The release of the first Resident Evil was a moment that '90s gamers dearly remember as the title was responsible for opening the flood gates for the survival-horror genre. Introduced to the gaming world in 1996, the Capcom classic unleashed a menace that was genuinely spine-chilling then, but is now passé: Zombies.
In 2002, the title underwent a remake for the Nintendo Gamecube that would go on to reap critical acclaim. Now, that remake is getting an HD remaster for the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC slated for a 2015 release. This means that gamers from the original PlayStation generation will get to replay the title without the burden of ugly polygons, while the younger gamers will get to experience the horrors of The Survival Horror Game That Essentially Started It All.
Here's a screenshot from the HD remaster:
(Image via Kotaku.com)
It was scary, but not just because of the zombies. RE was also scary for the following things:
1) Badly-rendered CG zombies!
Sometimes, we still wake up in the middle of the night because of this scene. Half of the time because that was our first encounter of a 3D zombie in a game, and the other half, because it makes us shiver whenever we're reminded of just how ugly the prehistoric era of 3D graphics was.
2) Dogs trying to kill you with a heart attack in hallways!
Zombie Dog 1: "Yo dude, there's the human, let's go for it."
Zombie Dog 2: "No, wait, let's wait for him to pass by this cramped eerie-looking hallway to ramp up the scare factor a bit!"