The first thing I think about when someone mentions zombies isn’t George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, or Dawn of the Dead; it’s actually the Resident Evil game franchise produced by Capcom. I remember as a young child watching my brother play the game and getting excited but scared because of the opening voice creepily saying the title of the game. I would watch in awe as my brother would solve puzzles, confront zombies, and battle bosses; to me it felt like a long movie that just got better and better as it went along. I would watch him play it and it wouldn’t even bother me that I’m not playing because I got the same amount of excitement my brother would get, maybe even more!

I recall that I never actually played the game until I faced my fears about the grotesque, slow moving creature until I reached my early teens. I decided to play the third game in the series because it appealed more than the others; it was a city setting, overran with zombies; and you, as the main character Jill Valentine, had to escape the city because it would later become a victim of a nuclear warhead. Tell me that doesn’t appeal to you, because if it didn’t you must dislike great games. When I started it up I was so scared, I didn’t want to be alone in my room playing this game at night! But there was this drive in myself to play this game, I wanted to face my fears and beat this game. Needless to say I didn’t sleep well that night, but it was well worth it.

I became such a huge fan of the series that I wanted to play all the games, from zero to five, so I found my brothers old consoles from the garage, the Nintendo 64and the Dreamcast, and hooked them up and quickly started working on Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. I had countless hours of fun; I almost forgot I even had an Xbox! I got so into the video game, I went ahead and actually studied the history of how this entire situation happened, not counting the horrible movies. As a big fan I’ve always preferred the older games over the more modern Resident Evil games like four and five. With four and five I missed the feeling of worrying about how much ammunition I have left, or how I’m going to fit all of these items in my inventory.

That is the classic Resident Evil, but don’t get me wrong four and five are great games but it lacks the uniqueness the other games had, like getting use to handling the difficult controls, not being able to control the camera, and the eerie vibe it gave off. You can’t get that from the recent games, especially not in Operation Raccoon City where they basically throw you an abundant amount of ammo and put a team of four with you, I felt like I was playing Gears of War, what has the makers of the games come to? I only hope that make up for it in Resident Evil 6, which I have been anticipating since December 2011. I d o hope Capcom releases another Resident Evil game similar to those before four, just so old time gamers have something to be excited for, so we can come back from work or school, open up a cold one, sit back and embark on another scary journey like the ones they had back in high school, for old time’s sake.

Daniel Ng plays games a lot on the computer now, its tons of fun and readily accessible to play a variety of game types and he spends remaining time in local internet browsing for computer repair Fort Lauderdale and Computer repair Broward.

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