BEST Resident Evil Games: All 26 Ranked

The Resident Evil Franchise is filled with many great games but some of these are not so good. We are going to rank all the games in the franchise.

Resident Evil is THE horror/zombie videogame franchise. It literally invented survival horror with its inception. Throughout the years, the franchise has had an ineffable impact on the gaming industry. We are here to show you where we have each Resident Evil game ranked.

Resident Evil redefined third-person shooters back in 2005 and gave us a nearly perfect game. The recently released Resident Evil 2 Remake redefined the word remake and started the trend where now every developer is remaking games. House Of The Dead Remake and The Last of Us Remake are recent examples.

Believe it or not, the Resident Evil franchise was at a very low point back in 2012 with Resident Evil 6. Some fans would even call it dead as Capcom had changed everything that made it good. It felt like playing a completely different game, and it just did not feel like Resident Evil.

Instead of letting the franchise die as most developers would, Capcom worked hard and made one of the greatest comebacks in gaming history. They successfully revived the franchise with Resident Evil 7 in 2017 and have kept their fanbase delighted ever since.

In addition, there is so much that the franchise has done for the gaming industry. Still, just like with every other videogame franchise, it has had some bad games. Today we will rank all the Resident Evil games. 

Our list is, of course, subjective, which means it is based on our opinions. If you disagree with it, then be sure to let us know how you would rank the Resident Evil games in the comments section below. 

Resident Evil Games Ranking Criteria

Before we jump in and start discussing each game, we would like to inform you that our list will have all the spin-offs included alongside the main games. We will get all the Resident Evil games ranked in our list, which means we can’t leave them out.

Resident Evil is a brilliant franchise. If you aren’t a fan, we hope that after reading through our list, you decide to give it a shot. It is one of the very few franchises that has been going very strong since the 90s. Fans have rewarded Capcom for their efforts with great sales numbers.

The franchise has inspired almost all horror/zombie games. Dying Light 2 is a recent example. In it, you can kill zombies using the Dying Light 2 best weapons. Similar to some Resident Evil titles, you can also play co-op in Dying Light 2.

If you want to play co-op games, there are plenty in the Resident Evil franchise. There are also other brand-new fun co-op games outside of the franchise. These are Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Elden Ring, Genshin Impact, and Salt and Sacrifice.

Moreover, we will be going from worst to best. Now without further delay, let us get into Capcom’s iconic Resident Evil franchise that has continuously revolutionized things in the gaming industry.

26. Umbrella Corps 

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The cover photo of Umbrella Corps
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

There is no doubt that Umbrella Corps is the worst game in the franchise. It is a spin-off title and came one year prior to Resident Evil 7. Fans were already disappointed with Capcom after Resident Evil 6. 

Umbrella Corps eliminated all the hope that people had for a good Resident Evil game. Thankfully Capcom redeemed themselves with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and brought the franchise back from the dead.

Furthermore, Umbrella Corps is just a soulless product. It feels like Capcom intentionally handed the project over to an inexperienced team. It doesn’t add anything to the Resident Evil universe, and absolutely nobody asked for it.

The missions all involve nothing but mindless shooting. There are no cool, charismatic villains with badass boss fights, no one-liners. It’s all just mindless shooting. For more on awesome villains in videogames that have great depth to them, check out our Best Villains in Videogame History guide.

There is arguably only one redeeming thing about Umbrella Corps. Some of the iconic maps of the franchise were remade from the ground up. So if you are a hardcore fan of the franchise, that’s all the game will offer you, which, of course, is extremely minimal.

Capcom could have turned the game into something fun like a standalone mercenaries game like Mercenaries 3D. It would have been fun that way, but instead, we got a mindless shooter involving Umbrella Corp soldiers. 

All the other games have at least something charming about them. Something that stands out and is memorable. There is nothing like that here, and you can safely just skip it and play the other titles.

25. Resident Evil Gaiden

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Leon Kennedy on the cover of Resident Evil Gaiden
  • Developer: M4 and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

The only charming thing about Resident Evil Gaiden is its visuals. Some might find the pixels unique and cool. It is always a delight to see your favorite characters in a different art style. All the characters and the enemies, and even the cutscenes are pixelated. 

Moreover, the main reason that Resident Evil Gaiden exists is that Capcom loves putting their games on new platforms. They have done that regularly. Examples are Resident Evil Revelations and Mercenaries 3D, both being released for the Nintendo 3DS.

Now while the gameplay is very mediocre and the overall game is not very fun. There is one thing that puts it above Umbrella Corps, and that is the fact that Resident Evil Gaiden is not canon. 

