Resident Evil Zero - Wii

Also known as: Biohazard Zero', 'Resident Evil Archives: Zero

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Resident Evil Zero (Wii)
Also for: GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Survival Horror
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Capcom Soft. Co.: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom (GB)
Released: 22 Jan 2010 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Nunchuck


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Continuing Capcom’s trend of re-releasing Gamecube Resident Evil games for the Wii, Resident Evil Zero is a trip down memory lane (albeit a twisted and horrific one) for most, and an introduction to the genesis of the survival horror series to those new to the franchise.

In this chapter of the saga, you get to explore the backstory and events of the incidents that precede the first Resident Evil, released way back in 1996. The incidents in question revolve around female lead Rebecca Chambers who, along with other members of the STARS team, discovers a half-destroyed military transport truck containing corpses of several navy officers.

The remains are identified and the dead officers are accounted for. Except for one - Captain Billy Coen. Under orders from Commander Enrico, Bravo Team set out to investigate Coen's disappearance and, as you may expect, what follows is no picnic with Keith Harris and Orville.

Much like Resident Evil Archives before it, this Wii remake of Resident Evil Zero takes advantage of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to explore rooms, take out zombies and use typewriters with ease. Uniquely, you get to control Rebecca and Billy in tandem as they try to survive together, and this adds a whole new element to the classic Resident Evil games that you thought you knew from the late 1990s.

Also notable are the item boxes, or lack of them. That's right, they're gone, and you now have the power to leave items or, should the two characters be in the same vicinity, trade them. These two aspects mean you have to adopt a completely different frame of mind - puzzles are now geared more towards two-person scenarios and you need to be a lot more careful with the use and placement of items.

Zero is a fine addition to anyone's Resident Evil collection. Once one of the Gamecube's flagship titles, it now takes a deserved place among the list of enjoyable Wii games and should be played by all. Unless you're scared of zombies, in which case you might be better off buying FIFA or something.