The corpse of all-time video game classic Resident Evil came lurching back to life in all its gory HD glory this week.
Fourteen years on from the exclusive Nintendo Gamecube release of Resident Evil Zero comes Resident Evil 0 - a HD remaster available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
The game bears all the distinctive hallmarks of the original, for better and worse it has to be said.
The things which made Resident Evil such a huge worldwide hit, like the tension and the incredibly detailed settings, are still there and look better than ever.
In fact the graphics stand up to most modern next gen games.
However, that clunky gameplay, which in a way became a trademark of the title, remains and highlights just how far we have come in the last decade or so in terms of gameplay physics and controls.
It may sound silly but once you get over the initial frustration and find your feet again in the Resident Evil setting, those controls do have a certain element of nostalgic charm.
RE0 has been met with a mixed bag of reviews by critics this week but it really does look stunning.
If you were a fan of the original you will love this regardless of what you’ve been playing in the near 15 years since.
In the cold light of day it doesn’t come close to the survival horror games of today in terms of gameplay and storyline, with the likes of The LastOf Us Remastered way ahead of the field. But that’s not the idea here.
If you were a fan of the original you will love this regardless of what you’ve been playing in the near 15 years since.Damien Lucas, reviewer
Yes it’s controls are clunky and outdated and as a result it is difficult to love but it is still a welcome addition to the next gen arena, particularly to have as a digital download (hard copies are available).
The plot is too messy to get into here but suffice to say Resident Evil 0 is well worth a blast if you were a fan of the original.
Those not too familiar with the series, though, should go into it with their eyes wide open.
A worthy and polished remaster but one for the fanboys, of which there are plenty.