Despite not being born on a Nintendo systems, the Resident Evil series has a long and respectable history with Nintendo. In my opinion, the series is at its best when on a Nintendo system and this is just not my bias for the Big N speaking. I’d think many Resident Evil fans would agree (hopefully) that the best games that the series has to offer have primarily been at one point and form in time been a Nintendo exclusive.
Therefore being a Nintendo oriented website and all, I would like to share my opinion on what are the 5 best Resident Evil games of all time. Like in all Nintendo News Fix Top Countdown’s it is important to clarify the criteria that was used to create this list. The list is not limited to games that appear only Nintendo systems (it just happens most game have appeared on Nintendo platforms). The mainline series, sub-branch series and spin-off were considered when making the list. So without further ado, here is my opinion on what are the 5 best Resident Evil games of all time.
Honorable Mention: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles
Normally, I don’t do honorable mentions, but this is an exception. The Chronicles spin-off deserve a mention as they are two very solid titles that recaps the events of all the mainline titles up to number 4. Both titles are fairly meaty, accessible, solid in design and a love letter to fans that love the lore and universe of Resident Evil. Don’t let the rail-shooter tag discourage you, Umbrella Chronicles and the Darkside Chronicles are well worth your time.
5. Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 has been rightfully criticized for being to overly focused on action and neglecting the horror and survival elements that made the series so endearing among the community. It may not have the soul of a true Resident Evil game – it is – however a very solid game in design and gameplay. It would be disingenuous to put Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Raccoon City and the other Resident Evil titles above number 5 because they have the horror elements ticked. The fact of the matter is that number 5 is a rock-solid game with incredible production values. I was considering putting Umbrella Chronicles ahead of Resident Evil 5, but 5 narrowly beats it to earn a top 5 finish.
4. Resident Evil Zero
Resident Evil Zero is considered one of the better TRADITIONAL Resident Evil games. A prequel of sorts that takes place around the same time as the event of the first game, Resident Evil Zero is a solid game that stays true to the survival horror roots of the series. I particularly like the partner zapping mechanic in Zero which made for some interesting situations and puzzle solving. It’s rather unfortunate that the mechanic has remained dormant for a number of years now. Furthermore, Resident Evil Zero leading lady – Rebecca Chambers – is one of my favorite characters from the bio-hazard universe, which, by default earns the title a few brownie points for this countdown.
3. Resident Evil Revelations
In my opinion, Resident Evil Revelation was almost the perfect Resident Evil title. Capcom almost had the modern survival-horror formula nailed down in Revelations. I thoroughly enjoyed the episodic nature of the story, the claustrophobic setting of the ship, limited resources and the incorporation of modern game designs. Unfortunately, the experience is tarnished by a number of chapters that consist of brain-dead action, which ruins the pace and consistency of the title. Despite a few flaws, Resident Evil Revelation is the best Resident Evil game since number Four and should be the benchmark for the series future.
2. Resident Evil 2002 GameCube Remake
The remake of the 1996 playstation title, Resident Evil for the GameCube started my love for the series. I have a gut feeling that many hardcore fans would have the original game (the 1996 PlayStation title or the GameCube) at number on spot. It’s not hard to see why, Resident Evil is a survival-horror fans wet dream. It has chunky-tanky controls, eerie setting, limited supplies, claustrophobic game design and cheesy dialogue. For new gamers, Capcom has kindly released a HD remaster of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. So if you want to relive the classic that started it all, then you have no excuse now.
1. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is a divisive title among the Biohazard fanbase. One side would argue that Resident Evil 4 was the beginning of the end for the series. The title that marked a change in direction for the series, overly focus on action and leaving behind its survival horror roots. On the other side of the coin, Resident Evil 4 is considered the right balance between horror and action, essentially the pinnacle title of the series. As you may have already guessed, I fall on the latter side with the opinion that Resident Evil 4 is the best game of the series. For the time, the grey and gritty setting of rural Europe and the crazy-eyed villagers was considered scary for a video game. Furthermore, Resident Evil 4 revolutionized and refined the over-the-shoulder shooter design mechanic, which, to this day is now standard in almost third person shooters. Regardless of what you may think of Resident Evil 4, the title should be recognized as a landmark title for gaming industry.