Capcom completely ignores the game’s story and developments. It has always been treated as a non-canon spin-off that did not meet fan expectations. You won’t see a continuation to the game’s story unless they make a sequel, which is extremely unlikely. 

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Umbrella Corps’ story is canon. The very minor and generic story that is present anyway. 

Both games add nothing special to the franchise. They are both games that, once you finish, you will realize that you have wasted your time. That is why they are at the bottom of the Resident Evil games ranking list.

24. Resident Evil Survivor

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Ark Thompson on the cover of Resident Evil Survivor
  • Developer: Tose and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Most casual gamers, even most Resident Evil fans, believe that the franchise went first person with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. That simply is not true. As the franchise first trod that ground way back in the PlayStation 1 days. 

Resident Evil Survivor is a canon game. The island that the game takes place on is mentioned in Resident Evil 0. It follows the story of the protagonist Ark Thompson who was sent to the island to investigate by Leon Scott Kennedy.

Even though apparently, both Leon and Ark are friends, we never see them interact throughout the series. Ark only appears in Resident Evil Survivor and has not made another appearance in canon or non-canon material.

In addition, Ark’s design is a pretty normal one. It is somewhat similar to Ethan Winter’s look in Resident Evil Village. Some fans like Ark because of a plot twist that the game has later on. 

Ark Thompson appears on the cover of the game, and you can even see him during in-game cutscenes. The gameplay is very boring. It is mindless shooting, and it gets old really fast. You can reload and do other stuff, but it is very barebones.

Needless to say, outside of the setting, Resident Evil Survivor does not feel like a Resident Evil game. Still, it has some charm. It is a unique experience and if you are a hardcore fan, give it a shot.

Moreover, if you are thinking of playing the game because it is in first-person view, then don’t, it plays completely different from an FPS, and the only similarity is the view. There are some excellent FPS games present in the franchise; continue reading to find out about them.

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23. Resident Evil Dead Aim

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The official cover for Resident Evil: Dead Aim
  • Developer: Cavia and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Here is another entry in the franchise that wasn’t developed by Capcom. Resident Evil: Dead Aim was developed by Cavia and was published by Capcom. It is one of the few Resident Evil games that allows the player to move while aiming.

Resident Evil: Dead Aim is a spin-off game that is considered canon to the franchise. Despite that, Capcom has pretty much forgotten about its existence and does not mention it or its characters in any other game or form of media.

It is also the first and only (until Resident Evil Village Gold Edition comes out) game in the franchise that lets the player experience it in both Third Person and First Person. 

In addition, Resident Evil Village Gold Edition will allow the player to go through the entire game from either perspective. On the other hand, Resident Evil: Dead Aim makes use of both of them in a playthrough. You can’t just play with one perspective.

When the player is in combat, Resident Evil: Dead Aim uses a first-person perspective. When they are out of combat and exploring, it uses the third-person one. The gameplay is nothing special, but it is certainly better than Resident Evil Survivors’.

The story is pretty forgettable with generic characters. Though you can, of course, go ahead and play the game for it, as while it has been completely ignored, it is still canon. Some fans do like the characters, so who knows, maybe you will have fun.

22. Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City

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Promotional Image for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City featuring Vector
  • Developer: Stant Six Games and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Now here is a title that had a lot of potential due to its setting. Raccoon City is one of the most iconic locations in gaming. Not as iconic as Silent Hill, but it is still extremely popular and recognizable. 

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City takes place there. You play as one of the soldiers dispatched by Umbrella to cover up everything going on in Raccoon City. The game is non-canon and is simply a what-if scenario. 

The story of the game crosses over with the second and third Resident Evil games. You can directly fight characters and enemies from these games. What pissed off some fans was that you can straight up kill genre icons like Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield

We didn’t mind that, as that is the entire point of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. It is supposed to be a what-if scenario, and you can still choose to help the characters instead.

Furthermore, all the playable characters have decent voice acting. Also, credit, where credit is due, all of the playable characters are designed very well, and they look great. You can even choose to play as Vector, who is the disciple of Mister Death, Hunk.

Now that we have talked about the story and characters, let’s discuss the gameplay. It sucks. No, seriously, that is what makes the game dreadful. The combat is very boring. Nothing interesting happens; some bosses are very bullet spongy. 

While seeing Raccoon City from a different perspective is great, the gameplay holds it off, and the level design is also atrocious. The entire game could have been so much better, and Raccoon City deserves that. This is why it ranks low in our Resident Evil games list hierarchy.

