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Resident Evil Village

Developer / Publisher: Capcom
07 May 2021
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Set three years after the events in Dulvey, Ethan Winters and his family has moved to rural Romania to start anew and raise their newborn daughter, Rosemary. But when an old friend makes an unexpected return and threw their lives into turmoil once more, Ethan must find a way to rescue his daughter, who has apparently been kidnapped by a clan of mysterious nobles who rules over a village.
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RE Village is better, yet also worse then it's predecessor
I have recently played this game, and not only finished it, but also completed (almost) all PS achievements and even unlocked all the bonuses from the game, so I have experienced this game fully

I can say the overall base game for RE8 is better than RE7, there are more collectables, new places to explore, more exciting boss fights, more challenges to complete,

Yet despite all of this, I still felt that I enjoyed RE7 more overall, so I was wondering why did I not like the game as much as this despite agreeing with the fact that this game is better than the predecessor?

And after replaying both of these games ultimately I came to the conclusion that indeed, this is a better than RE7, but almost the rest of the aspects are not fully utilized or are just a bit weak

This is most exemplified through the DLCs that were added post-production,
RE7s DLCs were by far the best part of the experience in that game, not only adding Chris and Joe's stories (both remarkable DLCs that each have a gimmick that differs from Ethan, even if the latter DLC is plagued with some issues a) introducing new important characters out of nowhere and b) some of the infinite challenges are complete bs, altho Joe is a badass who punches molded so who cares).
The biggest editions were two new modes (21 and Nightmare) along with Jack's 55 birthday and Ethan Must Die, and these modes were by far the best experience I had within RE7,
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The base mercenaries mode was just disappointing, getting all S requirements for all missions just forces you to relegate to Sniper/Shotgun and upgrade only those things and the hard modes basically force you just to use a pistol, I really do not need to button mash the shoot button to clear over 20 beefed up enemies waves just to get the SS rank awards when I have them already unlocked by paying $8 for getting all bonuses. The added DLC characters just also show how weak Ethan is compared to Chris, Karl and Alcina
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NPLS 2023-05-09T10:45:23Z
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So many elements of this game were near-perfect. Voice acting was not one of them, but I don't need to say that, it's a resident evil game. what i found most disappointing was that you kill off the most interesting and genuinely scary villain after clearing the first area. Being in Dimitrescu's castle, this entirely new, bizarre but familiar enough setting with looming threats and that goddamn music that warned you right before you ran into Dimitrescu's legs. Wish that had lasted longer
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“Don’t think I’m supporting the view that your long running series might come back around to being good if you keep plodding along; rather, I’m supporting burning your series to the ground on a regular basis to make snowmen with the ashes. Resident Evil 7 is a successful change of tune that manages the balance between disturbing and knowingly camp that marks Resident Evil at its best. Well done, Capcom! Looking forward to seeing how you fuck it up this time!” - Yahtzee Crowshaw, Zero Punctuation



Quoting another critic’s review for the same piece of media that you’re reviewing may make you seem like a hack, but this quote from my favorite video game critic Yahtzee Crowshaw encapsulates the same cynical feelings I had for the Resident Evil title that would follow Resident Evil 7. The franchise had reinvented itself once again after disgracing itself with the abysmal Resident Evil 6, a bloated and ridiculous entry to the Resident Evil franchise that took all of the campy elements the series is known for and amplified them to the point where it seemed like a form of self parody. Because this was clearly not Capcom’s intentions with Resident Evil 6 and the intended impact was lost, the Resident Evil franchise took another sabbatical to yet again rework the franchise to redeem its former glory with a fresh, new coat of paint. The seventh entry in the series that Capcom produced after a long period of self reflection was not only a reinvigorating breath of crisp, spring air, but it also propelled the series to unprecedented, terrifying heights. For the first time in several years, Resident Evil felt fresh and inspired, but this could only last for so long before the familiar pangs of underwhelming banality crept their way back. From a business standpoint, Capcom couldn’t abandon Resident Evil on a high note, although doing this would’ve been an admirable artistic decision for the long running series. It's one of Capcom flagship series that the public would still miss even if it dug itself into a hole of mediocrity so deep that even the franchise that saves itself from plunging so deep into despair every so often couldn’t leap out of it. The anticipated followup to Resident Evil 7 was Resident Evil Village, the eighth entry in the mainline Resident Evil series whose title confused those who did not look closely at the clever use of roman numerals in the title. The objective of RE Village was to strike the newfound Resident Evil iron while it was still hot, but with caution as not to strike in the same place to avoid repeating itself. Capcom’s objective with Resident Evil Village was to strike lightning next to where RE7 hit and attempt to form the same crater in the earth with the same amount of depth. Resident Evil Village is a direct successor to RE7 that both heavily borrows from its predecessor while deviating from it enough to retain a sense of freshness, making for an ideal sequel…in theory.

