The Resident Evil series is one of gaming's most popular and recognisable franchises, dating back to the PlayStation 1 and encompassing more than 25 years of history. With a hardcore following across the globe that hotly anticipates all upcoming entries — no matter where it's a mainline instalment or spin-off — Capcom has a mainstay on its hands that won't be going anywhere any time soon. The series has its highs and lows, but the potential will always remain. It does contain some of the greatest games ever made, after all. And because of that, it will always attract new players who want to know where to start with the ever-growing franchise and what titles are the best.
This guide is designed as a catch-all, comprehensive breakdown of the Resident Evil series that offers advice based on your tastes and preferences. We shall detail the best games to start with depending on the sort of experience you are looking for, no matter whether it's a quick catch-up to enable you to play the latest instalments or a deep dive into the classics that got us to where we are today. Finally, we will rank every Resident Evil game released to date on PlayStation consoles regardless of their style, camera angle, or mechanics.
Best Resident Evil Games to Start With
At its heart, Resident Evil is the king of horror. It's been terrifying fans for generations at this point, but it has done so in a number of different ways. It's been a classic survival horror experience. It's been a third-person action game. It's been a first-person horror undertaking. It's even been an online multiplayer disaster. As such, it's impossible to recommend a single experience that captures absolutely everything it means to be Resident Evil.
We are instead going to put forward a few different options that prioritise what various entries did best. Suggestions include one that fast tracks you to playing the latest and greatest Capcom classics, another which explores the roots of the series, and one more situated in between the two extremes. These are the best Resident Evil games to start with.
Best Resident Evil Games for Newcomers
Perhaps the biggest differentiator between various eras of the Resident Evil series is the camera angle. Fixed camera angles were the bread and butter of early entries before the third-person perspective took over on PS2. However, the latest instalments on PS5 and PS4 have now switched to a first-person camera. It's unlikely Capcom will ever revert back to the fixed camera angles of the PS1 generation (outside of special modes or unlocks), so this approach to the series will help you quickly get to grips with its most modern titles.
In order, the Resident Evil games we recommend you play are:
- Resident Evil 2 (PS5, PS4)
- Resident Evil 4 (PS4)
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS5, PS4)
- Resident Evil Village (PS5, PS4)
This shortlist allows you to experience the Resident Evil franchise in a very approachable manner as well as sample the series from both the first and third-person perspective. For a start, all three games are available on PS5 and PS4 so it's unlikely you'll need to buy a new console in order to begin proceedings. Both first and third-person camera perspectives are covered by playing these games — in fact, Resident Evil Village allows you to switch between the two angles in the game.
Resident Evil 2 on PS4 is a remake of the original game released on PS1 back in 1998 that completely modernises the experience. Featuring the same story and locations, the game is the perfect place to start as it blends the old with the new to give you a fantastic taste of all things Resident Evil in the modern era. If you enjoyed your time with police rookie Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, we recommend you move on to the former's crowning adventure. Resident Evil 4 is the best game in the series — it's the quintessential undertaking that represents the peak of the franchise so far. There's no getting around this one: you simply have to play it.
Finally, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the start of a new story that introduced a new protagonist named Ethan Winters. It's best to become familiar with him since he'll feature in future games, but it also marked the moment when the mainline series adopted the first-person camera. An important moment for Resident Evil, completing this chapter will leave you ready for what comes next in Resident Evil Village.
Best Resident Evil Games for Nostalgic Players
So you want to turn the clock back to the late 1990s and understand what it was that made Resident Evil so beloved in the first place. That's a commendable task, but it's the toughest to perform of our three recommended approaches. This is because two of the four titles cannot be played on modern hardware, meaning you'll have to buy retro systems. The proposal is also all about fixed camera angles and the possibility of tank controls — love or loathe them.
In order, the Resident Evil games we recommend you play are:
- Resident Evil (PS4)
- Resident Evil 2 (PS1)
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS1)
- Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (PS4)
The remake of the original Resident Evil game is available as a native PS4 title, but if you're looking for that first experience from the PS1 days, you can download the title via PS Plus Premium on PS5 and PS4. The original PS1 versions of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis are only accessible as PS1 classics on PS3 and PS Vita, however.
Luckily, the HD remaster of the original Resident Evil game as well as the Resident Evil Code: Veronica X port can be played on both PS5 and PS4. With all that out of the way, you'll get to experience the origins of the franchise. The first Resident Evil title looks outstanding in HD, allowing you to select a modernised control scheme or those classic tank controls, but the fixed camera angles remain.
In fact, this approach to playing Resident Evil is all about them. You'll learn all about the horror and tension the fixed perspective can create as well as infiltrate the Spencer Mansion and escape Raccoon City twice over. The plight of Claire and Chris Redfield in Code: Veronica X then represents the series' first evolution of fixed camera angles, adding 3D environments and dynamic camera movement. This is survival horror at its best, so if you can get your hands on all four titles, they're the best place to start if you want to see what kickstarted Resident Evil.