21. Resident Evil Resistance 

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The Multiplayer 1v4 Resident Evil Resistance
  • Developer: Neobards and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Multi-player

Resident Evil: Resistance is a game that was hated ever since Capcom first showed its gameplay off. Fans were absolutely ready for a multiplayer Resident Evil game, but they weren’t expecting anything like Resident Evil: Resistance.

The game is an asymmetric 1v4 player versus player online game. It is a pretty repetitive and mediocre game but what really pissed off the fans was that it also impacted Resident Evil 3 Remake’s development.

Apparently, someone at Capcom cut half the content of the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis while remaking it as they thought Resident Evil: Resistance would make up for it. Well, it certainly did not. 

As the game is a multiplayer experience, no one asked for it. It feels like a less passionate version of Dead by Daylight. Fans wanted something that involved cooperative gameplay like the Resident Evil Outbreak games.

Four players play as the survivors while one becomes a mastermind. The survivors have basic gameplay where they shoot stuff placed by the mastermind and try to complete objectives along with that.

Moreover, it is fun for maybe 2-3 days at best. Still, the game does have a great cast of characters and some gorgeous-looking maps. All the characters have well-designed costumes, and veteran fans can see some nods to other titles or characters in their bios.

Suppose you find all that appealing and have friends who are willing to play with you, then give it a shot. There are better multiplayer games present in the franchise that also fit in really well; that is why Resident Evil Resistance is so least preferred title and ranks worst in the Resident Evil games lineup.

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20. Resident Evil 3 Remake 

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Nemesis, Jill, and Carlos on the cover of Resident Evil 3 Remake
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Now the placement of Resident Evil 3 Remake so low might be surprising for some fans, but we believe it is very much justified. It was obviously a rushed product that failed to capture almost everything that made the original so memorable and terrifying. 

The new Nemesis, while he looks cool, is very pathetic. Most of the time, when he appears in the campaign, it is scripted, and when it isn’t scripted, you can knock him down with a single grenade or some ammunition. 

That itself is a disgrace. The original Nemesis was terrifying; he ran at Jill ruthlessly, and it was terrifying. He was completely unscripted, and the player could choose to fight it or run away.

Now fighting Nemesis in the original was very difficult, unlike his Resident Evil 3 Remake counterpart. The player could sacrifice their ammo and even health items, but they would be rewarded with weapon parts. Whether to run away or fight was always a hard decision. 

What is almost just as worse is the fact that Capcom cut out about half of the original game while remaking it and replaced that with a boring multiplayer game called Resident Evil: Resistance. 

Furthermore, fans were furious because the cut content was some of the most memorable stuff from the original game. What was present was either unrecognizable or just simply dumbed down. 

It is such a shame to see what happened to Resident Evil 3 Remake. The original certainly deserved a proper Remake without so much cut or altered content. 

Capcom made some of the best remakes and then messed up big time with this one. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming Resident Evil 4 Remake is incredible. 

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19. Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D

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Chris Fighting a mini-boss on the cover Of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Developer: Tose and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Now you might be thinking that isn’t The Mercenaries an awesome minigame mode. You would be correct, but Capcom released a standalone title called Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS alongside Resident Evil Revelations.

It features maps from all the mercenaries in the series. What sucks about these maps is that they are almost all recycled from either Resident Evil 4 or Resident Evil 5. All of these recycled versions are, of course, low resolution compared to their original counterparts. 

In addition, when enemies are stunned, you can perform special melee moves that look insanely cool and do a lot of damage. The problem here is that all of these are also recycled from previous games.

So as you can probably tell, most of the stuff is recycled. It is a reasonable thing to ask Capcom to at least lower the price, but no. All of this is what caused many people to dislike Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. 

There is no story to the game; it is just the arcade-like mercenaries mode. One great thing is that they have almost every iconic character in here with cool alternative costumes. We say almost all because Leon Scott Kennedy is missing for some very odd reason.

It is worth playing and is an awesome experience when you are traveling with your Nintendo 3DS. There are far better alternatives to it, though. Continue reading through the ranking of all Resident Evil games guide to find out about them.

18. Resident Evil 0

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Rebecca and Billy on the cover of Resident Evil 0
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Possibly the worst entry out of all the mainline Resident Evil games. At least Resident Evil 6 had great combat and an awesome mercenaries mode. As the name suggests, Resident Evil 0 serves as a prequel to Resident Evil.

