through your ammo supply on zombies you're screwed. there are much bigger, much MEANER things to come. CONSERVE. you use medicinal herbs (ahem) to heal. also you can find first-aid spray, though it reduces your overall score at the end of the game.
lots of characters to meet, mysteries to solve, items to collect, puzzles to beat, monsters to mangle, places to explore. this game is huge. worth every cent you have to pay. TWELVE BONGS UP!!!Read full review