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Resident Evil (1996)

Bio Hazard (original title)
Something bizarre is happening in Raccoon City. People are being eaten with no clue why. S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team goes to investigate more on the situation in Raccoon Forest. The team is ... See full summary »


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(scenario) (as Iwao Kenichi), (background story) (as Saga Yasuyuki)
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Credited cast:
Charlie ...
Ward E. Sexton ...
Narrator (voice)
Inezh ...
Gregory ...
Jason ...
Linda Rodriguez ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Una Kavanagh ...


Something bizarre is happening in Raccoon City. People are being eaten with no clue why. S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team goes to investigate more on the situation in Raccoon Forest. The team is supposedly wiped out and S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team is sent in to find out what is going on. The team, comprised of Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Barry Burton, and Albert Wesker, find strange mysterious goings on. They retreat into a huge mansion where the horror and terror begins. Throughout the game, truths about the problem in Raccoon City are revealed. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will. See more »


Action | Horror


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Release Date:

25 September 1997 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Resident Evil  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only Resident Evil game to have live actors (beginning and ending), while the rest of Resident Evil used characters there were only computer generated all the way. See more »


Towards the end of the game (if played correctly), the warning announcement on the PA says: "Unlock all routes for evacuation," but because of the triggering system being activated the entrance elevator is stalled. Also there are a few doors that are still locked under the triggering system. See more »


[first lines]
Chris Redfield: [voiceover] Alpha Team is flying around the forest zone situated in North-west Raccoon City, where we are searching for the helicopter of our compatriots, Bravo Team, who disappeared during the middle of our mission. Bizarre murder cases have recently occurred in Raccoon City. There are outlandish reports of families being attacked by a group of about ten people. Victims... were apparently eaten. Bravo Team went to the hideout of the group, and disappeared.
Jill Valentine: [voiceover] Look Chris!
Chris Redfield: [...]
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Crazy Credits

Gameplay footage of each playable character is used while the credits roll, but is only available when you play the game that ends with the mansion blowing up. See more »


Referenced in Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (1997) See more »


I Won't Let This End as a Dream
(Yume de owarasenai)
Performed by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Music by Fumitaka Fuchigami
Lyrics by Hiroshi Yasukawa
(Ending Music - Japanese Release)
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User Reviews

The original but still the best
5 July 2000 | by (Dublin) – See all my reviews

Resident Evil is the game that defined the survival horror genre. When it was originally released way back in 1996 it took the video game world by storm and has since spawned a number of sequels and clones.

The story revolves around the members of a special police task force who are sent to a remote mountainous location to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a number of hikers. Contact with some of the team is lost and the remaining members flee into an old mansion when they are attacked by a pack of strange creatures bearing a resemblance to large dogs. It is here that the adventure begins...

By today's standards Resident Evil appears a tad dated at least technically. The visuals have been improved upon greatly by its many sequels and the video clips have a very 'low budget' look to them (not helped by the terrible acting which would look more at home in a porno flick). Resident Evil, however, excels where it matters most - in the gameplay area. The game simply oozes atmosphere something which I believe was lost a little in its many sequels (yes even Code Veronica). The excellent sound, particularly the eerie music scores which are still the best in any of the RE games, help to enhance the creepy atmosphere greatly. For this reason I still consider this game to be the best of the genre. A classic.


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