The game has two main characters, both of who are playable. Rebecca Chambers from the original Resident Evil and Billy Coen. Capcom messed up big time as Rebecca in Resident Evil 0 is completely different from the scared, helpless medic in the original. 

Personality-wise, she still somewhat feels like that, but we see her takedown so many BOWs that it is hard to believe that she is the same character. Billy has a cool design but has almost no personality. He is still a fan favorite that they want to see a return.

The gameplay is similar to the original 3 Resident Evil games. Resident Evil 0 uses fixed camera angles and tank controls. The inventory management is trash, though. You have to manage both of the characters, and it gets tedious and frustrating really fast.

Furthermore, the level design is also very lackluster. The backtracking is poor; most of it is only done to retrieve items you never had space for instead of, you know, going back to use the item you just found. 

The visuals are the one great thing about Resident Evil 0. Everything else on offer is very tedious, and it also makes no sense whatsoever story-wise. Give it a shot if you are a fan of Rebecca Chambers; who knows, you might end up liking Billy Coen as well.

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17. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles 

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Leon and Claire on the cover of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Developer: Cavia and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Here we have a game that might be fun for some people and not so much for others. It is mainly carried by its story and fanservice, which it does really well. The game is also a canon and covers some major events in the franchise.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a light gun shooter similar to the likes of classic masterpieces like House of The Dead 1 and 2 or Virtua Fighter 2. Now what might make the game inaccessible for some is that the camera in it shakes a lot.

In addition, that can be quite a nauseating or irritating experience for a lot of people. The camera also makes it harder to shoot enemies. It is truly an annoying edition to the game, but if you are fine with that, then you will love the game.

It has two separate stories. One recreates the events of Resident Evil 2. You can say that Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles was the original Resident Evil 2 Remake. The other serves as a prequel to Resident Evil 4. It follows the story of Leon Kennedy and Jack Krauser.

If we are being honest, the first campaign of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles recreates Resident Evil 2’s story better than the recent stellar remake. It has a lot of wholesome interactions between Leon and Claire, and you can even alter the story with how you play.

It is a unique new game and a very good addition to the franchise. Both of the stories have multiple endings and feature some of the best characters. If you don’t mind the camera, it is an easy recommendation. 

16. Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles 

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The cover photo of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
  • Developer: Cavia and Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Here we have the other light gun game in the Resident Evil franchise. What makes Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles better is that the weird camera is no longer present. However, we do think that Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles has a better story.

This was also codeveloped by Capcom and Cavia and published by Capcom. As the name suggests, it focuses on the corporation that started it all. The game showcases the downfall of Umbrella

Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield return as the two main characters. The nightmare started with them, and it is fitting that they are the ones who help put an end to Umbrella. Without spoiling anything major, Albert Wesker also returns. 

The story does feel somewhat lackluster, but the game is really fun to play. If you enjoyed the previous light gun game, you would also enjoy Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. 

Moreover, it also is a pretty good-looking game with nice sound effects that fit the light gun gameplay. That is why we ranked it higher in the best Resident Evil games guide. Continue reading to find out about other awesome and unique games in the franchise.

15. Resident Evil Revelations 2

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The cover photo of Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Fans of Resident Evil have been asking for a long time for the return of Jill Valentine and Claire Redfield. Capcom finally gave us a game staring Claire and Barry as the main leads. There are a total of 4 playable characters, but only Claire and Barry feel like proper characters. 

While fans did not get to see the long-awaited and requested Claire and Jill team up, they were certainly delighted to see Barry Burton back. The story shows a veteran, Claire Redfield, who is suddenly kidnapped and taken to an island. 

Alongside Claire, they also kidnap Moira Burton, who, as you can tell by the name, is the daughter of Barry Burton. The story follows two duos, both in different timeframes. It starts off strong, but in our opinion but the quality keeps decreasing as it progresses. 

Resident Evil Revelations 2’s gameplay is fun. It feels like an upgraded version of its predecessor, but at times, it can feel like a downgrade. The Raid Mode from the first Revelations game also makes a return. 

Furthermore, Raid Mode is what fans play a lot after they have completed the campaign. It is an extra minigame mode like The Mercenaries. Some fans prefer it more. It is no doubt one of the most fun extra modes in any game ever.

Just like the Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, Raid Mode can be played in co-op, and it is a blast. Going through hordes of enemies with a friend never gets old.

It is one of the reasons why Resident Evil Revelations 2 is on the positive side of our best-ranking Resident Evil games. You should definitely give it a shot; it is a good entry. 

