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With well more than a decade of virus-induced zombie jump-scares pulling gamers to the edge of their seats, it is not surprising that when people think of zombie games, Resident Evil is still the first series that comes to mind. Capcom should be well and proud of the series, as it pretty much kept the entire genre alive (ha!) long past the heyday of George Romero’s Living Dead. In the past few years, media has been much more than welcoming of the undead flesh eating genre and with its long and rich history, Resident Evil is still delivers some of the most incredible gaming experiences for players of all kinds. So to celebrate the series’ amazing feat, we are going to run down all the major RE games for you, from the very first Playstation One release to the latest next-gen iteration of the game.

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Resident Evil (1996), Resident Evil Director’s Cut (1997), Resident Evil (2002)

When this two-disc game first came out on the Sony Playstation, nobody knew what to expect, Capcom was pretty much well known for arcade style games like Captain Commando, Strider, their hit fighting game Street Fighter, and the classic JRPG Breath of Fire.

From the game’s b-movie style, to the first reveal of the zombie, to the incredibly scary and challenging giant snake boss battle, and down to the final reveal of Umbrella Corporation’s virus at the very end, players found themselves hooked and addicted to the game’s incredible gameplay and mechanics while the storytelling gave the entire gaming industry a whole new genre to explore: Survival Horror.

The release of the Director’s cut the following year gave the game a more polished look and support for the Playstation’s dual-shock controller. Considering all the nostalgia-inducing moments of the game, it was also re-released later in 2002 for the X-Box 360 and the Nintendo Game Cube with all new visuals.

Resident Evil 2 (1997)

In a brave twist, the sequel to RE took on entirely new protagonists which fans also came to love. The game brought everything good about the first one and polished it to a masterful finish. Add in the new hidden extras (Hank and Tofu modes), and gamers all over the world had another incredibly scary horror game to play.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)

Raising the bar once again, the third game of the series introduced Nemesis, a powerful near-unkillable boss that will keep chasing you from the start of the game until the very end. Nemesis was a relentless threat that bursts through walls and tear through anything in its path as it tries to catch up with you. This all new style of villain changed the game’s originally slower pace and showed us that RE’s creators can do so much more than jump scares –they can frighten us even during action packed sequences.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000) and Code Veronica: X (2001)

While one of the more interesting games in terms of storytelling (there’s a lot of twisted and disturbing narrative here –especially with regards to the newly introduced Ashfords), Code Veronica pretty much stayed out of public radar on it’s launch on the Sega Dreamcast. It was not until a later re-release on the Gamecube and the PS2 that this one managed to get more fans.

Resident Evil: Survivor (2000)

This experimental spinoff to Resident Evil is a first-person adventure game –which was expectedly awkward. The reason, sadly, was that it was originally launched as a Gun Controller compatible game in Japan. The support for the GunCon was dropped for the localized versions, and that is why Survivor feels incredibly awkward in its English incarnations. One important fact about this game is that it started its own multipart Gun Survivor series within the RE franchise.

Resident Evil: Survivor 2 - Code: Veronica (2001)

Proving to the world that multiple colons in a title is cool, this sequel to gun survivor provides players with an all new adventure that runs parallel to the events of Code: Veronica. While the gameplay is fun and interesting, the narrative self destructs at the end when it is revealed that this entire game was nothing but a dream sequence.

Resident Evil: Gaiden (2001)

Officially, Gaiden’s events are not considered to be part of the series’ official timeline. But considering the fact that this is only time players ever get to control Barry Burton in action makes it pretty important. This Game Boy Advanced release is expectedly, lacking in the graphics deparment thanks to hardware limitations. It is also not scary to play at all. Still, having Leon and Barry available on-the-go made for an interesting combo.

Resident Evil: Zero (2002)

This game takes players back to the events of the very first Resident Evil game and tells us exactly what happened to Rebecca Chambers (who we originally met in the first game and had to help), and what the Alpha team encountered in their mission (it is explicitly stated in the first game that Chris, Jill, and the others were team Bravo). The graphics are incredibly well done, though it’s Gamecube-only launch made it inaccessible for many fans of the series.

Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)

This is officially the third game in the gun survivor series and incorporates a new action-adventure style for controls. While most of the game makes use of a third person camera view, combat brings players into an FPS mode (much like many modern over-the-shoulder games). The all new characters, Bruce McGivern and Fong Ling, were co-created with Namco and would later re-appear in the Namco X Capcom game.

Resident Evil: Outbreak (2003)

Outbreak is an innovative Resident Evil game that makes use of the Playstation 2’s rarely applied network functionality. While you can play this solo, it truly shines when you connect to another player and try to survive together. In this game, player choose from a selection of survivors –each with unique traits and abilities, and will go through the game in path determined by what the characters can do (if you have someone who can pick locks, you would be able to go through a locked door, otherwise, you will proceed the game a little differently.

Resident Evil: Outbreak – File #2 (2004)

While the Outbreak series hardly made any news among western players (due mostly to the fact that the PS2 Network Adapter was hardly used in non-Japanese releases), it was well-accepted in Japan, thus giving rise to a sequel featuring even more multiplayer fun. There is bigger emphasis on the different character classes and players are encouraged to try different ones each time in order to diversify the playing experience. In an interesting twist for the franchise, all eight of the original cast returns for this sequel.

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Considered by many as one of the best games in the series, RE4 breaks the traditional 2-character roster and gives Leon a solo adventure title. While Ada Wong does appear and other characters are playable in extra modes, the main story is exclusively Leon’s. What makes this game stand out is not only the impressive visuals that it has, but also in how it completely changes the game’s slower paced tank controls with a more intuitive action-adventure control system. The result is an amazing game that features an all new breed of zombies and a new combat mechanic that would reshape all later RE games to come.

Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (2006)

Deadly Silence is basically a re-release of the original Playstation version of the first Resident Evil, but with a few DS-specific touches (hence, Deadly Silence is code for DS). The game can be played in two ways. Original mode lets players play the game exactly as it was in the original. Rebirth mode makes full use of the Nintendo DS’ touchscreen and microphone. It features new puzzle layouts, more enemies, and knife-based combat that makes use of the stylus and touchscreen.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)

This gun-shooter version of Resident Evil is not part of the previous Gun Survivor titles (which was originally designed for the GunCon peripheral on the Playstation), instead, The Chronicles series is exclusively made for the Nintendo Wii and make’s use of the Wii-Mote’s infrared functions to simulate gun controls. Umbrella Chronicles basically covers the events of Resident Evil Zero to the first Resident Evil, then 3: Nemesis, and finally, through special events never before shown in previous RE games (in many ways, this game follows the trail of the causes and effects of Albert Wesker’s actions). The gameplay here is fast paced and polished, making it a must-have for any RE fan.

Resident Evil 5 (2009)

This game marks the first entry of the Resident Evil games into HD territory and features an all new, buffed up version of Chris Redfield –who has been pretty absent from the main iterations of the series since his appearance in the very first game. Separated from his partner, Jill, players must follow him in his new assignments for BSAA as they try to track down the evil corporation Tricell (which is apparently replacing the now-collapsed Umbrella Corporation). This game is also the first to feature a fully playable two player mode. New character Sheva Alomar serves as the secondary protagonist of the game –both Sheva and Chris are together in most of the game’s sequences making this a very-cooperative game experience.

Resident Evil: Degeneration (2009)

In terms of visuals, RE: Degeneration was one of the best CG movies based on a video game –while the narrative was a little dry and simple, it still made good use of the characters. And it was also a great thing to see Claire and Leon together in an RE adventure once again. In celebration of the film, an app game was released for mobile devices. While the game was not as fast paced or as impressive as the console releases, the touch based controls still proved pretty effective and made for a fun game.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009)

The sequel to Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii, Darkside Chronicles continues the game’s light gun action style with the Wii-motes. This time, the story follows the events of Resident Evil 2, Code: Veronica, and Resident Evil 4. Much like the previous game before it, finishing the main story mode unlocks additional stages set in events between and after the Resident Evil titles covered in the game –revealing to the players even more important events that would serve as the conclusion to several mysteries established in the previous games as well as a foundation for the upcoming titles in the series.

