Ah!! The Belated Resident Evil Memories…

Nope! I’m NOT a fan of the horror genre in any medium and extra especially video games. Getting thrown into a world with various terrors and all that… no freaking thank you. I do make exceptions for certain special horror games, though. For whatever reason, teenage me was a super fan of the Resident Evil series. I’ve recently babbled about my thoughts on the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo and that’s about it for my ramblings about the series here. While I enjoyed the demo, it definitely reminded me I’m a wuss when it comes to this stuff. Let’s just say I spent a sleepless night binge reading a friend’s blog… with my cats close by because I had no one around to talk to… ahem. Be brave, Ellen!

Anyway, with the exciting launch of the Resident Evil 2 REmake upon behind us, I decided to contribute something to the awesome That Green Dude‘s Resident Evil Memories community project (and this is late since the deadline was January 24th, 2019… sorry, life happens).

So without further intro babbling, here’s a brief glimpse at my terrible memory’s Resident Evil related files. Jeez. I last played these games, like, 10 years ago now. Wow… I’m old.

And it all started with the… I’m ashamed to say it…. the… the… movies.

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Her name is Alice, and she remembers everything.

Please hold your anger until the end of this section. Thanks!

Okay. I know, I know. Normally, I’m a stubborn supporter of the popular opinion that video game movies shouldn’t happen because they suck. However, I shamefully admit that the Resident Evil movie series is my guilty pleasure. I’m weird and I’m learning to accept that. But yeah, I watched the first two movies before I played any of the games. Apocalypse and the original movie are by far my favourites. The rest are mostly meh in terms of story, but who doesn’t enjoy a little mindless violence once in a while? Okay. Seriously. Stop judging me!

Joking aside, Resident Evil’s cinematic Alice character was my idol in high school. I have vague memories of this guy I barely knew giving me a bootlegged copy of Apocalypse and that’s what got me into the series. Alice was so kickass in that movie!

Milla Jovovich instantly became my shero after I watched a bonus content interview on the Apocalypse DVD. During that interview, she basically talked about all the intense training she did to play the biologically weaponized version of Alice. Milla’s badassness inspired the outcast high school Ellen to join the Canadian Forces Army Reserve Infantry. I never got sent anywhere (overseas combat is voluntary with no active wars) and was definitely the weakest link in my unit’s chain, but I did get to play part-time soldier with real guns, grenades, and stuff. That was a neat 5 years of my life, for sure!

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See that badass with the crooked helmet? 3rd from the right, top row. Yep. That’s 17-ish-year-old me! Loved how men and women are treated equally in the Canadian Army, eh.

First Game Played: Resident Evil 4

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When I was ready to give the Resident Evil games a go, Resident Evil 4 was the latest and greatest craze on the interwebz. Seemed like a good place to start! I played the heck out of the GameCube version, and then later the Wii version.

What I remember:

  • I’ll NEVER forget my first encounter with that crazy chainsaw guy. I was just so powerless and could only watch helplessly as poor Leon got decapitated.
  • Treasure hunting! I got everything.
  • Ada Wong’s badass entrance. She instantly became my first video game shero crush.
  • Being hella creeped out on the island with the medical experimentation lab. That’s where I met a sketchy Regenerador for the first time… yikes.
  • The weird Merchant guy who has inspired many a memorable meme.
  • The poor injured doggy who helped me pwn El Gigante.
  • I’d like to forget Ashley the useless presidential daughter. So many times I wished I could’ve just let the cultists carry her away forever.

Second Game Played: Resident Evil REmake

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Teenage me was all about the GameCube! I didn’t have a PS1 at the time and wanted to give the first game a spin. Thankfully, the glorious REmake was available and awesome.

What I remember:

  • “Jill sandwich” Tee hee!
  • Crimson Heads… OMG. I made damn sure I burned all the zombie corpses I could, else they came back with a vengeance as these things.
  • That haunting-cool feeling (that’s really hard to describe) I got from exploring the desolate mansion and piecing together what happened.
  • Lisa Trevor’s tragic tale.

Third Game Played: Resident Evil Zero

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Back when renting games was a thing, I rented this one and played it briefly. I’ve since bought a copy for the GameCube but haven’t had enough of that time thing to give it a serious try.

What I remember:

  • Having really bad anxiety whenever puzzles required me to split up Rebecca and Billy. Tag-teaming the zombies was a lot less scary.
  • Billy’s handcuffs hanging off his wrist. I don’t remember much else about him.

Fourth Game Played: Resident Evil 2

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And then I decided I should tackle the rest of the series in numerical order, like I usually try to do. I beat the GameCube version of this as Leon, and then only did a bit of Claire’s half before deciding it was time to move on. I was probably getting too scared…

What I remember:

  • Claire’s motorcycle.
  • Cute Leon and Ada moments. Having played RE4 first, it was nice to see the debut of Ada’s character.
  • Not a whole lot else… which is a good thing for when I play the recently released REmake of this, no?

