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Biohazard Series
バイオハザード シリーズ
 
 
Capcom took everybody by surprise with Biohazard. By taking the standard PC-style 'graphical adventure' formula and blending it with precise and responsive gameplay, they succeeded in creating an unbelievably potent mix: a tense, eerie and atmospheric action adventure game that took the world by storm, and created a whole new genre unto itself: the 'Survival Horror'.
The original Biohazard (1996) attracted a phenomenal amount of attention the world over. The game courted praise and controversy in equal measure, and sequel Biohazard 2 (1998) saw the series become one of the most lucrative brands the industry has ever seen, spawning a near endless stream of comics, novels, soundtrack CDs, art books, toys, and three full-length Hollywood feature films.
The series has come full circle. Its creator, Shinji Mikami, has often stated that Biohazard was a direct result of his fondness for cult horror cinema, citing George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) as primary influences. Needless to say, the end product is remarkably faithful to its source material: exciting, creepy, nonsensical, and very, very tongue-in-cheek. Original promotional flyers for Biohazard were deliberate mock-ups of classic horror movie posters (left).
Capcom either timed things perfectly, or were damn lucky: the PlayStation era was the perfect opportunity to start exploring new ways of merging accurate console gameplay with traditionally PC-style cinematic environments.
The series has developed and evolved along with the platforms and technologies available over the years, and Capcom have ended up with a sure-fire winner that bore them more financial and critical fruit than Street Fighter and Rockman combined, with over 40 million units sold to date.
 

 

Biohazard (1996)
 

Biohazard 5 (2009)
 

 
 
 

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22 Mar 1996

25 July 1997

25 Sep 1997

27 Jan 1998
 

 
The basic gameplay of the original Biohazard (1996) involves guiding a 3D character around fixed, single screen backgrounds. This allows for plenty of high-strung action, achieved through the use of 'fixed camera angles'.
The game's phenomenal success saw it released quickly on the Sega Saturn, followed by Biohazard Director's Cut (1997) for the PlayStation, a minor re-issue of the original game notable above all for including a playable demo disc of the upcoming Biohazard 2 (1998).
 

 

6 Aug 1998

6 Aug 1998

22 Sep 1999

22 Dec 1999
 

 
The phenomenal Biohazard 3 (1999) is probably the best game of the original series. Fast, exciting and full of action, it also refined the mission-based 'Mercenaries Mode', a staple of the series' long-term appeal. As the PlayStation era drew to a close, the series found itself a new home on the Dreamcast.
 

 

27 Jan 2000

28 Jan 2000

3 Feb 2000

16 Nov 2000
 

 
The Dreamcast Biohazard Code Veronica (2000) was lumbered with the responsibility of bringing the series into full 3D. But while the visuals may have been (slightly) upgraded, the gameplay remains identical. Many felt let down by this; but it truth it was more due to the Dreamcast's failure that the game didn't do that well; not the other way round.
 

 

22 Mar 2001

22 Mar 2001

22 Mar 2001

8 Nov 2001
 

 
Released on both Dreamcast and PS2, Code Veronica Kanzenban (2001) fixed a few of the problems present in the original release and marked the exact 5th Anniversary of the series. A massive 5th Anniversary Special Package briefcase also was released to celebrate the occasion.
 

 

22 Mar 2002

29 Mar 2002

21 Nov 2002

23 Jan 2003

23 Jan 2003
 

 
The 'Rebirth' campaign began with the announcement that all future Biohazard games were to be released exclusively on the GameCube, starting with a all-new 'Remake' released on the original game's 6th Anniversary.
Featuring a completely redesigned game engine and some truly amazing visuals, the GameCube Biohazard (2002) revitalized the series, building up nicely to the release of prequel Biohazard 0 (2002).
 

 

13 Feb 2003

7 Aug 2003

7 Aug 2003

11 Dec 2003

9 Sep 2004
 

 
The Gamecube would also play host to superb versions of Biohazard 2, 3 and Code Veronica Kanzenban; and an all-inclusive Collectors Box (7 Aug 2003) bundle featuring all 5 GameCube games in one tidy box set.
The PlayStation 2 'Outbreak' titles are online team games designed for use with the PS2 Modem - great fun, but the servers closed long ago.
 