Arguably, the most distinctive feature of a direct sequel is to continue the story of the previous game with most of the same characters. RE Village opens with a dark, foreboding fairy tale being read by a woman that might serve as some foreshadowing for the events to come. The retelling of this tale is interrupted by man as the woman’s identity is revealed to be Mia from the previous game, spoiling the canon ending of RE7 as a result. Mia is seen reading this story through the first-person perspective of Ethan Winters, the biggest indicator that will give any player of RE7 the exact scope of the extent of how RE Village is a direct sequel to RE7. Since the events of RE7, the Winters have relocated thanks to the strong, caring arm of the Umbrella Corporation and they’ve had a child, an infant daughter named Rose who sleeps in Mia’s arms while she’s reading to her. Everything finally seems hunky dory for this couple as Ethan puts his daughter to bed, but the events in Louisiana still linger and mentioning it causes minor conflict between Mia and Ethan. This scene of relative contentment feels gratifying for those who have played RE7, but we soon remember that Ethan never gets a break. The peaceful evening is violently interrupted when Mia is sprayed by an entire magazine of bullets from outside. It’s clear that Ethan is called to action again, but the shocking revelation is that the man who just gunned down Ethan’s wife and central character to the modern Resident Evil titles is none other than zombie slaying franchise mainstay Chris Redfield, who puts another round into Mia to shock the player even more. The now malevolent Chris Redfield and his team secure Ethan’s baby and knock an upset Ethan out with the butt of a gun. Ethan wakes up in a dim, snowy landscape on a new perilous mission to save his daughter from the evil clutches of…Chris Redfield.

To prevent the new Resident Evil formula from stagnating so quickly, Capcom deviated the setting of RE Village to the polar opposite landscape of sunny, humid Louisiana. The franchise has retraced the steps of RE4 by revisiting the arcane grounds of intercontinental Europe, now with the additional chilling factor of the dead of winter to endure. The dingy look of the third-world villages are juxtaposed to the bourgeois grandiosity of the towering gothic estates. Even though the comparison to RE4 in terms of the setting is apt, the approach to this gothic world borrows from the design philosophy of RE7. The titular village serves as an icy, dilapidated hub in the center of each notable structure in the area in every cardinal direction. The village is much more vast than the Baker property, and the game makes great use of the wider hub. Weathered houses with rotting wood house secrets such as ammunition, health items, and various treasures that range from valuable knick knacks to high-powered weapons. Ethan can hunt farm animals for their meat and crudely fish with his gun on a bevy of locations on the map and play topsy-turvy carnival games on the labyrinth machines. The hub in RE Village is a level in of itself, and I adored its spacious yet enclosed design. Uncovering more secrets in the hubworld between the levels felt just as enticing as it is in the neighboring levels. As for the atmosphere, the abandoned village blanketed in wintery whiteness constantly feels sterile, but in a more mood-latent context. Ethan’s footsteps in the snow mixed with the sight of leafless trees and cemeteries always exudes the sense of still fallout.