Fifth Game Played: Resident Evil 3

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Did one playthrough of this on the GameCube (again). Having a big rocket launcher wielding monster pursuing me was quite the intense experience, let me tell you.

What I remember:

  • Hearing “S.T.A.R.S.!!” and freaking out. Run, Jill! RUN!!
  • Watching Jill get choke-slammed by Nemesis far too many times.
  • Wondering if Nemesis was actually a guy named Matt since the movies were what started me on the whole game series.

Sixth Game Played: Resident Evil Code Veronica X

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I got about half-way through the PlayStation 2 version of Code Veronica before getting stuck, putting it down, and then forgetting about it. I definitely want to give it another try someday!

What I remember:

  • Wondering why Claire was in a jail cell at the start of the game.
  • Being freaked out when the zombies made their debut appearance.
  • Cruel twins and a butterfly.
  • Finding Antarctic zombies way too overpowered.

Seventh Game Played: Resident Evil 5

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It’s safe to say I prefer the action-packed Resident Evil experience, but I do enjoy the classic style as well. And oh boy, I played the heck out of the PlayStation 3 version of Resident Evil 5, making it my very first PlayStation Platinum trophy! I do like showing those off so…

Platinum Trophy 1 - Resident Evil 5

What I remember:

  • Being really freaking excited when I got the Platinum Trophy. Sorry. I’ll stop bragging now.
  • Thinking Chris looked really badass.
  • Questioning why a certain character was blonde and evil now.
  • Getting angry at Sheva’s dumb AI. Don’t get me wrong. I loved her character! The computer was just terrible at controlling her. I remember one area where she basically stood in a laser/light trap getting herself killed. C’mon…

My Resident Evil Future

As you are well aware now, my memory is indeed terrible. That’s a big reason why I enjoy writing about video games on this website as a hobby – I can actually remember games if I reread my babblings about them. But yeah, the Resident Evil series. It honestly just fell off my radar, but I do want to get around to playing the mainline games that I haven’t beaten yet.

Oh and I did end up purchasing the collector’s edition of the Resident Evil 2 REmake for the PS4, after flip-flopping on the decision to follow through with my preorder. Yep. The sweet Leon statue is what sealed the deal for me. But… I’m going to hold off on playing it for now. I need to be in the right mood for gore, zombies, and puzzles. With some life things going on and whatnot, that time is not now. Soon… or at least hopefully this year sometime!

⚡Thanks for reading!⚡

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblings… I mean, articles here!

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LightningEllen

I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)

30 thoughts on “Ah!! The Belated Resident Evil Memories…”

  1. Great rundown of your Resi-speriences ! I live hearing how people encountered this series. I guess given the amount of games and that they’ve changed quite a bit over the years it’s just captured different people at different times.

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  2. The original Resident Evil on PS1 was the first one I played 20 years ago now damn I feel old haha, I’ve played every RE game to date there are some ropey ones in there but overall I love the series and horror games in general. Just when I think you can’t possibly get any cooler I find out you were in the Canadian army I didn’t know they even had one (I’m kidding) seriously though that’s a cool thing to have done. Ah the Resident Evil movies not the best place to start but I have seen them myself and they are a bit of silly fun the guilty pleasure thing meh if you enjoy a film you have nothing to feel guilty about finally hope you enjoy the RE2 remake when you get around to playing I can’t wait to hear/read what you think about it.

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    1. Thanks, dude! I didn’t exactly feel cool at the time, but I’m glad I got some army experience! It’s true. Canada does indeed have a military 😛

      I’ll be honest the last movie was really meh to me, but I loved Apocalypse and the original. I’ll try not to feel guilty for liking the movies, haha. Looking forward to the RE2 REmake when the mood to play it strikes me 😀

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  3. The first one scared the bejeezus out of me in 1997. Me and my friend would take it in turns for each zombie, with him being the gun guy, me being the knife.

    But I stopped after Resi 4, which was a landmark type momet when it came out I remember. And a GameCube exclusive, funnily enough.

    Belting.

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  4. I have to admit of the Resident Evil series I’ve only ever played 4, so it was interesting getting to read an account from someone more versed in the series than I. It’s one of those series where they really went crazy with spinoffs despite the mainline series getting all the critical acclaim. Depending on your perspective, 4 was either the series final hurrah (or at least until the seventh official installment) or the game that forever ruined the series. I personally liked it; it was an example of a game that lived up to the hype. I can sort of understand why fans were on the fence because it really isn’t a survival horror; it’s a horror-flavored action game. That’s probably why it managed to capture such a large audience, but I personally felt it’s deserving of its classic status (or will be once enough years pass).

