The game hit US shelves for the Playstation in 1996 and became an instant hit, despite the game’s horrible voice acting and b-movie live-action intro (which was partly cool back in the day and still holds it’s classic charm). The game popularized what would become known as the “survival horror” genre, setting the gameplay template for other games to follow.
Below is the uncut original opening for Resident Evil (which was originally watered down for the US version until RE: Director’s Cut. This version is also included on RE: Deadly Silence for DS) as well as the intro for the remade Resident Evil, which hit the GameCube in 2002 and features CG graphics instead of live action.
Resident Evil ’96 (Uncut Opening)
Resident Evil (GameCube)