Resident Evil: Survivor (2000 Video Game)
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Story wise, it it just as good as that of Resident Evil 2. It's just that this appears to be far more less popular than any of the other titles in the popular series by Capcom. It may be lame to practically everyone but me, but even they have to accept that it has very strong connections to various themes of Resident Evil...
In the prequel to the massively successful original video game. Resident Evil Zero, which saw the story of how Rebecca Chambers; the youngest member of the STARS Bravo team, ended up in the mansion to meet Chris Redfield in the First game. The line in the reading in the opening of Resident Evil Zero, mentions; "Sheena Island": The setting of the Survivor game.
Also, if you have the patience of around a half-hour to play through the game you will hear the protagonist; who bears an uncanny resemblance to the character of James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2, by Konami: Ark Thompson mentions that he also has a connection to the main character of Resident Evil 2, and 4. Leon Kennedy. by calling him his 'friend'. This may be off-topic, but it had to be said :)
In the opening of Resident Evil:Survivor, it boasts a good point of it's technological outlets: The sound. Which, when listened to by headphones, IS remarkably realistic and almost frightening.
All-in-all. I can't help but give this a high score, not because of pity, but because underneath the dead exterior is an extremely well-hidden goldmine of fear. Do you ever wonder why Capcom kept making the Survivor series, even the first was so unpopular?
Yes, this game likely could have benefited from either an in-game save feature, light gun support, or CG FMVs, but that's about it.
The creators did go out on a limb with this project, and the end result is actually quite unique. The idea that the main character was stricken with amnesia and unsure as to who he is or why he was there ( Later stolen by Paul Anderson for the RE movie ) wasn't a bad idea, although it didn't really take a rocket scientist to figure out that he wasn't really 'Vincent'.
Another switch from the usual characteristics of the RE series is the weapons. In most Resident Evil games, your weaponry is limited to a Beretta, a Remington shotgun, and some random .357 pistol. Now they offer you three different sidearms ( I don't really consider the Japanese weapon worth using, but oh well. ), one having average rounds per minute and reloading time ( Glock 17 ), slow RPM and fast reloading ( Beretta Cougar ), and lighting-quick RPM and slow reloading time ( Czech-75 ). Gun nuts like myself will love this game.
One of the things with the normal Resident Evil games is that you always encounter it from a third-person perspective. Therefore, you know for sure if there's some evil low-budget zombie coming up from behind you. In this game, you won't know they're behind you until they take a big chunk out of your neck ( The sudden act of it all is more surprising/frightening than it sounds ).
Likely the reason that you cannot sidestep, or run and fire at the same time, is due to the fact that you can't do either of those in other Resident Evil games either. You always had to stop where you were, aim with R1, and then give whoever stands in the way, Holy hell. Plus it reminds me of the old nostalgia games where you had to beat the game all at once, like so many memorable NES games.
All in all, Resident Evil: Survivor is definitely worthy of belonging in a Resident Evil Junkie's collection, and even worthy of the casual player. Like all firsts of a genre, it has its lacking spots, but it's great to see how it's performed. I'd say four stars out of five.
Survivor consentrates mostly on shooting and little on puzzles. The story is ok, but not as gripping as in RE 1,2 or 3. But that was never the point. Survivor has scary moments and it has a well-composed soundtrack up its sleeve. A very good game, but I don`t like the fact that you have to complete the game in ONE sitting, because you are not able to save your position. This small niggle can prove to be slightly annoying. Survivor is worth the money, and I will recommend fans of the RE-series and the survival-horror genre to get this game. (Americans should get this game on import from Europe). 8/10
Don't waste your money on this Playstation-only game. Rent it first. Rating: 5/10 Pros: A different look to the Resident Evil world with an OK story. Cons: Terrible graphics and bad controls(unless you have the Jap or Eur version)
It takes place on Sheena Island. A helicopter has just crashed there and just before it bursts into flames, out falls the barely alive body of Ark Thompson, the pilot, who as a result of the crash is left with no memory of who he is or what he is doing on the island.
After bumping into a man named Andy Holland ( who is attempting to frame him as Vincent Goldman, the man responsible for bringing the T-Virus over to the island ), Ark starts to believe that everything that has gone wrong on the island is all his fault. Ark also later meets two teenage kids Lott and Lily, whose parents used to work for Umbrella Inc. He later rescues them when a self-destruct system, set off by someone at the Umbrella facility, is about to destroy the entire island. Notice a direct lift from 'Nemesis' here.
There is no thrill or suspense whatsoever. The acting is painful ( yes, even more painful than the first 'Resident Evil' game ), the storyline is lazy and banal ( basically just a messy mish-mash of ideas from the first three games ) whilst the graphics are abysmal. Two other flaws are the inability to save your progress and also the way the game is performed in first person view. It does the game absolutely no favours whatsoever.
As far as I am concerned, this was the precise moment when Capcom drove a stake right through the heart of the much loved 'Resident Evil' franchise. Despite the poor sales and reception of 'Survivor', Capcom released a sequel the following year - 'Resident Evil: Code Veronica' - which saw the return of Claire & Chris Redfield, as well as the addition of a new character, Steve Burnside. It was more successful than its predecessor but overall failed to recapture the freshness of the original games.
With more and more remakes of classic computer games appearing at random, I sincerely hope someone out there is not dim enough to engineer a revival of this damp squib.
Not worth having in your collection.
Graphics4/10 Scary 5/10 Gore 8/10 stoty7/10