Resident Evil blazed the trail for horror games in the 90s. Though its hit some bumpy patches here and there, the franchise has recently regained its footing to the delight of many. The upcoming release of the Resident Evil 2 remake made me realize that I haven’t really talked about my experiences with the franchise at all on this site. Let’s fix that.
Resident Evil established itself on the PlayStation. As someone who refused to own a PlayStation product until many years later, I missed the franchise’s original run. I wouldn’t give it a shot until I got the Resident Evil remake on GameCube.
That game certainly made its mark. It was deeply engrossing in a way that games hadn’t been for me up until that point. I felt like I was in that world, exploring that mansion. It didn’t hurt that its graphics were phenomenal for the time.
And then the horror. I legitimately jumped out of my chair when the dogs burst through that window for the first time. A game had never scared me like that before! Despite my general aversion to anything horror-related, I couldn’t put this game down until the credits rolled.
Not long after, Resident Evil 0 was released to the GameCube. Despite numerous restarts, this one never clicked for me. Can’t put my finger on it now that I’m so far removed from that time, but it failed to capture my imagination like the last one.
My disappointment in Resident Evil 0 didn’t last long, as Resident Evil 4 was mind-blowing. With bleeding-edge graphics, a shift of camera angles, and a major overhaul to the game’s combat mechanics made it a masterpiece. I’m generally not one to replay single player games after I beat them once, but I beat this one so many times over. It wasn’t as scary as the original, but it made up for it with combat that kind of paved the way for the modern 3rd person shooter. Games like Gears of War and Uncharted can trace their lineage back to what Capcom did here with this game.
Resident Evil 5 knocked me off the bandwagon real hard. Based on the negative reception it got, plus me really not liking the demo of it that came out at the time, I passed on it. Years after the fact, I bought a Resident Evil 6 limited edition on clearance, mostly for the download codes to the older Resident Evil games that were packed with it. Still haven’t opened it and I’m pretty sure those download codes expire soon.
I don’t regret backing out when I did, or not filling in the blanks that I missed before I played the first Resident Evil remake. Had a good time with the games I played and I’m okay with just that. With Resident Evil 7 having been a huge hit and with the Resident Evil 2 remake out in just a few days, maybe it’s time to go back.
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