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A spinoff brand of the Resident Evil franchise, Gun Survivor is a series of light gun games produced by Capcom between 2000 and 2003. Unlike traditional gun shooters, which are usually on-rail shooters as well, the Gun Survivor titles allows the player to explore the game's environment freely, making them much closer to first person shooters.

A total of four entries in the Gun Survivor series were released:

  1. Resident Evil: Survivor (PlayStation) — An amnesiac person gets trapped in a strange town that also fell to T-Virus outbreak.
  2. Resident Evil: Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica (Arcade, PlayStation 2) — A semi-remake of Code: Veronica as an arcade-style shooter, with a co-op mode featuring Claire Redfield and Steve Burnside as playable characters. Originally announced under the title Resident Evil: Fire Zone.
  3. Dino Stalker (PlayStation 2) — Actually a Dino Crisis spin-off, and thus unrelated to Resident Evil. Mike Wired, an ace fighter pilot from World War II, is transported to hyperspace to battle time-displaced dinosaurs.
  4. Resident Evil: Dead Aim (PlayStation 2) — Government agent Bruce McGivern contains a T-virus outbreak at the Umbrella-owned luxury liner Spencer Rain. Developed by Cavia.

Due to the fact that Dead Aim supported Namco's GunCon light gun, Bruce and Fong Ling from Dead Aim both appear in Namco × Capcom as representatives of the Resident Evil franchise.note 

This series provides examples of:

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Dead Aim has Morpheus Duvall transforming into a Tyrant.
  • All Just a Dream: The ending of Survivor 2 reveals that the events of the game were part of a long dream Claire had while she was napping on her trip to Antarctica in Code: Veronica.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Ark in the first game has no memory of who he is.
  • Ascended Extra: For what it's worth, the giant alligator from Resident Evil 2 (which was laughably easy to kill in its own game) becomes a proper boss in Survivor. For bonus points, you have to fight two of them... at the same time.
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  • Bag of Holding: Survivor is one of the few games in the franchise which gives you a limitless inventory.
  • Bladder of Steel: The first Resident Evil Survivor has no in-game saving (saving is prompted in the end for New Game+ where you carry some of the collected items on previous playthrough). Somewhat downplayed that you still can pause the game, the inventory are unlimited allowing to stock a lot of healing items, and for new players the game took two hours to beat including reading all the important files without even rushing. It was also at this point that the series started giving you continues as a safety net in case you died, else you'd have to start all over again.
  • The Beautiful Elite: During his tenure at Umbrella, Morpheus became obsessed with beauty, spending inordinate amounts of cash on surgery and treatment, and after getting scapegoated by Umbrella for causing the Raccoon City outbreak, finally flew off the handle, used whatever resources left behind by Umbrella, and began plotting an absolutely insane scheme to rid the world of "ugly people" and create a haven for those he considered beautiful in Africa.
  • Boom, Headshot!: All three games avert this; shooting zombies anywhere on their body has the same effect regardless of weapon choice.
  • Boring, but Practical: Your handguns aren't as devastating to use, but infinite ammo covers a multitude of sins, and the sliding scale of speed vs. power on the different models makes them decent enough for situational use. Of these, each round out of the Nambu is close to the power of a shotgun blast, while the CZ-75 has a true semi-auto rate of fire to the point that a quick-thumbed (or turbo-using) player can employ it like a submachine gun.
  • Chinese Girl: Fong Ling, a PLA agent investigating Morpheus' terrorist attacks.
  • Continuity Nod: The events of Sheena Island from the original Survivor are mentioned alongside Raccoon City and Rockfort Island in the opening prologue of Resident Evil 0.
  • Colon Cancer: The full Japanese title of Dead Aim is Gun Survivor 4: Biohazard: Heroes Never Die.
  • Dirty Communists: While China is one of the good guys, they promptly attempt to dispose Fong Ling as they finally have ceded to Morpheus' demands.
  • Easy Amnesia/Identity Amnesia/Laser-Guided Amnesia: Ark Thompson in Survivor.
  • Emergency Weapon: Survivor and Survivor 2 both give the basic handgun(s) infinite ammunition, though they still need to be reloaded.
  • Energy Weapon: The Charged Particle Rifle in Dead Aim, the only weapon that can damage Tyrant Morpheus.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although they have no qualms with working with Umbrella for the money, the people of Sheena Island are visibly disgusted with the company's actions, and by extension, with Vincent's. Some decide to quit, while others decide to at least organize an attempt to get Vincent fired from his position in the company so the town could be peaceful again.
  • Expy: Dead Aim was based on a rejected proposal for Resident Evil 4, with Bruce McGivern and Fong Ling being obvious stand-ins for Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong.
  • For Want of a Nail: Survivor zigzags this. The second time the game branches into three possible routes, you receive a personal Arch-Enemy in the form of Vincent Goldman, Andy Holland, or the UT Commander. Vincent's route, however, has him talk about the Cleaners appearing on the island, meaning all three are effectively happening simultaneously, but only the character whose route you've selected will become an antagonist in your current playthru and will later be killed by the Hypnos-T.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The Umbrella Trashsweeper unit and their leader, the UT Commander. Notably, the Trashsweepers appear to be regular humans... until you encounter them, in which they have longer than normal human arms, they hoot, shriek, and move in a gorilla-like fashion with far lower intelligence than what a trained commando, let alone normal human act (although they are used numerously to ambush the protagonist), and upon being killed, they inflate, releasing what appears to be (harmless) gas.
  • Gender Bender: Morpheus Duvall after he becomes a Tyrant seriously looks like a female, to the point of growing breasts. This is most likely the virus responding to Morpheus' narcissistic personality.
  • Ghost Ship: The Spencer Rain.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: Overlooking that it was only ever chambered in a smaller 8mm round to start with, even if someone did go to the bother of rechambering a Nambu Type 14 to fire 9x19 Parabellum, the pistol was not built to handle the higher-pressured cartridge, and in reality it would blow apart on the first shot.
  • Heel Realization: The first Survivor assumes that the amnesiac protagonist is Vincent after seeing Andy's journal and photo one third through the game. Subverted, he is Ark Thompson, a private investigator sent by Leon to investigate another Umbrella BOW project.
  • Hide Your Children: Averted with Lott and Lily Klein, although both survived in the end.
  • Identical Stranger: Ark Thompson really looks like Vincent, to the point that one of the remaining citizen of Sheena Island, Andy, really want him dead.
  • Immune to Bullets: Tyrant Morpheus from Dead Aim, due to generating an electromagnetic deflector shield. You can only damage him with an experimental railgun.
  • Implacable Man: The Nemesis and Tyrant Morpheus.
  • Inconsistent Dub: While Dead Aim has perfectly understandable English voice acting, the official subtitles almost never match the spoken dialogue, as if translated directly from the Japanese script without the audio for reference. This even applies to the opening text scroll, which is shown in English on-screen in all releases.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Dead Aim gives the impression of being an unimportant Gaiden Game with only a token mention of Umbrella and Raccoon City, but Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles's existence, along with the general plot of it, 4 and 5 retroactively makes the events of Dead Aim this. There were a lot of rich folk aboard the Spencer Rain looking to buy some Umbrella B.O.Ws, all of which ended up dead or zombified by Morpheus' spiteful rampage. Had this not happened, Umbrella might have made enough bank to defend themselves in court, or at least delay proceedings long enough to rebuild.
  • It's the Only Way to Be Sure: Sheena Island is set to self-destruct to contain the infection and destroy the evidence.
  • Kill Sat: Used to try and kill Fong Ling in Dead Aim after China pays off Duvall to try and not turn their country into a radioactive zombie wasteland. Pretty strange considering the game is set in 2002 and the Chinese managed to obtain orbital bombardment weapons well before the United States in this game!
  • Klingon Promotion: Vincent apparently did this to get up the corporate ladder.
  • Light Gun Game: The GunCon support was removed in the North American version of the first game due to a backlash against light gun games and first person shooters by moral guardians as a result of the Columbine shooting at the time (it was still featured in the Japanese and European versions). Played straight with the rest of the series.
  • Long Title: Dead Aim's full Japanese title is Gun Survivor 4: Biohazard - Heroes Never Die.
  • Miracle-Gro Monster: Morpheus becomes subjected to this when he suffers heavy damage. The virus within him causes him to grow into a huge blob that engulfs the entire ship. His growing body makes impact with the missiles on board, causing them to explode and killing him for good.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: Survivor recycles a lot of enemy assets from Resident Evil 2, and Survivor 2 naturally takes liberally from Code: Veronica.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Fong Ling does this at the beginning of Dead Aim, inadvertently saving Bruce from Morpheus.
  • Promotion to Parent: Lott, after his and Lily's parents are zombified.
  • Quest for Identity: Ark, again.
  • The Scapegoat: After Raccoon City, the blame publicly was laid on Morpheus' shoulders. This being Resident Evil, Morpheus didn't take it well at all and went completely bonkers.
  • This Cannot Be!: Pretty much uttered verbatim ("This... can't... beeeeeee!") by the UT Commander when the Tyrant kills him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The people of Sheena Island decide to brag to Vincent about how they have evidence against him that they'll use to get him fired, this results in him unleashing the T-Virus as revenge.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • Despite Fong Ling being marked "obsolete" and almost disposed by the Chinese government, she is determined to continue her mission as she believe Morpheus will not stick up to the end of his deal. She is right all along.
    • Bruce Mcgivern saving Fong Ling despite losing a significant amount of time to disarm the T-virus warheads.
  • Stalked by the Bell: Survivor 2, due to its arcade nature, gives each level a time limit. Let it run out, and Nemesis comes for your blood.
  • Third-Person Shooter: Dead Aim was sort of a hybrid between this and an FPS. The player could move in the third person perspective, but would have to switch to first person whenever aiming.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Morpheus is holding both major cities in China and the United States at hostage with T-virus loaded warheads if they do not pay him a sum of $1 Billion. Both countries clandestinely insert their best agents, Fong Ling and Bruce Mcgivern respectively to eliminate Morpheus. However, the two countries did not rule out cooperating with each other, possibly due to "conflicting interests." This is even Lampshaded by Fong Ling when she first faces off with Bruce. However, once Ling was almost killed by a Chinese orbital weapon, she and Bruce finally worked together to foil Morpheus's plans.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once China has given in to Morpheus' demands, they attempt to eliminate Fong Ling with a Kill Sat as her presence is now obsolete.


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Alternative Title(s): Resident Evil Survivor


Resident Evil: Gun Survivor

A spinoff brand of the Resident Evil franchise, Gun Survivor is a series of light gun games produced by Capcom between 2000 and 2003. Unlike traditional gun shooters, which are usually on-rail shooters as well, the Gun Survivor titles allows the player to explore the game's environment freely, making them much closer to first person shooters.

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