Best Resident Evil Games for Everything the Series Offers
If you really want to understand the long journey the Resident Evil franchise has taken from inception up until now, this approach would be best. We're going to focus on some of the series' biggest moments and turning points, such as when the camera angle changed and the PS3 era wobble which saw Capcom focus on action instead of horror. All of these titles are absolutely worth playing though, so this strategy is both a history lesson and a bundle of fun.
In order, the Resident Evil games we recommend you play are:
- Resident Evil (PS4)
- Resident Evil 2 (PS5, PS4)
- Resident Evil 4 (PS4)
- Resident Evil 5 (PS4)
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS5, PS4)
- Resident Evil Village (PS5, PS4)
The approach starts with the HD remaster of the first Resident Evil game, which still looks good to this day and is by far the most accessible version of that classic survival horror experience. The fixed camera angles remain and the tank controls are only an option — using the updated scheme doesn't take away from proceedings at the classic Spencer Mansion too much. We then move on to the PS4 remake of Resident Evil 2, which shines in the modern era with a third-person camera and a faithful recreation of the original PS1 scarefest.
Next up is Resident Evil 4 because it's the best entry in the series to date, simply put. Need we say more? Our next recommendation is where things get interesting, however. Capcom opted to prioritise action during the PS3 generation, and many hardcore fans see the instalments released during that time as the mainline series' low point. That may be true, but we still think you should give Resident Evil 5 a shot. Playable entirely in co-op, bring a friend along and you can have a lot of enjoyment with this trip to Africa to put a stop to a terrorist threat. It doesn't go quite as far as its awful follow-up, retaining just enough of the Resident Evil DNA to make it a fairly solid recommendation.
The approach is rounded out by Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which sees the core series adopt the first-person camera that is being utilised for upcoming titles. It also introduces new protagonist Ethan Winters, so it's best to get that meeting out of the way during his inaugural undertaking. Follow this strategy and you'll have a good understanding of where Resident Evil has come from, where it somewhat stumbled, and where it's headed in the future.
Resident Evil Village is that future, which concludes the story of Ethan Winters. Through post-launch updates, you can now play the game from the first-person perspective it was first designed around or switch things up with the third-person camera. Both are more than viable, allowing you to experience one of the best entries in the series.
All Resident Evil Games Ranked
We will now rank all 23 Resident Evil titles released on PlayStation hardware so far from worst to best. This is a purely subjective list based on our own opinions and experiences with the games in question. We shall update this ranking as and when new Resident Evil games are released.
23. Umbrella Corps (PS4)
We begin with the game that wasn't even good enough to have the series' name placed in its title — that's just how bad Umbrella Corps was. The online multiplayer spin-off was based on historical environments throughout the Resident Evil franchise, but it just ended up being incredibly naff in the end. Prioritising action over horror, it failed on all fronts. The single player offering wasn't any good either, offering up a simple Horde mode instead of actual story beats. You should avoid playing Umbrella Corps at all costs even if it does look like a bargain during PlayStation Store sales.
22. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3)
Are you noticing a pattern here? The Resident Evil games with a heavy online focus are at the back because, quite frankly, most attempts to incorporate multiplayer into the series have been rubbish. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is absolutely no different. Let's forget this one existed too as these were definitely the darkest times for the Resident Evil series as Capcom prioritised action over bumps in the dark.
21. Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica (PS2)
Did you know that Capcom did first-person way before Resident Evil 7: Biohazard? It did so all the way back on the PS2, in fact, with a sub-series that used the mechanics of light gun games and gave you control of the protagonist. Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica was the worst of the lot, but it was a novel experience for the time. There's no need to play any of them in the modern era unless you really want to experience quite literally everything Resident Evil has to offer. A neat idea nonetheless.
20. Resident Evil: Survivor (PS1)
We've got a bit of nostalgia for Resident Evil: Survivor, which is why it ranks slightly higher on the list than its sequel. This is once again a light gun-esque experience that sees you venture across Sheena Island following the destruction of Raccoon City. The controls were fairly clunky and the visuals weren't much better, but there was a certain charm to the game that has stuck with us to this day. Remove the rose-tinted glasses, however, and it's probably not very good in the modern era. Still, we sort of liked it — as youngsters at least.
19. Resident Evil: Dead Aim (PS2)
The final lightgun game (for now) is Resident Evil: Dead Aim, which rounds out the sequence of four games in this sub-series. The third entry, funnily enough, was a sort of Dino Crisis spin-off, which is why it won't feature on this list. Anyway, Resident Evil: Dead Aim is generally considered to be the best of this lovely lot, but that's not exactly saying much. Rather interestingly, however, is that Dead Aim features both a third-person and first-person camera at the same time. You'd move in third-person and then aim your gun in first-person. Again, that's not to say any of this is actually good, but it's a perfect example of how Capcom was experimenting with different perspectives throughout the years.
18. Resident Evil 6 (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3
The worst entry in the mainline franchise? That unwanted accolade simply has to go to Resident Evil 6. Capcom flew too close to the sun with a very heavy emphasis on action that just didn't sit well with the core fanbase. The flashy melee moves might have been cool in the moment, but the amalgamation of campaigns and characters didn't amount to anything more than a bit of an insult. If you hate everything that makes Resident Evil what it is, maybe you'd enjoy this entry. One for shooter fans instead of survival horror enthusiasts.
17. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (PS3)
After a single mainline entry in the Resident Evil series, we're straight back to talking about lightgun games. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a purely on-rails experience that documents a lot of the events found in Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. There was also a bit of new content that delved into the downfall of Umbrella, but the five acts retread known ground for the most part. That's not to say it's a bad game, however.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was a fairly fun lightgun title that even featured counter-attacks and weapon upgrades. While not exactly the most thrilling experience, Capcom did a good job of adapting Resident Evil for a purely on-rails undertaking. It's quite enjoyable if you're interested.
16. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (PS3)
And here's another on-rails lightgun game! Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is the direct sequel to The Umbrella Chronicles, this time around focusing on Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X. There's also a secret chapter that sort of serves as a prequel to the events of Resident Evil 4, but gameplay-wise, this is essentially the exact same as The Umbrella Chronicles. Devoid of control, you'll shoot zombies and whatever else the T-Virus comes up with. They're two enjoyable titles indeed, but not really what Resident Evil is all about.
15. Resident Evil: Outbreak (PS2)
Now we're getting to the really good stuff — Resident Evil: Outbreak is just about the series' only successful attempt at doing online multiplayer. Split across multiple three to four-hour scenarios you could complete with a long list of unique characters, Capcom was ahead of its time with a special experience that is currently held hostage on PS2. Everyone had their own attributes and weapons, and you could even contract the T-Virus and slowly turn into a zombie! If there was ever a game on this list in desperate need of a reboot, it's Resident Evil: Outbreak.
14. Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2 (PS2)
While the Resident Evil: Outbreak sub-series did die an untimely death, at least we did get a sequel. File #2 added more scenarios and characters to an experience that remained much the same as the original game. It was all about that classic survival horror experience of managing your inventory and battling against fixed camera angles as well as the undead haunting whatever location you were working through. It was good stuff Capcom, now greenlight a reboot.
13. Resident Evil 5 (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Here's where things get a little dodgy. Resident Evil 5 is a pretty good game in its own right, but it also marks the moment where Capcom started to prioritise action over horror during the PS3 generation. It doesn't go quite as far as its sequel, which is why Chris Redfield's trip to Africa alongside series newcomer Sheva Alomar still holds a place in the hearts of some fans. It's a great experience in co-op and the DLC expands upon that with a really cool second campaign that's certainly worth a look. Horror in broad daylight? Resident Evil 5 did it pretty well, complete with entertaining gunplay and a lengthy campaign that will keep your attention for hours on end.
12. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita
Barry Burton is back and playable! Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is a return to the campy nature of titles past complete with an interesting story and characters. Playable alone or entirely in co-op, the trek across an island in the Baltic Sea to find Barry's daughter is a thoroughly enjoyable one — especially with a friend alongside you. The bonus Raid mode was great too, so that's always nice. Play it all at once instead of the episodic nature Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was released in and you've got a 10-hour side story worth digesting.
11. Resident Evil 3 (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Resident Evil 3 really should have been so much better. Pitched as a remake of PS1 game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Capcom completely ditched entire locations and enemies from the original version. It resulted in an experience that was over before you knew it, which coupled with the fact that Nemesis itself was a huge letdown, meant that this remake is nowhere near revered as much as Resident Evil 2.
It's still a pretty good game with some good combat here and there, but puzzles are very few and far between. At least Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira both looked great with updated graphics? We're clutching at straws here because Resident Evil 3 has to be chalked up as a disappointment.
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10. Resident Evil Zero (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Resident Evil Zero feels like the mainline instalment everyone always forgets about, but it's actually a great example of classic survival horror. Detailing what happens before the Mansion incident, Rebecca Chambers and convict Billy Coen must escape a derailed train packed full of zombies. It features tank controls and fixed camera angles — perfect for those looking for a quick dose of nostalgia. Thankfully, the PS4 remaster allows it to look great whilst doing so. It's by no means the most essential game in the series, but as a title that explores the origins of the series, Resident Evil Zero is definitely worth checking out if you're starved of survival horror and you've ticked every other title off.
9. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS1)
The one most people forget about when reflecting back on the PS1 entries, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis deserves a lot more recognition than it currently gets. The PS4 remake could have made that happen. It did not. Anyway, Jill Valentine stars in this classic survival horror experience where Nemesis really is the big differentiator. In fact, Resident Evil still hasn't done it the same since. Giving you the choice to fight the gigantic monster or run away, those options fuelled replay value and gave you the chance to feel like you were really there in Raccoon City.
Elsewhere, it's more of what fans had already come to know and love with puzzles, inventory management, and a little bit more ammo to help you get by the legions of undead. One of the few games where it's still better than its remake? Resident Evil 3: Nemesis belongs in that category.
8. Resident Evil: Revelations (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3
What if Resident Evil was set aboard a sort of ghost ship? That's the premise for Resident Evil: Revelations, which might be one of the best side stories in the whole series. It's crazy to think how the game started out life on the Nintendo 3DS considering how good it looks with the latest PS4 remaster, and Jill Valentine shines in this throwback to the elements that put the franchise on the map in the first place. That means little ammunition and limited movement mechanics instead of fast-paced combat. Good stuff.