This sense of eerie tranquility is also frequently interrupted by werewolf attacks, or at least creatures that have some sort of lupine mutation similar to a werewolf. These mangy, hairy beasts are referred to as the Lycans. They run in packs and an ambush is usually signaled by the gnarled growls that signify their blood lust for Ethan’s flesh. The Lycans are far more feral than the Molded from RE7, quickly leaping at Ethan to gnaw at his tender neck. While the Lycans are not as creepy and disgusting as the Molded, hoards of Lycans can prove to get quite overwhelming in most instances. Also unlike the Molded, these Lycans do not serve as the sole enemy in the game. Offering only the Molded as a recurring enemy in RE7 irked me as the initial scare factor ran thin upon so many encounters, becoming black, moist bullet fodder by the last third of the game. The Lycans are a quicker change of pace, but Capcom doesn’t make the same mistake in RE Village. The Lycans are joined by a myriad of different enemies to rip Ethan to shreds such as the emaciated Moroaicas, the airborne, bat-winged Samcas, the mechanical Soldats, etc. A more heavily equipped form of Lycan that appears when the attack to add a bigger roadblock for when Ethan is having too easy of a time plowing through the regular Lycans. None of the common enemies that Ethan faces are especially formidable; in fact, most of them are even less so than the Molded as the headshot precision is no longer a requisite. However, the enemy variety here reconciles one of the major issues I had with RE7, so switching up what Ethan would be up against prevented the eventual jaded feeling of familiarity.

To withstand this new slew of feral monsters, Ethan is going to need a wider and more substantial arsenal. RE Village borrows much more from RE4 than its alien European setting, for RE Village is yet another action oriented Resident Evil title. Do not fret: Capcom have not shit the bed by tainting RE7’s impact with profound regression and there are zero quicktime events. Somehow, Capcom have managed to tastefully combine the survival horror and the action horror elements from previous games of the series. Ethan is equipped with many of the same weapons as his previous escapade such as the pistol, shotgun, grenade launcher, and the knife for breaking open boxes and crates. Unfortunately, the flamethrower does not return which could’ve been even more useful here on account of most of the enemies being frostbitten. Other familiar weapons like the revolver and the handgun/shotgun upgrades are no longer sealed behind an absurd amount of lockpicks because Ethan will need them this time around. Additional firepower includes a sniper rifle, mines, and pipe bombs, making Ethan someone not to be trifled with now. Ethan is now a badass motherfucker who takes no prisoners, fitting the Resident Evil protagonist role as we’ve come to expect. This action-latent shift from RE7, especially considering that Ethan returns as the protagonist, draws much ire from many RE fans. I praised Ethan in his protagonistic role in RE7 because he wasn’t a overpowered war machine like Chris Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy, and putting a civilian in the line of horror offered more of a harrowing experience. One would think that I’d curse this game for ruining Ethan’s joe-schmoe stature, but Ethan is not a normal man anymore. If he can make it through the treacherous Baker properties in one piece, Ethan officially can honorably wear a veteran badge in dealing with Umbrella’s fuckery. On this stance alone, I can forgive the developers for ascending Ethan’s capabilities. Besides, Ethan has to rely on his firepower to save his daughter because the man is still an absolute boob.

Affording all of this vast weaponry comes with another familiar mechanic meant to further please RE4 fans. Enemies will drop a local currency called “lei” which allows Ethan to purchase items at a merchant seen in various locations in the game. Yes, RE Village marks the return of a mysterious merchant character whose borderline omnipresence makes it seem as if this man has cloned himself. The merchant character from RE4 was a beloved staple of that game, so whoever the merchant would be in RE Village would have some big shoes to fill. Fortunately, the Duke is big enough to fill ten of the previous merchant of intercontinental Europe shoes. The Duke is an affable sphere of a man who conducts his business out of an old-fashioned, horse-drawn caravan. He appears in most of the areas, but his main spot is the hill peak of the hub near the altar. The Duke’s wares include health items, crafting resources, additions to weapons, and he even sells a small amount of ammunition instead of hoarding it like the merchant from RE4. To fund these finances, enemies drop the local currency upon death and treasures found throughout the game can be sold at a high price at Duke’s store. On top of being a shrewd businessman, the Duke is quite the connoisseur when it comes to food, if you couldn’t already tell from his size. The Duke will whip up a meal with various meats of farm animals that Ethan gives him, and eating the artisan dish will permanently increase one of Ethan stats. The Duke’s services always prove to be quite convenient, but what do I make of Duke as a successor to the merchant? Capcom knew that there would be comparisons between the two, and the Duke even knowingly references one of the previous merchant’s lines of dialogue to draw a tighter parallel. The Duke exemplifies the Resident Evil merchant splendidly. He is the only friendly face that Ethan can trust in this frigid hellhole, but that lustful tone of voice and sleazy look in his eye exudes a sense of weariness despite his charisma, much like the merchant from RE4.

