Remember Raccoon City? Resident Evil’s canon has become so ridiculously complicated and expansive over the years that it’s hard to remember the first three games took place in the same location within just a few months of each other. The first game especially stands out as it takes place entirely within a single house! Capcom has 19 new screenshots of the incoming Resident Evil HD Remaster to remind you of that.
No castles. No villages. No African villages. No lost ruins or mines. No boats. Not even a zombie infested city street. Just a scary mansion, and that is it.
Now, I know that without expanding out into every continent in the world, the marvelous Resident Evil 4 couldn’t have happened, but I sometimes wonder if it was all worth it. These first three games worked so well with one another because they all were so limited in scope, focusing on a single terrible event rather than the global catastrophe the outbreak would eventually become.
This was before biological terrorists took over the European countryside, or Albert Wesker battled Jill Valentine in an erupting volcano, or Chris Redfield made the leap from Resident Evil to bad Call of Duty knock-off. Despite starring zombies, these first three games felt grounded in reality, before it became a bit more of an unbelievable farce.
This why I am more excited for Resident Evil HD Remaster than Resident Evil Revelations 2. Both look great and are taking the series back to its roots, but sometimes it’s nice to just take a wayward franchise back to the absolute square one, just as a reminder of why it’s so special. Plus, the GameCube version is the absolute scariest game in the franchise, and Capcom finally is giving the option to turn off the tank controls. It has those perks going for it as well.
Resident Evil HD Remaster will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC in early 2015.