Resident Evil Series Ranked

With all the buzz going around for the awesome looking Resident Evil 2 remake, I thought it’d be appropriate to rank all the games in the series thus far (the ones I have played anyway). I was going to do this when RE7 came out, but never got around to it.

I’m pretty excited for this game, so it will definitely be fun to take a look back at the long, varied legacy of Resident Evil… so here we go!

 

#15

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

3DS, 2011

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a pretty fun game, with lots of cool characters and several costumes for each. It gets boring after a while though.

#14

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This was an interesting game, making fun use of the Wii motion controls. In the sprit of House of the Dead, you replay through the games in an arcade on rails shooter, and even experience some new story elements that they skip over in the main games. It’s not all that great however and is a bit on the annoyingly difficult side at times.

#13

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

This spin off is more like Left 4 Dead. You choose a class and go on a killing rampage. It is intended for online play, but I just played the single player campaign. It’s decent.

#12

Resident Evil Revelations

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I wasn’t crazy about this game. It combined the more modern feel of 4 and 5 with the old school way to play and was okay, but left me preferring the full old or modern gameplay. You fought pretty much the same enemy the whole game, and the title confused me. There were no revelations at all, everything just made you have more questions which I assume get answered in the second one. Decent game, but forgettable.

#11

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten- 1

A much better sequel to Umbrella Chronicles. This just refined everything and the result is that it’s a whole lot more fun. There is more new story elements added as well.

#10

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

A port of the original PS game, this follows Jill during concurrent events with RE2. I didn’t love this game at first, but the second time I played though it, I loved it. Guess it’s an acquired taste or something?

#9

Resident Evil

PC, 1997

Times Beaten- 0

For the time, this game was outstanding…still is I suppose. I loved it. I played the heck out of it. Trouble is, the save feature didn’t work for whatever reason on my computer so I really kept playing the same parts over and over in maybe an hour, getting a little further in that hour each time. Was awesome, but it got to annoying to even try to complete in one sitting.

#8

Resident Evil 2

Nintendo 64, 1999/ GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2 on N64, 2 or 3 on GC

This took everything amazing about the first game and just improved on it. Nuff said.

#7

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

This game is just kooky and awesome. The characters and story are set apart from the main series, but it is highly interesting.

#6

Resident Evil 4

GameCube, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

I was nervous when they announced this game and said they were changing up the formula I had grown to love so much. But that worry immediately dissolved upon playing it. This was a breath of fresh air for the series. It’s intense action and fast pace coupled with a new and interesting storyline made this something truly great.

#5

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This took an already amazing game and updated it to make it even better.

#4

Resident Evil 5

PlayStation 3, 2009

Times Beaten- 3

This took the gameplay of 4 and made it better. The added real time inventory management is a great addition and the story is one of the best in the whole series. Just don’t give any ammo to your partner.

#3

Resident Evil

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- At least 4

This is the game that truly made me fall in love with the series. It’s one of the best remakes ever and with all the updates to it, one can finally experience the game that started it all the way it was meant to be.

#2

Resident Evil 0

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- 3ish

This is Resident Evil at it’s finest. Tense gameplay, unique/bizarre story, awesome areas to explore, and the dual character addition I just really enjoyed. Not to mention Billy is one of my favorite characters in the whole series.

And my favorite game in the whole series…..

#1

Resident Evil 6

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I enjoyed almost every second of this game. A bigger story told through a variety of characters was a great idea. As for gameplay, they did a great job combining the feel of the old and modern games, plus adding a fresh feel to it on top of it in a way far more successfully than Revelations did. This is one of the very, very few games I was sad when I beat it.

 

 

Well that’s that. I can’t wait to see where the new one winds up!

 

 

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My Top Ten PC Games

So I’ve got a lot of PC games, like close to 600 of them, and I’ve only played about 160 of them so far. PC definitely makes up the most of my enormous backlog. But of the ones I’ve played, here are my 10 favorite…maybe…there are so many it was really hard to pick them.

 

UPDATE 11/7/18- After playing Darksiders Warmastered, I added that to the top 10, knocking Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth:1 off of the list!

 

#10

Diablo

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Blizzard Entertainment, 1996

This has a great, dark atmosphere, tons of weapons and spells, just as many enemies and great gameplay. Such a fun and satisfying game. Not to mention an interesting story.

#9

Diablo II

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Blizzard North/ Blizzard Entertainment, 2000

This took all the flaws in the first game and righted them, while adding impressive skill trees, an endless supply of enemies, a way better story, more classes to choose from, and made it a whole lot harder. Like dang. But it is great. The only thing I miss from the first one is the great atmosphere and music.

