Resident Evil is one of those classic franchises which will more than likely keep on going until either Capcom or the video game industry is no more. Starting life on Sony's PSone, it has gone through a number of changes and refinements throughout the decades, drastically switching perspectives, characters, and locations. Each and every entry brings something new to the table, but which one is the best? We've decided to rank the core, numbered instalments from best to worst -- giving you an idea of which title you should play next in the series. Without further ado, these are the very best Resident Evil games on the market right now.
We start with where it all began -- even before the Mansion incident. Resident Evil Zero is incredibly middle of the road. Following Rebecca Chambers and convict Billy Coen, it's an entry that just about manages to hold up today thanks to a PlayStation 4 HD remaster, but it also sticks to the classic mechanics of tank controls and fixed camera angles. Fans of that PSone style are sure to get a kick out of proceedings, but this initial tale aboard an undead train is more inessential than anything else. Worthy of a playthrough if you've got the time, but you wouldn't be missing out on too much if you passed on it.
Resident Evil 6 is quite possibly the most insulting entry of the lot. Almost entirely ditching the survival horror elements the franchise is known for, this amalgamation of campaigns takes action and a healthy supply of bullets and runs with it. In doing so, however, it does manage to somewhat carve out its own identity. Packed full of flashy melee moves and enjoyable gunplay, Resident Evil 6 is a game for those who screw their nose up at inventory management and route planning. It's an okay game, but the series is so much better than that.
Chris Redfield is back, but is he better than ever? Resident Evil 5 was the first in the series to introduce co-op into the mix, with a fully playable Sheva Alomar for a friend to jump in and play as. And for what it's worth, it was a rather great game to boot. Even more action-oriented than its predecessor but not quite as in your face as Resident Evil 6, it still made room for a scare here and there. The series might have been a bit all over the place once it reached the PlayStation 3, but Resident Evil 5 was certainly one of its highs.
Resident Evil 3 is the second of Capcom's remakes this generation, and while it's a good experience that's more than worth playing on its own, it pales in comparison to its predecessor. What we know as Jill Valentine's attempted escape of Raccoon City has been dramatically changed with entire locations ditched and the role of Nemesis changed in a substantial manner. What is left at the end of it all is still a game that fans will appreciate, but the love which has gone into the likes of Raccoon City itself and the Hospital only makes us ponder. Had every classic environment received this much attention, Resident Evil 3 would be among the best of the best.
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