Capcom’s Horror series was a pillar of excellence in video games back on the original Playstation and it was even to this day a very popular series with fantastic reimagining and reinventions, the series which just currently launched its 8th mainline installment was very well recieved by fans and critics and it looks like the series is basically living its haydays again with 3 games coming out annually to very high acclaim in the past three years. I am a big fan of this series and I played a lot of Resident Evil games, my very first website on the internet was a Resident Evil fan site called Resident Evil S.T.A.R.S. back in 2004, I thought it would be a good idea if I list out my favorite Resident Evil games from best to worst and shed some light on each:
Resident Evil Gaiden is a Gameboy Color standalone title that takes place on a ship and you play as Barry and Leon two characters that wouldn’t normally even meet in the games so like you guessed it this game is not cannon and it is pretty terrible, the combat is turnbased and it is not even fun.
Resident Evil Survivor is basically the 4th Resident Evil game on the Playstation and it was mislabled as Resident Evil 4 for 14 year old RE super fan me and I was pretty crushed by this game, it has nothing the series was famous for none of the great puzzles and the inventory management basically it had nothing I liked about the series, it reuses the zombie models from RE2 and 3 and almost every other asset and it was very poorly recived by fans and critics, surprisingly it launched a spinoff series with Survivor 2 and 3 and in the third one is not even a RE title it is a Dino Crisis one, I skipped those.
Resident Evil Dead Aim is another “Takes place on a ship” RE game and it is not that good, it came out on Playstation 2 back when most Resident Evil games were exclusive for GameCube and I was pretty excited for this game since getting a GameCube at that time was pretty hard for someone living in Iraq, but the FPS combat and doubebag protoganist and the very uninteresting enviroment really turned me off from it and this game rarelly crosses my mind, it is just bland and boring.
Resident Evil Outbreak and Outbreak File #2 was Capcom’s attempt at making a co-op RE game and they also had single player mode which is how I played them, I imagine these games to be fun with friends but alone it really wasn’t and the only saving grace of these titles was Raccoon City which I have a soft spot for, the games also had more Melee combat unline other RE games and it wasn’t bad just not a good game.
Resident Evil 4 to me is the most disappointing game in the series, which the game has a really good combat and the best graphics for its time it also was a long fetch escort witch made you escort and protect a girl who constantly got attacked and kidnapped, it also had horrible QTEs and in general it was just not fun for me, I only played it once and I never returned to it ever since.
Resident Evil 6 is the pinnacle of Capcom’s Action RE Trilogy, the game is basically three campaigns and each of them is their own flavor I think and I really like one of them it is a dark horror themed staring Leon and the other two lets just say they are weird, one of them feels like an Uncharted game and the other is basically a Gears of War hord shoot em up, the result is mixed and it is just very bloated and the story really makes little to no sense and I think at this point Capcom decided to go back to the drawing boards and try to reinvent the series again.
Resident Evil 5 is the one I like in the Action-Trilogy RE games mainly because I like how it is wrapping up some of the plotlines that started in the first RE games like Wesker and Spencer and it also has some nice twists, the game also had Co-Op which I didn’t play but a few friends of mine did and they really enjoyed it, maybe one day I will give that a go, the combat is very top notch and the Boulder Punching is iconic forever.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is another Action-Centric title of the series and it brings some fan favorite characters like Clair and Barry, I played this one on Vita in Co-Op mode and it was actually fun, the one thing I didn’t like about it was the Episodic structure of the game it just didn’t make sense to me it should have been a regular game but I guess Capcom wanted to have Resident Evil’s toe dipped in everything.
Resident Evil Revelations is another “Takes place on a ship” RE game but this one they got right, well not all of the game takes place on the ship but 60% of it does and it is a well designed game and it kinda reminds me of the original settings from RE2 and 1 and it was a good game epecially for a Nintendo 3DS title.
Resident Evil 1 (Original) which I played on PSP as a part of my Resident Evil Marathon back in 2010 is a good game and revolutionary for its time, sure the live action cut-scenes and the cheesy dialoge doesn’t work but the mystery of the Spencer mansion and the interesting world building is fantastic foundation for the buildup the later become a major franchise.
Resident Evil Deadly Silence is not the most loved game in the series, a lot of people really dislike this game for some reason but I had a really good expirence with it, weirdly enough it was my first time playing the original Resident Evil which for some reason kept slipping from me and I couldn’t play until Capcom announced the DS port, the game is clearly downgrades to run on DS and it is not the most optimal but it is great if you are playing it under your blanket in a cold winter night at 3:00am which is how I got to play it and it was amazing, the port adds a few interesting features to the game like reloading your weapon and the auto knife with L and they are all very welcome addition, and it has an expiremental multiplayer mode which was very wacky and weird.
Resident Evil 0 is a game that I played fairly recently on Nintendo Switch, it is the last game to have prerendered backgrounds and fixed camera, the game is very beautiful and it is fun to play especially for a classic style Resident Evil game.
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is one of the most underrated RE games and to me it is the Resident Evil 4 that we deserved, it takes place on a remote island and the game is a mixture of Action and Horror and puzzle solving, to me it is the hardest game in the series and it has some of the series wackiest story aspects which I actually like, and I love Clair so I was very excited and I really want a remake please.
Resident Evil (Remake) is another one of those games that I played fairly recently on Nintendo Switch and I really liked it, it takes the foundation of the original and makes it better in every possible way, better gameplay and better presenation of the game in general boosted by the best graphics the PS2-era geneation ever seen, it is just amazing and I am already planning a replay of the game for this summer.
Resident Evil 3 Remake followed the 2019 excellent RE2 remake which we will get to a little later and it is a good game, it is scary and Nemisis is very intimidating but the cut content which I feel like it is around 40% of the original game was basically cut and that left a sour tase in my mouth, I really wished to like the game more.
Resident Evil Village is the 8th mainline RE games which came out this month and it is a great game, it follows the soft reboot of RE7 and it connects the series with it and it lays the foundation for the future games, you can read my full review here.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard serves as a reinvension for the series, shifting the prespective to first person view but not making it an actual shooter because the combat in the game is limited, with that change the game actually goes back to its roots by making most of the game set within one mansion and by increasing the horror element of the game to make it the scaries entry of the series, to me this game made me fall back in love with the series after the decade of misses from Capcom.
Resident Evil 3 Nemesis is the 3rd offical entry of the series that takes place at Raccoon City, the game is more action orianted than RE2 and it takes place within the whole city, it is really a good game that I really have so many fond memories of, it has Mercinaries mode which me and my siblings used to love and race through it to see who can get the highest score and it stars my favorite character of the series and my first crush.
Resident Evil 2 (Original) is the reson I fell in love with this series, everything about this game is fantastic to say the least, the game has four different scinarios, perfect music, a fantastic location and puzzles, I could go on and on about this game it is just amazing.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is everything I ever wanted from a Resident Evil game, everything I said about RE2 is here but on top of that the game is visually stunning, it is scary as hell, the audio design is the best that has ever been produced in a video game, Mr.X follows you all throughout the game and he makes every counter tense as hell and it is a fun game too, it is just perfect and it really feels like Capcom went all out with this Remake and they hit every right note with it.