With the release of #ResidentEvil7 on January 24 and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter coming to theaters on January 27, this is an awesome time to be a Resident Evil fan. I have loved this franchise since I first bought my PlayStation One and I've played every game since. Seriously, every game. I own all of them, from The Darkside Chronicles to Survivor, to the sub-par Game Boy Color Gaiden game — yep, I have played them all. It is one of the series I collect, where it takes pride of place on my bookshelf. So in honor of #ResidentEvilWeek, let's talk about the things within the franchise that I've loved or hated.
One of my favorite things about Resident Evil is its unique take on zombie-like creatures. It was the first game I had ever played that involved killing #zombies. Perhaps it was even the first game to tackle the concept in such a manner, utilizing the plot point of a manmade mutative virus that turns people into flesh-craving monsters. The progression of the game from typical zombies to creatures like the Nemesis or hunters has always been the backbone of what keeps the story fresh and different. You never know what kind of boss you may need to fight at the end of a #ResidentEvil game and it is always bizarre and more gruesome than the game that came before it.
Another thing I've loved about this series is the characters #Capcom has developed. They all have the same goal in common, to stop the Umbrella Corp., but they attempt this goal at different points of the same timeline. Characters like Leon S. Kennedy, Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine have all been a part of the ongoing fight to stop this evil pharmaceutical company. These are characters that I loved playing with each of their respective entrants in the series, and every time a new one was introduced, I fell in love with Resident Evil all over again. Whether it's changing up someone's partner, concocting another ridiculous beast to fight, or having the game take place in a completely different part of the world, change has always worked in Resident Evil's favor.
I must admit, the only movie I like in the franchise is the first one. This doesn't include the digital animation films; those are solid because they still make sense to the overall story. What I dislike most about the movies is the character Alice, who is nowhere to be found in any of the games. That is what I hate. Sony turned what could've been a great movie franchise with the characters Capcom had created from the game into a ridiculous action movie whose main character has superhuman strength and turns out to be part of the Umbrella Corp. experiments.
That concept doesn't get introduced until #ResidentEvil5 and although it's teased with Wesker during the series, it isn't as big a plot point as the movies make it. In the movies the Alice character is pushed to the forefront above protagonists like Jill and Claire. I could never accept that and I rarely sit through or care about the films at all. Will I watch the new one? Probably. But I won't go to theaters for it, I'll tell you that much.
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However, the first film wasn't so bad. I'm not the kind of person to say you need to stick with source material 100 percent of the time, but regardless of how much the films veered from the storyline created within the games, the first film did have a something to offer. We were given an origin story for one of the more popular creatures in the franchise: the Nemesis. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was one of the most fun games I have ever played and the Nemesis character made it even better.
My only gripe is that I don't think this creature is ever fully explained. He sort of just — shows up. And wants to kill all the S.T.A.R.S. members. If you recall the first movie, in the ending when the guy is carted off on the stretcher, they say they want to put him on the Nemesis program. And there it is! The entire film all led up to us finally discovering who the Nemesis is, where he comes from and what made him that way. That's why I do consider the first film an excellent part of the series. The rest? Not so much.
One Of My Favorite Moments
Resident Evil 6: When Leon and Chris meet
This is hands down one of the best moments in the entire series. The moment it happened, I dropped my controller and stared at the screen in awe. I was viewing my childhood coming together like a puzzle. For the first time ever in the games' history, Leon S. Kennedy and #ChrisRedfield finally meet.
I'm not sure how many other characters have intertwined like this. Very few of them talk about any of the others or are ever involved in the same game with them, yet they are all fighting the same battle. To finally see two heavy hitters, the main male characters from the first and second games, finally meet each other — it's like a gamer's dream come true. Yeah I said it. It's a dream come true.
The Worst Game In The Series? Gaiden
I'm not sure if Capcom was truly expecting this franchise to translate to handheld gaming. This attempt flopped horribly. The controls of #Gaiden are sluggish, the story is weird, and even for Game Boy it lacked so much. I've never beaten the game because I could never play it for more than an hour at most. Maybe someone out there feels differently, but that is just my opinion.
My Top 5 Favorite Resident Evil Games In Order
- 1. Resident Evil
- 2. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
- 3. Resident Evil 5
- 4. Resident Evil 2
- 5. Resident Evil 6