The Resident Evil franchise is one of the oldest horror video game franchises still going strong today, and that’s despite numerous criticisms for the last few main installment titles. The first game, titled simply Resident Evil, was released in 1996 on the Sony Playstation and got rave reviews after quickly becoming a best seller in North America. It sold over 5 million copies and a Director’s Cut edition was released in 1997 that sold nearly an addition 4 million units.
The game series officially falls under the category of survival horror, featuring mechanics like limited inventory management, exploration and puzzle solving to survive against a zombie outbreak. (This was way before zombies were being used in everything.)
The series has had numerous main protagonists but generally always centers around the player uncovering shady operations being carried out by Umbrella Corp – a powerful corporation who creates zombie-like outbreaks often while pursuing ethically questionable research subjects.
Over the last twenty years, only 4 haven’t seen at least one Resident Evil title released. Due to the recent remake craze sweeping the games industry, many of Resident Evil’s titles have been receiving the remake treatment.
There have been 6 main installment entries released for the franchise, and many gamers agree that Resident Evil 4 is the best by far. 5 and 6 received a lukewarm reception at best, which is probably why the developers of Resident Evil 7 are making drastic changes to the franchise. They’re getting away from the third person perspective and seem to be delivering a first person horror game that focuses more on the horror aspect of the series than ever before – certainly more than the previous two titles. Right now, Resident Evil 7 is one of the most anticipated games of 2017.
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