Video games

Ranking the games of the Resident Evil series

Ada Wong from Resident Evil 2

Lists like these are incredibly subjective so I’ll break down why the one by PC Gamer doesn’t align at all with my own personal tastes in regard to the RE series.

Firstly, It’s a tall task to ask someone to rank the Resident Evil games these days since the series has really broken off into three distinctly different forms: the original fixed-camera survival horror games that started it all — RE0, RE1, RE2, RE3, RE: Code Veronica — the zombie-less third-person action/horror(?) games — RE4, RE5, RE6, RE: Revelations 1 & 2 — and the first-person return to horror — RE7.

First, a couple things to note. As someone who much prefers the original fixed-camera games, I think Zero and Nemesis should rank considerably higher than this list places them. I wouldn’t rank the original game and the remake as the same title since they’re very different games. Lastly, again stating that I’ve always enjoyed the original titles much more than the newer ones, I can’t help but roll my eyes when see yet another list like this with RE4 at the top. Is it a great game? For sure. Is it a great RE game? Not really.

Here’s my list that includes Code Veronica, which was absent from the PCG list:

  • 1.) Resident Evil 2
  • 2.) Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • 3.) Resident Evil (remake)
  • 4.) Resident Evil Zero
  • 5.) Resident Evil 7
  • 6.) Resident Evil 4
  • 7.) Resident Evil: Code Veronica
  • 8.) Resident Evil
  • 9.) Resident Evil: Revelations
  • 10.) Resident Evil: Revelations 2
  • 11.) Resident Evil 5
  • 12.) Resident Evil 6
  • 13–??.) Everything else

At this point, I can’t rank the Resident Evil 2 remake since I have yet to beat it, but I’d have to assume it’ll sit pretty high on this list given what I’ve played of it so far.