Instant Trailer Review: The Evil Within

The Game: The Evil Within

The Makers: Publisher Bethesda and developer Tango Gameworks, which is led by Executive Producer Shinji Mikami, aka the guy who created Resident Evil

The Release Date: TBA 2014

The Reason to Watch: To see what a real new Resident Evil game looks like in action.

I was among the first to pick up a PlayStation, now known as the PSOne, when Sony first dove into gaming way back in 1995, and after the shine of launch titles like Battle Arena Toshinden, Ridge Racer, and ESPN Extreme Games wore off (which didn’t take long, trust me) the console sat like a brick in my college apartment for months. And then Resident Evil arrived. I clearly remember it was the spring, which is fitting because it was a long and dreary winter for Sony’s once promising machine, and like the change in seasons, Resident Evil changed everything for the PSOne.

Long story short, Resident Evil and its creator, Shinji Mikami, hold a special place in my gaming heart. That’s why I can’t wait to see Mikami’s return to real survival horror with The Evil Within. Today we got our first look at it in action, courtesy of Bethesda publishing the Tokyo Game Show trailer, and at the risk of sounding like a fanboy, I feel like Mikami put this one together just for me.

The intro arrival of the cops at the crime scene is classic Resident Evil. So much so, I was half expecting to see a Raccoon City sign and the Umbrella logo.  It’s as if Mikami is giving us a not-so-subtle nudge and wink, letting us know he’s well aware of how his franchise has gone astray in recent years, and he knows exactly what fans really want from RE-style survival horror.

It’s also clear Mikami has been influenced by other horror franchises over the years, and there are dashes of Silent Hill, Saw, and even The Ring mixed in with all the classic Resident Evil goodness. The big difference this time is that it appears Mikami is leaving his iconic biological bad guys behind for the demonic. The corpse of the woman transforming into a spider monster demon at the 1:40 mark is creepy as hell.

The Trailer on the Makes-Me-Want-to-Play-it Meter: An impressed and enthusiastic (and slightly creeped out) 8.

For a first look at Resident Evil: Remade, er, The Evil Within, Mikami has hit all the right notes. Yes, it looks like we’ve seen this all before, but there is a world of difference between survival horror archetypes and cliches. It’s still early, but this one looks to be shaping up as the core Resident Evil experience that fans have been waiting for.


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