14. Resident Evil 6

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Promotional image for Resident Evil 6 featuring all the main characters
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Resident Evil 6 is the game that started the downfall of the series. It has some atrocious level design alongside some very weird enemies. The shooting feels good, but the enemies are nowhere near as fun to fight.

Most of the zombies now don’t get launched back when you shoot them with a shotgun. Instead, they just melt right where they stand, which feels very dull compared to in previous games where they went flying.

One thing that Resident Evil 6 got praised for by the fans was that it had a lot of content. There are a lot of campaigns that are all interlinked. Fans finally got to see Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy meet, which was awesome. 

In addition, the new characters that were introduced did feel very generic. Piers Nivans is the exception as he was an awesome partner. The game also features an awesome Mercenaries Mode that many consider the best in the franchise.

Apparently, the developers at Capcom were trying to please both survival horror and action-adventure game fans. Now that ended really badly as now we had an action game where ammo was more scarce than it should have been.

Despite all of its negatives, we still consider Resident Evil 6 to be a good game. It has a lot of content, and most of that is decent. That is why the game has made its way to the higher ranking zone of our Resident Evil games list.

13. Resident Evil Outbreak File 1 

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The official cover of Resident Evil Outbreak File 1
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Multi-player

Here is the first time the Resident Evil franchise tried multiplayer. It was a cooperative experience where players worked together to escape the horrors that haunted them. Players solved puzzles together and made decisions that impacted the story and progression.

Resident Evil Outbreak File 1 is still loved by many fans. The demand for a modern-day port is very high. Fans wanted Capcom to make Resident Evil Outbreak File 3 finally, but instead, they got Resident Evil: Resistance. 

Aside from the high demand for the Resident Evil: Code Veronica Remake. A sequel to Resident Evil Outbreak is what fans want the most. So hopefully, someday, Capcom will realize that and give us the third entry. 

The characters in the game are also unique and diverse. You can even play everybody’s favorite Umbrella soldier, Hunk. The Resident Evil Outbreak games are considered canon. Sadly there hasn’t been a modern-day port, but we hope that Capcom announces it.

It was truly something new and a breath of fresh air for the franchise. It was flawed but still very fun and enjoyable. We still think the best multiplayer Resident Evil experience that you can have is to play the co-op Mercenaries Mode.

12. Resident Evil Outbreak File 2

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Cover of Resident Evil Outbreak: File 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Multi-player

The sequel to the original Resident Evil Outbreak expands on almost everything. It feels like an upgrade in almost every aspect. There are excellent levels designed with co-op play in mind, and they are a blast to go through with friends. 

Furthermore, while the first game arguably had better sequences, the second game has far better gameplay and better levels. If you had fun with the first game, then there is literally no reason not to play the sequel. 

Resident Evil Outbreak: File 2 has five scenarios. All of these play out very differently and are affected by how the player plays. We can only hope that Capcom sees the demand and makes the third game. This is Resident Evil multiplayer done right.

11. Resident Evil Code Veronica

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Claire and Chris Redfield on the cover of Resident Evil Code: Veronica
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Now we have a game that is loved by many fans. Resident Evil Code: Veronica serves as a direct sequel to Claire’s story in Resident Evil 2. The story is pretty good and has its highlights. 

The gameplay is where the game falls short. It feels extremely clunky, and Claire feels very weird to control. The gameplay is one of the main reasons why Capcom should remake Resident Evil Code: Veronica next.

The story is actually very good. The writing can be off at times, but overall it is very enjoyable and does Claire Redfield justice. Some of the voice acting is also off. Steve, who is a new character, has an incredibly annoying voice, due to which fans downright hate him.

The main villains of the game are also interesting and very fresh. We had not seen a villain like it in gaming before, let alone Resident Evil. There is a lot to love about Resident Evil Code: Veronica, and there is also a lot of frustrating stuff. 

Moreover, all of the tedious and frustrating elements can be easily improved. That is why we hope that Capcom gives it the proper remake treatment. We would love to experience Claire’s wild adventures again.

If you are a fan of Claire Redfield or if you want to play all the games that are pivotal to the franchise, then give Resident Evil Code: Veronica a shot. It is the coolest and top-tier ranking Resident Evil game till date.

10. Resident Evil Village

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Chris Redfield on the cover of Resident Evil Village
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

The latest entry in the franchise is called Resident Evil Village. The developers describe it as a proper sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and a spiritual successor to Resident Evil 4. In our opinion, it isn’t a good sequel to any of those games. 

The game feels like a watered-down version of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 when action gameplay is concerned. As far as survival horror goes, the game is very lacking in that department as well.

