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Capcom released the iPhone version of Resident Evil: Degeneration [App Store] for $6.99.

The app brings the long running Resident Evil video game franchise to the iPhone and iPod Touch. This installation of the game is based on a recently released computer animated movie and drops you into a 3rd person perspective horror shooter. The game lists the following features:

  • Explore Harvardville Airport, rescue survivors, unlock puzzles and battle an army of undead.
  • Use your in-game PDA to collect intel, manage inventory and access maps.
  • “Laser targeting” allows the players to make aimed accurate shots.
  • Backgrounds, character models and objects are all rendered in full 3D.
  • Tilt device to reload, shake iPhone/iPod Touch to shake off Zombies

842091_4jpgWhile we had heard of the release was coming few details had been released prior to its appearance in the App Store tonight.

The game features an impressive 3d engine and a combination of virtual d-pad and on-screen buttons to control the action. Movement is controlled through the virtual d-pad and a quick flick down on the pad causes you to turn around 180 degrees. An action button appears when something can be done (pick up an item, open a door, climb a ladder) and a targeting button transitions you into shooting mode. In shooting mode, you have a laser sight to target the zombies and you can use the d-pad to aim up/down/left/right.

The game includes a pretty heavy storyline and in-game cut scenes which direct you to your goals. The cut scenes actually work out quite well to tie the action together. In my early experience, the controls seem to work well enough when you take into account the slow deliberate movement of the zombies. Being unable to shoot and move at the same time, however, made for some awkward early fights.

Early impressions are being recorded in a forum thread. Many of the early opinions have been quite positive: Seishu and skamando. Some later (but still early) forum goers are still adjusting to the controls.

You can judge for yourself in this gameplay video embedded below. AppBank also provides a video in Japanese here which shows a different portion of the game.

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What we can't easily answer at this early stage is how much gameplay is being offered, but that will be revealed over time. For now, it appears to be a surprisingly well implemented version of this popular franchise.

App Store Link: Resident Evil: Degeneration, $6.99

  • GodSon

    It looks great. I'm a longtime resident evil fan. I just hope it's lengthy because the file size tells me different...

  • GodSon

    It looks great. I'm a longtime resident evil fan. I just hope it's lengthy because the file size tells me different...

  • thebleeptruth

    Impressive!

  • thebleeptruth

    Impressive!

  • arta

    How is all this being done with a filesize under 10 mb. Terminator was 160mb.

  • arta

    How is all this being done with a filesize under 10 mb. Terminator was 160mb.

  • http://www.djmoya.com DJMoya

    I'm loving iPhone as a gaming platform more and more. I haven't touched my psp in a while now.

    • Ataru

      By contrast the more I see on the iPhone the more I'm glad I still have my PSP. Compare this new Resident Evil game with a good PSP game, say something like Crisis Core, Metal Gear Portable Ops, Monster Hunter, or Disgaea. The gulf in quality is still absolutely epic.

      • Jeff_111

        Putting the MP3 player, PDA, and cell phone together was one thing. Just the fact that games like this run on a phone and can be compared to a PSP is amazing.

        No the games aren't as dynamic, but when traveling it's a lot easier to bring an iphone and than a phone, ipod, and PSP.

      • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

        Whatever gulf in quality exists has a lot more to do with lazy developers than any inherent weakness in the iPhone as a device.

        If big names like Capcom, Konami want to dip their toe in the market that's understandable, but when their efforts look crap next to the stuff a guy in his bedroom has done then they should ask themselves why that is.

  • http://www.djmoya.com DJMoya

    I'm loving iPhone as a gaming platform more and more. I haven't touched my psp in a while now.

    • Ataru

      By contrast the more I see on the iPhone the more I'm glad I still have my PSP. Compare this new Resident Evil game with a good PSP game, say something like Crisis Core, Metal Gear Portable Ops, Monster Hunter, or Disgaea. The gulf in quality is still absolutely epic.

      • Jeff_111

        Putting the MP3 player, PDA, and cell phone together was one thing. Just the fact that games like this run on a phone and can be compared to a PSP is amazing.

        No the games aren't as dynamic, but when traveling it's a lot easier to bring an iphone and than a phone, ipod, and PSP.

      • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

        Whatever gulf in quality exists has a lot more to do with lazy developers than any inherent weakness in the iPhone as a device.

        If big names like Capcom, Konami want to dip their toe in the market that's understandable, but when their efforts look crap next to the stuff a guy in his bedroom has done then they should ask themselves why that is.

  • boo

    seems like this game was rushed :(... like konami, capcom wouldnt want to take iphone games seriously..

  • boo

    seems like this game was rushed :(... like konami, capcom wouldnt want to take iphone games seriously..

  • Wortek

    Its a direct port of the N-gage 2 version of resident evil with touch controll added and 3d hardware acceleration. Well the game took 2 mb on the N-gage so 10 mb is for the better textures.

  • Wortek

    Its a direct port of the N-gage 2 version of resident evil with touch controll added and 3d hardware acceleration. Well the game took 2 mb on the N-gage so 10 mb is for the better textures.

  • pop

    exactly it's the same with resident evil for n-gage version, I think they use the same platform. graphic is not different

  • pop

    exactly it's the same with resident evil for n-gage version, I think they use the same platform. graphic is not different

  • BuGz

    DON'T BUY!!!!!!!! its way too short way to over priced and the controls are horrible save your money the story is about 20 minutes long and if you cant get use to the controls its about an hour long because if you have zombies coming behind you your gonna have to stop press the aim button and turn all the way around very very slow

  • BuGz

    DON'T BUY!!!!!!!! its way too short way to over priced and the controls are horrible save your money the story is about 20 minutes long and if you cant get use to the controls its about an hour long because if you have zombies coming behind you your gonna have to stop press the aim button and turn all the way around very very slow

  • Brad Newsom

    Your kidding? You don't need 500mb to make a full length game. Think of this as a Nintendo 64 game. Most of those games were less than 30mb, and sometimes 5mb.

    Seeing as this is dialog ridden is made for a simpler system, I'd see that its reasonable for it being 10mb.

  • Brad Newsom

    Your kidding? You don't need 500mb to make a full length game. Think of this as a Nintendo 64 game. Most of those games were less than 30mb, and sometimes 5mb.

    Seeing as this is dialog ridden is made for a simpler system, I'd see that its reasonable for it being 10mb.

  • jaikben

    Besides the opengl es support it seem to have higher poly count, nice game but the ngage version was very short

  • jaikben

    Besides the opengl es support it seem to have higher poly count, nice game but the ngage version was very short

  • Sn7ke

    Wow, this is awesome. RE4 gameplay on my ipod? I havent even finished terminator!!! Good times for the I-gamers....

  • Sn7ke

    Wow, this is awesome. RE4 gameplay on my ipod? I havent even finished terminator!!! Good times for the I-gamers....

  • QuebecRage

    Do not encourage this ! The game is another attemp by Capcom to make easy money on a popular franchise. Graphics are ugly (EA and Gameloft proved that the iPhone can generate very nice graphics) and seems like a port of the N-Cage version. Damn, in the past they even scrapped Mega Man 2 on the iPhone.

    I dont mind paying 10$ for high quality games like Need For Speed, Tiger Woods, Hero Of Sparta but I would not even pay 1$ for this. Konami and Capcom should either keep their products on console or put more heart for mobile versions.

  • QuebecRage

    Do not encourage this ! The game is another attemp by Capcom to make easy money on a popular franchise. Graphics are ugly (EA and Gameloft proved that the iPhone can generate very nice graphics) and seems like a port of the N-Cage version. Damn, in the past they even scrapped Mega Man 2 on the iPhone.

    I dont mind paying 10$ for high quality games like Need For Speed, Tiger Woods, Hero Of Sparta but I would not even pay 1$ for this. Konami and Capcom should either keep their products on console or put more heart for mobile versions.

  • http://parti.si tine

    i dont understand why the hell they dont give voice to characters.its so weird when they ''talk'' but no voice of them.i must agree that graphics are lame and this isnt worth 7$.i hope there will be game someday with characters that have voice...

  • http://parti.si tine

    i dont understand why the hell they dont give voice to characters.its so weird when they ''talk'' but no voice of them.i must agree that graphics are lame and this isnt worth 7$.i hope there will be game someday with characters that have voice...

