In my review of Capcom’s Resident Evil HD Remaster I noted that while players of the original Gamecube remake might not immediately notice the difference in graphics quality, it is certainly there. This lack of notice is largely due to nostalgia goggles, which make us remember the game better than it actually was. Make no mistake, for its time, and even today, the Gamecube REmake of Resident Evil was a great looking game. However, the low resolution and standard-definition graphics combine to make for a dark, muddy experience for modern gamers.
I confirmed this when I went back and played the original Gamecube game to make this video. After a few hours with the new Resident Evil HD Remaster, seeing the Gamecube game back in action was an eye-opening experience. The game has certainly aged well in most respects, but the SD visuals and textures definitely create a less than desirable experience for modern gamers.
Check out the video above to see the comparison, although the opening might look similar at first, once you get to the gameplay it becomes clear how much the game has been improved upon in this latest release. The game now runs at a solid 1080p and at 60fps on PC and current-gen systems (something you can’t really see well in the video unfortunately).
To see what we thought of the overall experience in Resident Evil HD Remaster you can check out our review.