It's been a while since Capcom developed a new entry for this sub-series, but we most certainly wouldn't say no to another one. If it's as good as Resident Evil: Revelations at least, we'd have another high-ranking classic on our hands. Play this one if you haven't already.
7. Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (PS3)
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS2
Where's the remake of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X? Come on Capcom, get on with it. Many consider this entry in the franchise to essentially be a mainline one on the same level as a Resident Evil 2 or Resident Evil 4 — it's that good. Camera angles evolved with the PS2 generation, allowing them to move about in time with your actions but keep the tension created by those fixed angles. Gothic horror was another change for the series, and it's one that helps to set Resident Evil Code: Veronica X apart. Although, it's still very much a Resident Evil game at heart and that's what fans love so much about it.
6. Resident Evil 2 (PS1)
Resident Evil 2 on PS1 is what we would consider survival horror perfection. If you want to understand why those early entries are so revered, this is the one to go with. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield's attempted escape of Raccoon City is a stonewall gaming classic that is still more than worthy of a playthrough in this day and age. The horrors of the Raccoon Police Department hold up to this day, the micromanagement of your inventory is enjoyable, and the quality of puzzles are at an all-time high. We reckon a few other entries have surpassed it at this point, but it's clear to see why fans return to Resident Evil 2 time and time again. What a special game.
5. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
It was with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard that Capcom dramatically overhauled what it meant to be a Resident Evil game, switching the perspective to first-person and largely breaking away from the narrative of the previous mainline titles. While there are ties to other games, new protagonist Ethan Winters has to escape the terrifying clutches of the Baker family and try and rescue his wife Mia at the same time. What follows is survival horror at its best, with limited ammo to take down the estate's grotesque inhabitants and dramatic boss fights that live long in the memory.
The entry represented a bold, new direction for Capcom that has paid off with renewed interest from a wider audience of gamers. Resident Evil Village will continue that commitment to first-person horror, and we can't wait to see what the Japanese publisher has in store next for Ethan Winters and co.
4. Resident Evil (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3
The original Resident Evil is still one of the shining examples of classic survival horror, with inventory management, fixed camera angles, tank controls, and limited saves. It really did have the lot. That experience was modernised visually for PS4 with an HD remaster following the remake on Nintendo Gamecube, and the two attempts help to make Resident Evil feel somewhat modern in the current era. And even if you feel it doesn't, it's still a great trip down memory lane to see how far the series has come in the time since.
3. Resident Evil 2 (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
This remake of the Resident Evil 2 experience is different enough from its source text that we think it's worth ranking each version separately, and it's the latest PS4 edition that comes out on top. Shifting the perspective to behind Leon S. Kennedy with a third-person angle and handing over camera controls to the player, Capcom reinvents some of the series' most popular locations with a horrifying touch. Both Claire and Leon's campaigns remain essential, while Mr X remains one of the most terrifying video game villains of all time.
Capcom managed to both do the original game justice and bring all of its best bits into the 21st century with a single project. Resident Evil 2 is positioned as the perfect stepping stone between what the series used to be and what it has become today, providing both hardcore fans and newcomers with an unforgettable adventure through Raccoon City.
2. Resident Evil Village (PS5)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Resident Evil Village comes so close to taking the top spot. Its story is captivating, villains outstanding, and locations memorable. Ethan Winters returns after series favourite Chris Redfield murders his wife and steals baby daughter Rose, triggering a different sort of Resident Evil experience — one packed full of werewolves rather than the undead. It's the five rulers of the village Ethan stumbles upon that really steal the show, however.
Some of the survival horror franchise's best boss fights make up the 12-hour playthrough, while other memorable sequences rival classics of the genre like P.T. Capcom even improves the first-person combat with Resident Evil Village, making it the developer's best attempt in 16 years. An incredible experience for anyone who loves the series that raises expectations for what comes next.
1. Resident Evil 4 Remaster (PS4)
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS2
The king reclaims its rightful throne once more. Resident Evil 4 is one of the greatest games of all time and still the best instalment in the series. What needs to be said about this title has already been repeated a thousand times — such is the rate at which Capcom has ported the game to every platform under the sun. However, that doesn't take away from how truly special it actually is.
It's the quintessential Resident Evil experience that perfectly blends action with horror, packed full of memorable characters and locations we could visit time and time again. From the desolate Spanish villages and their wooden huts containing all manner of foreboding Las Plagas through to Saddler's almighty castle, Resident Evil 4 is the closest to perfection the series might ever get. Let's hope Capcom manages to better it one day, however.
What Resident Evil games would you recommend newcomers start with? And what do you make of our overall series ranking? Do you agree or would you move a few titles about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
resident evil revelations shouldnt be in the top 10
Resi7 VR. If you are after scares nothing else in the series even comes close.
Dead Aim is somewhat of a hidden gem, it's worth a play.
I'd put the other Survivor games below Umbrella Corps, move RE6 up a few spaces - probably just above 5 - swap Code Veronica and Nemesis (same for RE3 2020 and Zero) and put Rev 1 next to 2 (doesn't matter which is higher tbh). Oh, and 4th and 3rd place should be 2nd and 1st. Think that's it for my ranking.
