Since its initial release in 1996, Resident Evil has terrified audiences while also enthralling them with clever game mechanics and difficult puzzles. Credited with popularizing an entire genre named survival-horror, Resident Evil is as fun as it is influential. While Resident Evil has changed drastically over the years, the titles are almost always enjoyable. Even when the series abandons its survival-horror roots, the games are well-produced with outstanding production values. The following are the top 10 titles in the Resident Evil series spanning two decades of gaming.
10. Resident Evil 6 (2012)
Grander and more action-packed than any fan of the original Resident Evil would have envisioned, Resident Evil 6 abandons its survival horror gameplay roots entirely and becomes a pure action game. Whether or not this is a bad thing will vary with depending on your tastes; however, one thing is clear: when looking at RE6, independent of previous Resident Evil titles, it is a magnificent game. With four campaigns and seven playable characters, the story spans the globe in a gigantic tangled plot. RE6 has an ambitious story that succeeds admirably and the inclusion of old-school puzzles will please fans of the original titles. Ditching the tank controls of past Resident Evil games, RE6 plays more like a standard third-person shooter and features a cover system reminiscent of a Gears of War title. Although the shift from the series’ roots is jarring, Resident Evil 6 is an enjoyable and difficult title worth experiencing despite the poor critical reception it received. Containing a fully fleshed out multiplayer mode, Resident Evil 6 may be the most complete Resident Evil title in the series, though certainly not the best.