The lengths that RE Village ventures to in an effort to discern itself from RE7, even with staying loyal to the previous game’s general foundation, shows that Capcom succeeded in maintaining that spark of energy and struck it close enough to the same deep hole they created before. However, there is still a lingering concern that most people pondered over in regards to RE Village carrying RE7’s torch: is RE Village scary? Sadly, no. For the first time in the franchise's history, RE7 achieved a sensation of fright by expertly portraying a dank, damp, claustrophobic nightmare by subverting everything we knew as Resident Evil. Action horror games inherently aren’t as scary as their survival horror counterparts because a stark element of fear from the latter comes with a sense of helplessness. As much as Ethan’s seasoned nature with combat is a logical evolution to his character, being able to engage a crowd of enemies at once doesn’t put me in a frenzied panic. I also enjoy not being confined by a cramped inventory system on the base of convenience, but the generous space for all of Ethan’s tools and weapons (a fusion of RE4’s Tetris inventory system with RE7’s inventory design) allowed me to never consider the precedence of any item for a particular scenario for fear of being unprepared. Ammunition is not as plentiful as it was in previous action-oriented Resident Evil titles, but there were never any instances where I was forced to rush past enemies due to not having the resources to deal with them. The gameplay does not lend itself towards the same distressing charade that RE7 was, a point that could be used to RE Village’s detriment. However, there are still the story, characters, and environments to consider, and does they aid in delivering the same scare factor as RE7? The answer to that question is hard to determine because RE Village’s horrific moments are spotty.

Sex sells, and even something like Resident Evil can be a testamenet to this sentiment. While not on the same emphatic scale as the hype RE4 received during its initial release, RE Village was making a splash of anticipation due to one particular character: Lady Dimitrescu. Once we all got a mere glimpse at this voluptuous colossus of a woman in the release trailer, everyone started anticipating the newest Resident Evil game thinking primarily with their dicks. The internet collectively started salivating over this monstrous MILF, and expressed their red-faced affection towards her in many outlets without an ounce of shame. If Capcom intentionally showcased Lady Dimitrescu to elicit this exact reaction, then it was a brilliant marketing scheme on their part. Because of Lady Dimitrescu’s meme status, I had gotten the impression that she was the focal point of the game. This impression continued on as her castle is the first main area of the game, and I began to think that Capcom failed the series once again. Lady Dimitrescu’s gothic estate is a tried and true Resident Evil establishment, complete with that Metroidvania design philosophy the series has always emulated. Normally, I’m enthralled by any level that executes a Metroidvania-esque level competently, but Dimitrescu’s castle was underwhelming. One of the most invigorating aspects of the newest Resident Evil games is how they translate the elements of older Resident Evil games into completely new territory, namely the Baker residence. I was thoroughly impressed that the developers could translate the circuitous outline of a sprawling mansion to a humdrum, dilapidated plantation home located in the swamps of Louisiana and manage to have the same impact as a glorious mansion. Providing yet another gothic mansion in a series overloaded with them now feels like beating a tired trope further into the ground. The puzzles presented here are also far too simple and guesswork oriented compared to the rich riddles provided in a building like the Spencer Mansion. Besides the first-person perspective and Ethan’s pension for reacting to things with expletives, the other indication that the exhausted gothic castle environment is in a modern Resident Evil game is the roaming threat of Lady Dimitrescu and her three daughters. In various instances in RE7, one member of the Baker family would grab Ethan unexpectedly and present their deranged, mangled faces in a jarring camera view that would shock and startle the player. Upon this encounter, Ethan would have to sprint away from the Bakers due to all of them being seemingly indestructible. Ethan will experience the same sort of occurrences with Lady Dimitrescu and her three daughters while traipsing through the Dimitrescu manor. Any bullets Ethan unloads on them will whiz through them, so Ethan will fully recognize what to do in this scenario. However, it isn’t scary in the slightest. Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters are too…attractive to be scary? This was certainly NEVER a problem that arose in the Baker household. Whenever one of the daughters grabs a hold of me and bites down on Ethan’s neck like a vampire, I don’t know whether to panic or accept her toothy embrace. Lady’s Dimitrescu’s Freddy Kreuger fingers coupled with her mammoth-like size should be intimidating, but I can’t help but blush whenever she gives Ethan that little sinister chuckle before she plunges them into Ethan’s torso. Goddammit, now I’m doing it! Anyways, having to avoid all four of them and the instances where they pop up never made me feel uneasy.