The entire game has no almost no backtracking. The only backtracking that you will be doing is if you are looking for treasure. It tries to do justice to both Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard but comes off as a far inferior version of both of those games.

If you are looking for an action horror experience, then continue reading; we will mention plenty of them in our Resident Evil games ranking guide. As far as the action is concerned, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 are miles better.

Furthermore, the game is still good on its own it’s just disappointing when compared to other entries. The pacing is good, and the combat is also enjoyable. There are some best weapons in Resident Evil Village too.

The game’s story is very dumb. Ethan Winters was already a generic protagonist, but he feels almost intolerable in Resident Evil Village. All he does in the game is wine and ask dumb questions. He quite literally feels like a cheap Harry Mason ripoff.

Capcom has noted most of the criticism, and they are looking to fix it in the Resident Evil Village: Gold Edition. If you haven’t played Resident Evil Village yet, then you should wait and play it when the Gold Edition launches.

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9. Resident Evil Revelations 

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The cover photo of Resident Evil Revelations
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

The first Resident Evil Revelations game serves as a prequel to Resident Evil 5. It features Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield alongside newcomers Parker and Jessica. In it, you visit completely new locations that were never seen before and a story that is very different. 

Now depending on who you ask, Resident Evil Revelations’ story is either very good or very dumb. We agree with the former statement. It can feel weird at times, but it is fun with cool interactions between characters. 

The setting of the game is a highlight. It was the first time since Resident Evil 4 when it felt like the game was going back to its horror roots. The ship that the game takes place in was very atmospheric and felt terrifying at times.

In addition, the ship has many distinctive areas. Throughout the game, you visit all of them. There is a casino, the main hall, an upper deck, and a lot more. The interactions between characters are also well done. 

Chris and Jill interact with each other just like any pair who has been through so much together should. They have complete trust in one another, and it is more visible in Resident Evil Revelations than in any other game.

The Raid Mode is also an excellent extra mode you should play once you are done with the campaign. We love Resident Evil Revelations, and it is easily one of the best-ranking Resident Evil game yet.

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8. Resident Evil 1996 

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Chris Redfield on the cover of the original Resident Evil
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

The original Resident Evil is where it all started. Shinji Mikami changed the gaming industry forever by creating a brand new genre. Survival horror was born. Resident Evil has aged well in every aspect aside from its graphics. 

The story follows the Raccoon Police Department’s elite team known as STARS. They are sent to the Arklay Mountains to investigate, and when they reach the location, they discover that there are some unbelievable things going on there.

In addition, they are suddenly attacked by some zombie dogs and have to retreat to a nearby mansion. The rest of the game takes place completely inside the mansion, and it is an incredible location with so many unique areas. 

The player can choose to play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine. Both of the characters are loved by many fans. Though Jill had a slightly better pick rate when compared to Chris. 

Unlike most games, the design of the characters isn’t the only thing different here. Jill has two extra inventory slots, which can be game-changing, and Chris can take plenty of more hits when compared to Jill before he dies.

That adds a lot to the replayability of the game, which is already great because there are multiple endings. Depending on how you play, you can save some characters or even get them killed.

Furthermore, the original Resident Evil started it all and influenced so many more games that were released after it. That is why it is easily one of the higher-ranked Resident Evil games on our list.

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7. Resident Evil 3 Nemesis 1999

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Nemesis on the cover of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Capcom disappointed most of their Resident Evil fans when they released the Resident Evil Remake back in 2020. They also lost a lot of good faith that their Resident Evil team had built with their incredible comeback with Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 Remake.

The original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is still a classic survival horror game. It continues the story of Jill Valentine, who is now willing to expose Umbrella for their atrocities. 

Also, despite popular belief, Resident Evil 4 wasn’t the first game that introduced action in the franchise; it was Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

To stop Jill from destroying Umbrella. The corporation released a special tyrant called The Nemesis. He is programmed to hunt down and kill all the STARS members as they are the ones who witnessed everything that Umbrella did.

Furthermore, Resident Evil 2 had the player explore the incredibly cool RPD building. The city was almost never explored properly aside from the intro. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis takes place almost entirely on the streets of Raccoon City.

The talented team at Capcom portrayed the destruction of the city spectacularly. You can see crashed cars, broken windows, barred doors, and all sorts of stellar environmental storytelling. People are trying their hardest to survive the disaster that they have suddenly fallen in.

The game also tells a decent story that is certainly unforgettable. The Nemesis is an absolutely terrifying enemy that chases the player relentlessly unscripted. He can appear anytime and give you the biggest scare of your life.

