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Biohazard
バイオハザード
22 Mar 1996

   
Bizarre murders have been occurring in the forest surrounding Racoon City. The 'Bravo Team' of the Police S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Squad) is dispatched to investigate the area, but all contact is lost with them.
‘Alpha Team' is immediately sent out to search for them; but they only find an empty helicopter. Suddenly, they are attacked by fierce wolf-like monsters... Caught by surprise, the team takes shelter inside a neighbouring mansion.
From here on in, for either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, the mystery unfolds: the mansion’s inhabitants have seemingly been infected by a strange disease and become zombies, hungry for human blood. There is no escape... Roaming packs of mutated dogs hound the mansion's grounds, and who knows what dark happenings are going on in the basement.
The heroes split up, and begin exploring the mysterious building. With monsters hiding in the shadows, limited ammunition, and no idea of what is really going on, they must "survive the horror"...
 

 

PlayStation
 

PlayStation
 

Sega Saturn
 

Sega Saturn
 

 
At first, Biohazard comes across as an archetypal PC-style adventure game, very much along the same lines as Infogrames' Alone in the Dark (1992). But Capcom pushed the envelope further by making the character a lot more responsive and the action more instant; while banking heavily on tension, discomfort and fear. The setting is typical horror movie fare: enter a ghost house, undead foes suddenly attack by springing out of cupboards, dogs come crashing through windows, etc...
Never before had a videogame been so genuinely scary. The violence and gore are a factor, but despite all of the scaremongering media outrage that followed its release, it is in fact remarkably tame when directly compared to your average horror flick, or even anything coming out these days.
The eerie environments and creepy soundtrack are a definite factor, but it is the game architecture that plays the most critical part in the mix. The game is full of tight spots caused by a severe lack of ammunition - it doesn't take long to learn that avoiding the monsters and keeping a full clip is the secret to success, not gunning everything in sight.
Biohazard marks a massive landmark in the history of video gaming. It set the ball rolling for a new 'cinematic' approach to gaming, that would reach a peak in Konami's outrageous movie-fest Metal Gear Solid (1998). The game itself is far from perfect, yet you tend to forgive the patronising puzzles, low-rent voice acting and stunning naiveté of the characters. It is once the initial adjustment is out of the way that Biohazard eventually becomes an interesting experience: it certainly becomes a lot more fun and action-packed when you know what to do and where you're going.
The game became a massive success all around the world; where it was retitled 'Resident Evil', and cautiously censored to keep the US-led anti-game violence witch-hunt quiet. The ensuing series finally allowed Capcom to slowly move away from their arcade heritage, and begin cementing their reputation as a quality 'home' producer.
 

 


   
Released 18 months after the original Biohazard, the 'Director's Cut' edition (25 Sep 1997) includes both the 'Original' game and an all-new 'Arrange' variant that shuffles around the items and throws in a few extra detail here and there.
In truth, the main appeal of this release (at the time) was the bonus demo disc of the upcoming Biohazard 2 (29 Jan 1998).

The 2nd re-issue, Biohazard Director's Cut Dual Shock Ver. (6 Aug 1998) gets a special mention for replacing the Biohazard 2 demo with an exclusive 'Biohazard Complete Disc' (left) featuring tons of bonus content, movies and memory card data files for both Biohazard and Biohazard 2.
 


 
To celebrate Biohazard's 10th anniversary, Capcom re-release the 1996 PlayStation original in for the Nintendo DS.
Biohazard Deadly Silence (19 Jan 2006) features an all-new 'Rebirth' mode that throws in a couple of original touch-screen puzzles here and there, and some rather pointless first-person knife scenes that involve randomly scratching away at the screen with a plastic pen. The game itself remains exactly the same as the PS original - which is a good thing - but you can't help but feel that this kind of action is much better suited to the big screen.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Biohazard
バイオハザード
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 22 Mar 1996
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-00222
Size (cm) 14.2 x 13 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
This is where it all began: the very first Biohazard, in all its bloody, gory and gruesome glory. A small piece of gaming history - in a box.
Still widely available, but it is slowly becoming harder and harder to find in good condition.

PlayStation case, PS CD-ROM disc, 32-page colour manual, spine card.

Biohazard Taiken Ban
バイオハザード 体験版
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released ?
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-80027
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 0.6
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Promotional 'Trial Version' demo disc, featuring a time limit of 15 minutes and a few subtle differences from the finished product (camera angles, item layout).
A very valuable item!

