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21, 05, 2021 | The G FUEL Team | comments(0)

18 Best Resident Evil Games Ranked

Now that Resident Evil Village has been released, we here at G FUEL wanted to update our "Best Resident Evil Games Ranked" list. So much like Resident Evil 2 and RE3 Nemesis, this article is getting a remake!

Maybe no gaming series has done more for the horror games genre than the Resident Evil series. Since the release of the first Resident Evil in 1996, Capcom started the survival horror game craze and has constantly reshaped and reinvented the horror gaming genre.

From claustrophobic mansions to the sprawling Raccoon City to the bayous of Louisiana — we went through it all!

Table of Contents:
Methodology
Rankings
FAQs

Methodology

We tried to keep in mind graphics, weapons, puzzles, gameplay, monsters, movement mechanics, plot, online events, game modes, etc. 

We wanted to give every game a fair shot while also considering its time period. Obviously, graphics from 2002 aren't going to be as good as graphics from today, so we also took that into consideration.

Bear in mind: this list is still pretty subjective and is based on our own opinion. With that in mind, let’s get this party started!

Rankings

18. Umbrella Corps

Umbrella CorpsImage credit: Capcom/Windows Central

It's hard to call Umbrella Corps a Resident Evil game. Sure, it's got elements of Resident Evil, but this is a multi-player-based tactical shooter. It was just one of the Resi spin-offs. We say “technically” simply because this game basically had nothing to do with RE other than the obvious visual Umbrella Corp.

They dumped the single-player survival horror genre and made a shooter game lost in a flood of shooter games. Props to Capcom for trying something different, but this one didn’t pan out.

On a positive note, it was an interesting competitive shooter that didn’t just lazily assume the competitive deathmatch template (a la Halo) and throw it in a buck of Resident Evil. No, there was some sort of effort. Zombies would roam each map, but they don’t attack you outright. If your team disabled the other team's zombie repellant device, you can send the horde after them, which was fun.

17. Resident Evil Survivor (Series)


Resident Evil Dead AimImage credit: Capcom/YouTube

Resident Evil is known for its atmospheric, tense, strategic gameplay. An on-rails, lightgun game does not typically mesh with any of the core strengths of RE games. For the style of game, the Survivor and Dead Aim games are pretty solid. But it’s not really what the Resident Evil franchise is all about.

The games take place after the missile explosion that wiped out the contaminated Raccoon City. Not long after this incident, a helicopter crashes on the outskirts of Umbrella Corporation's private township. The pilot escapes the burning wreckage only to find himself fighting a battle against the living dead, with no memory.

The main issue with the games was that they were light-rail shooters, which took all the horror tone out of a horror game. Also, while it may work in an arcade form, it's tough to sell for a console.

16. Resident Evil Gaiden

Resident Evil GaidenImage credit: Capcom/YouTube

Gaiden was a Game Boy Color exclusive. And while the GBC was a great handheld, its limitations made creating a functional RE game for it difficult.

It still featured fan-favorite Leon Kennedy. But instead of having him wander through the usual tense gameplay that includes claustrophobic hallways and heart-pounding gunplay, Gaiden gave players a top-down view with a funky shooting mini-game.

Most of the game was top-down perspective. However, upon approaching an enemy, the screen would change to a first-person combat mode with a reticle constantly moving to the left and right. To attack, players needed to press the action button while the reticle is in range of the enemy. It was frustrating but inventive for the tech at the time.

15. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon CityImage credit: Capcom/VentureBeat

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was given over to developers Slant Six Games, the company best known for their SOCOM series. And like many of the games lower on this list, it just didn’t play like the expected RE experience. Operation Racoon City felt more like a SOCOM game than it did RE, which is why it ranks so low on this list.

It's unfortunate that the game's best parts were its connection to the Resi universe. However, it did give us Heroes Mode, which was an online multiplayer feature that let you play characters such as Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliveira, and a few others. The Xbox 360-exclusive Nemesis Mode also allowed one player to control Nemesis and use him to kill the other team. So, that was cool.

14. Resident Evil: Outbreak (Series)

Resident Evil OutbreakImage credit: PlayStation.com/Moby Games

The first Resident Evil: Outbreak was a really cool concept. Depending on which title, players could choose one of several survivors in a situation, and then they would need to work together to complete objectives and survive.

