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Resident Evil Zero received generally positive reviews. Critics praised the graphics and audio for building a haunting atmosphere. Opinions on the new partner and item systems were mixed. Some found the changes were an improvement and added new layers of strategy; others believed the changes were cumbersome or non-innovative. The controls were panned as outdated and Capcom was criticized for not evolving the series' tank controls. The game was ported to the Wii in 2008, and a high-definition remaster was released in January 2016; the rereleases received mixed reviews due to lack of improvements. Resident Evil Zero was commercially successful, having sold over 4 million copies across all platforms.
Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
Resident Evil Zero was released for the Nintendo GameCube on November 10, 2002, in North America, on November 21, 2002, in Japan and March 7, 2003, in Europe. In December 2008, the game was ported to the Wii along with Resident Evil (2002). The port, Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero, is near-identical but features a control system that supports the Wii Remote and the GameCube controller. For many years, the fate of the original Nintendo 64 prototype remained unclear. All that remained was low-quality video captured from the Tokyo Game Show in 2000 and magazine scans. In 2015, Capcom showed off the prototype while marketing the remaster and demonstrated new high-quality footage of it. The prototype remains unreleased to the public.
On May 26, 2015, Capcom announced that a high-definition remastered version of the game was in development, Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster. The success of the high-definition remaster of Resident Evil inspired producer Tsukasa Takenaka to provide the same treatment to that game's prequel. Takenaka recognized that many Resident Evil fans preferred the old style of gameplay pre-Resident Evil 4, and so he reasoned that the HD remasters were to provide that same gameplay experience on modern hardware. The remaster was produced by Tsukasa Takenaka and the team was made up of many members from the original team, including director Koji Oda. Takenaka was glad Oda was on board, as this ensured Oda's original vision of the game would not be tarnished. Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster was released on January 19, 2016. A retail compilation called Resident Evil Origins Collection that includes Resident Evil HD Remaster and Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster was released on January 22, 2016. The game was released for the Nintendo Switch on May 21, 2019, along with Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4.
For the remaster, Capcom used the original 2002 models and textures from their archives. To Takenaka's surprise, the models and textures were actually designed in a very high quality and then downscaled for the original release. This meant that some assets had to be redone, as items that were intentionally blurry or illegible in the original were now much more clear and did not make sense in context, such as posters or signs in the environment. The models and textures were re-touched, and then the backgrounds were re-captured. Some backgrounds in the original also featured video effects such as fire. In the remaster, these videos were transitioned into 3D effects. Additional modes were added as well, including an easy mode and Wesker mode. In Wesker mode, the player controls Albert Wesker instead of Billy, and can move quickly and use special attacks. Other improvements include an upgrade to 5.1 surround sound, video options for both the original 4:3 ratio or a new 16:9 option, as well as more control styles including a modern non-tank-like control scheme. Overall, Takenaka felt that putting together the remaster for Resident Evil Zero was more difficult than that of Resident Evil, largely due to the companion function.
Resident Evil Zero received generally positive reviews after its initial GameCube release in 2002. The graphics and atmosphere were universally praised, being described as "wonderfully spooky" and "moody" with an "astonishing level of detail". Scott Steinberg of GameSpy noted how the animated backgrounds, such as flickering lights and dripping water, brought the environments to life. Giancarlo Varanini of GameSpot shared these sentiments, and complimented Capcom on how they were able to blend the game's models with pre-rendered backgrounds to create highly detailed visuals. The sound design was also complimented, with Matt Casamassina of IGN noting that "Capcom uses silence at times, too, to scare, which is brilliant." Varanini described the soundtrack as one "that will keep you in constant fear." Louis Bedigian of GameZone praised the sound effect work, such as thunder, gunshots, and footsteps for building a scary environment. The controls were universally panned as archaic, and the series was criticized for not evolving the control scheme to something more similar to Devil May Cry (2001) or Eternal Darkness (2002).
