When Capcom released the original Resident Evil onto the Sony Playstation console it was unique. Never before had gamers been presented with a 3D horror game like this before. No, I am not counting Alone in the Dark here as that was more of a 3D adventure game with monsters. Resident Evil was a 3D Action adventure with monsters. The difference being Capcom’s take on the genre was more visceral and “in your face” than Alone in the Dark ever was. Think of it like Pitfall versus Super Mario Bros. Both games were side scrolling action games but both are remembered for totally different reasons. Same thing with 3D horror games- one is still going strong and the other fell to the wayside years ago. Resident Evil Director’s Cut improves upon the original release, getting almost everything right.
Resident Evil Director’s Cut was a flub on Capcom’s part for a few reasons but it was still a cool release. It also showed gamers how easily tweaks to games could turn into half version releases of popular titles thanks to CD-ROM media. Had Resident Evil released on cartridge then we probably would never have seen the Director’s Cut and Director’s Cut Dual Shock Version released, they would have been left on the cutting room floor and probably escaped as unreleased ROMs.
Capcom did some reworking on the original game to create this Director’s Cut release. First, the reason you would want this version over the original. There is an arranged mode where everything is changed. From item locations to monsters lying in wait it is all different. The arranged mode also has one more major treat for fans. Most of the rooms are rendered from new directions, some giving a much better viewpoints to the action.
No, Resident Evil Director’s Cut doesn’t stop there. If you found the original game too tough then you are a prime candidate for the “Easy” mode. This mode gives you a ton more ammunition (rumors say the stashes are doubled in the game). Also, the regular pistol (upgraded version over the original) has a random chance of decapitating a zombie when shot. Cool, huh?
While advertised as the Director’s Cut, there were a few things still left on the cutting room floor that weren’t supposed to be. If you want the full version from the get go then you will have to grab the PC version as that was uncensored from day one.
Missing this one from your collection? Wan to grab that elusive PC version? Hit Ebay and blast some zombies sooner than later.