Anyone who listens to our show probably knows that Resident Evil is a series that I have cherished since my earliest days in gaming. Perhaps more notably, I have harbored some… dissenting opinions about the franchise over the years. After getting some hands-on time with the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2 at E3, I quickly launched into a feverish level of hype and set out to replay some of the games in the series that I haven’t touched in years and in some rare cases, never finished.
Truth be told, my enthusiasm for the series has dissipated in recent years thanks to a film franchise that threatened to transform the entire IP into something unrecognizable. It’s a viewpoint that has often clashed with my fellow podcasters and even the fanbase at large. I have frequently touted Resident Evil 7 as my new gold standard for the series and shouted from the rooftops that Resident Evil 4 (WARNING: HOT TAKE INCOMING) was simultaneously the best AND worst thing to ever happen to the franchise. It revolutionized the series from a mechanical standpoint and set the bar for 3rd person action games while starting it on a path that would eventually lead it away from the historic genre that made it a household name in the first place; Survival Horror.
Luckily for me, since the announcement of Resident Evil 7, Capcom seems to have recognized the misstep and attempted to pivot the franchise back onto the rails in a way that (hopefully) satisfies both camps. They seem intent on re-establishing Resident Evil as the poster-child for horror in gaming while continuing to take risks that have made the series so fun to watch for more than two decades. Even though I may not have been the biggest fan of the direction the series took post Resident Evil 4, it is a series that differs dramatically from one entry to the next and that creative diversity is something worth celebrating.
This feature will chronicle my thoughts as I work my way through the series (live on 4pp.tv every Monday night) and will culminate in a marathon stream of the Resident Evil 2 Remake in January. I have cherry-picked 8 games in the series that I plan to play and write about before that big release:
- Resident Evil 0
- Resident Evil Remake
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica
- Resident Evil 4
- Resident Evil 5
- Resident Evil 6
- Resident Evil Revelations 2
It feels great to feel genuine excitement about the future of Resident Evil again. After I finish each game in this lineup, I will publish my thoughts on the experience and hopefully shed some light on the impact the game had on the series as a whole. Capcom has certainly amassed some goodwill in my book lately which I am hoping will help me find some appreciation for the games that I have criticized in the past.
Look for my first retrospective focused on Resident Evil 0 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite Resident Evil is and why! Be sure to tune in on Monday nights to catch me playing Resident Evil 0 (right after 4Player Plus)!