My personal favourite is resi 1 remember picking it up and me and few mates playing it taking it in turns was truly groundbreaking game at the time, did play it again a few years back and it's still a great game, how horror games should be done. Close 2nd is resi 4.
I was always a little bit gutted they didn't have the original RE2 & RE3 as unlockables on the remake/reimagings
Currently replaying the main series. I have just replayed Zero and even as a fan of the series - and someone who had played it before - the character switching and dropping items became really really tedious. 3 remake is actually very fun and seems to get judged on what it isn't more than what it is. I can understand the importance of 4 in gaming history but I always found it went downhill post village. Can't wait to replay 1, 2 and 3 remakes in a row!
Think Resi 4 might not be in my top 3 anymore (although with Resi 4 VR being announced on Quest 2 I might have to re-evaluate.) Resi1 GC, Resi 2 Remake and Resi 7 in VR are prob my top 3 just now. Resi 7 in VR is my fave now. Resi 3 was by far my fave of the original Playstation trilogy and really loved the Resi 3 remake too which I think was really underrated. Really like the under-appreciated Resi 5 too.
The only truly scary resident evil was 7, so yeah, 6 wasn't really untrue to what the series stood for up to that point. Especially considering games 3-5 were rather in your face action heavy. Code Veronica actually had one of the coolest stories so far.
Hang on. I just realised the original game isn't listed at all? You have Survivor but not RE1 1996?
7 in VR is so good I couldn't get very far due to sheer terror. Literally on hands and knees in my living room trying to peer around corners.
A story recap (or link to a decent one) would be good seeing as characters from old games keep popping up, before 8 is released
@Channel42 Yeah 3 Remake is a lot of fun at the end of the day.
@Orpheus79V That's because the Resident Evil remake is essentially the same game as the PS1 original, except with much better visuals and some changes.
Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 are listed twice because they're different enough from their remakes.
I know y'all are a Playstation site, but isn't it a bit disingenuous (especially for some of the older titles) to say these games only came out on Playstation consoles?
It'd be helpful to know that if you don't have a PS1 or PS2 lying around, some of these games came to different consoles that may be on hand, or easier to acquire for some fans.
@Kopite That does seem like a missed opportunity in hindsight.
@LiamCroft I disagree, personally. They feel different enough to be their own experiences.
@Orpheus79V agreed original 1 is definitely different experience than the remake , Yes it's not like Re2R or Re3R but still.
My favourite Re would be 1 remake. I love every RE game. Can't really decide which is my top 10 or 3 even.
4 does not belong at 1. Resi 1 remake, resi 2 remake and 7 are easily 1,2,3
A fantastically well written guide. Completely agree with all of it. Should a friend ever ask me about getting into resident evil, I'll save myself the conversational trouble and just link to them to this guide.
It's not often I agree with every single placement of a game on a ranked list.
Outside of a couple minor changes I'd make personally, I think this is a great list. I also agree with the recommendations. Nice article!
P.S. I agree that RE1 and REmake are too similar to be counted twice
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, Resident Evil 2: REmake, and Resident Evil HD are my favorite RE experiences. Also co-op in 5 is surprisingly really fun.
@Channel42 Agree with you there. I had RE4 at launch on GameCube and even with the then Impressive visuals, the gameplay felt a bit tired to me as it went on. Enter area, shoot everything, move to next area. The set pieces were impressive and it had some great moments, but it seemed to start the path to RE6... moving away from the tension of 'survival horror' and into block buster style action.
I just got around to RE3 remake and I really enjoyed the game.
@trev666 It was a fun game though and Umbrella Corps should never been mentioned.
@Ristar24 But those regenerators they were so scary.
@LiamCroft Upgrading those horrible controls made the game so much better though.
@Daleaf The original was fantastic thats so true but i loved they left the tank controls. But for me Resident Evil 2 was the best.
The Co-op in 5 was so good I would probably move it up a bit higher otherwise is a pretty agreeable list well... 6 would be near the bottom in my list 🤮
@tameshiyaku i disagee, 6 took the dumb action movie gameplay to a completely new level
@thefourfoldroot that was one of the only games i got to play in VR and it was such a great experience. truly immersive and terrifying
@Flaming_Kaiser Actually yep, that section of the game was great and a real break to the waves of enemies in some areas.
I think Resident Evil 6 is the only main entry in the series that’s actually worse than the RE movies. The only part that sticks with me was the fight with the mutant T-Rex but only because it was so ridiculous. I remember thinking, ‘why am I fighting a T-Rex? Why?’
I think R3make gets too hard a rap. I think it’s the best remake so far by a long way. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t a huge fan of the original so I didn’t nit pick as much over the cut content. R3make is the only RE game I’ve ever platinumed and I enjoyed every second of it.
RE2make... uh. It’s an amazing game but it was ruined for me by MR X unfortunately. If there was a MR X-less playthrough it would be number one for sure.
I also really love the original REmake and RE4, but despite the industry-changing gameplay, some parts of RE4 feel very dated now.
