The mid 90's: A time of change in the videogames industry. Sony's PlayStation console was leading the charge into a brave new era of polygon-powered gaming. Few games summed up the shift better than Resident Evil.
Horror-themed 3D adventures had been tried before, not least with Alone in the Dark - but it was the 1996 release of Capcom's Resident Evil which set the modern standard. Immersing players in a mysterious mansion full of hideous monsters, curious puzzles, cinematic camera angles and haphazardly strewn firearms, it was the first masterful fusion of Romero-like horror with hybrid adventure-shooter gaming. Survival Horror was born.That one game has since spawned a franchise, with games, novels, comics and films alike telling of the bioweapon threat brought about by theT and G-Viruses of the evilUmbrella Corporation, and the traitorous plotting of the devious Albert Wesker. But wherever an outbreak has occurred, so too have heroes emerged; with Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine and Leon S. Kennedy amongst those who have survived the horror.
Following a riotous return to form with the action-packed Resident Evil 4, gamers can soon experience a new chapter of Survival Horror with Resident Evil 5. Umbrella may be gone, but the legacy of their research remains; and as bioweapons fall into terrorist hands, Chris Redfield finds himself in deepest Africa - unwittingly, at the place it all began.
This time, however, he is not alone...