The Resident Evil series has seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to the awesome and terrifying Resident Evil VII and the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2. I have been a longtime fan of the Resident Evil series and today I want to look back at Resident Evil Code Veronica on the Sega Dreamcast.
Let me start by saying that the Dreamcast is not the best way to play this game. It has been re-released many, many times and the Code Veronica X version is the one that you want to play. However for me personally Resident Evil Code Veronica on the Sega Dreamcast was one of the first games that really made me feel just how much more powerful the Dreamcast was than the competition at the time.
Sure you could say that it should have been Soul Calibur that did this for me, but it was Code Veronica. Released in 2000, Resident Evil Code Veronica was the first big game that I purchased for my Dreamcast after I got it at the tail end of 1999. I was already a Resident Evil fan, but Code Veronica was different and to say it blew me away is a huge understatement.
I read a ton of gaming magazines during this time, but I read very little on this game. I wanted it to be a surprise and a surprise it was. At the time that opening cinematic with Clair Redfield was the most amazing thing I had ever seen in a game. It was so good the second Resident Evil movie ripped it off! However as well as looking incredible, Resident Evil Code Veronica was also a fantastic game from a story point of view. The improved visuals helped a great deal, but I loved the mystery around the Ashford and the new strain of the virus truly incredible.
For me, Resident Evil Code Veronica was the hardest game in the series. So hard that I actually screwed up my first playthrough and had to restart the whole game after ending up at the Tyrant with no health and no ammo! Speaking of ammo it feels so scarce in this game that it makes you make sure that each shot you fire counts and in some cases you are better to run away or take the time to finish a zombie off with your knife than waste a bullet. It makes the game way tenser and I think that adds to the overall fun.
Resident Evil Code Veronica I feel has aged very well and still it is one of my favorite games in the series. Not just that, this is one of the stand out games on the Sega Dreamcast for me and when I think of classic Dreamcast games, Code Veronica is always one that I think of.