Resident Evil: Mercenaries VS (2011) & Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011)

This mobile game is a standalone release of Resident Evil 5’s Mercenaries mode. This is basically a multiplayer free-for-all game that has no story and basically allows players to choose among several characters from the Resident Evil franchise and fight it out in team or individual combat. While this is an extremely fun game, the touch controls are not as responsive or effective as controllers especially when dealing with human opponents. Also, good net connection is a must. The Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS fares a lot better than its’ mobile counterparts, and the 3D visuals actually look pretty good.

Resident Evil: Revival Edition (2011)

Released for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, the Revival Edition brings together RE4 and Code Veronica into the HD realm with remastered graphics and a few gameplay tweaks. Aside from the graphic overhaul, not much has changed since the original release of the games –so this is basically aimed more for RE fans that missed out on the games in the previous console eras.

Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)

Revelations brings players back to the time of the first three Resident Evil games and ‘reveals’ a lot of previously undisclosed plot. This is done through various storytelling techniques –mostly intertwined with a more concurrent event that features Chris and Jill teaming with new characters, Parker and Jessica. The game adds plenty of new details that helps complete the story of Resident Evil 5.

Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City (2012)

Operation Racoon City is a what-if story that provides the players with an alternate look at the events of Resident Evil 2 and 3. Playing through the scenarios of the Umbrella-contracted USS operatives (who were originally led by RE2 secret characters HUNK), and the government led Spec-Ops teams as they ventured into the Raccoon City to witness the T-Virus crisis from an all new perspective. This game is an action shooter in the same spirit as SOCOM and other action-titles, and as such, is not much of a horror game at all.

Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Edition (2012)

Considering how fun it was to play the original Umbrella and Darkside Chronicles were on the Nintendo Wii, it makes perfect sense that the two games were HD-remastered and re-released on the PS3 in this special package. Players will want to have the Playstation Move Controllers in order to simulate the original gameplay of the Wii. Off the bat, the game’s all new graphics does justice to the amazing storytelling done by the two games –though if you have already played them, there is not much reason to get this updated version aside from the HD visuals.

Resident Evil 6 (2012)

Despite being a very solid continuation of the main RE series, many of the franchises’ fans have been split about the 6th numbered installment. On a general note, fans love the new characters introduced, especially Albert Wesker’s son, Jake. Jake and Sherry’s story arcs are among the most well received by fans of the game. Chris and Leon are also back, marking the first time the two main characters appear in a single Resident Evil story event. Players go through three separate yet parallel story routes (Chris’, Leon’s, and Jake’s –each with their own respective coop-partner). Each of their events overlap and intertwine, making for a very interesting game experience (it also gets more interesting if you decide to get online and allow drop-in players during certain boss-fights).

Pachi-Slot Biohazard 5 (2015)

Not surprisingly, this Resident Evil-themed Pachinko machine will never see an English-language version. Made exclusively for Japan, this interesting little coin-eater will have players dropping metal balls while watching Chris and Sheva duke it out against the infected (though there really is hardly any real interaction with the players).

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)

Taking a step away from the first Revelations game, this sequel delves deeper into the Spencer-made Wesker Children mythos and puts the spotlight on Alex Wesker. This also marks the first major Resident Evil game that allows players to control Barry Burton (in addition to his daughter, Moira, and returning RE veteran, Claire Redfield). The game’s slower paced approach and darker setting has been praised widely by fans as it brings back the scary feel of the original RE games.

Resident Evil: Zero HD

Rebecca Chambers gets a rare moment in the spotlight as Zero is going to be brought to crisp HD goodness for the current generation systems. This is big news not only for fans of Rebecca, but also of Billy Coen, her death-row escapee ally in the game. Since the previous versions of Zero have not given fans a clue as to the fate of Billy, many are hoping that the HD remaster might have additional content or extra modes that gives more details.

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