Once players connected and logged in, they could choose between Free Mode and Scenario Mode. Free Mode was a lobby and allowed players to create their own games, scenarios, and difficulty level.

In Scenario Mode, the game would choose the scenario and players automatically. When players first started online, they would begin on the Outbreak scenario and progress from there.

The issue? There was absolutely no way to talk to the people with whom you were playing. The gameplay itself was actually pretty okay, though.

13. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3DImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

Capcom decided that the mini-game from RE4 and Resi 5 deserved its own full-fledged version on the Nintendo 3DS. It went as well as you would expect. Some enjoyed the game, but it largely felt unfinished; a prototype for a better game.

The game was bare-bones, and the combat was repetitive. Conceptually, Mercenaries has a lot to offer, especially graphically, but the execution was flawed.

12. Resident Evil: Zero

Resident Evil ZeroImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

Resident Evil: Zero was a solid release when it first came out for the Nintendo Gamecube. But it's aged like a sandwich you’ve left in your locker.

The game had some good things going for it concept-wise. Zero added item boxes in the game for storage. The story follows two new characters that were ok: Officer Rebecca Chambers and convicted criminal Billy Coen who explore an abandoned training facility for employees of Umbrella.

This is the first game on the list to actually feel like a part of the Resident Evil series. Unfortunately, the game's monsters were boring giant animals/insects. Now, if there were mutated insects like the dogs from the original RE, a giant bat that spit acid, or genetically spliced animals like a gorilla mixed with a giant scorpion, that would have been great.

11. Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6Image credit: Capcom/IGDB

Resident Evil 6 does a lot of things well. The story was pretty good, the co-op play was fun, and Capcom really leaned into the absurdity of some of the action set pieces. The issues come with this game straying further away from the roots of the series. This was an action game through and through – not the survival horror with which fans of the series fell in love.

If you’re looking for a game to only semi-engage with and have some fun with friends, RE6 is a good pick. If you’re looking for the authentic RE experience, look elsewhere.

10. Resident Evil: Revelations (Series)

Resident Evil RevelationsImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

The first RE: Revelations did a masterful job of combining the old school survival horror of the early games in the series while mixing in the newer action-orientated mechanics. Though the shooting was tight, players also needed to scavenge for resources on the cruise ship setting, striking a good balance.

The Resident Evil Revelations 2 leaned more into the action than survival horror. And while the second game in the series had some technical flaws, it was still a typically campy and fun RE game to play with a friend.

9. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Resident Evil 3 NemesisImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

Though it wasn’t the original plan for Resident Evil 3, Nemesis was an excellent addition to the pantheon of RE. The constant tension players felt in Resi 3 knowing that Nemesis could decide to appear at any moment was truly exhilarating. The game is short for RE, and the graphics have not aged well. Which is why we're glad it got the remake version that we dreamed of.

8. Resident Evil: Code Veronica

Resident Evil Code VeronicaImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

Some gamers will tell you that Resident Evil: Code Veronica is the best RE game ever made. Though we disagree, those believers have plenty of evidence to back up this claim.

Code Veronica did everything the series had already done and ramped it up. Terrifying? Check. Amazing visuals and sound? Check. Amazing story? Check. It also shared some of the issues that plagued the series – control was not RE’s strong suit. Code Veronica is a must for true RE fans.

7. Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5Image credit: Capcom/IGDB

Resident Evil 5 was not the typical RE game. The scares were greatly diminished, Chris Redfield looked like he was taking some supplements that would get him banned in professional sports, and the game took place in an all-new locale. That said, RE5 is genuinely one of the tightest co-op shooters you can find. The game looked fantastic. It was quick moving and had a surprising amount of replay value.

It might not be the “true” RE experience, but RE5 is a fantastic game. If you want to play a game with your buddy on the couch, Resident Evil 5 is still one of the best to pop into the console.

6. Resident Evil 3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 Remake, Jill Valentine meeting Mikhail ViktorImage credit: Capcom/ScreenRant

This remake is one that tends to stand out from its original. While certain things are missing from the original, Capcom's Resident Evil 3 is more a reimagining of the 1999 original than a true remake.

Like its predecessor, the Resident Evil 3 remake script leans into the schlocky b-movie nature of its source material and comes out sounding far smarter and more confident.

Actually, I really like what Capcom did with Jill’s character in this remake. Not just with her new visual design, but also with her sarcastic, irritable personality. It feels considerably justified given her situation.