Fortunately for RE Village’s sake, I and most other people were misled by Lady Dimitrescu’s significance in the game. After defeating her true gastly form on the top of her castle (which the horny morons were disappointed that she turned into because it killed their boners like salt on a snail), RE Village truly begins. Ethan acquires a peculiar flask whose label is too dirty to read but upon seeing Duke again in the hub, he implores Ethan to rub the dirt off and unveil its contents. Ethan is devastated that the head of his infant daughter resides in that flask. The Duke encourages Ethan and tells him that hope to save her is not lost. Ethan must face the other three followers of Mother Miranda, the real main antagonist of RE Village, and retrieve the other three flasks containing Rose’s body parts and assemble them before a ritual takes place and Ethan loses Rose to Mother Miranda. On top of the unsatisfying previous level, I assumed that RE Village would offer a simple rescue mission as its primary story arc and Ethan would save an unharmed Rose at the end, but the disturbing revelation of the flask’s contents took me by surprise and reawakened my curiosity. Eviscerating an infant child and preserving their body parts like cucumbers marinated in pickle juice usually doesn’t get my motor running, but it worked for RE Village. The hub also becomes free to explore at this point, which also signals the game’s true beginning as well.

The newfound interest spurred by this moment does not lose momentum. The next Mother Miranda follower is the grandest highlight in RE Village because no other instance in the game can top what is probably the most effective horror moment in the franchise. Donna Beneviento is a cloaked, recalcitrant woman whose creepy, emaciated doll Angie usually does the speaking. Their dollhouse is a place where RE 8 starts to truly ape the atmosphere and pacing of RE7. In a flash, Angie removes all of Ethan’s weapons, putting him at the mercy of the elements of the porcelain-latent home. Dolls are not one of my phobias, but the amount of plastic arms and legs hanging from threads on the ceiling of this place did strike me as a bit off putting. I also never let my guard down when dealing with the wooden Mia model on the table. The bizarre way in which the house is orchestrated led to some genuinely engaging puzzles, but those are not why this section left an impression on me. After Ethan acquires a breaker key to operate the elevator, the entire house becomes calamitously dark and a trail of blood is splattered across the halls upon reentry. Suddenly, what appears to be a fetus comes roaming down the hall in Ethan’s direction, and the player will sprint away to find any source of cover to hide from this thing. The gargantuan size of its body and gaping mouth, the way it crawls through the halls with a sloppy squelching sound, the loud inhuman baby wails, to the psychological impact involving Ethan’s missing child, this rivals Eraserhead in artistically deterring me from having children. Give the man who worked on the sound design for this part a raise, Capcom. The boss fight against Angie is rather a deadly game of hide and go seek than a real bout, but the moments leading up to it will forever be on my conscience.