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    1. I’m glad you liked Resident Evil 4! It probably my favourite game in the series despite the fan drama, haha. But yeah, I’m with you. I can understand why fans of the original games didn’t like the new direction.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed reading about the other games in this post! Thank you 🙂

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  5. That photo of you reminds me of my time in Naval Academy ROTC , shame that I didn’t pursue a career in the military after thinking on it and wanting to pursue it. Anyways, what a great run-down! I like and dislike the Resident Evil series, I like some of the games and don’t like others like Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 5 ( despite liking some of it.) , awesome article!

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    1. Aw, the good ol army days… Glad I did it, but glad I’m not in it anymore, haha. 5am running and marching… oh and basically being owned by my employer? NO, thank you. That’s cool that you spent time in Naval Academy ROTC!

      Thank you for reading! The series is such a mix of gameplay styles. I can understand why some games don’t appeal to some people, for sure.

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      1. Naval Academy ROTC ( Well actually it’s just Navy ROTC.) was pretty neat. Graduated and had the option to go into the Naval Reserve Officers Training thingie and the option to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis but decided against it and pursue another things.

        No problem! I like / dislike Resident Evil, its definitely not one of my favorites but I like it for what it is. I do wish the later installments remainded with the horror aspect instead of Michael Bay but hey, it is what it is. RE5 and RE6 just really tuned me out

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          1. My dad also wanted me to pursue Naval Academy, he himself being a veteran wanted me to do it as I could’ve been a Second Lt in the Marine Corps but wasn’t the path for me. I think it strengthened me, even more, to be in ROTC, due to all the positivity but I hated the exercise and the well-care that you were supposed to maintain. I just wanted to eat Pizza and chocolate bars, man!!

            I’m really interested in where the franchise goes next and really interested if they plan on doing an RE3 remake or a Code Veronica remake. I love Code Veronica and would like to see it remade.

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  6. Given that you don’t like horror games, this is pretty comprehensive of the Resident Evil series. The Gamecube did end up being an odd haven for those games, but it worked out pretty well in all.

    It’s interesting to me how much the series changed between the horror and the action parts. Almost becomes a different series then, just with some characters and a few plot points in coming, but they still manage to make it feel familiar.

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    1. Teenage to young adult me was really able to power through these games despite my horror aversion, haha. It’s the cheesy one-liners, probably! It’s is kinda strange how the GameCube got so much Resident Evil love.

      For sure! I can understand why there’s a lot of fan drama because of the direction changes,

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  7. This is a brilliant piece. You’re the only person I know who has got into the Resident Evil series through the movies so I think the films did their job. Haha.

    Don’t worry about missing the deadline, I’ll get it added to the Resident Evil Memories project once my internet stops cutting out every 10 minutes. 🙂

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    1. I’m probably one of few people on this planet who got into the Resident Evil games because of the movies, haha.

      Thank you! I appreciate it. This collab was an awesome idea so thanks for hosting it. I hope your internet troubles are resolved soon.

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  8. This was awesome. I… did not enjoy the movies lol, but it’s totally cool that you do :). I’ve played all of the main Resident Evil games and just about all of the spinoffs including the horrible Raccoon City.

    I love that you love Resident Evil 5 and that you got the platinum trophy. Congratulations on that. I remember getting all of the achievements on the Xbox 360 and feeling super proud because the multiplayer achievements were not easy to get.

    Part 5 was my favorite Resident Evil until I played the remake that released this year. That game is fantastic and I’m 3 trophies away from my second platinum!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked reading this. And I’m not surprised you don’t like the movies… haha. Few do but oh well! I like what I like, eh 🙂

      Yes!! Resident Evil 5 was amazing. Loved every minute of that game. Thanks. I love that Platinum trophy feeling.

      Woot!! Good luck getting those final trophies and congrats in advance on your 2 Platinum 😀

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  9. Excellent post as always and I would have never guessed you’re a big RE fan! I became one with RE4 which is one of my all-time favorite games and I like the action side of the games more than the horror. RE2 is getting a lot of hype so I will have to give it a try one of these days.

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      1. There was definitely a real lull in the series after RE5 though there are some fun “side” games like the light gun games on Wii and Revelations on 3DS. It really is a great series! 🙂 I think I’m going to play Evil Within soon which is from the maker of RE so I’m excited to see how much fun that is to play!

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  10. Hey, I enjoyed the Resident Evil movies too! The first one was the best, but I enjoyed watching all of them. Nothing wrong with that. 🙂 I also read a book series based off of Resident Evil a long time ago… I don’t really even remember what the books were about, but I did like them! I think I still have them on my bookshelf somewhere… might need to dig them out and re-read them at some point!

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