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The original Resident Evil was by no means a perfect game. The dialogue and voice acting was clunky, and, famously, the controls meant the characters were almost impossible to handle. Turning, raising your weapon, and firing all had to be done separately, which led to some gamers describing the system as "tank controls".

It had to be some game, then, to overcome these difficulties and have the success it did. Not only was Resident Evil a classic, but more or less started the entire survival horror genre, led it many sequels and spin-offs, and even a series of movies.

  Milla Jovovich starred in the Resident Evil movies
Milla Jovovich starred in the Resident Evil movies

It might not be surprising then that Capcom are planning a re-release of the original Resident Evil. The game is due to come out early next year, and will appear on next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4, as well as on the PC and the current generation on consoles.

But what has made Capcom revisit the first game in the series now? The answer may be more interesting than you think.

This will not be the first time that Resident Evil has been rebooted. As anyone with a Nintendo Gamecube will probably know, Capcom released an updated Resident Evil game for that console in 2002 (it is a little scary to think the original Resident Evil came out all the way back in 1996).

  Resident Evil, slow and spooky survival horror
Resident Evil, slow and spooky survival horror

The Gamecube's Resident Evil was a critical success. Not only did it show developers that new life could be brought to an old game, but it helped Capcom remember the core values of a Resident Evil game, the slow pace, the tension and the atmosphere being the essentials of the game, much more than high paced action, or technical capability.

The next Resident Evil game (that wasn't a spin off) to come out after the reboot? Resident Evil 4, widely considered to be the franchise's finest moment.

Take a look at some of the Capcom team discussing the Next-Gen Resident Evil here:

So why would now be a good time to revisit the original Resident Evil? Well, to be honest, Capcom and Resident Evil seem to have lost their way a little bit with recent releases. With each successive game, the focus seems to be less on survival and strategy, and more on the sort of shoot-em-up action you would expect more from Black Ops, or Doom.

Resident Evil 7 was expected to be announced at this year's E3, but in the end, it didn't show. Let's hope the developers at Capcom can use this opportunity to take a step back, remember the core values of a Resident Evil game, and deliver up of their best games yet next year with Resident Evil 7. Until then, fans who want to play Resident Evil on their Xbox One or PS4, will just have to go back to the original!

But what do you think? Do you prefer the early Resident Evil games, or do you prefer to have as many weapons as possible and blast your way through your enemies?

Will you be playing the Resident Evil Reboot on you Xbox One or PS4?

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