My top five would be:
@Flaming_Kaiser yea when I played it again a few years back it took a good few hours to get used to the controls again but still a brilliant game. I enjoyed 2 too, still got the remake to play did start it but wasn't in the mood for it so left it, might have to start it again at some point, maybe after the new one releases.
I was always a big fan of Umbrella Chronicles, I think it gets a bad rap. Definitely better than RE6.
Dark side chronicles I thought was crap. Canara was way too jerky - it was impossible to aim
Unpopular opinion but RE6 is brilliant fun. It's by far the best of the RE action game trilogy that is 4, 5 and 6. As an added bonus it has the absolute best version of Mercenaries that Capcom have ever made.
Yes, terrifying to the extent I couldn’t finish it, lol.
@fR_eeBritney just curious, why did mr x ruin it for you?
1, 2, 3 and Code Veronica are the best ones for me. 4 was good but felt like the start of a different series and didn't have quite the same feel. I am in the minority I know.
@Logonogo mostly, I like to explore the environments without being forced to move on.
One of the things I loved about the PS1 games was the feeling of safety whenever you cleared an area of zombies/creatures. It felt like you were accomplishing something.
That was completely missing from the RE2make because MR X never stops. You don’t get time to breathe.
I never played the MR X mode in the original PS1 game so he was completely new to me in the RE2make.
This was also one of the reasons I didn’t love the original RE3 on PS1. I didn’t like Nemesis constantly perusing you.
It’s one of the reasons I liked R3make so much because Nemesis only shows up in several scripted moments throughout the game. A huge improvement IMO.
I know some will disagree but that’s just how I feel.
Oof putting 6 above Dead Aim is mean. Dead Aim is more RE than 6 ever hoped to be and handles combat surprisingly well even with a standard controller 😤 The short campaign makes replayability simple and fun.
Resident Evil 7 should be #1 in my opinion.
@Shigurui "Unpopular opinion"
No kidding your comment is actually one that warrants that warning 😅 Every terrible game will have it's fans, no matter how bad and boring said game is.
If you want another example I found Duke Nukem Forever really fun and would welcome a remaster, do I think is a good game? God no but I had a blast with it, so that's my RE6.
Resident Evil 4 is a classic game in my book. The first time I played it was on the Wii and actually loved playing it that way with the Wii remote and nunchuck. I can't wait for the remake.
Resident Evil 4 is my favorite and about as good as an action game can get but it always makes me sad to see the OG Resident Evil 1 get ignored, I stand by that its the best classic style Resident Evil, many of the changes in the remake just make it feel more tedious.
Of course it's RE4! It was revolutionary!
@fR_eeBritney i honestly agree remake 3 is really good. Short yes but definitely good.
@get2sammyb maybe they didn't want to highlight how different the two RE3 games are
@usaislie Yeah, I actually liked the short length. The Nemesis is meant to be this big, unstoppable killing machine. It wouldn’t make sense to have a 20 hour campaign.
It reminds me of a quote from Terminator: Dark Fate... “You either stop a Terminator in the first few minutes, or you’re dead.”
Having a short, pacy campaign in the R3make makes Nemesis seem more menacing and a more believable threat.
I also like that it felt well balanced. Like, he wasn’t there all the time, stalking you through every corridor, but he was there enough not to question where he was or what he was doing when he wasn’t (if that makes sense 🤪).
It’s just a brilliant game all round.
Just have to say that I loved the remake of 3. I get why it disappointed people, but man I had a lot of fun with that game. 🤷🏻♂️
My opinion is that 2 and code veronica are the best ones.
I did not care for 4. I think it has an american angle that overates it somehow and i am suspicious of it.
RE6 is really not as bad as people like to say. It has a lot of content and that might be it's only problem. It overstayed it's welcome.
RE5 was a great co-op game. It can be a bit frustrating in Single player, but it's still worth playing.
To start with, i definitly recommend starting from the remake of the first game.
The raccoon city saga is still the series at it's best. Play RE 1,2,3 to experience that arc and code veronica and RE5 to see it's conclusion.
Honestly, that is a good place to stop. XD
I am not a fan of where the series went with RE7 and 8. I cannot stand First person.
@Nem So you care about RE6 but not about RE4? That's pretty weird ngl
@Ear_wiG It's fun but is missing a lot of fun parts from the original game, which makes it worse than the original
Weird to put 4 up so high but conversely have 5 and 6 so low.
Nice recommendations! I totally understand the ranking, but I'd change the order a little.
The top 5 for me would be:
1. Resident Evil 2 Remake
2. Resident Evil 7
3. Resident Evil 3 Remake
4. Resident Evil 4
5. Resident Evil Remake
By the way, I loved RE3R! Its only issue for me was its short length, but I had a lot of fun with everything in it. Like some people commented before: it's often judged more for what it isn't than for what it is.
Out of all Resident Evil games Resident Evil 4 is still my favourite. I played it on Gamecube when it launched then again on the Wi which to me personally is still the best way to play it despite the lower resolution. I use a HDMI converter to improve picture clarity.
disagree with this list, but then everyone is different. RE remaster 1st any day.
ill get re4 when the remastered of the the definitive edition comes for the PS6 .
