Best Resident Evil games: Ranking the iconic Survival Horror series

Best Resident Evil games: Ranking the iconic Survival Horror series

Resident Evil is probably the first franchise that comes to mind when you think of “survival horror.” Capcom’s long-running series arguably gave birth to the genre, not only establishing some of its conventions with the original game, but also planting the seeds for a lore-filled universe that has one of the most rabid fanbases in history. video game. Despite this though, not all Resident Evil games are created equal, and there have been a few bad ones over the years, but we rounded up the 10 best Resident Evil games.

For this list, no Resident Evil game was off limits, and you’ll notice that some “mainstream” entries didn’t make the cut in favor of games that teeter into spin-off territory. That only applied to a small number of games, but having a number in the game title didn’t necessarily guarantee it was good.

10. Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

With the return of more traditional horror in the then-upcoming Resident Evil 7, Capcom chose to go a different way with Resident Evil: Revelations 2. The episodic game stuck to the third-person perspective of its predecessor, but expanded on the B-movie. .cheese, even bringing back goofy Barry Burton as a playable character alongside Claire Redfield. Action-packed but still rooted in survival horror and classic field cinema, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 may not push the genre forward or try to reinvent the series, but it understands what made it so beloved in the first place. You just can’t beat those one-liners from Barry.

See our Resident Evil: Revelations 2 episode reviews.

9.Resident Evil 0

Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil 0

A prequel to the series set before the events of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, the aptly named Resident Evil 0 was originally released as a GameCube exclusive before becoming more available later on. It’s a different kind of horror experience than most other games, except maybe the original, because the threat of zombies isn’t widespread or public yet. Alongside Officer Rebecca Chambers, you also get the chance to play as a unique character in a video game, a death row inmate, as you unravel the dark mystery.

See our Resident Evil 0 reviews.

8.Resident Evil 5

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resident bad 5

A controversial game, to be sure, and one that no doubt hinted at the identity crisis we’d see more openly in the future, Resident Evil 5 ditches almost all horror for straight-up action. It’s wildly different from the other games up to that point, including Resident Evil 4, with brighter environments, loads of firepower at Chris’s disposal, massive stages, and an upgraded Albert Wesker who is essentially Agent Smith from The Matrix. Is it scary? No. Does it scratch the same itch as the other games? No. Does it succeed in delivering a thrilling action ride that provides a satisfying close to one of the series’ longest-running storylines? Definitely.

See our Resident Evil 5 review.

7. Resident Evil: Revelations

Evil Residence Revelations
Evil Residence Revelations

Could one of the best Resident Evil games of all time be a 3DS exclusive? Well, yes, at least for a short time. Resident Evil: Revelations served as a reconciliation of the action-oriented gameplay of the previous two games and the slow, tension-filled horror of the originals. Largely set on a cruise ship full of infected creatures out to butcher Jill Valentine, the game worked quite well on 3DS, especially with the Circle Pad Pro accessory for dual-stick combat, and served as a great add-on. story to help fill in what Jill had been up to between Resident Evil 4 and 5. It eventually made its way in HD on everything from PC to Xbox, and even Nintendo Switch a few years later.

See our review of Resident Evil: Revelations.

6. Resident Evil Code: Veronica

Resident Evil Code: Veronica
Resident Evil Code: Veronica

It didn’t carry the Resident Evil 3 name, but was more of a marketing effort to direct players to another PlayStation-exclusive game. Make no mistake: Resident Evil Code: Veronica is the true third game in the series, diving back into the confrontation between Chris Redfield and Albert Wesker, while also seeing the return of Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2. At that point , was released on the Dreamcast (it later came to PS2, GameCube and other consoles as well) and sported visuals that weren’t possible on the old PlayStation, albeit with a style of gameplay that was already starting to run its course. If you prefer to see the story but in a different genre, Wii’s on-rails shooter Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles features it heavily.

See our review of Resident Evil Code: Veronica.

5.Resident Evil

Resident Evil HD Remaster
Resident Evil HD Remaster

The first Resident Evil game was revolutionary, not only in laying the foundation for survival horror games to this day, but also in what not make. Resident Evil didn’t need huge zombie armies, crumbling skyscrapers, or a bunch of giant superpowered monsters to instill fear. Instead, he took a “less is more” approach to horror, delivering his scares and twists slowly to make the most impactful ones. It’s a lesson that some of the other games, including Resident Evil 3 just a few years later, didn’t seem to understand, and while the original Resident Evil’s tank-style controls haven’t aged very well, there’s a remake and another HD remaster on offer. greatly improved visuals.

See our Resident Evil review.

4. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village

The sequel to Resident Evil 7 with a cheeky little “VIII” hidden in the logo, Resident Evil Village plays with the countryside in protagonist Ethan Winters’ reactions to everything around him and with the game’s roster of villains. Despite this, it still contains one of the scariest moments in any Resident Evil game – or, really, any game – and the few allies you meet along the way are often just as interesting. Resident Evil Village seems intended to make more connections to the rest of the series, which occasionally works against it, but the game’s European setting, similar to Resident Evil 4, and the varied takes on the horror help make it worthwhile. If only. And yes, that is even if it didn’t include the Tall Vampire Lady.

See our Resident Evil Village review.

3.Resident Evil 7

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7

After the bombastic and unfocused Resident Evil 6 tried (and mostly failed) to completely transform the series into a Call of Duty-level blockbuster, Capcom went back to the drawing board with its sequel. However, Resident Evil 7 wasn’t just an homage to the original. Instead, the unsettling, tense horror was combined with a new first-person perspective, limiting your environmental awareness to make each scare stronger. Setting almost the entire game in a mansion didn’t feel restrictive either, as the many puzzles, unexpected areas, and terrifying encounters with the Baker family helped make it one of the best locations in horror game history.

See our Resident Evil Village review.

2.Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4

The game that changed everything… once again, Resident Evil 4 transitioned the series from its slow-moving, tank-driven survival past to a more action-oriented, cinematic experience. It didn’t eliminate the scares, with Leon’s journey to a remote Spanish town offering terrifying non-zombie enemies and even some terrifying allies. Instead, it simply brought the moment-to-moment movement and shooting in line with the atmosphere that Capcom had been perfecting for years, even though it worked well as a standalone game or an entry point for newcomers. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Resident Evil 4 was directed by Shinji Mikami, who also directed the original game.

See our Resident Evil 4 review.

1. Resident Evil 2 (both versions)

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resident evil 2

The original Resident Evil is one of the biggest video games ever made, there’s no denying it, but it was the second game that turned it from a major springboard for the industry into one of the biggest video game franchises of all. weather. Expanding beyond the first Resident Evil’s mansion to a larger Raccoon City, Resident Evil 2 gave us a lot more insight into who was responsible for the outbreak and just how manipulative and powerful the Umbrella Corporation was. Its 2019 remake is the playable version now, offering vastly improved third-person combat controls and telling largely the same story for both Leon and Claire. Despite the better action, it doesn’t give up scares, something 2020’s Resident Evil 3 mostly did.

See our Resident Evil 2 review.

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