Resident Evil: Portable History
Zombies in your pocket since 2001.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Resident Evil, and Capcom has some cool games on the way, including two for the 3DS. There's the action packed Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (launching this summer), and Resident Evil: Revelations, an all-new chapter in the series with a huge emphasis on scaring players silly.
Of course, the franchise appeared on handheld systems in the past, and most of these games are worth a look, especially if you bleed Resident Evil. On second thought, that sounds potentially dangerous. Please see a doctor.
On that note, we're proud to present Resident Evil's portable history.
You are about the enter the world of survival horror. Good luck.
Resident Evil Gaiden (Game Boy Color- 2001)
To say Resident Evil got off to a bad start on handhelds would be a huge zombie filled understatement. Capcom, for whatever strange reason, chose to bring its monster blasting (and relatively young) franchise to the Game Boy Color in this top down adventure starring Leon Kennedy and beloved goofball Barry Burton.
Set aboard a zombie filled cruise ship, the story revolves around an orphan girl with the uncanny knack for sensing biological weapons. Whenever players encounter an enemy, the game transitions to a first person perspective, where instead of pressing buttons to shoot, they line up a rapidly moving bar as it quickly moves back and forth across the screen.
Neither scary nor thrilling, Resident Evil Gaiden is one of the series' few blemishes.
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (DS- 2006)
To celebrate Resident Evil's tenth anniversary, Capcom brought the original to Nintendo's DS with some interesting enhancements. Although much of the content remained the same, as gamers explored the creepy mansion as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, touch screen based puzzles, a first person knife mode that used the stylus and a Rebirth mode with additional enemies enhanced an already classic experience. Being able to turn 180 degrees was also a huge plus.
Resident Evil: Degeneration (iPhone- 2009)
After Paul W.S. Anderson mangled the series in Hollywood, Capcom chose to make its own Resident Evil film, a full-length computer generated flick called Degeneration. The game, released for the iPhone, is a fully 3D adventure that takes place in the zombie-infested Harvardville Airport. While not the most action packed Resident Evil, it still offers a few hours of monster blasting fun, and the option to shake the iPhone to ward off attacks is a nice touch.
Resident Evil 4 (iPhone/iPad- 2009, 2010)
Capcom stepped up its game with the iOS version of Resident Evil 4, which captures the best moments (the epic village scene, the battle with El Gigante) from the console smash hit while offering impressive graphics, especially on the iPad.
The story's essentially the same, as Leon explores a creepy European village in search of the president's daughter, Ashley Graham. Capcom chose to break the game into chapters and sacrifices were made to shoehorn the title onto the App Store, but you'll still get a quality RE4 fix on the go, complete with Mercenaries and Coin Shoot bonus modes.
Resident Evil Mercenaries Vs. (iPhone- 2011)
Mercenaries mode is one of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5's guilty pleasures, so the concept of designing a game entirely based on this seemed like a fun idea and probably will be on 3DS. On the iPhone, though, it's a boring mess, with awkward controls, three environments and three playable characters: Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker. Not even four player online matches could save it.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS- June 28, 2011)
Now we're talking. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D should deliver the quintessential Mercenaries experience when it arrives on 3DS this summer. The game includes 30 missions, a bunch of playable characters (including Hunk from Resident Evil 2), a bunch of levels from Resident Evil 4/Resident Evil 5, 30 unique skills and of course, glasses free 3D. Ah yes, and a free demo of Resident Evil: Revelations.
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS- 2012)
After Mercenaries 3D hits shelves, Capcom plans to keep the good 3DS vibes going with the highly anticipated Resident Evil: Revelations. Details are scarce, but from what we've heard, the game follows Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they investigate a monster filled ocean liner, and later, parts of Europe. Console quality graphics, a return to the series' survival horror roots and first person aiming (and finally, the ability to move while aiming) make this one of the most promising 3DS titles.
Resident Evil Portable (PSP- ???)
In 2009, Capcom announced an exclusive Resident Evil for PSP, and that's the last we heard of it. The game has since vanished, with no word from the publisher on its release date or existence.
Since the PSP is on its way out, we expect to see this title (or some other Resident Evil) revealed for Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP).
On the positive side, PSP owners can still download and play Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis from PlayStation Network.