The genesis of Resident Evil

As we await Resident Evil 5, there's just enough time to take you through the viruses, monsters and mutations that are the true stars of this amazing survival horror saga. Join us as we link and untangle the most knotty of gaming's histories. Bring some scissors.

Resident Evil 0

Released in 2003 (and so after RE 1, 2, 3 and Code Veronica ) this chartered the events leading up to the Spencer Mansion incident, as the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team are sent to explore the Arklay Mountains where a series of grisly murders have taken place. The team is attacked by zombies, but rookie Rebecca Chambers is split from her colleagues and teams up with escaped military convict Billy Coen in order to escape to safety. This involves battling a leech monster that often takes the form of murdered Umbrella scientist Dr. James Marcus.

Links in the chain

James Marcus developed the T-virus by combining the mutagenic Progenitor Virus with leech DNA. He was then brutally murdered by Dr. William Birkin and Albert Wesker on the orders of Umbrella President Ozwell Spencer.


  • katwood92 - October 30, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    I knew what happened in 0 and 1 because I read the books, which I liked. RE rocks! And what is with the first thing anyway!?!
  • solidsnake_5552000 - October 28, 2008 4:04 a.m.

    great article. Now you should do a favor to the humanity and write the genesis of metal gear and metal gear solid because not even the Metal gear solid database helped me to understand such entangled story. And I won't say "first" EVEN HAVING THE OPORTUNITY because I consider it to be a waste of time.
  • manicclownboy716 - November 19, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    I thought I was fairly in the know about the RE series geuss not. Grat article needed to be done... so that RE 5 can come along and screw it up. ( see great story gone horribly wrong: indigo prophecy, metal gear solid 2, etc.)
  • PreyingMantis - March 5, 2009 3:30 a.m.

    i agree it is a great article, and thanks i have always been confused about the story line of RE
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - March 11, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    Great Article

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