Depending on whether you choose to fight or run away from The Nemesis, the game’s story changes. That adds a lot to the game’s replayability. We would recommend that you play this one over the lackluster remake.

6. Resident Evil 5

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Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar on the cover of Resident Evil 5
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Both

Here we have the game that undoubtedly made Resident Evil completely action and removed every bit of horror present. We can’t recall a single moment in Resident Evil 5 where we even felt slightly tense or scared.

The game also received some slack for being an inferior version of Resident Evil 4. The partner AI also didn’t do the game any favors, and it is one of the main aspects that make Resident Evil 5 unfun for a lot of fans. 

In addition, the AI wastes ammo and heals rapidly. The game is no doubt an inferior version of Resident Evil 4, and there are some things that are objectively frustrating about it. 

But the singular reason why Resident Evil 5 is so highly placed on our Resident Evil games ranked list is that the game is incredible when played with a friend in co-op. You can play through the entire game from start to finish with a friend.

Now, as you can probably already tell right, there solve all the problems regarding the partner AI. Resident Evil 5 is easily one of the best cooperative multiplayer games out there. You aren’t just going to be reviving each other you will be managing ammo and inventories.

Moreover, that is what makes it an excellent co-op game. You are constantly switching between weapons while healing and providing ammo to your co-op buddy. We at eXputer love to go through the game again and again.

The enemy and level variety in the game is massive. Go grab a friend and give Resident Evil 5 another chance. We are certain you will love it if you play it in co-op.

5. Resident Evil 2 Remake 

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Promotional image for Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Capcom surprised the world with Resident Evil 2 Remake in 2019. When the game was announced during the e3 2018, it was easily the most hype reveal and most wanted game at the time. Capcom did not let the hype blind them; they delivered on it and gave this gem.

Most developers before 2019 remade games by just giving them better visuals and a different art style, maybe. With Resident Evil 2 Remake’s release Capcom literally redefined the word “Remake” they kept the core of the game intact while making significant changes.

As a result, Resident Evil 2 Remake feels like something completely new while also being a very faithful remake of the original. It also started the trend where now so many developers have started remaking their games after seeing Resident Evil 2’s hype and success.

Furthermore, the only thing that we would say Capcom messed up a bit is the story. It feels like a significantly downgraded version of the original’s story, which was a huge part of that game’s appeal. Other than that, Resident Evil 2 Remake is an incredible game and a great remake.

It was one of the best games released in 2019; the best, in our opinion. It has the second most game of the year awards out of any title released back then. It is only behind Death Stranding in that department. 

The Resident Evil 2 Remake is made perfect because once you play the Resident Evil 1 Remake, there is almost no need to play the original one as it improves on everything and adds a lot to the original’s design. 

In Resident Evil 2 Remake’s case, both games are similar but also very different experiences. That makes both of them worth replaying anytime.

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4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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The cover photo of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

The game single-handedly revived the Resident Evil franchise and restored the faith of fans in Capcom. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is an unforgettable and terrifying experience from start to finish. 

The game’s story is also very cool. You are playing as Ethan Winters, who is just a regular guy that got stuck into this mess. The game has so many cool villains, all very unique and well-written. 

Back in the day, Resident Evil games were known for their weird and funny voice acting. All of that changed with Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 7 has some of the best voice acting in the gaming period. 

In addition, the voice acting for all the villains in the game really sells them. It feels like you are actually being chased by insane people that want to kill you and torture you just for fun.

The game also has a great soundtrack. There is backtracking, limited movement, limited combat, and all the other aspects that make an awesome survival horror game. It is a very memorable experience, and it took over the internet when it came out.

Moreover, some fans disliked the first-person perspective. We personally had no problem with it, but some fans straight-up hated the game because of the view, and that is just very unreasonable, in our opinion.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard not only revived the Resident Evil franchise but also arguably revived the horror gaming genre. Staying to horror roots is rare these days, and that is why this game ranks in the top 5 of the Resident Evil games hierarchy.

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3. Resident Evil 1 Remake 

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Jill Valentine is holding back a zombie on the cover of Resident Evil Remake
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

What we have here is pretty much the best remake of all time. It never cut anything from the original game. Rather the developers improved all the aspects and added some other significant stuff.

Shinji Mikami and his team made the perfect remake. Resident Evil Remake has possibly the best atmosphere in any game ever. The ambient sounds just feel terrifying and assure you that you are alone here in this Mansion with those monsters, and there is nobody around. 

