5. Resident Evil Village
I’ll be upfront, I am a rather massive Resident Evil fan with Resident Evil 4 specifically being one of my all time favorite games. That said, I was extremely excited for Village. I was a bit weary of it due to some issues I had with its predecessor Biohazard, but fortunately it lived up to the expectations that I had set for it.
The creepy mountain side village set a tense atmosphere met with a deeper first person combat system than the previous entry in the series, and a significantly improved narrative. Every issue I had with Biohazard was improved upon. From lack of enemy variety, poor pacing, lack of unique boss fights, good weapon variety, and general depth issues that effected both gameplay and narrative.
Watching Ethan stampede through the many bosses and settings throughout the game in a desperate effort to save his daughter was a more personal journey than what we’ve watched other Resident Evil protagonists experience.
Village marks the Resident Evil series finally finding its identity in the first person format. By immersing the player into the life and emotions of Ethan, it allowed them to connect in more meaningful ways. This allowed the horror to be more psychological in nature, a turn for the series that I am happy to welcome.