With over 20 entries, Capcom’s Resident Evil series is one of the longest-running. And with that many games released, and new ones being released every year, it can be difficult to keep up at times. Join us as we focus on the forgotten Resident Evil games.
Resident Evil: Gaidan
When Resident Evil: Gaiden was released in 2001, it received mostly unfavorable reviews and the game was soon forgotten. The game was very different from previous entries as it used a top-down perspective, like early GTA games. When you were attacked by an enemy, it changed to a first-person perspective. The game saw the return of Leon Kennedy and Barry Burton and took place on a luxurious passenger ship, where a viral outbreak has turned those onboard into zombies.
Resident Evil Survivor
Resident Evil Survivor was the first entry to switch the third-person perspective, used in previous games, with a first-person perspective. The game is also considered one of the first off-rail light gun games. However, this feature was only included in the Japanese version of the game. You control Ark Thomson who finds himself in a zombie-infested Raccoon City trying to stay alive. As if things weren’t bad enough, the poor guy also suffering from amnesia.
Resident Evil: Dead Aim
As the tenth entry in the series, I was hoping Resident Evil: Dead Aim would be better than it turned out. The game still enjoys a small but dedicated fanbase who want to see Bruce McGivern return. It was one of the earliest Resident Evil to use a first-person perspective, something Resident Evil 7 would use many years later. Cavia, the studio behind better games such as Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and The Darkside Chronicles, was tasked with the development duties. Dead Aim also took place on a ship, this time the Spencer Rain, which happened to be owned by Umbrella!
Resident Evil Outbreak & Outbreak: File #2
Fans have been asking for a new Outbreak, or at least a HD version, for years. But Capcom has yet to address the fans regarding a new Outbreak. Maybe the developer is waiting for the remake of Resident Evil 2 to be released first? The Outbreak games were the first in the series to feature cooperative gameplay and online multiplayer resulting in many memorable moments.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D was released in 2011 around the same time as Nintendo’s 3DS was released. It was the first in the series to be released on that console, maybe to prepare for the release of Resident Evil: Revelations, which has since become a classic. The game is basically a standalone game, consisting of RE4 and RE5’s “Mercenaries” modes.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
This entry could have been so much more than what developer Slant Six ended up with. It’s set around the same time as RE2 and RE3: Nemesis and lets you play as a group of mercenaries hired by Umbrella to dispose of any evidence that could tie it to the Raccoon City incident. The game mostly received negative reviews but was nevertheless a commercial success with over 3 million units sold.
Something tells even Capcom lacked confidence in this disastrous excuse for a Resident Evil game. By omitting the words “Resident Evil” from the title, the publisher has made it easy to forget this on. It received negative reviews when released in 2016 and is powered by the Unity engine, unlike most Resident Evil games at the time, which used Capcom’s own MT Framework. The game follows an agent codenamed 3A-7, who is sent on missions tasked with testing out new equipment. He eventually falls out of favor with his superiors, and they try to kill him.
The game was promoted as Biohazard: Umbrella Corps in Japan.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to Resident Evil: Dead Aim as the first in the series to use a first-person view. This is not the case, however. Resident Evil: Survivor released in 2000 is the first entry to substitute the third-person perspective for a first-person view. Thanks to those who pointed out the error. Also, the list has been updated to include Resident Evil Survivor and Outbreak.