Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

So hey, I posted this blog in the interim between the old site and the new site's launch, the dumbass that I am. Thankfully, I realized this before the new site went live, so I was able to save the content to a notepad file. The following is the original blog.

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I'd like to take a moment just sit right there, I'll tell you how I spent a debatable amount of money chasing classic Resident Evil games. Okay, first off, I'd like to apologize for that bad Fresh Prince reference, I literally had no idea how to lead in to this blog. Secondly, MAN, Resident Evil's Gamecube remake is an amazing piece of work.

Still the best Barry

Recently, I decided that the best thing for me to do with my money was to spend a bunch of it on every single classic RE game available for the Gamecube. In fact, it was the only reason I bought the Gamecube in question. I'm so glad I made this decision. REmake is a game I started several times back in the day, but never bothered to finish. So far, I've beaten it as Chris and got the best ending, and I'm currently on a playthrough as Jill. I literally only have one problem with this game: Barry's beard is nowhere near as awesome as it was in the original. Hell, the actor they used in the FMV intro had a better beard than this one!

WESKEEEEEEEEEEEEERRR

But anyway, the good stuff is here in spades, between the all-new puzzles, new areas to explore, and changes in the plot. Richard saving your ass in both scenarios is great, especially how it comes up in Jill's story ("Payback time!"). And of course, he gets eaten in both scenarios, and by two completely different monsters, at that. Chris still has no idea how to work with chemicals, and every woman in S.T.A.R.S. still knows how to play the piano. Barry, regardless of beard excellence is still a bit of a doof. Chris still has two less inventory blocks than Jill, for some reason...oh, and Wesker is still a total slimeball, but telegraphed a lot more bluntly this time out. I love this game, and I can see why a lot of people still consider this among the best in the series. Once I finish it, I'm moving on to RE0 and 3, and 2, once I can track down a copy of it.

Simple. Sleek.

So now that the Resident Evil talk is out of the way, let's talk a little bit about PC building. I'm looking to start collecting parts around my birthday next month, to compile a crazy gaming rig. I'm going with a fairly normal case, one of those Plain-Jane Antec steel mid-towers. Quad-core Sandy Bridge processor, ASUS somethin-er-other motherboard, my current GT 430 card and eight gigs of G-Skill RAM, for good measure. You might be asking why the meager graphics card, well I've only got so much money right now. There's a card I'm looking at that's over 200 dollars, but it'll have to wait.

Kinda like this, but not quite as pretty

Sleeping Dogs! After watching Vinny goofing around during the quick looks of this game, I just knew I had to get it. And hey! It was ten dollars on Steam recently, so I picked it up. Holy shit, this game is expertly optimized. Now my current computer has a dual core Intel processor, the aforementioned graphics card, and 4 gigs of RAM. Let's take a look at the difference between this and Saints Row: The Third, shall we? Saints Row, while a moderately fun game, freezes up like a motherfucker on my machine, and doesn't really look all that great while doing it. Sleeping Dogs, on the other hand, looks beautiful under comparable settings (medium), and has a consistent 30+fps and has not ONCE crashed or frozen up on me. It's crazy. In fact, most modern games have the issue of freezing on my machine, and hey, I'm not gonna blame them. My computer is a piece of shit. But the fact that Sleeping Dogs runs as well as it does on my rig is a testament to how well it was optimized, if you ask me.

So that's about it for now, I guess if I'm gonna pose a question it would be...what is your favorite pre-Code Veronica Resident Evil game? The REmake and Zero count in my book, as long as the game takes place chronologically prior to CV, it's fair game.

#1 Edited by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

RE4

#2 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

GOD DAMMIT, THE RULES SAY OTHERWISE. But seriously man, you don't like ANY of the old RE games?

#3 Posted by Aetheldod (3682 posts) -

Resident Evil 2 .... but Code Veronica is my favorite RE game

#4 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

@aetheldod: Resident Evil 2 was my first RE game, and in fact the first M rated game I ever owned. Man, what a revelation that was.

