Ranking Resident Evil Games

Ranking Resident Evil Games

 

In honor of today’s Resident Evil Village release, I thought I would rank the games of Resident Evil that I have played as a way to hype myself up even more for the release! Let’s be honest though, I’m already pretty darn excited, as Resident Evil is one of my favorite video game franchises. Despite the fact that I’m a total chicken when it comes to anything horror related, I can’t help but to love these games. With that being said, let’s get into my personal ranking of Resident Evil games, from the worst to the absolute best.

 

The Worst

 

Resident Evil Revelations

This game is by far the worst Resident Evil game I’ve ever played. With actual dialogue lines unironically delivered like, “my sweet ass is coming to save you,” I was horrified. I literally convinced a friend to buy this game because of how hilariously bad it was. He was initially skeptical that any game could be that bad, but quickly came to believe me and abandoned his initial desires to platinum this game. One could truly say that the only revelation in this game is how genuinely awful it is. Not only do I not understand why Chris and Jill were separated as partners in this game, but I really don’t understand how this game was actually released. I also really hated Jill’s in redesigned model in this game, which made her look more like a pinup model than a serious agent.

 

The Bad 

 

resident evil 6

Resident Evil 6

This is another title that’s more action than horror. Like it’s predecessor, it’s co-op, so fun to play with a friend, but the story itself is often melodramatic. Despite not being the strongest entry in the series, I also platinumed this game on the PS3, so I spent quite a lot of time on it. For me, the character Piers was one of the standout storylines of the game, but I still don’t understand why this subordinate soldier, and not Jill, his partner, or Claire, his sister, was the one to pull Chris out of his self-destructive behavior. I enjoyed Ada’s DLC the most, as it felt more like the classic Resident Evil solo experience. Mercenaries mode was even stronger in this game than in 5, including outfits and whatnot as well, which was fun. 

 

Resident Evil 3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 Remake

I was really looking forward to this entry after my adoration for Resident Evil 2 Remake, and because it starred Jill Valentine, one of my favorite characters of the franchise. Sadly, I found Resident Evil 3‘s more action-centric plot and gameplay repetitive, not scary, and disappointing. I never felt any fear because I knew Nemesis would keep coming back in new forms and I would have to kill him again. This game definitely felt more like a quick cash grab to me by Capcom than anything else, even reusing the same maps and locations from Resident Evil 2 Remake. Though this revisiting of locales makes sense, do to the games taking place in the same city during the same time period, it still manages to feel incredibly lazy in such a short game. Resident Evil 3 Remake singlehandedly proves that sometimes it is better to take more time in development. 

 

The Mediocre

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Resident Evil Revelations 2

I actually never finished this game, for whatever reason, which should tell you something. I do remember this game being better than the first Revelations game, but that’s not saying much. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is luckily without the cringe inducing dialogue of it’s predecessor and has creepier locations and tougher enemies. I found it frustrating that Claire’s partner, Moira, only came equipped with a flashlight. While this is an interesting game mechanic, it sucks for the player that ends up playing as Moira, and not Claire. Also poor Claire, what has Capcom done to your face in this game?

 

Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5 

I have played this game many times, even warning a platinum trophy for it on the PS4. This is definitely a game you play with a friend for the co-op experience, but is not very scary at all. Plus, there’s a lot of ridiculous moments, like Chris Redfield punching a freaking boulder with his fists. For me, the best part of the game by far was the mansion DLC, where you play as Chris and Jill. Very spooky and with a frightening nemesis lurking in the dark. 

 

The Best

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4

For a long time this game was my favorite out of the Resident Evil series, with Leon as the smart mouthed protagonist and clunky controls making the game feel even scarier. This game features some of the most enemies, a blind creature with wolverine claws, and slow shuffling wheezing creatures that require you to snipe three spots on their body only distinguishable with a heat scope. But perhaps the most terrifying part of this game was the female character Ashley, whom Leon was tasked to save. I still make fun of her “LeeOOONN” yell to this day.

 

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2 Remake

I highly doubted that any game in the series could take the top spot from Resident Evil 4, but then along came Resident Evil 2 Remake.  This game has it all, dark and claustrophobic spaces, jump scares, and terrifying villains, both supernatural and human. The hulking Mr. X’s audible footsteps throughout the police department were so stressful and effortlessly filled the players with dread. I also loved both Claire and Leon as protagonists, and enjoyed witnessing Leon encountering Ada for the first time.

 

Resident Evil 7

Resident Evil 7

This game was terrifying. I was so scared at one point that I even threw the controller. The first person gameplay only added to the fear, making it harder to see what was around you. Creepy atmosphere, claustrophobia of being stuck in a house with lunatics equipped with supernatural strength, and plenty of jump scares easily made this one of my favorite entries in the game. But I’ve only managed to play it once! Story-wise, I was less invested in Ethan and Mia than I was in say, Jill and Chris, or Leon and Claire, but the plot twist at the end was brilliant. The model for Chris Redfield on the other hand, was most assuredly not; I didn’t even know it was supposed to be him until I read the ending credits.

 

Divider

 

 

Here’s to hoping Village, the latest entry in the Resident Evil series and one of my most anticipated games of the year, is one of my new favorite games in the series! I recently read that Capcom made the game less scary after receiving feedback that Resident Evil 7 was too scary, but I’m cautiously optimistic that my weenie self will still find it frightening, even if the game isn’t all tension all the time.  I’m most excited to see the role Chris plays in this game, especially in regards to his interaction with Ethan. Of course, I am also intrigued by the Lady Dimitrescu and what her evil plans are. If anyone needs me, I’ll be obsessively checking my mailbox to see if my copy has arrived yet.

 

What are your favorite and least favorite Resident Evil games?

Divider
Ranking Resident Evil Games

Posted May 7, 2021 in Games

Tags: , ,

Geek Out:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.