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Jill Valentine – The Master of Unlocking

Yup, more bad Resident Evil dialogue. I came across this one again while playing the rather fine ‘Resident Evil – Deadly Silence’ for the Nintendo DS. This is the full port of the original Resident Evil on the DS and it plays great. It even has the Japanese original cutscene of the first Zombie they encounter and the rolling head of Kenneth from the Bravo team. This scene was cut for the european release. There is a small piece about this here at the Resident Evil wiki.

Anyway, I was playing the game, and it only takes a few minutes for some really shonky dialogue to kick in. Now, I know that I have posted before on Resident Evil dialogue and how bad it is etc, but to really get an understanding of how bad it is, how it can undermine (albeit temporarily) the tension of the gaming experience, then you have to watch this (courtesy of some kind soul on youtube);

See? Who on earth would think of combining the words ‘unlocking’, ‘of, ‘master’ and ‘the’ in the same sentence? I think I understand now why the voice actor for Barry Burton, saddled with really bad dialogue throughout (‘what is this???’ etc), sounds kind of constipated and stilted, and at other times tired and emotional. He was probably trying very hard not to laugh through his lines. Maybe ‘what is this?’ did not refer to the events unfolding at the Mansion. Maybe it was the voice actor scanning his lines….

Review of Resident Evil – Deadly Silence at Gamespot