"Itchy. Tasty."Resident Evil, known as Biohazard in Japan, is a horror-themed action-adventure game released for the PlayStation in 1996. It is the first game in the Resident Evil series. The game was conceived when Shinji Mikami's superiors wanted an updated version of their cult horror-themed Famicom RPG Sweet Home. With graphics and game design inspired by Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil went on to become one of Capcom's most iconic franchises, spawning several sequels, spinoffs and other media tie-ins, as well as coining the survival horror game genre.In July 1998, the Midwest town of Raccoon City has been whipped into a panic due to a series of horrific murders of residents and tourists alike — murders where corpses were found to have been partially devoured near the Arklay Mountains. Bravo Team — one-half of Raccoon City's elite Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) — flew out to investigate the area a day prior, but when no radio contact is received after their departure, Alpha Team is deployed to find them.Alpha Team discovers upon its arrival to the scene that Bravo Team's helicopter has crashed, its pilot has been mutilated, and there is no sign of Bravo Team's other members. While searching for their comrades, Alpha Team is attacked by a pack of partially-decayed dogs. These savage beasts kill one teammate, then chase the others into what appears to be a deserted mansion. Alpha Team's survivors are team leader Albert Wesker, weapons specialist Barry Burton, Chris Redfield, and Jill Valentine. Players can control either Chris or Jill, and their choice determines what other characters they'll see during gameplay — Chris will run into surviving Bravo Team medic Rebecca Chambers in his story, while Jill is accompanied by Barry. The group separates to investigate the situation regardless of character choice, and that's when the shit hits the fan.The mansion turns out to be riddled with death traps and inhabited by bio-engineered killing machines; with limited firepower and no idea what's going on, Chris and Jill uncover dark truths about the pharmaceutical giant Umbrella and their captain Wesker as they explore the mansion for their teammates — and a way out of their nightmare. Ammunition and healing items are limited and the player can only carry a limited amount of items at a time. As a result, item management and knowing when to fight or flee is an essential part of the game.In true Capcom fashion, the original Resident Evil saw numerous re-releases in addition to its original form. In 1997, the Sega Saturn and PC both received ports of the original game (both versions had exclusive new content), while the PS1 got a revised edition titled Resident Evil: Director's Cut, which added a new difficulty setting with different item and enemy placements (it also came packaged with a playable demo of Resident Evil 2). A third edition for the PS1 was released in 1998 titled Resident Evil: Director's Cut: Dual Shock Edition, which added vibration and analog support for the DualShock controller and featured a different soundtrack. A Nintendo DS version was released in 2006 titled Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, which added a ReBirth difficulty setting with numerous touch screen puzzles and a couple of multiplayer game modes.In 2002, Capcom produced a completely revamped version for the Nintendo GameCube in an effort to bring the main series to Nintendo's new home console. This new version, colloquially known among fans as the REmake, features all new 3D graphics (with full-motion backgrounds), CGI cutscenes (instead of the original's live action FMV), a new soundtrack, redone voice acting, updated play mechanics and storyline revisions to bring it in line with the sequels released at that point. REmake has remained a Nintendo-exclusive since its release, with the other version of the game being the Wii port released in 2008.
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