The phenomenal opening sequence, which begins with Nemesis attacking Jill in her collapsing apartment building and ends with a spectacular flameout, really leaves an impression of how your new campaign is going to run.

Resident Evil 3 doesn’t really let up from there. It’s a much faster-paced game than Resident Evil 2, with a greater emphasis on action and far less focus on puzzle-solving or exploration. Ammo is in more plentiful supply, and the environments aren’t particularly creepy. I wish there was more Nemesis, but its role is mostly limited to scripted jump-scare sequences and boss fights.

5. Resident Evil

Resident EvilImage credit: Capcom/Rely On Horror

The game that started it all. When it was released in 1996, there had never been a game like Resident Evil. Fusing horror, puzzle-solving, action, and more cheese dialogue than you know what to do with, the first RE was a landmark in gaming. This game would inspire countless other zombie games and films up until the current day.

When you replay a game made in 1996, there are bound to be some issues. RE has not aged the most gracefully, but any true fan of zombies needs to know they owe a debt of gratitude to Resident Evil.

4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7 BiohazardImage credit: Capcom/IGDB

After 20-plus years of approximately the same type of game, the Resident Evil franchise needed a refreshing way to tell their stories in the mainline entries. Enter Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The first-person perspective changed how Capcom could play with scares. The brand-new story that had no connection to previous characters in the series gave Capcom a blank slate to tell a legitimately unnerving story.

Boss fights were tense. Gunplay was panicked. Jump scares were scream-inducing. So it had all the elements for great survival horror. The seventh entry in the series, Resi 7, took itself to new heights by adding a new first-person perspective to the best parts of the series — its stellar pacing, puzzles, and focus on exploration.

The fear you feel in RE7 immerses you (especially the VR version) like no prior Resi game. All of this is captured with gorgeous/grotesque visuals and incredible sound design. The sounds alone are enough to make my skin crawl.

RE6 was such a questionable take on the series. Capcom literally went back to the drawing board. Yes, folks, Resident Evil seems to have written a love letter to "Terrify" again, a bold and successful reinvention of the franchise. The long-overdue return to survival horror was just what the franchise needed, and it ends up making RE7 one of the better games in the series.

3. Resident Evil Village

Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil VillageImage credit: Capcom

With Resident Evil Village, Capcom managed to keep the 25-year-old RE series at heart. Village feels new in both perspective and form, and yet extremely familiar, even if the perspective is still first-person. Most every step of RE Village was enjoyable. Ethan Winters isn't an unlikeable character. And the cast of villains is great.

It's hard to say why I liked Village more than Biohazard. The combat is satisfying, some (not all) of the puzzles are well-orchestrated, and the game looks incredible. As a long-time fan of Resi games, I had fun with Village. It encases everything the series is known for and evolves in a fresh and exciting way. It doesn't compare to my next two picks, but Village does all right for itself.

The titular Village itself feels like the police station from Resident Evil 2, and the showcase of callbacks was a nice touch. Also, Duke is great. It's a great sequel to RE7 and a good addition to the series.

Read more:

Resident Evil Village Review (For PC)

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2. Resident Evil 2/Resident Evil 2 Remake

Resident Evil 2Image credit: Capcom/IGDB

Resident Evil 2 is frequently brought up in friendly discussions as "the greatest sequel in gaming history." Gameplay, puzzles, scares, sound, and level design were all fantastically implemented in RE2.

Moving from the original's claustrophobic corridors of a mansion (which is still amazing and scary) to the entire Raccoon City gave Capcom written permission to do whatever they wanted. And, hot damn, it worked. The best addition might have been the “Zapping System,” which presented different scenarios and puzzles for the different characters. For example, the actions done by Leon Kennedy in "Leon A" will affect the game's event in the "Claire B" game of the Claire Redfield run-through. There are a total of nine "zapping" instances in the game. This gave the game a huge replayability factor.

While the positives were accentuated, the flaws felt minimal. The story had improved dramatically from the first RE, and the voice-acting was improved as well. The inventory and menu system wasn't totally refined yet and can be a pain, but it's a much smaller issue. You could see the beginnings of something great being built.

With RE2 remake, all of what made the original great was given a green herb and totally revamped, along with some modern-day gameplay mechanics. Character model, scenery, audio, and everything else was cleaned up and given the royal treatment.

