Resident Evil (1996)

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Resident Evil (1996)

Resident Evil is the 1996 horror survival video game that launched the successful Resident Evil franchise. A main competitor with 'Silent Hill', the game was first released for the original Playstation console and has since been remade with updated graphics for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002. A slightly less updated version was released for the Nintendo DS in 2006 to commemorate the series' 10th Anniversary; titled Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (Resident Evil: DS), the game is graphically similar to the original, with only moderate control changes to reflect mechanics introduced in Resident Evil 3 and 4, and is otherwise identical to the original cut and there are no significant changes to firearms. Another version of the 2002 "REmake," remastered in HD, was released for then current generation systems and Steam in early 2015.


The following weapons were used in the videogame Resident Evil (1996):

Contents


Handguns

Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS is the standard S.T.A.R.S. sidearm (incorrectly referred to as the "M92" ingame).

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
The Beretta in the inventory menu.
A Beretta 92FS as seen on the character selection screen.

Beretta 92FS Inox

In the "Director's Cut" edition, the Beretta 92FS is replaced with a Beretta 92FS Inox with wood grips. As it is exclusive to the Director's Cut it does not appear in Deadly Silence.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
The Beretta 92FS Inox as seen in the Director's Cut.
Jill aims the Inox at nothing in particular. Here, the limitations of PS1 graphics are apparent.

Beretta 92FS "Non-Gun"

In the live-action intro sequence, the S.T.A.R.S. officers use Beretta 92F Non-Gun props.

Beretta 92F Non Gun
A panicked Jill turns to look to her left, faux Beretta in hand.
Ihnez, the actress who plays Jill Valentine in this sequence, runs from a pack of cerberri in the opening video. Note her good trigger discipline. Resident Evil as a series has almost been founded on good gun technique.

Colt Python

Barry Burton's primary weapon throughout the game is a nickel-plated Colt Python revolver. In some editions of the PC version, special rounds exist in the game's files called "Dum Dum's" (an antiquated term for soft-nose or hollow-point bullets) which increase the weapon's already ludicrous damage even further.

Nickel plated Colt Python with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
The Python in the inventory menu.
Wesker and Barry hold Jill at gunpoint during a standoff in the Umbrella labs toward the end of the game.
Jill aims the Python down an empty hallway.

Shotguns

Remington 870

The Remington 870 is the only shotgun available in-game. One is encased in a trap which, when removed, causes the ceiling of the room to collapse. Barry must rescue Jill from this trap during her scenario (Chris has to escape on his own), prompting a running joke about "Jill Sandwiches" which persists throughout the series.

Remington 870 Police Magnum customized with extended magazine tube - 12 gauge
The Remington 870 in the inventory menu.
Jill aims the 870. Despite being a trained police officer, she aims the weapon from the hip.

Other

Ingram MAC-10

In the PC version, beating the game with Jill under certain conditions unlocks a 9mm MAC-10 submachine gun.

Ingram MAC-10

FN Minimi

Like the Ingram MAC-10, a FN Minimi can be unlocked for the PC version by beating the game with Chris under certain conditions. It does surprisingly little damage - each shot equivalent to a basic handgun round- but is useful for keeping fast-moving enemies at bay.

FN Minimi - 5.56x45mm
Chris holds the machine gun.

M202 FLASH

The most powerful weapon in the game is a M202 FLASH that is given to the player during the final boss battle. It can also be unlocked with infinite ammo for use during the rest of the game upon completing the game within specific conditions.

M202 FLASH - 66mm
Chris uses the launcher. It is incorrectly depicted as firing conventional explosive rockets; the actual FLASH could only fire incendiary rockets.

Flamethrower

A flamethrower modeled after the M240 from Aliens (sans M16 carry handle) is available ingame, but only for Chris; Leon Kennedy can acquire an identical one in another Umbrella lab in Resident Evil 2, suggesting the weapon is of Umbrella manufacture.

M240 Flamethrower prop from the movie Aliens.
Chris holds the flamethrower.

ARWEN 37

The ARWEN 37 grenade launcher is available to the player. It can use a variety of shells, but has poor range. It is the primary weapon of Bravo team member Forest Speyer. While a 37mm launcher is a reasonable weapon for a special police unit to carry, it makes somewhat less sense to be found in the cold, dead hands of the team's marksman. Barry gives the weapon to Jill a quarter of the way through the game, helpfully explaining that "It's a weapon. It's very effective, especially against living things!"

Arwen 37 - 37mm
The ARWEN in the inventory menu. Note the text; while the real launcher can only fire less-lethal rounds (e.g. tear gas canisters), the one in-game can choose between explosive rounds, incendiary rounds, and acid rounds. Also note the lack of a foregrip.

See Also

Main Video Game Series Resident Evil 0  •  Resident Evil (1996)  •  Resident Evil (2002 VG)  •  Resident Evil 2  •  Resident Evil 3: Nemesis  •  Resident Evil: Code Veronica  •  Resident Evil 4  •  Resident Evil 5  •  Resident Evil: Revelations  •  Resident Evil 6  •  Resident Evil: Revelations 2  •  Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Spin-Off Games Survivor  •  Outbreak  •  Darkside Chronicles  •  Mercenaries 3D  •  Operation Raccoon City  •  Umbrella Corps
Spin-Off Animation Films Degeneration  •  Damnation  •  Vendetta
Spin-Off Live-Action Films Resident Evil (2002)  •  Apocalypse (2004)   •  Extinction (2007)   •  Afterlife (2010)   •  Retribution (2012)   •  The Final Chapter (2017)



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