  • Rychiar

    looks cool but... WHERE'S THE BLOOD!?
    jeez that's half the fun of these games is the obscene gore

    • Otto

      I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!

  • Rychiar

    looks cool but... WHERE'S THE BLOOD!?
    jeez that's half the fun of these games is the obscene gore

    • Otto

      I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!

  • ryoi

    wont buy it unless it's RE1.
    but at least nice work on the virtual joystick

  • ryoi

    wont buy it unless it's RE1.
    but at least nice work on the virtual joystick

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

    I love RE, but that looks pretty rough. If it had the production values of the (as yet unreleased) Dexter game I'd buy it in a second.

    Come on Capcom, Megaman 2 now this? Shape up!

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

    I love RE, but that looks pretty rough. If it had the production values of the (as yet unreleased) Dexter game I'd buy it in a second.

    Come on Capcom, Megaman 2 now this? Shape up!

  • sticktron

    Boy we have some real hardcore sourpusses on this forum.
    Will nothing please you? This is Resident Evil on your phone, how cool is that?

  • sticktron

    Boy we have some real hardcore sourpusses on this forum.
    Will nothing please you? This is Resident Evil on your phone, how cool is that?

  • LBG

    Looks alright, but the control scheme need some work. Why didn't they go with the BIA or Terminator controls? The control system on this only allows you to aim and shoot when stationary. The graphics don't look too good either. I think I will wait for the sale and improvements to the control scheme before getting this.

    • sticktron

      The controls in BiA and Terminator are not the ideal: that would be 2 virtual thumbsticks. The controls in RE are fine.

      • LBG

        Their are 2 virtual joysticks in BIA. The controls are perfect (well at least for me) Do you even have BIA?

      • sticktron

        You said BiA and Terminator-- the latter does NOT have 2 virtual joysticks... it has one joystick to move and you swipe the screen to look. I assumed BiA was the same (I haven't played it in awhile, but that's what I remember).

    • Candy

      The control scheme for RE mimics the RE4 & 5 control scheme almost perfectly. You can not move and shoot in either of those games.

    • joe

      why do you need move and shoot in this game? youre shooting slow moving zombies, not terminators.

  • LBG

    Looks alright, but the control scheme need some work. Why didn't they go with the BIA or Terminator controls? The control system on this only allows you to aim and shoot when stationary. The graphics don't look too good either. I think I will wait for the sale and improvements to the control scheme before getting this.

    • sticktron

      The controls in BiA and Terminator are not the ideal: that would be 2 virtual thumbsticks. The controls in RE are fine.

      • LBG

        Their are 2 virtual joysticks in BIA. The controls are perfect (well at least for me) Do you even have BIA?

      • sticktron

        You said BiA and Terminator-- the latter does NOT have 2 virtual joysticks... it has one joystick to move and you swipe the screen to look. I assumed BiA was the same (I haven't played it in awhile, but that's what I remember).

    • Candy

      The control scheme for RE mimics the RE4 & 5 control scheme almost perfectly. You can not move and shoot in either of those games.

    • joe

      why do you need move and shoot in this game? youre shooting slow moving zombies, not terminators.

  • KwikPwn

    I agree with sticktron, what a bunch of whiny little b@tches. If you're a fan of this series you'll like this game.

  • KwikPwn

    I agree with sticktron, what a bunch of whiny little b@tches. If you're a fan of this series you'll like this game.

  • Jackosun

    I've downloaded this and played if for about half an hour so far and am loving it.

    The control system is basically the same as Resi Evil 4 so what are people moaning about. Music is quite atmospheric but the lack of voices could have been improved (not a huge file size so far)

    I've bought loads recently at a high price (Tiger, Terminator, NFS) and wondered about this but so far am glad I got it.

  • Jackosun

    I've downloaded this and played if for about half an hour so far and am loving it.

    The control system is basically the same as Resi Evil 4 so what are people moaning about. Music is quite atmospheric but the lack of voices could have been improved (not a huge file size so far)

    I've bought loads recently at a high price (Tiger, Terminator, NFS) and wondered about this but so far am glad I got it.

