Resident Evil Series Ranked by Metascore Part 2
GameOn Magazine|Issue 141 - July 2021
Adam finishes ranking the Resident Evil games
Adam Kerr

Part two of our fence-sitting countdown of the Resident Evil series. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the franchise’s more experimental games have crawled in at a low number, leaving seven of the eight main numbered games still to be ranked. So what will be the next numbered entry to feature in our list? Will a numbered entry even finish top?

12: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Dreamcast), Metascore - 79

A shocking twist, as Resident Evil 3 fails to crack the top 10. Well, maybe not too shocking when you consider all the variables. The third main instalment is sandwiched between arguably the two most beloved games in the franchise by fans. In addition to that, this wasn’t really meant to be the third instalment. By all accounts, that tag should belong to Code: Veronica, but let’s not get into the dirty details about that. At its core, Resident Evil 3 started a shift towards the more action-orientated games we would see throughout the 2000’s. Combining fast-paced, action combat with tank controls was always going to affect a game's reception.

11:Resident Evil: Revelations (Nintendo3DS), Metascore -82

Cracking the 80 score mark for the first time, we have one of the strangest success stories in the franchise’s history. Releasing a full Resident Evil title on the 3DS was a bold decision from Capcom, but one that ultimately paid off. Better than anyone anticipated, Revelations felt like Capcom steering the franchise back towards its survival horror roots. It still had its action sequences, but it definitely whetted the appetite of fans more than the mainline’s previous instalment, Resident Evil 5. Eventually, the series was successful enough to warrant an episodic sequel in addition to being ported to every single console in existence. With this, only one non-main series entry remains to be revealed.

10:Resident Evil: Zero (Gamecube), Metascore -84

Smashing our way into the top 10 is the last numbered series entry to use the beloved/loathed tank controls the series was so famous for. Set 24 hours before the first game, Resident Evil Zero gives everyone a bit more backstory to our favourite pharmaceutical company, plus the loveable young medic, Rebecca Chambers. Comfortably the most gorgeous of the static cam entries, Resident Evil Zero does a lot right for what is essentially a port of a Nintendo 64 game. It’s a good world-building game, which relies a lot on the mechanic of controlling two separate characters throughout the game. Occasionally, it can be convoluted but Zero absolutely deserves its spot in the top 10.

9:Resident Evil 3:Remake (XboxOne), Metascore -84

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