#5 Posted by TobbRobb (4823 posts) -

All of my experience outside RE4 and 5 comes from DarkID let's plays. So uh, I personally found RE2 the most coherent and interesting of the bunch. So that.

#6 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Resident Evil 2 .... but Code Veronica is my favorite RE game

WHAT!?

#7 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

@aetheldod

said:

Resident Evil 2 .... but Code Veronica is my favorite RE game

WHAT!?

I really, really wanted to say something like that. But I'm trying not to alienate people. Since you bring it up, though...WHY?

#8 Posted by Aetheldod (3682 posts) -

@greggd: Why not? Is a great game .... also the more dinamic but still Resident Evil camera works great , also I love the story of the game etc. Forgive me but I missed the memo that says that this is a bad game D: (Also I just like the weird twins story and how the whole virus began in the first place and the back story of umbrella) Also the music ... I like , and my favorite part is the twins mansion (just love the gothic look/feeling of it) Also I like the main bad gal :D , and also it was the return of Wesker so that too.

#9 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

@aetheldod: My only rebuttal: Steve Burnside sucks.

#10 Posted by Aetheldod (3682 posts) -

@greggd: Yes he does but that is just 1 character that gets its due "lesson" ^____^ and you dont need to escort him whatsoever so thats a +

#11 Posted by Pr1mus (3959 posts) -

I'm doing something similar at the moment, essentially playing every RE games in the main franchise in story order. I'm almost done with RE0.

REmake is next which i never played. Played the original PS1 game tons of time though. I'm really looking forward to it, seeing all the changes and honestly RE0 is a gorgeous game. It made me stop in a few areas just to try and imagine how amazing those types of environments would look on the current consoles.

#12 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -
#13 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@greggd said:

@aetheldod: My only rebuttal: Steve Burnside sucks.

Same here. He's an annoying little turd who not only serves no purpose to the plot, but also significantly hinders it several times. And the worst part? There's no irony or sarcasm in his presentation. The people behind this game legitimately thought I would love and care for this fuckwit.

#14 Edited by buzz_clik (7014 posts) -

Oh, man, such a tough question! The GameCube remake is so goddamn good; you're making me wanna dig the disc out and start up a new game! And I actually really enjoyed how lean and mean RE3 felt, with the Mercenaries mode being the oft-played cherry on top.

But I guess I gotta go with the first RE that I played, number 2. I got it at the same time as I got my PlayStation, and was just fascinated by the content of that game. Sadly, I forgot to buy a memory card for my new purchase, but decided I'd just keep playing and leave the console running...

Got to the alligator. Died. Fuck.

Next day, I went out and got a memory card, went home and fired up RE2 straight away. And I did it with zero resentment in my heart. Just loved that game to bits.

EDIT: Bonus image of Vinny in RE: Director's Cut!

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#15 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (539 posts) -

For me, it is a toss-up between the REmake and 2.

#16 Edited by Yummylee (22304 posts) -

When it comes to my favourite Resident Evil game, my opinion is a pretty common one. In that it's always tied between RE2 and the remake. Though the remake is undoubtedly the better survival horror game (RE2 is far too easy, even if it makes up for it with its overall cinematic presence and story), RE2 is the childhood favourite, so it's tough to knock it down off the pedestal.

The remake is... just truly something else, though. It's easily one of the best games of the previous generation, if not one of the best horror games of all time. It still manages to effectively pull you into its atmosphere, after all this time -- and the amount of change that went into it when put against the original definitely allows it to stand as its own game. Unlike, say, MGS: Twin Snakes.

I will still stand by my assertion that the remake controls really well, too. Far as tank controls go, they're surprisingly smooth and, when speaking for the classic RE's, it's the best controlling RE game next to RE3. Which is why RE0's relative sluggishness surprises me, considering how incredibly alike they are from a general gameplay perspective.

