Resident Evil has been re-released a number of times over the years, and on Windows and the PlayStation several times.

Director's Cut

Following the scrapping and redevelopment of Resident Evil 2, Capcom produced a second version of Resident Evil for the PlayStation, titled "Director's Cut", released September 1997. This version featured new backgrounds for a number of rooms, mostly from different angles but with some updated room designs for the laboratory. Enemy and item places were altered to make it more challenging to players of the original game, who would find their prior tactics nullified. This game is available for download on the PlayStation Network in Europe and Japan.

DualShock Ver.

The DualShock version was also released in 1997 for the PlayStation after the DualShock controller with analog controls and vibrations became the standard controller for the console. This version kept the changes made in the Director's Cut. A new score was composed by Takashi Niigaki on behalf of Mamoru Samuragochi. This game is available for download on the PlayStation Network in the United States.

Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn version was produced by a third party developer, Nextech, and was released in July 1997. It came with a minigame "Battle Game", and included new costumes as well as new enemies, a second Tyrant and a replacement to the Hunter named "Tick".

Deadly Silence

Resident Evil: Deadly Silence was released in early 2006 as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, produced by Keiji Inafune and Minoru Nakai. This version can be played in two forms, "Classic" and "Rebirth". "Rebirth" features first-person battle sequences; different enemy placements, including an optional Yawn battle in the guardhouse, and a new set of puzzles.


Capcom and third party developers made a re-released a number of PC versions.

NEC/VideoLogic version

This version was first released in Japan by NEC in 1996 for gamers using the PowerVR graphics processor.[1] VideoLogic distributed the game in Europe in November 1997. The game, or at least the VideoLogic version, has uncensored cutscenes.[2]

OS Windows 95
CPU Pentium 133 MHz or above
RAM 24MB or higher (32MB recommended)
HDD space 1MB
Display 640x480
CD Drive 2-times writing speed

Windows 95, Capcom

Capcom's Japanese Windows 95 port was released on 14 September 1997. It was designed for computers using standard Windows 95-recommended hardware as well as Direct3D software. It could play at 16MB RAM,[3] lower than the earlier NEC version. The game was re-released for Windows 98, but no changes were made.[4]

Direct3D Windows 95
OS Windows 95 
CPU Pentium 133 MHz (166 MHz or above recommended) Pentium 166 MHz (200 MHz or above recommended)
RAM 16MB (32MB or above recommended) 
CD-ROM drive 2-times writing speed.
Audio DirectSound compatible card (Or DirextX 3) 
HDD space 1MB or above 
Display 640X480 High Colour (16 Bit) 

European Virgin version

This Virgin version was released in Europe on 17 September 1997, where Virgin at the time had distribution rights. This version of the game is known to have the same censorship as the PlayStation version.[5] In July 1998, Virgin re-released the game under the "White Label" name.

North American Virgin version

This Virgin version was released in the United States and Canada on 30 September 1997.[6] Though it was advertised with the words, "Uncut! More Gore! More Violence! More Horror than the original monster PlayStation hit", this version was censored by mistake, and the uncensored live-action cutscenes were offered for download from Capcom's website as an apology.

Ultra 2000

The Ultra 2000 version came out in Japan on 30 November 1999, and was released by MediaKite. It was built to take advantage of the Windows 98 and, consequently, requires better processor and RAM requirements than the earlier Windows 95 releases.[7]

OS Windows 95/Windows 98
CPU Pentium 166 MHz or above (200 MHz recommended)
HDD space 1MB (up to 300MB)
CD drive 4x Writing speed
Display 640X480 High Colour (16 Bit)

Mobile phone

BIOHAZARD Director's Cut DualShock Ver. was released for Samsung's SCH-G100 and SPH-G1000 gamephones. This version came in South Korean subtitles.[8]

Further notes

  • The PC version of the game has numerous porting issues (namely the inability to exit the game by using a command prompt like CTRL ALT DEL). It also has support issues for operating systems above Windows 95, and Capcom never seems to have made any patches to fix this.


  1. Crimson Ceremony - NEC stats.
  2. Crimson Ceremony - VideoLogic stats.
  3. Crimson Ceremony - Capcom Windows 95 stats.
  4. Crimson Ceremony - Special Price Pack stats.
  5. Crimson Ceremony - Virgin Entertainment port.
  6. Crimson Ceremony - Virgin NA stats.
  7. Crimson Ceremony - Ultra 2000 stats.
  8. Capcom’s “Resident Evil Director’s Cut” makes its way to SAMSUNG’s Gamephone!. (June 15, 2005). Retrieved on 2020-05-19.

See also

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