There are no longer any loading screen doors, and Claire and Leon no longer move like refrigerators. The new, over-the-shoulder, third-person perspective helps accentuate the action and opens up new options for the series’ classic puzzle-solving mechanics.

Resident Evil 2’s controls are incredibly intuitive. I know the classic static angles and heavy controls may be missed by fans of the original, but I’d like to argue that the new camera system actually heightens the tension. A player will unintentionally put themselves in danger, be it by a scared reaction or panic, making it even scarier.

If you enjoy tense, graphic horror, RE2 remake offers ample helping, something that might not have been possible without such a major overhaul. Although the mod-community has made some hilarious updates of their own.

Resident Evil 2 and its remake would be considered the top of this RE list if Capcom had not reinvented the series and gaming with ...

1. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4Image credit: Capcom/IGDB

When you started reading this list, you knew what was No. 1. It's one of the staple Resident Evil games all every Resident Evil game wishes it was. It remains one of the most influential action-horror games ever made, single-handedly dragging Resident Evil games into the modern era while creating a new template for the third-person action genre.

Resident Evil 4 is one of the greatest video games ever created. It has a phenomenal campaign. There's nothing that can be said for RE4 that hasn’t been said already. It reinvented how third-person shooters were made, from the camera placement to aiming. RE4 is basically the archetype for modern TPS. 

The controls are actually still rather smooth to this day. The AI is still challenging and terrifying. It changed the way "zombies" could be done. The character design is better than most of the games of its time. Terrific puzzles, way smoother gunplay, and a great inventory system. Resident Evil 4 is the best Resident Evil game ever made.

When the hooded man politely asks you “Whadaya buuyyyin?” I hope the answer that I can give Capcom soon is "A Resident Evil 4 remake."

Now it's your turn. Do you agree or disagree with any of the games and their order?

Tell us in the comment section below!

FAQs

What is considered the best Resident Evil game?

Hands down, the best is Resident Evil 4. It still stands out today.

What are the best Resident Evil games?

This answer is kind of subjective, but many would say that the best classics are Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4. However, Biohazard and Village aren't to be denied some fame for reinventing the series.

Is Resident Evil 4 the best game ever?

Resident Evil 4 is the best RE game and one of the greatest video games of all time.

Why was Resident Evil 6 bad?

Resident Evil 6 did some things correctly, so it wasn't all bad. Out of the games with numbers in their titles, it wasn't the best either. It strayed too far from the Resident Evil games' tone, so fans rejected it.

Which Resident Evil is the hardest?

Most fans will argue that Resident Evil: Code Veronica is the hardest. Not because of gameplay, but more so because of its baffling game design.

Is Resident Evil 0 worth playing?

Looking back now, 0 wasn't that bad, it just failed to perform at the time of its release. It's worth a playthrough if you're new to the series.

Is Resident Evil 0 the hardest?

No. The game itself isn't that hard. Most players will breeze through it.

Is Resident Evil 0 scary?

No. It had its moments, but it isn't high on the list for scares.

Is Resident Evil remake worth playing?

If you have the time to play it, yes. Going back to older source work gives you an extended feel into the new games.

Is Resident Evil 3 worth playing?

The original RE3 is skippable, but if you never played it, then I suggest playing the RE3 remake. The graphics and handling are improved by 100%. Save yourself the headache of clunky polygons.

Why is Resident Evil 3 remake so short?

Believe it or not, the original RE3 was pretty short in general.

Is Resident Evil 4 the best Resident Evil game?

Yes.

Will Resident Evil 4 get a remake?

As of this writing, an RE4 remake has not been announced. It would be silly not to remake it, though. I'd give my cash right now if that makes production start faster.

What is the longest Resident Evil game?

Resident Evil 6 clocks in at around 21.5 hours, making it the longest RE game.

Is Resident Evil 5 a good game?

Yes, Resident Evil 5 is a good game. It's not the best, but it's not terrible.

What is the best video game system to play Resident Evil games?

The best video game systems on which to play Resident Evil games are the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

What's the best Resident Evil game for PC?

Resident Evil 7 VR.

Who is the hardest Resident Evil Boss?

Nemesis is the hardest boss.

Is RE3 harder than RE2?

No, while RE3 Nemesis is dang near indestructible, it doesn't make the game any harder actually.

