Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
Last year, survivor horror fans were treated to a decent, but flawed HD remaster of 2002’s Resident Evil remake. While the script and gameplay tweaks have aged well, the same couldn’t be said for the pre-rendered backdrops, which ranged from passable to downright embarrassing. But it’s still a commendable effort, for how else will the gaming masses experience the definitive incarnation of the first RE with today’s gaming hardware?
It’s clear that a lot more care has been taken to preserve the original assets of Resident Evil 0; so much so that the developers were able to re-render the moving and non-animated backdrops in greater detail, complete with enhanced character models and dynamic lighting and shadow effects. Similar to the previous HD remaster, there’s a widescreen mode that pans the 4:3 backgrounds up or down with the character’s movement, an alternate control scheme, and 5.1-channel audio.
As a prequel, RE0 opted to deviate from the established formula with a dynamic ‘partner zapping’ system that adds to the puzzle-solving aspects of the game, while the lack of inventory boxes can be either a blessing or a burden. There are also the new Wesker Mode and unlockable costumes to satisfy both series’ veterans and newcomers.
CONCLUSION A substantial visual upgrade over the original GameCube release.