#8

Nox

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Westwood Studios, 2000

My brothers and I received this as random gift from someone and it turned out to be amazing. Great areas in the game, addicting gameplay, fun enemies to fight, and lots of options of attack for the 3 completely different classes, not to mention the different weapons and armor for each. I played this game so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so much that I have become completely bored with it, but still always want to play it. It’s a cruel, endless cycle.

#7

Diablo III

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Blizzard Entertainment, 2012

What can I say? I love Diablo. This one blows the other two away, and it should, seeing how long it took to make. With constant updates and all sorts of crap to do, you can play this game forever. Unfortunately I haven’t bothered to do so in a long while, or I will never knock off some of my backlog.

#6

Shadow Warrior

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Flying Wild Hog/ Devolver Digital, 2013

A remake of a nearly 20 year old game, this reminds us how good old school first person shooters are…far better than anything that comes out today. With a huge assortment of diverse weapons and awesome sword techniques, gunning down or cutting down enemies has never been so much fun. Truly a breath of fresh air in a stale time for fps games.

#5

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Blizzard Entertainment, 2013

I spent most of my childhood playing StarCraft and WarCraft…so much that I wound up hating them because I played them so much. But they are good games, but this is the best RTS I have ever played. The missions are largely diverse, no longer is every one “make a base and destroy all enemies.” The diversity in gameplay, the awesome story and the new additions make this game truly something wonderful. Wings of Liberty is also incredible, but this one trumps it in every way.

 

#4

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

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Kaiko/ Nordic Games Publishing, 2016

What do you get when God of War and Zelda have a baby? This incredible game. Intense action, cool items and weapons, fun puzzles and overall excellent gameplay make this one to remember. It has an interesting story as well. The warmastered edition just has beeter graphics than the original game, so that’s a bonus!

#3

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way

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Monolith Productions/ Sierra Entertainment, 2002

Like Nox, this game was randomly gifted to me by someone. And again, it’s one of the best games out there. You play as basically a female James Bond and use a variety of weapons to slaughter an even more diverse selection of enemies in all sorts fun and unique locales. There is some heavy secret spy mechanics, or on easier difficulties you can go all out shoot the crap out of everything. Truly awesome game.

#2

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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Raven Software/ LucasArts, 2002

Following Kyle Katarn after he leaves the Jedi Order, this storyline far exceeds the current sequel movies they have been making. Even better is the incredible gameplay. The game starts out as a fps, but once you gain your lightsaber, it switches to third person and you kill all sorts of stuff while gaining force powers. Add some cool cheats, like realistic saber combat, and you’ve got yourself an endless good time. Especially when you can spawn anyone you want from the game in obscene amounts.

#1

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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Raven Software/ LucasArts, 2003

Yep, this game barely squeaks out on top of Outcast. These 2 games absolutely deserve the top 2 spots. The story in this sequel takes place after Outcast, but this time you play as Katarn’s apprentice. The customization of this apprentice extends from not only appearance, but force affinity/abilities and lightsabers. This, and the better saber combat and exciting enemies are what make this one just a tad better.

 

Shadow of the Colossus Is Colossal Crap

I just played the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus pack for PS3. And I really don’t understand why either of these games are “critically acclaimed”, even for back when they first came out.

icoIco was decent. I don’t love puzzle games, though, but it’s still a good enough game that it kept me entertained enough to finish it without hating it for the most part.

Shadow of the Colossus, on the other hand, lost me in an hour.

Shadow-of-the-Colossus-PS3

I don’t really like quitting games without finishing them, but I have no drive to do so with this one. I was put off with it right away. Thanks to long, slow moving, boring cut scenes, and abysmal control and camera, I hated the game before I even got to the first boss. 3 bosses later and I had enough completely.

Walking around a boring world with those awful controls was bad enough, but to fight the bosses is another test of patience entirely. Seriously, what is fun about climbing up the hair of a giant monster? This would be okay, but all you do is wait while the dumb thing tries to throw you off. Attack when it finally stops, which the windows are usually pretty short to do so, often times having your charged up attack interrupted by the swinging behemoths. So yeah, none of that sounds remotely fun…and it’s not. I don’t want to play games that make you wait while things endlessly shake. It’s crap and it’s boring and I don’t think a game has ever lost me so quickly. After the third boss, the thought of having to kill 13 more (I think) was unbearable, so I’m going to save myself the frustration.

If you like this game, (which apparently most of the world does) I envy you, but I just can’t get into it. This should change the name to “Shaking Colossal Monsters! Hang On!”

The fact that this game has been remastered twice is just baffling to me.