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Ahead of the showcase on Thursday I thought it would be interesting to get GRs perspective on the series, what are your favourite entries, what are your least favourite entries, what did you think of 7, hopes for 8 and the future of the series and just your experience with the series it's off shoots and funny stories.
The more I think about it the more I think that the Resident Evil series is the quintessential video game franchise, from it's goofy begins and hokey story and acting, to early on demonstrating fun combinations of exploration, action and puzzle solving. It grew up in the early 00's tapping into and steering the market into new action shooter focused gameplay and made reached out to movies spawning what I assume is at least a moderately successful film series given the number of them. After a few years in the wilderness it has recently reinvented itself again, bringing horror back to fore and another perspective change with the shift to first person. Ever the experimental franchise it also made use of VR given the option to play 7 fully immersed. And finally in the past couple of years we've had the spectacular remake of 2 and also quality remake of 3 back to back. I can't really think of another franchise that's experimented so much, changed the tone and cast back and forth, yet managed to keep the standard generally so high.
For my take, I think it's only really since Remake 2 that I've come to appreciate Resident Evil fully. Having never owned a PS1 it wasn't until RE Remake on the Gamecube that I had my first experience with RE. I loved it at the time and it had always been my favourite in the few games I played in the series. I've never gone back to it, and maybe it's well over time that I should, but the gorgeous graphics and survival action puzzle solving was just a great mix. Despite loving the game I never played 0 so my next entry was 4. Despite really enjoying it, I have always found it to be one of those games where I don't quite get the hype. I couldn't really knock too much about it, bar the wonky story, but for whatever reason I never loved it that much and it wouldn't feature anywhere significant on a list of my favourite games ever.
After those two I went blind on the series for a long time. I don't think I was next gen at the time of 5 so didn't feature on my radar much. I think I got the Umbrella Chronicles light gun game on Wii and I also re-bought 4 on the Wii (which as it happens I enjoyed more than the original thanks to the aiming). After this again I went back to observing from afar wondering if the series should just die, particularly around the failure of 6.
In the last few years though I think you'd be hard pressed to find a series or studios working on a singular series that have knocked it out the park more. Resi 7 was a great shake up, I loved the fact that it went back to feeling properly scary and there's some mystery in the story again. I'm not particularly enamoured with the characters, moulded enemies (very dull), and setting, but functionally it's a real blast it got me back in and I've played through it several times. Never gone into the DLC though which I'm tempted to in the lead up to 8.
Remake 2 in 2019 though is really what sealed the deal for me in terms of developing a love for the series. I've posted about it loads elsewhere but I l love everything about the game, the puzzlebox style of the police station, the enemy interactions, item management, boss fights, it's all brilliant. Remake 3 is a bit disappointing by comparison, almost feeling a bit of a budget version of Remake 2 but it still has some superb moments and the feel to play of it carried across from 2 is again, just sublime. Using these last 3 games as a jumping off point I've also gone on to sample more of the series, given Code Veronica X a stab, which I really enjoyed, though was unable to complete. I've also sampled Revelations 2 which unfortunately I'm not a fan of.
Rambled on a bit more than I intended, but I'm really looking forward to this showcase on Thursday. I hope 8 can build on 7 and improve some of the aspects I had slight issues with (enemy design). I'd also be really keen to see some kind of timeline of the series. I know the story is absolutely bonkers and not supposed to be taken very seriously, but just logistically it would be fun for them to actually plot out the 10-15-20 years post the outbreak in 1998 so we can actually see where everyone is and what they've been doing. I'd love to see a remake of Code Veronica 2 as I think it would benefit from it far more than 4. Also keen to hear whats in store for the Netflix series.