Hooooo boy. Where to even start with this one? I get the sense that I need to tread carefully, because this particular entry is going to be a sore spot for many people. It’s our last stop on the journey through the main titles thus far, which means it’s the most recent entry to release. For some, that means that it’s still a fresh wound. I know that I’m being a bit vague, so let’s begin and you’ll understand.

Hot off the heels of Resident Evil 2’s incredible success in 2019, there were some people wondering if they would bother…


How do you go about remaking a game 20 years down the line? Your team has learned so much about game design in that time, so it would seem smart to modernize your game while staying true to the original. Obviously, you want it to invoke the same feelings the original did, but you want to keep it fresh and new for veterans who played decades ago. This goes for any remake, but it gets even more treacherous when you account for your series having several fanbases all clamoring for something different.

This was exactly the battleground on which Capcom…


Sometimes, you need to look in the mirror and rethink everything. If you’ve strayed too far, you have to reevaluate yourself. Only you can know if you’re on the right path for your life or not. However, if you’re a video game IP, not to worry: there are plenty of suits in an office that can make that decision for you, for better or worse!

Capcom was busy in this very same predicament following Resident Evil 6’s lukewarm reception. Despite having long legs that carried it, there was more to it than that. A mainline Resident Evil title getting an…


I’d have hated to be the next main game to release after Resident Evil 6. After 2012 brought us some positive reception (Revelations and Damnation) and an overwhelming wave of negative reception (Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil 6), faith in the brand was at an all-time low. For a couple years after, there was lots of talk about how badly Capcom was struggling financially. In fact, at one point there were rumors circulating that Capcom was so dirt poor that they were going to sell off.

Obviously, that never happened, and they weathered the storm as they turned Resident…


2012, I’ll never forget it…

It was the year Resident Evil fans were inundated with Capcom’s ideology of Westernization. The company had been lagging behind in the industry a bit, and chose to push forward hard with the idea of chasing Western gaming trends. At the time, co-op was a big thing, as were military shooters and other online multiplayer games. For their smaller release at the beginning of 2012, they put Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS. A month later, an outsourced four-player co-op shooter came out on Xbox 360 and PS3.


I remember when Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D came out on the 3DS in 2011. It was during quite the software lull following the launch period, and I was hungry for something to play on my fancy new handheld. I was enamored by this wonderful little arcade action game, a fully-fleshed out version of my (at times, quite severe) obsession that was Resident Evil 5’s minigame. On the go, no less! And in 3D on top of that! I adore that game to this day, and I continue to wish for a full-on Mercenaries HD at the very least.

There…


So, Final Fantasy VII Remake. Pretty good game, right? The reveal at E3 2015 was astounding, with everyone absolutely flipping their lids that the meme finally existed. It felt like the entire world was hyped for it. The next year, to keep the Final Fantasy hype train going, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XV. After that, they released the highest-rated Final Fantasy since Final Fantasy VI Advance in 2007, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. It all helped to soften the blow that Final Fantasy VII Remake released five years after its announcement! Even without that, despite some jokes about it never…


Perhaps you’ve heard of Resident Evil 4. It’s this little game that slid out quietly on to the Gamecube in 2005 before petering out and disappearing into obscurity forever. In this same bizarro world, Dino Crisis Village has recently been announced as the eighth main installment of that ludicrously successful franchise. Also, I’m very, very cool.

Clearly, this is not how events played out. Everyone and their mother knows about Resident Evil 4. It lives today as one of the most highly-rated and influential games on the planet. An immense number of games, and perhaps even the entire third person…


Team and group-based activities in school were always my least favorite thing in the world. You would get one of two outcomes: either you buddy up with your friends, or you get stuck with a random assortment of your classmates. In my experience, that was code for “you’ll either spend more time goofing off than working, or you’ll be picking up the slack of everyone else”. Nobody ever managed to mesh together when you’re randomly teamed up in such a way. We got the work done, but it was hardly the best work of any individual person. Even with friends…


Discussion of anything can turn highly contentious when the phrase “best ever” is thrown into the ring. It’s a spark that can ignite a hot debate, especially on the internet where filters are so often missing. Not only does it demand a stark agree/disagree dichotomy, but in turn it splinters one argument into several. If the subject of the discussion is not the best ever, then what is? Why is it better than the original thing? It’s a powerful little set of words that can set off a lot of people, especially when a disagreement crops up. …

Connor Foss

Just a writer who loves games and specifically survival horror!

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