CD single case, PS CD-ROM disc, 4-page fold out colour inlay.

Biohazard - Yume de Owara se nai... / Fumitaka Fuchigami
"BIO HAZARD" テーム曲 夢で終らせない... / 渕上史貴

CD SINGLE
DETAILS
Format CD Single
Released 10 Apr 1996
Publisher Toshiba EMI
Product ID TODT-3706
Size (cm) 16.6 x 8.6 x 0.4
Weight (kg) 0.04
PRICE
STATUS
Official CD-single release featuring the end credits theme song 'I Won't Let This End as a Dream' and bonus track 'Icy Gaze'.
A really vintage Biohazard collectible, but look out: content-wise this is just another reminder of how low musical standards can get in Japan.
CD single sleeve, 4-track mini-CD.
(view back)

Track Listing:
1. Yume de Owara se nai...
2. Kori no Manazashi
3. Yume de Owara se nai... (Original Karaoke)
4. Kori no Manazashi (Original Karaoke)

Biohazard
バイオハザード
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DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 7 May 1996
Publisher Shueisha
Product ID (no ISBN#)
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.6 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
V-Jump magazine delivers the very first Biohazard guide book, and it is a visually flamboyant affair: every single page is packed with official art and screenshots.
Monsters, weapons, items, maps... everything covered.

152 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Kanzen Kōryaku Manual
バイオハザード 完全攻略マニュアル

HAOH GAME SPECIAL 60
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 17 June 1996
Publisher Kodansha
Product ID ISBN4-06-329260-6
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Clear and well-presented 'Perfect Capture Manual' from Kodansha, that focuses a lot more on the maps and navigational hints. It also includes tips, art, items, and a nice cast / bestiary section.

98 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Sound Track Remix
バイオハザード サウンドトラック リミックス

SOUNDTRACK CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 7 Aug 1996
Publisher Toshiba EMI
Product ID TYCY-5511
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official soundtrack release featuring the complete score to the game, 'arranged' versions of the standard OST ('Mansion', 'Courtyard', 'Guardhouse' etc.), and 'Overseas' versions of the opening and ending themes.

CD case, 34-track audio CD, 4-page booklet, spine card.

Biohazard Perfect Guide
バイオハザード パーフェクトガイド

INSIDE OF BIO-HAZARD
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 22 Mar 1997
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-89366-659-2
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
Neat and tidy 'Inside of Bio-Hazard' guide book from the Famitsu editorial.
Presents a superb selection of clear and easy-to-navigate 3D maps presented in a comprehensive, step-by-step, and a very time attack friendly layout.

144 pages, full colour, Japanese.

The True Story Behind Biohazard
ザ・トゥルーストーリー・ビハインド・バイオハザード

NOVEL
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 25 July 1997
Publisher Capcom
Product ID (no ISBN#)
Size (cm) 21.5 x 15.5 x 1.8
Weight (kg) 0.46
PRICE
STATUS
Limited 'Not for Sale' hardback storybook, entirely in Japanese, released by Capcom as a freebie to be given away with pre-ordered copies of the Sega Saturn version.
Each book is stamped with its own individual serial number.

160 pages, 16 in colour, Japanese.

Biohazard
バイオハザード

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 25 July 1997
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1219G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The Sega Saturn gets itself an excellent conversion of the PlayStation smash hit, that is even further enhanced by its addictive 'Battle Game'.
It feels a lot smoother to play, too.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 26-page colour manual, spine card.

Saturn Biohazard Official Guide
サターン版 バイオハザード オフィシャルガイド

GUIDE BOOK for SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 26 Aug 1997
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-89366-794-7
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.5 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Clear, spacious and by-the-numbers official guide for the Sega Saturn version, with every area covered by tons of screenshots & maps.
The layout is minimalist, but the book is very big, and super in-depth.

192 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Sega Saturn Biohazard
セガサターン版 バイオハザード

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DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 8 Sep 1997
Publisher Shueisha
Product ID ISBN4-08-108056-9
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.5 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
V-Jump's complementary guide for the Sega Saturn version is a small but colourful, intricate and detailed affair.
It also features a special section dedicated to the Saturn 'Battle Game', and a pull-out mansion map.

