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The 5 Best ‘Resident Evil’ Games!

Released in 1996, the original Resident Evil is the one we owe this fantastic series to. It was terrifying, had an abundance of clever puzzles (and deliciously cheesy dialogue) and oozed atmosphere. It was the first chapter in what would quickly become the most successful horror game franchise of all time, its runaway success took survival horror mainstream and even inspired the creation of another horror series, Silent Hill.

This bit was tough. When I started working on this list I knew this and Resident Evil 4 most deserved the top two spots, but deciding which would go where was a difficult choice, and some savvy readers may remember us going through this already. Resident Evil 2 managed the impossible. Like a good sequel, this game improved upon the original in nearly every way. It proved the first game was no fluke, and the introduction of different scenarios, or versions, of Leon and Claire’s campaigns essentially meant there were four campaigns.

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  • Voorhees83

    I agree with this list of the best Resident Evil games, but I don’t agree with the order. Resident Evil 1 in my opinion is the best. Sure it could use a remake. Nothing was better though then the original creepy mansion, story and slow moving zombies that lurked in that house. Then it goes RE2, RE3, RE4 and then Code Veronica. I think many think RE4 is the best because the gameplay and graphics improved, however that game was the start of stepping away from the horror of the series and into the more action style of what the series has become today.

    • REmake

      You realize there is a Resident Evil 1 remake on the Gamecube. It’s the best game in the series in my humble opinion.

      • sascha henschel

        Totally agree with you, the GC version was the best.

  • Skye

    I would have probably put the remake of the original RE at the top of my list, only because it took what was amazing of the original game and expanded on it in a million different ways. On top of that, it still felt like a RE game, even with all the bells and whistles.

    I loved RE4 and I always will, but it never felt like “Resident Evil” to me. Not the Resident Evil I fell in love with, anyway.

    Aaand I love that you put Code Veronica on the list, only because it totally does not get the recognition it deserves. I’m almost ashamed to admit how long it took to figure out what the passcode was at the end of the game.

  • 905Justin

    i dont agree with this list and never understood why everyone liked resident evil 4 so much it was nothing like a resident evil game. The original resident evil 4 would of been much better.

    • REmake

      Are you talking about the demo gameplay Capcom showed one year where Leon was walking through a mansion and getting attacked by baby doll? …yeah, that looked just great…

  • Kwonkicker

    Resident Evil 4, followed very closely by 3 are the best to me.

  • dr.lamb

    Good list, I mostly agree. I would maybe put 2 over 4. The only thing I don’t get is the love towards part 3. It felt – apart from Nemesis – a bit like a rehash for me, storywise. The story of part 4 was the much needed fresh breath of air. You can say what you want about 4, the story was great. Code: Veronika X is also an underrated game, the plot was absolutely gripping. I can be wrong about part 3, I haven’t played it since it came out, so if you disagree, enlighten me.

  • chris99x

    I would probably put 2 and REmake above 4, but it’s a really close race. Even if 4 was a big departure from the previous games, it’s still a fantastic game. It’s a shame that they missed the mark with 5 and 6. UGH @ those regenerators!

  • ThunderDragoon

    The kid inside me would probably say RE2 is the best, but the current me has to say that RE3 is my favorite. Jill is one of my favorite heroes and Nemesis is my all time favorite RE enemy. Plus, the uneasiness you feel throughout the WHOLE game wondering if Nemesis is going to be there is terrifying! I tense up so much when I have to run from him. RE4 was good, but not great, I felt. That’s when the franchise started to go into action territory so it slipped when it came to the horror aspect. I mean, as a game in general it was great, but as part of the RE franchise, it was just good. If that makes sense. Have to admit, the part where you first encounter the Regenerator is very creepy, though. And hey, don’t talk bad about my Chrissy! He’s hot, damn it. XD

  • REmake

    Resident Evil Remake is definitely the best game in the series. It’s scary and hard as hell, and the visuals are still beautiful. I really wish the series would return to the style of the original 3 games- at least for an offshoot game.

  • VictorCrowley

    I stopped after 2. I briefly played 4 and a buddy brought over 5 when it came out. Wasn’t diggin’ either.

  • Milk

    I really enjoyed 5… But mainly because I played it coop with friends and kept hitting them with the stun rod until they cursed me out. So. Much. Fun.

  • Gocincy

    Well, I can tell that you starting playing this great series, a little after the start, I do appreciate your honesty in not having played all of the titles in this series, however, I beg to differ on your rankings, (at least on the ones you have listed here). Resident Evil started as a Survival Horror game, the title you have listed as the best overall, is more of a 3rd person shooter, than a Survival Horror, while it is a really good game, it just should not be listed as the best in a series, that has a strong Survival Horror following. In my opinion, the newly released PC version of the HD remake of the original, is one of the best to date, however I do believe that if Resident Evil 2 would be updated, with HD graphics, and slight adjustments, (like they did with the original), this would be the hands down winner… by far. Thanks for taking the time to put together a list of some of the greatest games ever made.

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    Little late, but it seems you forgot 5.

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