Lamentably, when the game reaches its peak here, there is obviously nowhere to go but down. The next follower who holds Rose’s legs is Moreau, a slimy sea-mutant who is so revolting and repugnant looking that it’s pathetic. His whiny demeanor and timid stature make him even less imposing. However, fueled by some vague resentment he has for Ethan, he unleashes his true form as a Charybdis-sized sea-beast similar to the one in the lake in RE4. Ethan must navigate through his home on the reservoir while constantly avoiding Moreau crashing into the small amount of land Ethan can support himself on. This segment certainly is exhilarating, but on entirely different merits than in the dollhouse. Running around Moreau and climbing the rickety steps of the structures made for a great action sequence, and the look and atmosphere reminded me of the Fishing Hamlet from Bloodborne, one of my favorite areas of that game on a conceptual level. At least Moreau made for a formidable fight before Ethan put him out of his misery.

In the moments of RE Village that I thought were lackluster, at least they didn’t drag on and overstay their welcome. This statement is contradicted with the last follower Ethan must face before reassembling his missing daughter. Karl Heisenberg is a mechanical savant who looks like Bill Paxton’s character from Near Dark and sounds like he’s attempting his best Billy Bob Thornton impression. He broadcasts threats to Ethan via broad communication devices like Lucas from RE7, but is much less crafty. The Stronghold is where the player believes they will deal with him, but it is a brief hoard of Lycans with a fight against an ax-wielding giant as a mini-boss. Ethan then collects all of the Rose flasks, and then the Heisenberg-centered section is extended by visiting his industrial factory on the outskirts of town. I was relieved that the game didn’t end the Heisenberg section so abruptly with the stronghold, but became irritated by how much of a slog his factory became. A laboratory basement as the final section of a Resident Evil game is almost as cliche as a gothic castle, and the robotic enemies did not frighten me in the slightest. Near the end upon refusing Heisenberg’s request to join him against Mother Miranda, he fuses his body with the detritus in his junkyard, ascending his form into a mechanical monster. To take him down, Ethan drives a fully powerful mech courtesy of the Umbrella Corporation, and I felt like I was playing Titanfall. It’s a fun fight, but it’s incredibly dumb and abandons any pretense of a horror game RE Village may have once had.

Lastly, there is a matter of dealing with Mother Miranda, the grand witch of this mountainous region of eastern Europe and the proprietor of Ethan’s pride and joy. I grieved in my RE7 review that the ending section and anticlimactic boss fight almost ruined what was a spectacular experience, but Capcom have learned from their mistakes and provide us with what is possibly the most topsy-turvy, twist-ridden ending to a Resident Evil game thus far. As one could’ve guessed, Chris Redfield did not transform into a cold-blooded wife murderer. Somehow, Miranda had been posing as Mia for quite some time and thick-headed Ethan hadn’t noticed. Unfortunately, pumping a whole round of bullets into her only slightly deterred her and the ritual she plans on conducting with Rose is almost to completion. Unlike Harry who confronts the source of evil and saves his daughter, Mother Miranda kills Ethan by removing his heart like the ritual master from Temple of Doom, a devastating end to the protagonist we’ve become accustomed to.

