RE7 reminded me that I never actually finished my favourite of the PSX Resident Evils, and now I finally actually have the perfect setup to scratch that itch

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It's been really wild to revisit PSX games on an actual CRT for the first time in decades, because modern pixel perfect screenshots have supplanted that in my head. But they really did just look better at the time! Prerendered backgrounds were meant to be filtered by the display!

"Oh yeah, classic Resident Evil isn't THAT hard, I didn't have that hard a time with it when I originally played this! I'll be fine!" she says, right before eating shit four times in a row to a bunch of normal zombies before the evil boyfriend even shows up

Also like it's funny to me that the low poly 3D models do all they need to, the prerendered backgrounds with super deliberate fixed angles and tons of tiny details still look great and evocative, but the one thing that truly aged poorly was what they were so proud of: CUTSCENES

That said what the fuck is going on in the Raccoon City Police Department, exactly

Oh, right. Everyone has reminded me that this is for Leon Kennedy’s welcoming party that was interrupted due to sudden events. That’ll teach me to go ten years in between games

Man, Nemesis is a real funny concept. What if Pfizer created a really big guy who very specifically wants to kill SWAT members

Honestly the real implausible parts of this game are that Raccoon City is so walkable and has such a strong civic maintenance budget that they can actually keep all the baroque crystal clock lock gate mechanisms at City Hall in working order

Okay, here's what's actually jumping out at me: all the little environmental details and architecture and signage are all super good, totally nailing the look. You can tell they had a lot of photoreference material and wanted a strong north-eastern American city vibe.

But the geography of Raccoon City is actually pretty weird! It's full of single lane streets with no parking, pedestrian arcades, and shops in alleys... all of which are things that are VERY common in big Japanese cities, but much rarer in North America.

This is obv intentional—it's all alleys and streets blocked off by crashed cars because it wants navigating the city to be feel as claustrophic as the mansion in RE1 was. Which works really well!

But it does make Raccoon City feel like "what if Tokyo was dressed up like Boston?"

Another great thing that comes out of all the narrow streets of Raccoon City is that it's able to have multiple exits and routes through town, helping you avoid getting backed into a corner by Nemesis, but also making you feel very clever for ducking into shortcuts to get away

ME DEFENDING THE HONOUR OF EARLY RE ON THE INTERNET: Tank controls are good bc they impart a sense of clumsiness! After all, Jill isn’t an action hero
ME DODGING NEMESIS BY THROWING MYSELF AT THE WALL ON THE SIDE OF HIS BUM SHOULDER THEN TOKYO DRIFTING TO THE EXIT: I’m badass C:

@christinelove oh yeah CRTs look great. Especially with being able to natively do high resolutions with no lag

@christinelove It's a shame that the popular "nostalgia consoles" don't have realistic "CRT Emulation" modes.

They don't even try to recreate the softening and blending that those artists were depending on.

Instead, they just add a bunch of black lines that you wouldn't even see on a real TV anyway.

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