  • Strigy

    I love this game. The story matches the animated film nicely, this controls well even with my clumsy fingers. The graphics are not as good as other mew titles but serve the game well. I just need to finish so I can test merceneries feature and this will be the perfect companion to the Resident evil series.

  • Strigy

    I love this game. The story matches the animated film nicely, this controls well even with my clumsy fingers. The graphics are not as good as other mew titles but serve the game well. I just need to finish so I can test merceneries feature and this will be the perfect companion to the Resident evil series.

  • jeffyg3

    I'm about 40 minutes into the game, It's ok so far...there's nothing about the game I would call great. Not as fun as the other RE games. I wish the aiming wasn't so damn clunky. They need to make the aiming much smoother or at least have some sensitivity settings.

  • jeffyg3

    I'm about 40 minutes into the game, It's ok so far...there's nothing about the game I would call great. Not as fun as the other RE games. I wish the aiming wasn't so damn clunky. They need to make the aiming much smoother or at least have some sensitivity settings.

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  • Ahiru

    wow this looks horrid... bad graphics and slooooow paced game... i hated RE4, utterly hated RE5, and i'll pass on this one.

    unless they pump it up to some crazy graphics engine and better gameplay (come on, haven't they heard of "strafe"? even wolf 3D had it back then), then i might grab it just as a show off to some friends

    • Nick

      RE4 was the best thing to happen to the RE series since RE2. The laser pointer is the ultimate addition. Why would you even write on here about a franchise that is way too bad cool for your retard mental capacity.

  • Ahiru

    wow this looks horrid... bad graphics and slooooow paced game... i hated RE4, utterly hated RE5, and i'll pass on this one.

    unless they pump it up to some crazy graphics engine and better gameplay (come on, haven't they heard of "strafe"? even wolf 3D had it back then), then i might grab it just as a show off to some friends

    • Nick

      RE4 was the best thing to happen to the RE series since RE2. The laser pointer is the ultimate addition. Why would you even write on here about a franchise that is way too bad cool for your retard mental capacity.

  • Constable Odo

    I think Apple doesn't allow showing red blood. It would have to be green or something.

  • Constable Odo

    I think Apple doesn't allow showing red blood. It would have to be green or something.

  • Khabibulin

    So this game is pretty great. Anyone who has shit to talk have you played the other games on the iPhone/iPod they suck. I would have to leave it short and sweet, Wolfenstien and RE are the best shooter games I've played. Besides this i stick to Fantastic Contraption and Fieldrunners.... or free games!!

  • Khabibulin

    So this game is pretty great. Anyone who has shit to talk have you played the other games on the iPhone/iPod they suck. I would have to leave it short and sweet, Wolfenstien and RE are the best shooter games I've played. Besides this i stick to Fantastic Contraption and Fieldrunners.... or free games!!

  • Andrew Hamling

    Awesome game. Just beat it. Took me 2 hours on easy. Goin for hard next.

    @people saying you can't move and shoot, you can in fact move while in shooting mode by doing a quick flip in the direction you want to move on the d-pad like the turn-around move. Doing so will make him go forward or backward a few steps and when you do it sideways he strafes a few steps.

    I think an update to fix the action button would be nice. Currently you really have to be facing the panel/door/button pretty much head on and all the way up against the wall. Some room here would be nice.

    Anyway this game was way more than I expected and everytime I thought it was over it just kept going.

    Solid performance Capcom. Now where is Street Fighter?

  • Andrew Hamling

    Awesome game. Just beat it. Took me 2 hours on easy. Goin for hard next.

    @people saying you can't move and shoot, you can in fact move while in shooting mode by doing a quick flip in the direction you want to move on the d-pad like the turn-around move. Doing so will make him go forward or backward a few steps and when you do it sideways he strafes a few steps.

    I think an update to fix the action button would be nice. Currently you really have to be facing the panel/door/button pretty much head on and all the way up against the wall. Some room here would be nice.

    Anyway this game was way more than I expected and everytime I thought it was over it just kept going.

    Solid performance Capcom. Now where is Street Fighter?

  • DaddyDaveMustaine

    what happened to the resident evil app it needs to be back in itunes

  • DaddyDaveMustaine

    what happened to the resident evil app it needs to be back in itunes