I wouldn't put resident evil 4 for PS4 at the top of the list although it's still a good game it could definitely be better the aiming is terrible on it
@fR_eeBritney That's why I hate games with respawning enemies, too. I love the 'calm after the storm' feeling games with good atmosphere can give you. A chance to catch your breath and look around a bit. Gives you time to appreciate the environment. Nothing beats a well-timed 'lull' in a good game, be it action, horror, or rpg.
Edit: This is a reply to #38
As much as I used to love Resi 4 (I've probably completed it more than any other game at this point), I'm not sure if I'd still claim it as the best Resi Evil game; I think age and iteration have weakened it to the point where I feel Resi Evil 2 Remake has overtaken it as the peak of the franchise (admittedly, on the former's back, but still). I would even say Resi 1 remake nowadays is the better game of the two, if for no other reason than it stands out more amongst today's gaming landscape (that, and the visuals hold up better imo).
It's one of the reasons I'm actually all for the Resi 4 Remake (though admittedly, I'd have liked a Code Veronica one first), as there are quite a few improvements you could make to the core gameplay (The controls, at the very least) to make it a more dynamic and organic experience than could be achieved with the original.
Imo #1 is easily Resident Evil Remake (Remaster)
Now for the controversial, RE6 should be higher than RE5 at least and definitely higher than UC and DSC. The on rails shooters are good, just not that good, I'd even consider Survivor better than them.
As for why 6 is better than 5, I could write a short essay on that
Since when has Resident Evil Code: Veronica X been on the PS4, i've never seen a copy!
Many will not agree but RE6 > RE5. I just disliked RE5 only Chris and Wesker kept me going to finish it. And ofc the DLC Lost in Nightmares.
The only thing that I liked in the African setting was the flowers that actually started the whole bio-terrorism in the series.
Everything else was just like in RE4 but bad
RE6 might be action game but the setting was awesome!
My personal favorites are RE2 Remake, RE7 and RE HD Remaster!
But I think that RE8 will change all of this!
Look at that creepy footage!
Resident Evil 2 on the PSone is still number one for me. The remake was amazing but it didn't do the same for me as the original.
RE2 remake and 7 for me.
I had RE on release and as great as it was back then, I find it almost unplayable now.
RE4 comes in third for me.
@Enigk I'm with you the Classics ones are indeed 1, 2, 3 and Code Veronica. Then the new RE engine titles so far are amazing, just pitty they cut to many stuff on the 3 Remake bit still enjoyed it
Resi 3 nemesis is the best, code veronica is overrated
@fR_eeBritney yeah i honestly like short paced games more anyways haven't finished open world games or rpgs in years now lol. That why i usually just buy games like RE.
Nice list @RenanKJ
My top 5 would be
1) RE1 Remake HD Remaster
2) RE2 Remake
3) RE2 Original
4) RE3 Original
Apparently I have strange taste b/c loved RE3 Remake. It’d be a toss-up with RE7 at my #6, both of which I really loved. Them not being in top 5 is a sign of disapproval, the RE list is one of very tough competition!
I’ve always wanted to play Revelations 1-2 but what are the PS4 controls like? Are they the same as RE4’s original controls?
Climbing up the skyscraper in 6. You don't get much more horrific gaming moments than that. Truly awful 😂
@Chief_Forasteiro That's right. There was too much 'murica on it for me. President's daughter, really? Spanish speaking zombies, really? It didn't sit well with me. Also all those traps on the ground... wtf?!
Nothing wrong with RE6. It's a pretty good game. It's just too long. They streched it too much. Good fun though.
I would put Village above 4.
Village borrows all the great stuff from 4 and makes them even better!
As much as I like Leon I now prefer the one "... who put family before all else."
I want to see Leon more serious and evolved not cracking jokes after almost being killed
@Zuljaras I agree 100%
RE5 was indeed just an OK game but being lower ranked than revelations is just wrong, RE revelations 1 and 2 were just awful they should be last and 2nd to last even the outbreak games were better,
My top 5
@thefourfoldroot my first go of vr was with resi 7, and whilst the gameplay doesn't quite agree with me (more a fan of 4/5), it was an experience quite unique and terrifying!
@fR_eeBritney Mr x is keeping me from booting up resi 2 remake. I also hate feeling like there's some impossible juggernaut after you all the time, and would rather feel like I can rely on my skill to get through a challenge, than that I have to run away half the time. Feeling anxious is not the same as having fun! Haha
I still don’t understand the love for 4. It is, in my opinion, the downfall of the series. I wish they’d remake the first game but make it first person.
@trev666 revelations should barely be in the top 20, it's a terrible game.
RE3 remake was a decent game and a lot of fun. 6 is not a great game, but it's no where near as bad as people say and 4 is incredibly overrated.
"If there was ever a game on this list in desperate need of a reboot, it's Resident Evil: Outbreak."
EDIT: Side note; its time for a Dino Crisis remake.
Resi 2 remake is rotten hands down my fave.
i dont play re 3 reamke, re 7 and re 8 yet. But for me resident evil 2 remake is the best game of the series.
what resident evil do you guys find it more scary?