Re-releases of Resident Evil Zero have received considerably less praise than the original, receiving mixed or average reviews. The Wii release was criticized for being a near-identical port of the GameCube version and for not fully using the Wii Remote's motion control capabilities, instead relying largely on the Classic Controller and remote/nunchuk combo. For the high-definition remaster, critics were impressed by the improved visuals but ultimately felt the game inherited the problems of the original. Peter Brown of GameSpot highlighted Wesker Mode as a fun addition and noted the game still "bears the hallmarks that made the original Resident Evil enjoyable."
Resident Evil Zero sold 1.25 million copies on the GameCube, and the high-definition remaster has sold 2.8 million units as of December 2020. The game was novelized into the book Resident Evil: Zero Hour by S. D. Perry and published by Pocket Books on October 24, 2004.
A remastered, high-definition version of the game has been released in January 2016, known in Japan as the biohazard 0 HD remaster (バイオハザード0 HDリマスター?). It was also included in the Origins Collection. A port of the remaster was released on May 21, 2019, for the Nintendo Switch.
The remastered pc version, with better graphics and visual filters. This high definition adaptation was created as a result of work of Koji Oda (a director). Enjoy completely improved visuals, with high-resolution textures, as well as a more modern alternative control scheme.
RE 0 offers the possibility to jump at any time between Rebecca and Billy to solve puzzles by combining the actions of both protagonists. Such a feature completely changes your gameplay strategy. Separate your characters between different rooms to solve special puzzles, or place them in one location to fight with evil. Observe the unique relationship between Rebecca and the ex-agent of Marine Force Reconnaissance and enjoy numerous interesting twists and turns of the storyline.
On the face of it, the PC version of the Resident Evil Zero HD remaster offers only an incremental upgrade over its companion console releases. The full HD presentation, improved lighting and effects, upgraded character models and optional widescreen mode are joined by a new 60fps mode, plus improved anti-aliasing - but not a whole lot more. But what's fascinating about this release is the contents of its install directory: Resident Evil Zero HD on PC actually give us some idea about how the original game was put together.
The exception to this are the backgrounds - and that's where the PC version's install directory is so illuminating in that it shows how the original game worked, and also how Capcom has increased fidelity for the remaster. Divided by folder for each area (such as the Train sequence, Arklay Mountains, or the Chemical Plant) all of the backdrops in the game are actually 30fps video files, available for viewing as an individual MP4s you can watch on any media player. It's here where certain details are gleaned: firstly, that every pre-rendered backdrops animates to one or two second loop. Secondly, that despite the game being output at 1080p on our machine, the actual backdrops are rendered at an entirely different resolution.
With this video file as a base, embellishments are added on top in order to bring each scene to life. Backgrounds are 2D by nature but on top of this, Capcom adds polygon-based geometry, such as character models and zombies. Additionally, the remaster's new transparency effects, such as fire and rain, are layered in a separate pass to the foreground or background. As a final composite of all these elements the scene is complete, and in the case of the walk across the train carriage roof, add a great degree of atmosphere to a shot.
Also on level terms are the video cut-scenes. In last year's Resident Evil remaster, PC reserved higher quality encodes of each pre-rendered video sequence - reducing the level of compression during fast motion. Unfortunately, the macro-blocking we see in the PS4 and Xbox One assets make their way to PC this time, and there's no higher quality option. The install directory only shows 1080p and 720p encoded instances of each, and in either case the results are softer than we'd expect. It's perhaps the least flattering aspect of this remaster, where the in-game backdrops are treated more care.
Complaints are otherwise few and far between though, and we're pleased with the bonus extras PC owners are privy to - even if they're not complete game changers. It's smoother at 60fps, looks clearer with its better anti-aliasing - though somewhat arbitrarily misses out on one small effect. Taken as a whole, the project is a success on all three formats and PS4, Xbox One, and PC owners can all enjoy a remaster that's high on respect for the design choices of the GameCube original. 041b061a72