On September 28th and 29th, 1998, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, and Leon Kennedy all passed through the Raccoon City Police Department. The place was ravaged and full of zombies and monsters with almost everyone dead after the R.P.D. made a valiant but futile last stand.
But what just did happen During the Storm? What just became of the R.P.D. personnel and civilians hunkered down in the station before it was overrun? And were their deaths completely inevitable?
Resident Evil: During the Storm is a Total Conversion Mod of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, by ResidentEvilNemesis30 putting you in the shoes of several R.P.D. personnel during the Zombie Apocalypse that overran Raccoon City. Most prominent is Kevin Ryman who was already undergoing some serious issues of his own. Rather than the relatively linear stories of other games, During the Storm involves an even more in-depth decision-making than games in the main series. You'll often find yourself making the decisions that may or may not come back to haunt you later, resulting in some rather ambitious branching storytelling. Will your decisions save lives, or doom them?
A Demo featuring the early game's myriad choices can be watched here.
According to some of the mods involved, the mod leader ResidentEvilNemesis30 has not been in contact since late 2021, although he had posted a statement via Discord that he'll put it on a permanent hiatus due to personal reasons as of July 2022. But he did say that he's willing to come back. After releasing a video Demonstrating an updated engine, he said the project might be revived in Summer 2023.
Resident Evil: During the Storm contains the following tropes:
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The game begins with Kevin killing a man in a police standoff. As a result, he's in a bad mental place early in the game and has to resist the urge to drink himself stupid.
- Adaptation Expansion: The R.P.D. has several more rooms in its layout than were present in the original games, including a pair of bathrooms in the main lobby that were memetically absent from the building.
- Black Dude Dies First: If you play the "Wes Scenario" in Star Cinema, your companion, the African-American officer Wes, will be killed by a Man-Spider as you leave the cinema. Downplayed, because the same thing happens if you play the "Joe Scenario", and Joe is a white guy.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Linda is a girl around Sherry's age who steals from a convenience store when no one is looking and mouths off at Kevin for trying to stop her.
- The Cameo: Kevin encounters both Jill Valentine and Elza Walker in Bar Jack. While Jill will eventually become the protagonist of her own game, time will tell whether this is the only time we see Elza.
- Canon Immigrant: Kevin's partner, Roy, was originally supposed to appear in an early version of Resident Evil 2 (aka Resident Evil 1.5), where he'd be one of Leon's partners. He was Adapted Out of the final game, save for being mentioned in Chief Irons' diary about how he murdered Roy, which you catch a glimpse of if you end up playing as him.
- Cassandra Truth: A frustrated Jill runs into Kevin at Bar Jack shortly before the zombie outbreak begins. She tries to convince him to quit the force and skip town, but Kevin just assumes she's being weird and blows her off.
- Developer's Foresight: Many small things you do have big consequences. If you drink, you'll be crippled for the first chunk of the game and temporarily put in Roy's shoes instead. If you refuse to shower, everyone will complain about your body odor. Accidentally shoplift a meal? Linda will call you out on it, but if you leave money on the counter, Kevin will smugly rebuke her with the moral high ground. Take too long to clear out some zombies outside the police station? Joe will be attacked by a Zombie Infectee and become one himself. Fire a gun in your apartment before things go to hell? Your neighbors will sic the cops on you.
- Diabolus ex Machina: In the June 2022 "Star Cinema" update, after you find the key to the back alley, the zombies will break through the barricaded front doors of the cinema, causing a large number of zombies to enter the building and chase your player character until they reach the back alley door and escape. If you play the "Joe Scenario", Kevin will even lampshade this by invoking the trope by name once Joe informs him of the break-in.
- Doomed by Canon: Regardless of which Star Cinema scenario you play, the male cinema employee is going to die. He gets ripped in half by the Man-Spider in "Wes Scenario", and eaten by zombies in "Joe Scenario".
- Both Wes and Joe get killed by the Man-Spider as they are fleeing Star Cinema.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In the Star Cinema, there are two employees; one male and one female. In the "Wes Scenario", you'll find only the male employee alive, drunk almost completely unconscious, after having shot his companion, who turned. It's implied he got boozed up out of guilt for having killed her.
- Gas Mask Mook: The new Tyrant model is shown to be wearing the bottom half of a black Gas-Mask.
- Giant Spider: The "Man-Spider", a spider variant of the Chimera from Resident Evil that was planned for Resident Evil 2 but which ended up being amongst the content cut when the "Resident Evil 1.5" build was scrapped, makes an appearance in this game, as shown in the June 2022 "Star Cinema" update.
- Increasingly Lethal Enemy: A new gameplay teaser video from 2021 shows that Drain Deimos, if killed, have a chance to molt and transform into a (currently unnamed) new form before resuming the battle. In addition to being tougher, this new form has a Licker-like tongue attack, which extends its reach, and also has a Status Infliction Attack for Virus.
- Jerkass: The male Star Cinema employee, in "Joe Scenario", will berate Kevin and Joe when he hears that the police were annihilated and there are no reinforcements coming to rescue them. He also proves himself a Dirty Coward by abandoning his female co-worker and fleeing when the zombies break into the building.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In "Joe Scenario", Kevin admits that the jerkass Star Cinema employee has a point about how useless the police were.
- Multiple Endings: According to ResidentEvilNemesis30, the players can get up to eight endings. Most of them are based on how many people Kevin is able to save during the crisis.
- Nobody Poops: Averted, the main lobby of the RPD is given a pair of bathrooms, inspired by their presence in the Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
- Non Standard Game Over: You can end the game a few minutes in by firing Kevin's pistol in his apartment... before zombies make themselves known. This results in Kevin's neighbors calling the police on him and getting him sent to jail.
- Pet the Dog: Kevin can literally do this while exploring Raccoon City prior to the Zombie Apocalypse. If you don't take a shower beforehand though, it'll growl at you.
- The Pig-Pen: If you don't take a shower, no one will let Kevin hear the end of it.
- Schmuck Bait: You have the option to have a drink at Bar Jack shortly before things go to hell. If you do, however, Kevin spends the first chunk of the game staggering as if his health were in "Danger" state even if he's at full health.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: The new Tyrant model is as slow as his fellow Bio-Weapons, which would make it easier to avoid this one in the open streets of Raccoon City...so he lays down landmines to limit your movements as he chases you. Fortunately you can lure him and zombies into his own mines (though the former doesn't have any immediate effects).
- Zerg Rush: Thanks to fewer engine limitations, the zombies can attack in truly overwhelming numbers at times.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Set during the Raccoon City Outbreak.