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This is the first game in the Resident Evil series. For other games in the series see the Resident Evil category.

Box artwork for Resident Evil.
Resident Evil
Publisher(s)Capcom, Virgin Interactive
Year released1996
System(s)PlayStation, Windows, Sega Saturn
Followed byResident Evil 2
SeriesResident Evil
Genre(s)Survival horror
ModesSingle player
Rating(s)ESRB MatureBBFC 15USK Ages 18+
Resident Evil: Director's Cut
Publisher(s)Capcom, Virgin Interactive
Year released1997
System(s)PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
Year released2006
System(s)Nintendo DS
Rating(s)CERO Ages 17 and upESRB MaturePEGI Ages 16+Mature Accompanied & Restricted
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Jill Valentine: S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team member and protagonist

Resident Evil (called Biohazard in Japan) was one of the first survival horror genre games to be released. The game was released first in Japan on March 22, 1996 for the PlayStation and was met with high success. It was then released in North America on March 30, 1996, and was one of the highest-selling PlayStation games of all time. It was also remade for the GameCube (called REmake by many fans) and was then ported to the Nintendo DS in 2006 to celebrate the ten year anniversary (which made use of the innovative touchscreen).

The title has won numerous awards and was a vital part of the PlayStation's wide success and popularity. Jill Valentine (who is the protagonist of the game) also appeared as a playable character at Marvel vs. Capcom 2.


The story is based around a fictional town called Raccoon City. Raccoon City is a small and peaceful town, located in the northwestern region of the United States. The peace was shattered, however, when grisly murders took place on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Victims were attacked in their homes by a group of about ten people, with evidence of cannibalism found. A case like this has never happened in Raccoon City before, so local law enforcement officials sent in S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics And Rescue Service) Bravo Team to investigate the area.

Contact is quickly lost with the Bravo Team, forcing the Alpha Team to investigate their compatriot's disappearance and continue the case. Alpha Team finds the Bravo Team helicopter, but no trace of the team is found. They soon discover why...


The original game had amazing three-dimensional graphics (with pre-rendered backgrounds) and a unique camera angle approach that had a control system based upon it. The game forces the player to go through several challenges, whether it is finding an item, solving a puzzle, or fighting an enemy. It also featured two selectable characters and a variety of different paths you can take, with four available endings (depending on which path you took).

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