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The Best Resident Evil Games of All Time, Ranked

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The best Resident Evil games are amazingly scary adventures that heavily influenced the survival horror genre. Without Resident Evil, we wouldn’t have games like Silent Hill or Dead Space. In fact, the term survival horror was originally coined to describe Resident Evil, way back in 1996, because it was such an original type of game. Since so many sequels and spin offs have been released, fans want to know which Resident Evil game is the best of all time.

The Resident Evil video game franchise has been so successful that it spawned a series of games, of which several have been nominated for best game of all time. Amongst survival horror fans, Resident Evil has definitely raised the bar for what makes a fun scary game. In fact, several of the Resident Evil games have been remade and remastered multiple times.

So which are the best Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) games? See what gamers think in the rankings below. If you don’t see a particular Resident Evil game list, be sure to add it so that others may vote on it. For those looking for the all-time best Resident Evil game, just start at the top of the list and work your way down.

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  • Resident Evil 2
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    Metacritic score: 91%

    Resident Evil 2, known in Japan as Biohazard 2, is a 1998 survival horror video game originally released for the PlayStation. Developed by Capcom as the second installment in the Resident Evil series, its story takes place two months after the events of the first game, Resident Evil. It is set in Raccoon City, an American community whose residents have been transformed into zombies by the T-virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. In their escape from the city, the two protagonists, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, encounter other survivors, and are confronted by William Birkin, the mutated creator of the even more powerful G-virus. The gameplay of... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 1998
    • Developer: Factor 5, Gearbox Software, Rockstar San Diego, Capcom, Tiger Electronics
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  • Metacritic score: 82%

    Resident Evil, known as biohazard in Japan, is a remake of the 1996 survival horror video game Resident Evil, developed by Capcom Production Studio 4 and published by Capcom for the GameCube in 2002. At the time, the remake included state of the art visuals as well as a variety of new gameplay elements, environments and story details; Shinji Mikami has stated that it is "70% different from the original." The game was made in an exclusivity agreement between Capcom and Nintendo that spanned three new Resident Evil games and is also known under the informal titles of Resident Evil: Remake or Resident Evil: Rebirth. In 2004, it was re-released in the Pure Evil 2-Pack along with Resident Evil... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 2002
    • Developer: Capcom
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  • Resident Evil 4
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    Metacritic score: 96%

    Resident Evil 4, known as Biohazard 4 in Japan, is a survival horror video game developed by Capcom Production Studio 4 and released by multiple publishers, including Capcom, Ubisoft, Nintendo Australia, Red Ant Enterprises and THQ Asia Pacific. The sixth main entry in the Resident Evil horror series, the game was originally released for the GameCube in January 2005 in North America and Japan, and in March 2005 in Europe and Australia. The story of Resident Evil 4 follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the U.S. President's daughter who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 2005
    • Developer: Capcom
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  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
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    Metacritic score: 79%

    Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, known in Japan as Biohazard 3: Last Escape, is a survival horror video game developed by Capcom and originally released for the PlayStation video game console in 1999. It is the third installment in the Resident Evil video game series and takes place before and after the events of Resident Evil 2. The story of the game follows Resident Evil protagonist Jill Valentine and her efforts to escape from a city that has been infected with a new type of biological weapon secretly developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella. The game uses the same engine as its predecessors and features 3D models over pre-rendered backgrounds with fixed camera angles. Unlike previous... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: 1999
    • Developer: Capcom
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