There are few gaming franchises as iconic — or as all over the place — as Capcom’s Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil essentially birthed the survival horror genre back in 1996, defined modern third-person action with Resident Evil 4 in 2005, and, after a few missteps, brought things full circle with the terrifying first-person scares of 2017’s Resident Evil 7. With the stellar-looking Resident Evil 2 remake on the horizon, we’ve looked back at every jump scare, grotesque boss fight and ridiculous explosion scene and ranked every game in the series from worst to best.
Resident Evil Zero isn’t a bad game — it’s just not very memorable.The gameplay remains largely the same as previous entries in the series.However, unlike controlling one sole character like the previous games, the player controls two protagonists throughout the entire game. The player may switch between a police officer and medic Rebecca Chambers and convicted former Force Reconnaissance Officer Billy Coen. If they travel together, either one of them can be controlled while the other character is handled by the game’s AI. The player may also control both simultaneously or split them up entirely to explore areas separately.Each character has unique abilities. Rebecca has a mixing kit which allows her to combine herbs and other chemicals, but she is weak defensively. In contrast, Billy can move heavy objects, use a lighter, and has higher defense.The partner system is central to solving many of the game’s puzzles.The characters can run as well as perform quick 180-degree turns to evade danger. The player may examine objects such as doors, other characters, and items in order to find clues to proceed through the game. Some objects can be pushed or climbed upon to investigate higher levels.Items held by the characters can be examined in the inventory screen. Some items such as weapons can be equipped, and other items can be combined together to create more effective items or replenish ammunition. When Rebecca and Billy are close-by, they can exchange items between one-another
Resident Evil 6
Hardcore Resident Evil fans were quite disappointed in Resident Evil 6 for straying too far from the franchise’s original formula, but it gets a bad rap.
Resident Evil 6 allows players to select between four scenarios with interwoven storylines.Each scenario follows one of four main protagonists: Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller and Ada Wong. The player-characters from each scenario will have their own partners whom are controlled by either artificial intelligence (AI) or another player via local or online multiplayer. In addition, each scenario features a different play-style; for example, some player-characters are more vulnerable to attacks whereas others are more resilient.Each central character has unique abilities, which vary from increased reload times and carrying more ammunition.Resident Evil 6 presents new innovations and gameplay mechanics such as rolling in any direction and running while shooting and sliding.The game also features a four-player co-operative mode.When playing in single player mode, the player can allow another player to join in online at any time.While performing certain actions, quick time events may occur, in which the player must follow onscreen prompts by pressing buttons or manipulating joysticks within a limited amount of time.
A new feature comes in the form of tablets; players may consume them in order to recover health, and more can be produced by mixing herbs.
Resident Evil Revelations
Resident Evil Revelations was a promising showcase of the new Nintendo 3DS when it launched back in 2012, and holds up even better on modern platforms as one of the series’ most underrated spinoffs. Revelations blends the restrained horror of the original game with the third-person action of Resident Evil 4, all wrapped up in a neat episodic structure that spotlights series mainstays Chris and Jill as well as newcomers Parker and Jessica. Factor in an addictive and highly replayable Raid Mode, and you’ve got a great slice of Resident Evil that has something for fans old and new.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis ->the player controls the protagonist, Jill Valentine, from a third-person perspective to interact with the environment and enemies. The player takes control of another character for a brief portion of the game.To advance, the player explores a city while avoiding, outsmarting and defeating enemies. The player can interact with the environment in several ways, such as opening doors, pushing objects or climbing obstacles. Scattered throughout the city are weapons, ammunition and other items, which can be collected and put in the player’s inventory. Items can be examined, used, or combined with others.The inventory is limited to a certain number of slots, and the player must often move items from the inventory to a storage box located in special rooms to manage space.
The player can use a variety of firearms to defeat enemies, ranging from pistols to a rocket launcher. Aside from enemies, parts of the environment, such as explosive barrels, can be shot at, causing them to explode and damage nearby enemies. The game also introduces the ability for players to dodge attacks or perform a quick 180-degree turn to evade enemies.The player has a certain amount of health which decreases when attacked by enemies. Health is regained with first aid sprays, as well as herbs, which can be used separately or mixed together to increase their healing effect. The game also features an ammunition creation system that allows players to create new ammunition from different varieties of gunpowder.In addition to engaging in combat, the player must often solve puzzles that focus on logical and conceptual challenges.