Furthermore, the game was a giant leap in videogame visuals. It looks unreal for its time. The 3D models in the game look way ahead of anything that was released in the same year. Every single room in the Spencer Mansion looks very atmospheric and immersive. 

The original game’s writing was turned down; they kept all the stuff but made it way less cheesy. That is a good thing as far as most people are concerned, but the original cheesy lines were hilariously charming themselves. 

Resident Evil Remake has aged in a stellar fashion. You can jump right in, and there is also some good news for people who hate tank controls. They can choose to use modern movement controls instead when they first start up a new game.

Both Jill and Chris look wonderful alongside all the other main cast of characters. The zombies look miles ahead of any enemy type in any game released around the same timeframe. There is literally no reason not to check Resident Evil Remake out. 

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2. Resident Evil 2 1998

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The cover of the original Resident Evil 2
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

The original Resident Evil 2 is one of the greatest games of all time. It is insane how well made the game was when the director of the project, Hideki Kamiya, never made any horror games. The guy downright hated scary stuff. 

With Shinji Mikami’s supervision and the effort of the entire team, the game turned out to be the perfect sequel. It improves everything literally. The new characters are more detailed, they have proper backstories, and they have cooler designs, in our opinion.

Resident Evil 2 introduced Leon Scott Kennedy and Claire Redfield to the franchise. The former one is the most popular zombie game character ever. Both of these are awesome characters that have become returning characters.

The game had an incredible atmosphere and a spine-chilling soundtrack. Unlike its predecessor Resident Evil 2 also had good writing. The story is very memorable and is honestly excellent. By the end of it, you can see how much both of the characters suffered.

It is a classic masterpiece that is awesome in every way. The only thing that a new player will need to get used to is the tank controls. They will seem very frustrating, but once you get the hang of them, Resident Evil 2 is just pure bliss.

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1. Resident Evil 4

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One of the many covers of Resident Evil 4
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Single-player or Multi-player: Single-player

Resident Evil 4 is perhaps the greatest game of all time. It is a third-person shooter. Resident Evil 4 is to third-person shooters what Doom is to first-person shooters. When it came out, it demolished the competition in every single field.

Resident Evil 4 has the most replayability in the series due to its insane amount of weapons. Pair that with quite possibly the best pacing out there, and that is why people have played through Resident Evil 4 dozens of times.

Leon Scott Kennedy returns as the protagonist. Just like Resident Evil Code: Veronica was the sequel to Claire’s story Resident Evil 4 is the one to Leon’s. He is now a total badass capable of fighting legit anything that is thrown his way.

The dude goes against almost everything imaginable and still comes out on top unscathed. Resident Evil 4 is where most of Leon’s popularity comes from. The game is filled with iconic and memorable characters. 

Additionally another great example is The Merchant, who has an awesome Aussie accent. The dude is quite possibly the most memorable and iconic videogame weapon vendor out there.

The enemy variety in the game is also insane. There are so many enemies, and that is what keeps the game fresh. It literally never gets boring because it keeps throwing new fun to fight enemies at the player.

We knew when we were ranking the Resident Evil games that Resident Evil 4 would be on top. It is the closest that gaming has ever gotten to perfection. We hope that Capcom gives this masterpiece an incredible remake. 

Resident Evil 4 also has which is arguably the greatest fan-made remaster mod ever. It is called “Resident Evil 4: The HD Project”. You will need to own a copy of Resident Evil 4 on Steam if you want to check it out.

Verdict

That concludes our list; we have ranked all the resident evil titles. We haven’t skipped any of the spin-off games, and we hope you had fun reading through our list. Resident Evil is an awesome franchise, and we love to talk about how it has evolved throughout the years. Us being is the reason why we rank the Resident Evil games.

Capcom is literally the only videogame developer out there that has been putting out incredible games back to back for about five years now. They are one of the very few developers out there that actually care about what their fans think and want.

That is obviously the reason for their success. We hope that they continue their streak and keep giving us games that we will be playing for a long time. The next year seems to be another great one for Capcom as we can expect highly anticipated titles like Resident Evil 4 Remake and Street Fighter 6.

If you love Resident Evil, then you should consider checking out Capcom’s other franchises. A lot of them have a similar vibe to them. We love all of their franchise and wish that they revive some of the ones that they have forgotten about.

What do you think about our list? Do you agree with our placements? Have you played all the Resident Evil games? Which Resident Evil game is your favorite? Let us know all about your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Usama Qaiser


He is eccentric about Action games like Yakuza as well as his favorite JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Persona. Nowadays you can find him focusing his mana on writing guides at eXputer.

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