112 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Director's Cut
バイオハザード ディレクターズカット

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 25 Sep 1997
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-00998~9
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1.3
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
'Director's Cut' re-release of the PlayStation Biohazard that includes a bonus 'Arrange Game' with a few extra details thrown in, and a complementary 'Trial Version' demo disc of Biohazard 2 (1998).

Twin PlayStation case, PS CD-ROM x 2, 24-page colour manual, spine card.

Biohazard Director's Cut Kōshiki Perfect Guide
バイオハザード ディレクターズカット 公式パーフェクトガイド

INSIDE OF BIO-HAZARD
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 22 Oct 1997
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-89366-843-9
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
Straight-up 'Director's Cut' update of the previous 'Inside of Bio-Hazard' book listed above.
Includes a step-by-step walkthrough with 3D maps, 'Secret Feature' and 'Item' sections, and a brief interview with the producer and lead programmer.

160-pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Director's Cut
バイオハザード ディレクターズカット

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DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 10 Nov 1997
Publisher Shueisha
Product ID ISBN4-08-108063-1
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.5 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
V-Jump Magazine deliver another super-efficient Biohazard guide book.
Focuses primarily on the Director's Cut 'Arrange Mode', with a 'Special Appendix' featuring two fold-out 'Perfect Maps' for Arrange, Original and Beginner modes.

106 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Director's Cut Dual Shock Ver.
バイオハザード ディレクターズカット デュアルショックバージョン

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 6 Aug 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01512~3
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1.3
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Third, final, and 'definitive' version of the first Biohazard for PlayStation.
Includes the 'Director's Cut' game disc and an exclusive 'Bonus Disc' featuring memory card data files for Biohazard, Director's Cut and Biohazard 2, a movie gallery with every live action ending and a sneak peak of the cancelled 'Biohazard 1.5' prototype game.

Twin PlayStation case, PS CD-ROM x 2, colour manual, spine card.

Biohazard Deadly Silence
バイオハザード デットリーサイレンス

NINTENDO DS
DETAILS
Format Nintendo DS
Released 19 Jan 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID NTR-ABHJ-JPN
Size (cm) 13.5 x 12.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The original PlayStation Biohazard gets itself a full dust-off and reworking for the Nintendo DS.
Features the 'Original' game alongside an all-new 'Rebirth' mode featuring a few touchy-screen puzzles and knifing bits.
The best thing has to be the all-new wireless multi-player game.

Standard DS case, DS game card, 44-page colour booklet.

Biohazard Deadly Silence Limited Pack
バイオハザード デッドリーサイレンス リミテッドパック

NINTENDO DS
DETAILS
Format Nintendo DS
Released 19 Jan 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01018
Size (cm) 22.3 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
'Limited Pack' Capcom Box Set of the DS Deadly Silence.
Cardboard presentation box includes the same game edition as above (NTR-ABHJ-JPN), a leather protective case for the (old style) DS and a S.T.A.R.S. phone strap.

Images: (pic 1) (pic 2) (back)

Biohazard Deadly Silence Official Complete Guide
バイオハザード デッドリーサイレンス オフィシャルコンプリートガイド

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 23 Feb 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ISBN4-86233-023-1
Size (cm) 21 x 15 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.28
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Complete Guide' for the DS Biohazard re-release.
Presents 'Character', 'System', 'Map Guide', 'Data' and 'Wireless Play' chapters, along with an 'Extra' section with 'Secret Factor', 'Master of Knifing' and 'Time Attack' articles.

176 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Deadly Silence [Best Price]
バイオハザード デットリーサイレンス [ベストプライス]

NINTENDO DS
DETAILS
Format Nintendo DS
Released 25 Jan 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID NTR-ABHJ-JPN-1
Size (cm) 13.5 x 12.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Best Price!' re-release of the DS Deadly Silence.

Standard DS case, DS game card, colour booklet.

Biohazard Deadly Silence [New Best Price 2000]
バイオハザード デットリーサイレンス [NEW Best Price 2000]

NINTENDO DS
DETAILS
Format Nintendo DS
Released 25 Dec 2008
Publisher Capcom
Product ID NTR-ABHJ-JPN-2
Size (cm) 13.5 x 12.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Second reprint of the DS Biohazard, this time for the budget 'New Best Price 2000' label.

Standard DS case, DS game card, colour booklet.

 



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