Resident Evil
Series Resident Evil
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) NA JP Capcom
PAL Virgin Interactive
PlayStation Platform(s) PlayStation
PlayStation Portable (PSN)
PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Release date(s) JP March 22, 1996
NA March 30, 1996
PAL August 1, 1996
Director's Cut
JP September 25, 1997
NA September 30, 1997
PAL December 10, 1997
Director's Cut Dual Shock
JP August 6, 1998
NA September 14, 1998
PlayStation Network
JP November 22, 2006
NA May 28, 2009
PAL March 23, 2011
Genre Horror Survival
Rating(s) NA M
Mode(s) Singleplayer

Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan) is a horror survival game for the PlayStation. It is the first installment of the Resident Evil series. A Director's Cut version and a Director's Cut Dual Shock version were re-released for the PlayStation. The game was also released for the PlayStation Network. A free download for the game (Director's Cut Dual Shock version) was available via PlayStation Home in Part 2 of the minigame: PlayStation Quest.

Game ComponentsEdit

Health SystemEdit

The health system uses a heart-beat monitor visual and has 5 health stats:

  • Fine (Green)
  • Fine (Yellow)
  • Caution
  • Danger!
  • Dead (Not shown)


Note: Buttons not listed do not have a control.

Type AEdit

  • X - Use
  • Square - Dash (w/ movement)
  • Triangle - Cancel
  • R1 - Get Ready
  • Start - Inventory
  • Directional Pad - Move


Spoiler warning!
This article contains plot details.

Combat KnifeEdit

The Combat Knife is the players default weapon. It is everlasting, so the player always has something to fight with.


A pistol gun. The gun can hold up to 15 bullets per magazine. In the Beginner difficulty, there is a small chance of an instant-decapitation when shot at a zombie. This is found when the player returns to the front doors at the beginning of the game, only to find the rest of his team gone.

Content DescriptorsEdit

Director's Cut Dual ShockEdit

The Director's Cut Dual Shock version was rated M for Animated Blood and Gore (in-game zombies with limbs being severed), Realistic Blood and Gore (cutscenes), and Animated Violence (in-game violence).


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