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This is the definitive behind-the-scenes account of Capcom's horror video game series Resident Evil - one of the most popular, innovative, and widely influential franchises of all time.

Industry expert Alex Aniel spent two years interviewing key former members of Capcom staff, allowing him to tell the inside story of how Resident Evil was envisioned as early as the late 1980s, how its unexpected and unprecedented success saved the company from financial trouble, how the series struggled at the turn of the century, and, eventually, how a new generation of creators was born after the release of Resident Evil 4

Itchy, Tasty narrates the development of each Resident Evil game released between 1996 and 2006, interspersed with fascinating commentary from the game creators themselves, offering unique insight into how the series became the world-conquering franchise it is today.

©2021 Alex Aniel (P)2021 Tantor

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A passion project, but nothing new

I believe that Alex does love the Resident Evil franchise and that shines through. For people who know little of the franchise this is a good introduction. However, for those familiar with Resident Evil, there is little, if anything, new here.

The intro and outro talk about personal interactions with the creators of the franchise, but really there is no new insight and most of the quotes are from easily accessible sources.

It also ends before a fascinating point in Resident Evils history. The pivot after resi 6 to resi 7.

I still enjoyed listening to this book and I am glad Alex wrote this book, but for anyone expecting any new information or insight based on previously unknown interviews, you will probably be disappointed.

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Awesome listen.

Well written. If you're a vet of the series it's nothing you don't know.

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Very informative!

A deep insight into Capcom and their development of the early Resident Evil games (up to and including 4)
This book provided more information than I had already known about these games productions, delivered in a way that made it impossible to stop listening to!
Definitely worth a listen if you're a fan of the franchise or are interested in game development yourself. This book provides everything you need to know regarding the development of one of gaming's most popular franchises.

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Amazing

A rather in depth look at the history behind all the resident evil games from the original to the 4th.

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  • Brianna Donato
  • 15-10-21

Not what I was expecting

If you read game magazines in the 90s/00s you already know everything that's going to be said in this book. The developer quotes are few and far between, and it's much less about the journey of creating the games, moreso about what each RE game was like and how it was received/sold. It's almost like a series of game reviews combined with facts and figures. It's a very weird, extremely uninteresting book.

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  • Jimmyjoejangles
  • 18-06-21

Awesome!

Great stories about RE told for the first time in English! Behind the scenes stuff that we never knew we were missing. A must have for any RE fan.

The narrator switched to saying Comcap for some reason in the last forty five minutes. Seems like she should have taken a coffee break instead of reading it straight through.

Otherwise great can't wait for more from this author!

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  • Randal Calvert
  • 12-04-22

Interesting but unexpected

If you love the video games this will give you a podcast-type overview and history of games 1-4 development, as well as the spin off titles. The narrator is extremely thorough and well-read. More about the story line of the games would have been great, yet I understand that was purposely not the focus of this title. The focus is the trials of developing each game. 4 stars for type of content; 5 stars for performance

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  • Frerin
  • 26-01-22

boring

This was dry and definitely not what I thought it was going to be. It is only the documentary of how Capcom developed to the point of making horror games and interviews.

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  • The Fourth Summers Brother
  • 12-01-22

Excellent background info!

This is an excellent breakdown of one of the greatest series in video games! The narration is good, and I've learned more about the Resident Evil series than ever.

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  • Jord
  • 04-12-21

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Enjoyable look into RE past, though mainly focused on development of the earliest titles and only brief mention of later titles.

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  • Dave Jackson
  • 18-08-21

Not much about the games, but still informative.

A surprising amount of the book was not about the development of Resident Evil. There are a few bits about hardware that apply to the overall story for context about restrictions but there's quite a few moments of tangential detail that really don't matter to the selling point. Would have liked to know more about the philosophy of design and planning of the games in depth but this subject is fast and loose. That said it IS really informative and clearly had a lot of heart put into it and the narration is great. I personally came to it for more insight of the actual building of the games, but that might be for another time.

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  • Zach McGuire
  • 19-07-21

Interesting at least

I love Alex and his dedication to Resident Evil and all the immense hard work that he's done for the franchise and fans. This book was great, but not exactly what I had in mind. I was thinking this would be more about creating the story of Resident Evil characters and lore, not about the sales and console wars. However, it all hits nostalgia, it's cool af to hear about, and there are several moments that have you laughing. If you're a fan and looking for something lore related, this isn't it, but, if you want something to commemorate the creators of the franchise, look no further.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-21

not great. borders on false advertising

I regret buying. which is a shame since I love RE. but this author promises " unique" and "exclusive" perspectives on RE development and 99.9 percent of this content can be found in any competent YouTube video on the subject. I was quite disappointed.