How to play Resident Evil 0 on Mac


Game summary

Be prepared to relive the first nightmare in Resident Evil 0, a remastered version of the popular prequel to the original Resident Evil game. This remastered version takes the fear-inducing atmosphere from the original 2002 release and transforms it with stunning new HD visuals, improved sound, widescreen support and an optional modernized control system and more. It’s the best way to experience the story of what really happened before the iconic mansion incident that was the catalyst for the entire Resident Evil saga. The story of Resident Evil 0 takes players back to 1998. Reports have been mounting about unusual murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. The city’s Special Forces division, S.T.A.R.S., sends their Bravo Team - including rookie cop member Rebecca Chambers - to investigate. On route, the team’s helicopter suffers engine trouble and is forced to make a crash landing, where they find an overturned prisoner transport vehicle. Splitting up to search the area, Rebecca discovers the Ecliptic Express, a train stopped dead on the tracks. Inside, she meets death row convict and ex-Navy lieutenant Billy Coen. Throughout the game, you will take control of both Rebecca and Billy, at times switching between both characters in order to proceed. Learning the advantages of each character is the key to solving puzzles and surviving the nightmares that lie ahead.
First released: Jan 2016

Play Resident Evil 0 on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play Resident Evil 0 on a Mac is through Parallels, which allows you to virtualize a Windows machine on Macs. The setup is very easy and it works for Apple Silicon Macs as well as for older Intel-based Macs.

Parallels supports the latest version of DirectX and OpenGL, allowing you to play the latest PC games on any Mac. The latest version of DirectX is up to 20% faster.

Our favorite feature of Parallels Desktop is that when you turn off your virtual machine, all the unused disk space gets returned to your main OS, thus minimizing resource waste (which used to be a problem with virtualization).

Resident Evil 0 installation steps for Mac

Step 1
Go to and download the latest version of the software.
Step 2
Follow the installation process and make sure you allow Parallels in your Mac’s security preferences (it will prompt you to do so).
Step 3
When prompted, download and install Windows 10. The download is around 5.7GB. Make sure you give it all the permissions that it asks for.
Step 4
Once Windows is done installing, you are ready to go. All that’s left to do is install Resident Evil 0 like you would on any PC.
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🕹 Editor's notes

Resident Evil 0 is a single-player horror game that requires you to survive the onslaught of zombies. This game is the story of the events that happened before the 1996’s Resident Evil. 

The game has been well-received by fans of the Resident Evil series. However, some sections of the gaming community have also slatted the developers for not making significant changes to the game.

The most significant change you will notice in this game is the introduction of another character that plays the partner’s role. This takes away the pressure of completing all the tasks by yourself in the game.


Resident Evil 0 is based on the events that led to the original Resident Evil game. It involves two people whose destinies become intertwined because of unforeseen circumstances.

In this game, a special agent named Rebecca Chambers is sent in search of an escaped convict. Rebecca is a member of the STARS team, a special military team. The escaped convict, Billy Coen, was a murderer who boarded a train outside the city of Raccoon.

As Rebecca is about to arrest Billy Coen, the train gets ambushed by a mob of zombies. This forces both characters to team up to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Together, they build a strong relationship and are almost together for most of the game. Only in some instances do they get separated to go on side quests.


You can swap between Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen at any point in the game, allowing you to face different situations with different characteristics. Since both characters have varying skill sets, swapping them in specific situations is handy.

The AI character is a good backup to the main character in the game, helping you in tricky circumstances. The introduction of the AI character also allows you to carry more weapons than in the previous version. The AI characters are not wasteful while firing weapons, helping to preserve as much ammo as possible.