Is RE3 remake harder than RE2?

No, it's not harder than RE2.

Which Resident Evil remake is the best?

The RE2 remake is the best. It was a better game overall to remake, and Capcom nailed it.

Who is the most popular Resident Evil character?

Jill Valentine usually makes top character lists. Chris and Leon can hold their own in a popularity contest, though.

Will there be a Resident Evil 8?

Yes, it's currently out now and called Resident Evil Village.

Which Resident Evil sold the most?

According to Capcom's public record of game sales, RE7: Biohazard is the best-selling game for the franchise with 8.5 million copies shipped since it launched in 2017. RE5 and RE2 remake are in second place with 7.8 million copies sold each. RE Village could catch up selling 3 million copies in its opening weekend.

How long is Resident Evil 7 Not a Hero?

The Not a Hero DLC length is around 90 minutes to two hours on a first playthrough.

How many hours is Resident Evil 3?

RE3 is about 4 - 6 hours of gameplay.

How many hours is RE3 remake?

Main Story is around six hours. Main plus Extras is around eight hours. If you're a Completionist, you're looking at around 20½ hours.

How many hours is Resident Evil 2 remake?

RE2 remake is sitting around eight and half hours.

How hard is Resident Evil 7?

The game is a challenge on Normal, but once players beat the game, they unlock Madhouse difficulty.

Does Resident Evil 6 have a story mode?

Yes. There are actually four interwoven campaigns to play.

How good is Resident Evil 5?

It's pretty good.

Is Resident Evil Revelations 2 worth playing?

If you have the time, yes, Resident Evil Revelations 2 is worth playing.

What was cut from RE3 remake?

One thing that was cut from the RE3 remake is kind of a big spoiler, so I'll skip that. Other than that, some locations in the original game that served no purpose in Jill's escape were removed, such as the City Hall, The Press Office, The Raccoon City Park, The Graveyard, and The Dead Factory. Also, some puzzles and even some of the monsters were missing in the remake.

Is RE3 too short?

No, RE3 is as long as it needs to be.

Does RE3 happen before RE2?

So, the opening part of RE3 takes place before RE2. In the timeline, Jill is unconscious while the events of RE2 take place, and she wakes up a few days after the events of that game were over.

Is RE3 remake better than RE2?

No, RE3 remake is not better than RE2.

Is RE3 shorter than RE2?

Yes. RE3 is only about 4 - 6 hours. RE2 has about 7 - 9 hours.

Is RE3 remake easy?

While RE3 remake has certain difficulties, some players find it easy. You can always up the difficulty if you want to.

Why is RE3 remake so different?

The original was a polygonic nightmare and had a very short story. To remake it for the modern-day, many things needed to change.

Is Resident Evil 2 hard?

It's moderately hard. More people have difficulty with the puzzles more than the monsters.

What difficulty should I play Resident Evil?

Play whatever difficulty you are most comfortable playing.

What is the scariest RE game?

The original Resi 2 was the scariest game for me. Maybe it was my age at the time, but I remember having to try some parts with the lights on.

Is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard the best?

No. There are a few RE games that are better than RE 7: Biohazard, including RE Village, RE2, RE2 remake, and RE4.

Is Resident Evil 7 scary?

Yes, there are some scary and creepy moments in RE7: Biohazard.

Is Resident Evil 6 or 7 better?

RE7 is better than RE6.

Is RE4 on Switch good?

Yes, RE4 on Nintendo Switch is good. In fact, most games on Nintendo Switch are great.

Did Resident Evil 7 sell well?

Yes. RE7 sold over 8.5 million copies since its release.

Did Resident Evil 3 sell well?

The original RE3 sold over a million copies. The RE3 remake sold over 3 million copies.

Is Resident Evil 7 a reboot?

No. RE7 is its own game in the series.

Is Resident Evil Village a sequel to 7?

Yes, RE Village is a sequel to RE7.

Are the RE Revelations games worth playing?

The RE Revelations games are worth playing if you're a major RE fan. The games aren’t that long, so you can finish them quickly.

Read more: Resident Evil Village Review (For PC)

 

Hero image via Capcom/Crea Cuervos

This article was written by John D. AKA SomeBeardy2Love. John has been gaming for over 30 years, has a podcast, and watches nothing but anime and Bob’s Burgers. He has a sponsored beard and a modest book collection.

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