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Resident Evil 1.5 Trailer (Capcom, 1997)

Before the final release of Resident Evil 2 in 1998, came an intriguing, frustrating glimpse of an alternate game. Biohazard (aka Resident Evil) 2 was originally due for release in 1997, but the developers, unhappy with the game, canned it and began from scratch. No working version appears to be available out in the gaming community, but gameplay footage does exist, as well as lots of press and photos. The Resident Evil series has form when it comes to scrapping games in production – also see Resident Evil 4, another one featuring Leon S Kennedy.

As well as a set of new characters that were never subsequently used, such as student Elza Walker (left), the trailer also shows a vastly different look and feel to the settings that is more futuristic, compared to the slight Gothic tinge we get with the released version of the game.

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Post Apocalypse XIV – The Abandoned Towns and Cities of the Soviet Union

The eerie and disquieting beauty of abandoned settlements.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the disintegration of its sprawling administrative, financial and ruling infrastructures, some outposts of the Empire were abandoned as the need to find work resulted in mass migration of some communities. This settlement is in the Magadan region. The town is situated on the Kolyma highway, 90 kilometres from the town of Susuman. It is about 700 kilometes from Magadan itself. The Kolyma highway is also known as the ‘Road of Bones’ due to the number of workers who died during its construction. These pictures give us an idea of what a post-apocalyptic world would look like, a world without the people, just their constructs.

This sign reads “Work schedule 10am-10pm, Break 3-4PM. NO Holidays”.

More here, here and here. Last but not least, here. These pictures are amazing – they look like location scouting reports for a live action Resident Evil film (based on the original game, not the 2002 film)

Looking again, they look like they would serve a Metal Gear Solid movie well…..

Resident Evil – Degeneration (Update) (2008)

The trailer has been out for a while now, but just in case you have missed it…….looks amazing doesn’t it? Seems as if it is heading stright for DVD in North America (theatrical release in Japan), so Europe will probably get a DVD release some time in the future (probably in 2009?).

More news on the movie;

Resident Evil – the unreleased Gameboy Color version (1999)

If you look below, you will see some video footage of the unreleased Gameboy Color version of Resident Evil;

There is also a great picture of Chris as he battles the fountain monster in the Mansion – click here

Necropolis has some good stuff on the GBC version

GameBoy color preview of the Resident Evil game at IGN

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

Resident Evil – Deal or no Deal?

Deal ‘or no’ Deal is by far the best thing on telly (now that The Wire and The Sopranos are gone, and Doctor Who is only pretty good, but this is before Peep Show comes back next week). So let me elaborate – Deal “or no” Deal is THE best quiz show around, and i’m not even a fan of quiz shows! It makes afternoons on Channel 4 SEXY (yeah Carol Vorderman) and it has made me forget about the loss of William G Stewart from our Nations screens. Deal…is a tv programme designed for the 21st century – for example, if I miss the show at 16:15, I can watch it on ch4 plus one, or on 4OD, or on Virgin Media On Demand. If I watch it via 4OD or Virgin Media On Demand, you get the ads cut out, condensing the thrill of it all, but to really cut to the chase, you can just fast forward the talking bits and see the boxes flash by along with the Bankers offers. Depends what mood I am in, because with the superfast option, you miss all the tension and emotion as you find out whether the contestant dealt at the right or wrong time. I love the show, its gambling by proxy, and I really enjoy it when people win the ‘life-changing’ (one of Noel Edmonds favourite phrases) sums of money.

There is a sense of community amongst the contestants – this is not a game show where they pit player vs player, it is all about one of the team getting as much money as possible from the ‘Man’ (ie the ‘Banker’). Its kind of like David vs Goliath, with Noel Edmonds hosting and the other contestants giving advice from the sidelines. Noel Edmonds isn’t too smug or annoying. In fact, he is really very good, and has made the show his own with his ‘common touch’ and left-field moments (like taking contestants outside the confines of the studio, going into the control room, allowing other contestants to run the show etc).

Anyway, the reason I write about Deal or no Deal is not just to flag it as a great bit of entertainment (though it is), or to lay bare my admiration for it (though I have). No, the purpose of this post is to show up the hitherto unseen link between “Deal or no deal”, a TV quiz show, and the “Resident Evil” survival horror franchise. Astounding as it may seem, the quiet reflective periods of both games have very similar background music. Let me give you 2 example of the ‘Deal or no Deal’ music – on the first clip, the music kicks in straight away (sometimes it is hard to hear it, but bear with it);


If you are still not convinced, try running the Resi clip while watching the “Deal…” videos, so that you can hear the Resident Evil music play while contestants weigh up their options. It works for me.

I think I have given sufficient audio evidence – to create their unique brand of calm, the “Deal or no Deal” team have employed similair music to that used in “Resident Evil”. What does it mean? In my view, I think it means that this quiz show will be around when the T-Virus starts turning the East Wing and the West Wing contestants into raving revenants. The Bankers offer is a helicopter ride out of town, a Magnum 45 with a full clip and 2 tins of baked beans – deal or no deal??

Best ever Game Intros No.3 – Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000)

The Return of Resi

Released in 2000 as an exclusive for the Sega Dreamcast, Resident Evil: Code Veronica was the fourth entry in Capcoms Resident Evil series. The game is set three months after the events that occured during Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 – Nemesis. The plot takes the player from the besieged Raccoon City and into a whole new environment – Rockfort Island, an Island owned by the Umbrella Corporation. As the game progresses the latter sections of the game take place in a transport terminal in Antarctica owned by Umbrella.

The game begins with heroine Claire Redfield raiding an Umbrella Corporation facility in Paris after having left Leon and Sherry in search of her lost brother. This is the scenario of the intro film, which makes for one hell of an action scene;