Ethan’s demise does not signal defeat however as the new playable role to take down the immortal bitch is none other than everyone’s favorite conqueror of large rock formations: Chris Redfield. If you are not aware, I greatly chastised RE7’s “Not a Hero” DLC for drastically shifting to the action-heavy gameplay of playing as Chris, but the more action-oriented direction of Village makes this transition less jarring. Chris plants a superbomb inside Miranda’s core and even manages to find the real Mia in the cellar of Miranda’s lab as Jill found Chris in the very first game. He regrets informing Mia that Ethan is dead, but Mia still holds faith that Ethan is still alive. By some miracle, she’s right, but Ethan’s continued lifespan after having his heart removed explains one of the most curious character conundrums involving Resident Evil’s newest protagonist. Has anyone ever wondered how Ethan can withstand so much physical abuse and somehow pull himself like he’s a cartoon character? It turns out that Ethan is not the average schlub that everyone pegged him as. Apparently, Jack Baker killed Ethan as early as the opening sequence of RE7 when we thought he merely knocked him unconscious. Ethan was then reanimated by the mold and gained Sandman-like properties. This revelation is meant to answer an unsolved mystery, but it opens up so many questions that I cannot dive into for the sake of brevity. Ethan is escorted to the ceremony site by the trusty Duke and heads right to Miranda’s chamber. To his surprise, Rose has already been resurrected as both Miranda’s daughter and Eveline’s successor. Still, Ethan fights Miranda in a final boss fight that wholly makes up for the Eveline fight at the end of RE7. Ethan denies that he’s a moldy freak of nature like the rest of them but upon defeating Miranda, her power fades and he becomes weak as a result. Chris attempts to save him and Rose, but Ethan realizes the truth and fulfills his destiny. Ethan explodes Miranda’s core along with himself and the entire village as Chris, Mia, and Rose fly off into the sunset via helicopter. Several years later, an adolescent Rose visits Ethan’s gravesite before she is taken along on a mission by Umbrella, using her supernatural birth powers for good instead of evil.

Whenever I compare Resident Evil to Silent Hill, I sense respect between the two franchises as they share and borrow elements from one another, but this is too much. It’s convenient enough that Konami no longer gives a shit about their franchises, or else their team of cracked lawyers would reign death upon them in the courtrooms under accusations of plagiarism. Of course, Silent Hill does not own the premise of a father rescuing his daughter from insidious forces, or else a movie like Taken would be subject to legal action. From the ritual birthing and the resurrection that takes place, RE Village’s finale has the first Silent Hill written all over it in capital letters. When the epilogue shows Rose as a teenager, they hint at the possibility that she will pick up where Ethan left off in the next entry. So, Rose is essentially Heather? Borrowing is one thing, but paving over Silent Hill’s legacy with its main rival is downright disrespectful.


Resident Evil Village is a difficult game to dissect and critique because it’s a bit of a clusterfuck. RE7 was a greatly inspired work that retreaded the entire franchise for the better, which resulted in a concise and consistent experience, on top of being genuinely terrifying. It’s a hard act to follow, and Capcom did their best to not recreate RE7 by deviating from it. However, all of RE Village’s inspirations are from previous Resident Evil games, for better and for worse. It patches up many of RE 7’s blemishes but adds too many more from other Resident Evil games to count. The game is inconsistent and uninspired at times, and the only genuine horror section is few and far between the middling action-oriented escapades. The ending is riveting but comes across as trying too hard to be this elevated arch to redeem RE 7’s ending. Considering all of this, it might seem like Capcom failed again, but I thoroughly enjoyed RE Village despite its glaring flaws. The question is: why is RE Village not in the lower ranks among RE 5 and 6? It’s due to the apparent ambition Capcom had to make a quality product that was not present in the other sequels. Greatly deviating from RE 7’s atmosphere-latent horror adventure may have sullied the scare factor, but Resident Evil Village is still big, dumb fun, a quality that the exemplary Resident Evil titles hold.
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Erockthestrange 2022-06-08T23:52:44Z
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If you hated "Resident Evil 7", I doubt this will let you change your mind. The only difference is the setting, as this time we are provided a wider variety of locations with their own peculiar mood and gameplay dynamics. If some areas have close no combat, some become as intense as a Wolfenstein game.

The gameplay still feels a little flimsy for a AAA title, but the overall graphics and art design definitely improved, with many locations that were really cool to walk around and explore. Getting back to the village and opening new doors each time was probably the most satisfying part of my journey.

