The most controversial Resident Evil title ever made. A title that has the fan base completely split down the middle regarding its authenticity. It’s no secret that this wasn’t developed by Capcom, but a British company called ‘M4’. With that in mind however, Shinji Mikami is credited within the game as advisor.
Indeed Capcom themselves don’t really seem to know the truth behind this title, many people have emailed them and many have received mixed responses. Some responses have said that the game is unofficial, and bares no effect on the series’ story. Other responses say the direct opposite.
Though fundamentals are in place, the game is very different from a traditional Resident Evil. The combat system for instance is totally different. Players run around through a top down perspective, and as soon as combat begins the game jumps to first person. Where a bar moves at the bottom of the screen from left to right. Players are required to hit the fire button when the bar highlights the enemy, and a dead centre shot results in a headshot. It takes a little getting used to, but strangely works on the Gameboy Color. This game is also the first to implement an armour system, which was going to make it’s first use in Resident Evil 1.5.