Friday, 26 October 2012

Resident thrifting

Man it looks spooky around the City of hull lately its has been really foggy for nearly a week now the hole place looks  like Superman 64 out their.
Quite fitting for this time of year, I was looking to find myself a cool horror themed game to play over this Halloween season I had a few in mind, I had Dante's inferno sat on the games pile for awhile now but never being infused to play the damn thing.
I think I know the reason why I think Next gen graphic and game play lack the sense of foreboding and atmosphere stuff from say the 16bit/32bit era gives you.
I think the controls are to smooth and the graphics are to clean to give you a real scare.
Thankfully my thrifting this week help me get into the spirit of things and find a game to make me change my pants.

 It the British heart foundation in Town centre they had crap ton of Sega Saturn games I mean for hull anyways.
Duke nukem 3D was first to catch my eye then the rest of them on the shelf behind snapped into focus.

I spotted road rash and loaded the the rest of them

Madden 97
athletic kings
euro 96
tomb raider
vitura fighter 2
victory boxing
theme park

I was readying myself to go buy a few of them when I realised they where all over priced 
£3.99 - £6.99 Then I saw C&C and UMK3 I was thinking over I would pay £7 for UMK3 if it was in good shape, It wasn't it was all beat up and the rest,

where to much for what they where if they had been £1.99 each I would have had all but the Madden Euro and tomb raider.

But there was one game I did buy for £6.99 on Sega Saturn from that shop. Paying a lot more then I would normally but to see this in the wild and a game I had been looking for to play since having a Saturn.

Resident evil on Sega Saturn! £6.99 like the other top games I saw that day checking eBay there is money left in this game about 12-15 The book and disc where in great shape for a game of its age it was like new.

Since buying the game I have been playing it and finding out some really interesting comparisons with other versions of the game.

 First up is the use of the Saturn controller with the game I played resident evil once before on Saturn about 5 or 6 years ago when I found it unboxed in gamestation apart from that brief    
encounter My experience's of the game has been firmly placed in the hands of Sony PlayStation's control pad. 
The Saturn pad I used was the second model, the other pad I have for Saturn is the less fat mega drive looking one, The larger pad in the photo at first glance looked like it could be a pain to use for this game I was so wrong.

Sega have out done them self's this pad is a dream to use with resident evil the shoulder buttons pack in tight to the pad this makes it very easy to get your weapon ready. 
and A to run B to fire the old school buttons make a welcome retro flare to a great pad design and my new weapon of choice when it comes to resident evil.

And a lot better then this monster.

Resident evil pad.

 Next up is the cool alternate costumes in the game. When the FMV starts and you can see July 1998 hold the L+R buttons down on the second pad, then press start on the first pad. when the game start both Jill and Chris have funky new treads on, that do not appear in the PlayStation original or Directors cut and to my knowledge the DS version.

The Sega version came out in 1997 so it is in between the original 96 and directors cut 98 so this is a little plus for Saturn owners.

Upon completion you will unlock battle game,
a new mode where you have to take down a number of enemy's in stages. 
There is also a trick you can do with Jill at the start of the game when you go into the dinning room with Barry go back to see Wesker then back to Barry then Wesker then Barry again, Doing this will trigger a new line of dialogue from Barry and make the game a bit easier.
A boss fight with two tyrants and a new monster call a tick and that's all the extra stuff you get with the Saturn version.

Then there is the graphics Its almost like the difference between Snes and megadrive. 
PlayStation is smoother and due to Saturn rendering in quads it looks more square but then the detail the Saturn version is more prominent, Overall the PlayStation looks better but not by much.

The best version of the game is resident evil Deadly silence on nintendo DS It has nothing cut out and more modes then the others and you can skip the doors loading always helps just a shame its confided to a small screen, But non the less A true testament to how awesome this game is that I should find so much more out of it by just by playing it on a different format and showing how capable the Sega Saturn was, 

Right then I am off to make myself a Jill sandwich.