 

22 Dec 2004

27 Jan 2005

1 Dec 2005

19 Jan 2006
 

 
The eventual release of Biohazard 4 (2005) would bring an end to the GameCube era. The game was eventually released on multiple platforms, and the fact that the game is superb didn't do series no harm.
 

 

31 May 2007

7 June 2007

15 Nov 2007

10 July 2008

25 Dec 2008
 

 
Umbrella Chronicles (2007) and Darkside Chronicles (2010) continue the heritage of the Gun Survivor light gun series, this time making use of the Wii's unique control system.
 

 

5 Mar 2009

5 Mar 2009

17 Sep 2009

14 Jan 2010
 

 
Biohazard 5 (2009) once again brought the series back into the mainstream spotlight. Released across all major platforms, the game was a reasonable success despite being nowhere near as good as part 4. Or 3 for that matter.
 

 

18 Feb 2010

2 June 2011

8 Sep 2011

8 Sep 2011

8 Sep 2011
 

 
The series' 15th Anniversary was celebrated with 'Biohazard Revival Selection', high definition versions of Biohazard 4 and Code Veronica Kanzenban.
The deluxe 15th Anniversary Box bundle was released for the PlayStation, featuring the PS3 'Revival Selection' and the entire PS1 back catalogue.
 

 

26 Jan 2012

26 Apr 2012

26 Apr 2012

28 June 2012

26 July 2012
 

 
2012 began with the release of Biohazard Revelations (2012), an all-new chapter of the main series for the Nintendo 3DS. Though a welcome return to 'classic' Biohazard action, the fact that it was released on such an unnappealing platform didn't do the game any favours.
This was followed by the mediocre Operation Raccoon City (2012), an ill-fated attempt at tapping in to the mainstream first person / team game market.
'Biohazard Chronicles HD Selection' combines the two Wii light gun games Umbrella Chronicles (2007) and Darkside Chronicles (2010) for the PS3, complete with 'PlayStation Move' support.
 

 

4 Oct 2012

4 Oct 2012

22 Mar 2013

22 Mar 2013
 

 
Latest installment Biohazard 6 (2012) follows very much in the footsteps of Biohazard 5 (2009), keeping things very much on track - but it is high time for Capcom to come up with something new now. The series relies way too much on its reputation and established user base, and hasn't made much of an impact since Biohazard 4 (2005).
Who's to say - the upcoming Biohazard Revelations Unveiled Edition will hopefully remind us what 'Survival Horror' is all about.
 

 

23 May 2013

23 May 2013

23 May 2013
 
22 Mar 1996

29 Jan 1998

22 Sep 1999

27 Jan 2000

3 Feb 2000


July 2001

22 Mar 2002

29 Mar 2002

21 Nov 2002

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11 Dec 2003

9 Sep 2004

27 Jan 2005


15 Nov 2007

5 Mar 2009

14 Jan 2010


2 June 2011

26 Jan 2012

26 Apr 2012

4 Oct 2012

 


 
Biohazard Senyō Controller
バイオハザード 専用コントローラ

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 7 Mar 1998
Publisher Ascii
Product ID SLPH-00060
Size (cm) 20 x 15 x 7.5 (box)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Private Controller' by Ascii, available shortly after the release of Biohazard 2 (29 Jan 1998).
The left grip is shaped like a knife handle, and the right is shaped like a gun, complete with a trigger as fire button (image).

Complete in box w/ instruction sheet, memory card stickers, and set of 3 bags of herbal tea (!!!).

Biohazard 5th Anniversary
Special Package [Tokubetsu Kinen Box] ~Nightmare Returns~

バイオハザード 5thアニバーサリー
スペシャルパッケージ [特別記念BOX] ~ナイトメア リターンズ~
DETAILS
Format Box Set
Released 22 Mar 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-86770
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury 'Special Commemoration Box' limited to 10,000 units only, presented inside an aluminum briefcase.
Includes:
- Biohazard [SLPM-86770]
- Biohazard 2 Dual Shock [SLPM-86771~2]
- Biohazard 3 [SLPM-86773]
- Code Veronica Kanzenban [SLPM 65024
~5]
- Wesker's Report DVD [CAPJ-10322]
- Disc presentation case
- Metal pen
- Key chain
- Silver skull ring
- Dogtag (stamped with individual serial #)

Sold out; and now very valuable!
Click here for contents image.