Resident Evil 5
Five years after the events of Resident Evil 4, Chris Redfield, now a member of the fictional Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, is dispatched to Kijuju in Africa. He and his new partner Sheva Alomar are tasked with apprehending Ricardo Irving before he can sell a bio-organic weapon on the black market. When they arrive, they discover that the locals have been infected by the parasites Las Plagas and the BSAA Alpha Team have been killed. Redfield and Alomar are rescued by BSAA’s Delta Team, which includes Alomar’s mentor Josh Stone. In Stone’s data Redfield sees a photograph of Jill Valentine, his old partner, who has been presumed dead after a confrontation with Albert Wesker. Redfield, Alomar and Delta Team close in on Irving, but he escapes with the aid of a hooded figure. Irving leaves documents that lead Redfield and Alomar to marshy oilfields. This is where Irving’s deal is to occur, but they discover that the documents are a diversion. When Redfield and Alomar try to regroup with Delta Team, they find the team slaughtered by a BOW; Alomar cannot find Stone among the dead. Determined to learn if Valentine is still alive, Redfield does not report to headquarters.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
Although many fans might have missed it the first time around due to its temporary status as a Dreamcast exclusive, Code Veronica is regarded by producer Shinji Mikami as the true sequel to Resident Evil 2, while Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was originally intended to be more of a spinoff. Code Veronica was a leap forward for the franchise, leveraging the power of new hardware to introduce real-time 3D environments, rather than the pre-rendered backgrounds of previous entries. This installment also saw a shift to European Gothic-style horror, along with cinematics inspired by the work of legendary action filmmaker John Woo. Resident Evil 4 later brought about a true reinvention of the series, but Code Veronica is the most refined expression of the original Resident Evil formula.
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is set between the events of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. Claire Redfield is the main protagonist and Barry Burton’s daughter, Moira, plays a supporting role. In December 2014, a new trailer revealed Barry as another playable protagonist and he is joined by Natalia Korda, a little girl with supernatural abilities. The official cinematic trailer was released in December 2014.Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is a survival horror game which supports cooperative gameplay on console platforms.The game has stealth elements as only two of the four playable characters use guns. The other two are more vulnerable, preferring to use weapons such as crowbars and bricks, or be used to find hidden items with a flashlight or special senses.
The game feature the Raid Mode, a returning feature from the first Revelations game with new changes, more missions and playable characters. About 200 missions and 15 characters are featured, which span the entire game series, and there are also new scenarios and enemies from Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Revelations. In this mode, players can customize their skills and weapons, as well as buy new ones. Some enemies in Raid Mode have special abilities like extra speed or strength. This mode can be played either online or through split-screen local co-op.
Resident Evil (1996, 2002)
We’re gonna cheat a bit here and count both Resident Evil and its 2002 remake as a single entry, because both are equally vital to the series and gaming as a whole. The original Resident Evil created the survival horror genre as we know it, having you explore a spooky, zombie-infested mansion with a unique fixed camera system that made turning every corner unbelievably tense. Seriously, we’ll never forget that first zombie scene. Sure, it had plenty of corny, meme-worthy dialogue, but it also gave us iconic characters such as Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield and Albert Wesker, and set the standard for all horror games to come.
Resident Evil was later remade from the ground up for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002, with new enemies, new mechanics and hauntingly gorgeous graphics that better realize the horrific potential of the original. This remake was later brought to modern platforms such as PS4, Xbox One and PC, so you can experience it in stunning high-definition (and with the option to drop those pesky tank controls!). Resident Evil is perhaps gaming’s defining remaster, and the best way to experience the most iconic horror game of all time.
Resident Evil 7
The most horrific PS4 zombie game on the list changes up traditional Resident Evil gameplay by putting you in a first-person mode.The player controls Ethan Winters from a first-person perspective as he searches the Baker house for his missing wife.Although Ethan is a civilian with few combat skills,he is able to arm himself with a variety of different weapons including handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws against the Baker family and a humanoid form of fungus known as the “Molded”. He can also block attacks to reduce damage. Various sections of the game are spent being pursued by members of the Baker family, who if engaged in combat, can only be temporarily incapacitated. However, these encounters are avoidable by means of stealth, or running away.
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 was a turning point for the franchise, as it brought back Leon S. Kennedy with a new gameplay system. This game was an over-the-shoulder, third-person shooter, which brought a bit more action and rewarded strategy and good timing. It was also a new way to take on threats: Fighting off an infected villager wielding a chainsaw is still one of the game’s most memorable moments. It was perhaps the defining Nintendo GameCube game when it was released in 2005, and it looks and plays even better on modern platforms like PS4, Xbox One and PC. Resident Evil 4’s influence can be felt in everything from Gears of War to The Last of Us, and it’s masterful blend of horror and action still holds up great today.