A Brief History of Resident Evil

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When the original Resident Evil game was released, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States of America, Prince Charles and Princess Diana decided it was the year to conclude their marriage, and the Germans were still using the Deutsche Mark. Almost 20 years into its prolonged journey through gaming history, the 10th installment of the franchise titled ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’, made its way onto game-store shelves a few weeks ago and has already received acclaim on Metacritic. The new game sees Claire Redfield and Moira Burton kidnapped by masked assailants and taken to an island facility which is home to those "afflicted in waiting”. One of the elements that contributed to Resident Evil’s remarkable success is its availability on multi-platforms, from consoles, handheld devices and on mobile platforms such as Browsergamez, who also host a plethora of other bloodthirsty action shooters seen here.

Spawned by Shinji Mikami for the Japanese games-developer giants Capcom, Resident Evil created the benchmark for survival horror video games, offering players the chance to play through every cliché in the horror book. Despite the copious blood and jump scares seen in nearly every scary game or movie these days, the formula is adored by millions of gamers globally, and is one of the world’s most successful video games. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some important points in the Resident Evil timeline:


1996 Original Resident Evil released - originally intended as a remake of Capcom’s horror-themed ‘Sweet Home’, creator Mikami persuaded producers that RE packed enough punch to hold its own, and Capcom agreed to allow it to stand as an independent game. In its first year it became a best seller in the US and UK, shifting 5.5 million units, a figure which would climb to 11 million at the time of writing.


1997 Resident Evil: Director's cut- The shock of the game’s first success threw producers off guard, making it difficult to build a sequel in time to satisfy public demand, hence this title being released.


1998 Resident Evil 2- The much anticipated sequel hits shelves, backed by a huge advertisement budget, resulting in the game becoming the fastest selling game North America has seen.


1999 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis- As gaming evolved, Resident Evil evolved too, prompting critics to praise the improved graphics and the introduction of more action orientated game play. Three million copies were sold worldwide.


2002 Resident Evil (GameCube), Resident Evil Zero - As the Nintendo GameCube gathers momentum, Resident Evil releases two titles for the console.


2003 Resident Evil Dead Aim, Resident Evil Outbreak released- The franchise starts to experiment with different player perspectives, this is the year the original Call of Duty is released, marking a big year for the gaming world.


2005 Resident Evil 4- Widely regarded to be one of the best in the series, it was announced Game of the Year at the Spike Video Game Awards.


2007 Resident Evil the Umbrella Chronicles released for the Wii - 1.4 million copies sold worldwide.


2009 Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles- After two years and their first break since the franchise began, two titles are released.


2011 Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D released for Nintendo 3DS.


2012 Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: 6 released.


2015 Resident Evil: Revelations 2 released in April this year- Resident Evil is back after two years away, releasing the sequel to 2012s Revelations.

Article by: Stephanie Hunter

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