Biohazard Collector's Box
バイオハザード コレクターズボックス

GAMECUBE
DETAILS
Format GameCube
Released 7 Aug 2003
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01006
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury Capcom Box Set limited to 10,000 units only.
Includes:
- Biohazard 0 [DOL-GBZJ-JPN]
- Biohazard GC [DOL-GBIJ-JPN]
- Biohazard 2 [DOL-GHAJ-JPN]
- Biohazard 3 [DOL-GLEJ-JPN]
- C:V Kanzenban [DOL-GCDJ-JPN]
- Wesker's Report File 1&2 DVD
- 2 Memory Cards

Click here for contents image.

Biohazard Double Feature
バイオハザード ダブルフィーチャー

GAMECUBE
DETAILS
Format GameCube
Released 22 Dec 2004
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01013
Size (cm) 15 x 22 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.25
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 Capcom Box Set that bundles both GC Biohazard games in a hard transparent plastic briefcase.
Includes:
- Biohazard GC [DOL-GBIJ-JPN]
- Biohazard 0 [DOL-GBZJ-JPN]
- Biohazard 4 体験版 trial disc

NB: the demo disc was previously featured in the September 2004 'Capcom Special' issue of Famitsu magazine.

Biohazard Archives
バイオハザード アーカイブス

BOOK
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 31 Mar 2005
Publisher Capcom
ISBN 9784906582310
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 2.7 (B5)
Weight (kg) 1.02
PRICE
STATUS
King-size Biohazard tribute book featuring 352 pages of official art, character profiles, enemy data, story boards, item galleries and more.
Covers the series chronologically, from biohazard 0 all the way through to Code: Veronica.
The Biohazard bible!

352 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard DVD Book The Catalysis
バイオハザード DVDブック ザ・カタリシス

BOOK + DVD
DETAILS
Format Book + DVD
Released 30 June 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ISBN4-906582-60-5
Size (cm) 30.4 x 22 x 1.2
Weight (kg) 0.64
PRICE
STATUS
Large hardback 'Art and Graphics' collection that features a selection of full-page 3D renderings, and includes a 'Special DVD' featuring 107 minutes of footage of all the games' movies, shown in chronological order.

48 pages, full colour, DVD disc.

Biohazard Ad Arts Collection
バイオハザード アド アーツ コレクション

BOOK
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 30 Mar 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ISBN4-86233-029-0
Size (cm) 30.4 x 22 x 1.2
Weight (kg) 0.74
PRICE
STATUS
King-size 'poster book' that presents a large selection of full-page promotional posters, adverts and point-of-sale materials for the entire Biohazard series, presented in a large hardback coffee-table format.

114 pages, full colour.

Biohazard Umbrella Aluminium Box
バイオハザード アンブレラ アルミボックス

BOX
DETAILS
Format Accessory
Released 31 May 2007
Publisher ?
Product ID ?
Size (cm) 36 x 21 x 19
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Official Biohazard 'DVD Storage Box', made available on the same day as Biohazard 4 Wii Edition.
Sold (in limited numbers) exclusively through the e-Capcom and Tsutaya web sites.

Stores 20 standard-size DVDs, and comes with set of stickers.

Biohazard Code: Veronica Kanzenban Biohazard 4 Value Pack
バイオハザード コード:ベロニカ 完全版
バイオハザード4 バリューパック
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 17 Sep 2009
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01052
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 Capcom Box Set re-issue that includes an exclusive soundtrack CD with music from both games.

- Code Veronica Kanzenban
[Best Price] [SLPM-55143]
- Biohazard 4
[The Best] (2) [SLPM-74262]
- Original Soundtrack
Audio CD (31 tracks, 62:54)
view [front] [back]

Biohazard Archives (Fukkoku Kaitei Ban)
バイオハザード アーカイブス (復刻改訂版)

BOOK
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 18 Feb 2010
Publisher Capcom
ISBN 9784862332509
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 2.5 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.69
PRICE
STATUS
'Reprint Revised Edition' of the first Biohazard Archives book, featuring the same 352 pages (with a few revisions) in a smaller A5 format.

352 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Biohazard Archives II
バイオハザード アーカイブス2

BOOK
DETAILS
Format Book
Released 21 Sep 2010
Publisher Capcom
ISBN 9784862332769
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 2 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.79
PRICE
STATUS
Second Biohazard Archives, released 5 years after the original. Covers:
- Biohazard 4
- Biohazard 5
- Biohazard 5 Alternate Edition
- Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles
- Biohazard Darkside Chronicles
- Biohazard Revelations

288 pages, B5 format.