RE1 ranked over RE2…LMAO
@NeonPizza - "As revolutionary and amazing as RE1 was back on PS1 in 1996, including it's phenomenal sequel RE2 and stellar finale to the trilogy RE3, they, including Code Veronica, RE1Remake & RE0 are best left in the past. They haven't stood the test of time, at all. Die hard RE purists will disagree but recommending the older traditional entries in the franchise will just scare newcomers away."
I can kinda understand the PS1 games being dated, and 0 and CV weren't too great to begin with (at least imo), but what's wrong with REmake? I mean, sure as a first game it's perhaps not the most accessible in the series (though the remaster makes it a little more accessible than it used to be) but get past that, and you have (imo) arguably one of the finest survival-horror titles out there.
"RE7 on PVSR. No contest. Not a fair comparison though.
A Flat television will never stand a chance in comparison to being thrown into the game itself"
Agreed, and it's for that reason that I will never go near the VR version of 7 (the flat-screen version was gross enough).
RE 7 in VR for me personally is my #1. Playing it in VR was a completely fantastic and terrifying experience. RE8 is a close 2nd followed by the original RE2. If Capcom decides to release RE8 in VR at some point it will easily take my personal #1 spot.
@fR_eeBritney Totally agree with you! I had the same experience with RE2Remake, I hadn't encountered Mr X in the original. Although I loved the game, he definitely outstayed his welcome. I enjoy taking my time in games, and soak up the atmosphere, so having Mr X constantly lurking took away some of my enjoyment. So how they did it with Nemesis in RE3Remake was perfect for me. Loved that game to bits! Happy to see more people give it props. Sure it was pretty short, but quality all around while it lasted, and that's what really matters.
3. resi 4
2. resi 2 remake
1. resi 7
im the original 3 played them when they were new still do have them in my games library. the original guys left they got tired of the genre . i like the series but nothing beats the first ever play through and the corner you turn to see your first zombie great stuff! younger gamers need to buy a PlayStation 1 or 3 to play those games pity sony hasnt put these on the latest consoles. if they do that ill buy em again.
For me the bets are:
re 2 remake
re revelations 1 e 2
re code veronica x
didnt play re 7, 8 and 3 remake yet, but they looks like a great games
I know they won't, but capcom could easily invest in re3make and just update the game again. Adding in new sections (all the ones they missed) and new bosses and what not. They could easily be slotted in somehow
Happily waiting on 1 remake and CV with over shoulder graphics as much as I've played them again and again I think they should have came before 4 remake
This made me want to try RE6 again. Wish me luck!
Good list. RES5 coop is great though so I'd put that higher
My top 5:
1. RE Remake
2. RE 2 Remake
5. RE Code Veronica
My top 5 would be
2. Resident Evil Remake
3. RE2 Remake
5. Code Veronica
That said the likes of 7, Village and the original RE1 and 3 aren't far behind
No wonder I haven't really bothered with this series, because after RE4 on the PS2, I said that's it, they can't really top that. But of course there came The Last of Us.
Currently playing RE4 again on PS5 to refresh my gaming brain a bit before it's remake. While I've always been harsh on RE4 I do think my harshness is justified as its success and its change to a more action horror focus paved the way for the even more nonsense over the top action sequels that are RE5 and 6. I'm one of those that can clearly remember the days going from Code Veronica, RE1remake and Zero in the early 00s to then RE4 in 05 and thinking to myself wow its massively changed to a point that it now feels like a completely different video game compared to what came before. I'm not saying RE4 is no fun of course it is but to me it just felt like at the time to be an action shooter with very mild horror tension tones throughout and two RE characters thrown in so they can put Resident Evil 4 title on the games case. That's how different the change was at the time, sounds so silly to say now but at the time this was the case for so many RE diehards. On the back of RE4 Gamecube case it reads forget Raccoon City, forget zombies, forget old gameplay, forget everything you know about Resident Evil, says it all really doesn't it. Still to this day playing RE4 again still feels like a none RE game but with RE characters thrown in so it can sell more instead of gambling on a new IP name. Am I being far to harsh on RE4 yh maybe I am but at least we can all agree its a super fun action shooter regardless, there's no denying that
Re3 definitely deserves to be higher on the list both the original & the remake it may have cut alot of content but it's still a great game & not much shorter than re2 remake if you don't count replaying it 4 times with small differences
RE5, released in 2009, deserves more love. It is not RE like PS1 RE games but is lots of hours of fun, has a co-op option, and like RE4 has the replay value of improving weapons. Both 4 & 5 have weak weapons on the first play that makes enemies overpowered. Replays even things out with more powerfull weapons.
The RE3 remake is one of my favorites. I wish it was longer. Overall it should have been released as a $40 expansion of the RE2 remake. Has anyone actually played the online part of the RE3 remake?
My old RE favorites are 4 and 3, both played on a PS2. PS3 favorite is 5. New favorites are the 2 and 3 remakes. I have played 7 but not 8.
Mr X, RE2 remake, was so less annoying on replays after I learned to play as much that is possible before triggering his appearance, and learning how to dodge him.
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