What the hell even is this franchise?
Seriously, what an odd transformation for a game series. In the span of seven games (and god knows how many spin offs) this series has completely changed from where it started. The first three games are classics in survival horror that taught everyone that video games can be genuinely frightening. Resident Evil 4 changed the series in a big way, shrinking down a bit on the horror and making it more of an action thriller.
And 5 and 6 were really bad.
Then came RE7, which once again transformed the series. This time, it returns to the franchises horror roots with a new first-person perspective and a whole new story. It was frightening, exhilarating, and fun to play.
I normally hate horror. Like, a lot. Mainly because I’m a huge fucking coward and I can’t handle genuine horror. If it’s too effective, then it stops being fun to watch because I’m so uncomfortable. If it’s not at all effective, then I’m bored out of my skull. Sure, there’s that sweet special ground where it’s simply hilarious, but very few reach into that realm of terrible comedy.
Resident Evil, on the other hand, has always managed to grasp my attention (excluding 5 and 6 because again: those are really bad). While I’m not as attached to the first two games, Resident Evil 3 is one of my favorite horror games of all time. Nemesis is one of the coolest monsters I’ve ever had to fight, and the utter joy of doing so has been hard to surpass. If Capcom announced an RE3 remake after the upcoming RE2 remake comes out, I’d pre-order that at the drop of a hat.
Then there’s Resident Evil 4 which… come on. It’s RE4. Anything I have to say will only be repetitive. It’s one of the greatest video games ever made, in both action and horror. Aside from that terrible escort mission, this is pretty much a flawless game.
And then there was… ugh… 5 and 6. I suppose I should talk about them. They were the first games in the franchise all about co-op, which is cool! Playing Resident Evil with a friend is a really cool and fun idea!
The problem was that they failed at it spectacularly.
Both of these games look like ass, play like ass, and sound like ass. 5 much less than 6, yes, but the point still stands. Each one has a messy story that I found incredibly difficult to both follow and care about, and the fact that you need to drag a friend through the suffering along with you is awful.
Because then you’re the asshole for forcing him through this bullshit.
Luckily, 7 was a huge step up for me. The game looks fantastic, the story is simple and engaging, and most importantly of all: it’s fun. Playing through the game was fun from start to end, even with the constant feeling of unease and stress driving me insane.
Also the VR mode is scary as shit.
What an odd franchise this is. It changed from an iconic horror franchise to an iconic action franchise to a garbage iconic action franchise right back to horror. How the hell did that happen?!
And why do I love it so much?