Biohazard Revival Selection
バイオハザード リバイバルセレクション

XB360
DETAILS
Format Xbox 360
Released 8 Sep 2011
Publisher Capcom
Product ID JES1-00157
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
The Biohazard series celebrates its 15th Anniversary with this superb 2-in-1 re-issue pack!
Includes HD versions of:
- Biohazard 4 (2005)
- Code Veronica Kanzenban (2001)

Xbox case, Xbox 360 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Biohazard Revival Selection
バイオハザード リバイバルセレクション

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 8 Sep 2011
Publisher Capcom
Product ID BLJM-60372
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
PS3 version of the 15th Anniversary 'Revival Selection' compilation.
Features HD versions of:
- Biohazard 4 (2005)
- Code Veronica Kanzenban (2001)

PS3 case, PS3 Blu-ray disc, colour booklet.

Biohazard 15th Anniversary Box
バイオハザード15周年記念BOX

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 8 Sep 2011
Publisher Capcom
Product ID BLJM-61015
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) 0.98
PRICE
STATUS
Deluxe box set released on the same day as Biohazard Revival Selection, sold exclusively through the e-Capcom website.
Includes the entire Biohazard series for the PlayStation:
- Biohazard Directors Cut (PS1)
- Biohazard 2 (PS1)
- Biohazard 3 (PS1)
- Biohazard Revival Selection (PS3)
And 4 bonus items:
- Code Veronica Soundtrack (CD)
- Biohazard 4 Soundtrack (CD)
- 2 Pins (STARS & Umbrella)
- 2 Stickers (STARS & Umbrella)
(View image)

Biohazard Chronicles Value Pack
バイオハザード クロニクルズ バリューパック

Wii
DETAILS
Format Wii
Released 29 Sep 2011
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01069
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.33
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 'Value Pack' for the Wii; part of the Capcom Box Set series.

Bundle includes:
- Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles
[Best Price] (2) [RVL-RBUJ-JPN-2]
- Biohazard Darkside Chronicles
[Best Price] [RVL-SBDJ-JPN-1]

Biohazard 5 AE & Revival Selection Twin Pack
バイオハザード5 AE&リバイバルセレクション ツインパック

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 15 Mar 2012
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01075
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 bundle for the PS3, part of the Capcom Box Set series.

Includes:
- Biohazard 5 Alternative Edition
[Best] [BLJM-55019]
- Biohazard Revival Selection
[BLJM-60372]

Biohazard Chronicles HD Selection
バイオハザード クロニクルズ HDセレクション

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 28 June 2012
Publisher Capcom
Product ID BLJM-60433
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
PlayStation 3 re-issue of the two Wii 'Chronicles' games, complete with HD visuals and PS Move support:
- Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
- Darkside Chronicles (2010)

PS3 case, PS3 Blu-ray disc, colour booklet.

Biohazard Chronicles HD Selection Scenario Kōryaku Guide
バイオハザード クロニクルズ HDセレクション シナリオ攻略ガイド

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 28 June 2012
Publisher Capcom
ISBN 9784862333568
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.21
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Scenario Capture Guide' for the PS3 Chronicles HD Selection:
- Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
- Darkside Chronicles (2010)
Covers all scenarios (normal / hidden) with game strategies, boss weakness, item listings, art gallery etc.

128 pages, A5 format.

Biohazard Revival Selection [Best]
バイオハザード リバイバルセレクション
[ベスト]
PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 6 Dec 2012
Publisher Capcom
Product ID BLJM-55048
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
'PS3 the Best' re-issue of the 'Revival Selection' compilation.

PS3 case, PS3 Blu-ray disc, colour booklet.

Biohazard Anniversary Package
バイオハザード アニバーサリーパッケージ

PLAYSTATION 3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 3
Released 22 Mar 2013
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CPCS-01084
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Deluxe Capcom Box Set celebrating 17 years of Biohazard!
Includes:
- Biohazard 6
[BLJM-60405]
- Biohazard 5 Alternative Edition
[Best] [BLJM-55019]
- Biohazard Revival Selection
[Best] [BLJM-55048]
and a download code card for:
- Biohazard Director's Cut (PS1)
- Biohazard 2 (PS1)
- Biohazard 3 (PS1)

 



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