So yeah, I wholly respect the remake as the best RE game in the series (across both old and new), but RE2 still stands as my personal favourite. You just can't compete against those childhood memories :P Plus I think remake was a little lacking in the goofy unlockables; I can understand that the remake is meant to be a much more serious and hardcore game (Real Survivor mode omgwtf) game than REs past, but... well, what it all comes down to is I'm pissed that they never thought up another weird unlockable minigame where you could finally play as Barry/Wesker :P. Sure, RE5 remedied that (and Veronica before it with Wesker), but I would have loved an RE3-esque Mercenaries game where you could play as all of the STARS members.

In any case, I've got pretty much everything to do with RE2 and RE3 in particular glued onto my brain I've played them so damn much over the years. As such, this is how I'd rank the overall series (excluding spin-offs):

  1. Resident Evil 2.
  2. Remake.
  3. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
  4. Resident Evil Zero
  5. Resident Evil
  6. Resident Evil 4
  7. Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X
  8. Resident Evil 5
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  10. .
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  12. Resident Evil 6.... That's right, I'm gonna rank the Resident Evil games that don't even exist yet over RE6 ;P

And I'll be able to slot Revelations in there somewhere come May once I can finally play the damn thing, too.

Anywhoo it's nice to read something about the classic RE games in a positive light. Kind of a rarity these days, especially on the GB forums.

#17 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12007 posts) -

Bah. Almost missed this. I think the first order of business after making the site stable is to bring back the tab that has recent blogs and statuses of people you're following. Do I really need to see what lists I've made on that right hand column? No. No I don't.

But thankfully, I did see this blog, and being that I am a pretty stupid huge fan of Resident Evil (albeit not nearly as stupid huge as @yummylee) , I can tell you that the REmake is probably my favorite of ye old skoole Resident Evil games, as emphasized in a list I made a while ago. I felt pretty awesome when I beat the game in under 3 hours to get the rocket launcher, and I also believe I beat Real Survivor as well. Never touched invisible mode though, I think that was probably my limit. As for the rest of the series, I think Zero is underrated, 2 is good albeit easy and Code Veronica is too long for its own good and does some things that really annoy me.

#18 Posted by probablytuna (3807 posts) -

I've only ever played snippets of RE4 and RE5 but watching my brother play RE2 and RE3 were some of the best video game memories I've had as a kid. I'd have to go with RE2 mainly because it was the first game in the series that I was exposed to.

#19 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

Oh, man, such a tough question! The GameCube remake is so goddamn good; you're making me wanna dig the disc out and start up a new game! And I actually really enjoyed how lean and mean RE3 felt, with the Mercenaries mode being the oft-played cherry on top.

But I guess I gotta go with the first RE that I played, number 2. I got it at the same time as I got my PlayStation, and was just fascinated by the content of that game. Sadly, I forgot to buy a memory card for my new purchase, but decided I'd just keep playing and leave the console running...

Got to the alligator. Died. Fuck.

Next day, I went out and got a memory card, went home and fired up RE2 straight away. And I did it with zero resentment in my heart. Just loved that game to bits.

EDIT: Bonus image of Vinny in RE: Director's Cut!

Vinny really gets around, doesn't he? :P And to your point about forgetting a memory card, I actually went about a whole year without one. So imagine me playing RE2 every time from scratch. I only once beat it in one playthrough.

#20 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

@yummylee: Yeah, man. I'm looking forward to Revelations in HD on my Xbox. It's gonna be pretty good, based on the reaction of fans to the announcement.

#21 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4700 posts) -

Resident Evil 4 is one of my favorite games. 5 is top 15 for me in this gen.

The only other two RE games I have played besides two are 6 and REmake. 6 is bad or course and I did not care for REmake. Nothing about it stood out to me and I found it boring and kinda tedious. I quit after about 2 hours of playing. None of others interest me at all.