My game with the best graphics or art style is a remake of a very successful first part of a franchise that perfected the survival horror genre introduced by Alone in Dark three years later in 1995. In 2002, Nintendo and Capcom signed a contract for three exclusive titles for Nintendo’s new gaming system the Nintendo Gamecube. Two of these games, the first with the additional title Zero and the one with the number 4 in it’s name are both good games, but never reached the depth of the third exclusive title for the system. As I played Resident Evil for Gamecube, I was overwhelmed by it’s look. It really locked better as I have expected. It looks better than any screen shot or video on the internet ever can deliver.
As a dedicated fan of the franchise, I brought a Gamecube for around 40 EURO in my favorite 2nd hand gaming store, exclusively for playing this game! But to get my hands on the game itself concluded into a long search for the product, which I then finally could order from an online store in austria. It was one of the last manufactured releases. The production of the game has stopped. Now I could write an article about the games plot and the meaning of its existence, but I don’t.
Let’s take a look at the graphics of Resident Evil Rebirth. Like the original for Playstation in 1995, the player moves his character through pre-rendered backgrounds. The power of the Gamecube’s graphics chip and the effort of the designers created a near photo realistic environment ever seen in a video game. With help of the open source Gamecube/Wii emulator for PC called dolphin, the game can be loaded with true HD resolution, which let it look even better. The developers also added many new features to the original game, like a defensive system, new scenery, additional floors, corridors of the mansion and of course plot elements that got dropped from the original.
The high-quality pre-rendered backgrounds lift the games atmosphere to a whole new level. The sound design is phantastic and makes you feel like being in that mansion all by yourself. The zombies and other monester that lurking through the corridors became a real threat for the players psyche, nerves and trigger happy thumbs need to calm before pushing the action button.
I thought that the original game thrilled me already, but this remake… Wow… it filled me with a high grade of angst.