We shouldn't worry about the plot much as it's a mere excuse to get us through different creatures from Eastern European folklore, but I got a feeling that they decided to change direction very late in development, as if they really wanted to do that opening scenes but were not sure about how to connect it to the rest and wrap the whole thing up. Anyway, who cares about Rose? All I wanted to do was unlock recipes and upgrade my weapons just to please the Duke.
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Goddamn that baby in the doll house. scared me completely shitless.
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Im so damn happy that Capcom managed to continue Resident Evil's high quality while still innovating the franchise. Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to VII, and obviously should only be played after that one, as the story revelations will have more impact if you played VII beforehand.

The plot is resident evil camp at its best, somehow managing to line careful line of b movie horror, in which the characters are serious about the situation but there are also a lot of campy moments, notably with the interactions with the villains and Duke (the vendor). Lots of memorable moments, some of which still made me grin in repeat playthroughs.

Visually the game is stunning, both in terms of texture quality but also the realistic depiction of eastern europe houses and castles. The same could be said for the animation quality, and it all adds to make the game really immersive. It comes at the price of a lack of environment interaction, but that didnt bother me in RE2 and it doesnt bother me here. It seems that Capcom has the mind in the right place and avoids wasting game development resources on tiny things that dont matter in the long run.

Gameplaywise it delivers some upgrades over VII. Its still first person, and marries tense combat encounters with survival horror exploration. The gunplay is much better this time around, with better gun feel and impact, not to mention enemies that are much more diverse and enjoyable to fight. Plenty of bosses as well, and even if some are a bit gimmicky, these can be beaten fast, and on the whole they are all fun to fight. Each boss zone is based around a certain type of horror, and that gives the game a lot of variety.

The best part of the game however is really the exploration side of things. Village presents a literal village to be explored throughout most of the campaign, as you unlock new tools and progressively open up new houses and paths. There are quite a few big secrets to find, and its really satisfying to clear the map. This makes the later half of the game effectively diminuish in the horror department, and almost starts to feel like an RPGlite, but the execution is so spot on that i dont mind.

The exploration is key in the most complete first playthrough, but really reveals its greatness with repeated playthroughs on higher dificulties or doing challenge runs (speedruns, no healing, no use of vendor... or all at the same time!). As the combat gets easier with more play, the game really incentivizes repeat playthroughs and weird challenges to unlock weapons to use on the campaign, in a very similar system that is present in RE3. Its a great way to encourage replayability, but the truth is that it wouldnt encourage anything if the core game wasnt great already.

This is top tier resident evil for me, doesnt quite reach the heights of RE2 Remake or RE4, but still comfortably in third place. Its not a deeply emotional game, but just a fantastically fun action horror ride from beginning to end.
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  • ... 2024-02-03 14:43:40.771375+00
    The Unchartedificion of RE
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  • Bengals 2024-02-05 04:50:55.424769+00
    Replaying this after a couple years and 4remake makes me appreciate just how inspired Capcom was here. I really hope they do something equally unique for RE9 and don't just play it safe (especially with remakes). Mother Miranda et al are so memorable and manage to have the charm of villains from earlier games like 0 and Code Veronica without being entirely laughable. the gothic vibe is so perfect and the tension/pacing is constant. genuinely a masterpiece.
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  • Bengals 2024-02-05 04:53:11.194639+00
    Also is it just me or is this game visually wayyy more stunning re4 remake... plus the HDR is literally some of the best I've ever seen
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  • cassio_ 2024-02-26 18:18:08.835348+00
    most soulless RE game ever, I love RE4 original campiness but this is just lazy and uninspired
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    • Bengals 2024-03-12 13:06:36.660445+00
      How is it soulless lol
    • A_Latin_Guy 2024-03-16 17:52:58.936661+00
      No, that'd be RE6
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  • effy_95 2024-03-01 14:52:46.144001+00
    it is basically an RE4 rehash with a bit too much of Van Hellsing spice (replace dracula with the Alcina)
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  • marco29 2024-03-31 23:06:59.98097+00
    this game is great
    the art design is amazing and the variety of enemies and locations makes it shine even more, the gameplay of this one makes RE7 look really simple in comparison
    yea the story is stupid and campy, but in a good self-aware way
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  • mcluskyism 2024-04-10 17:15:30.146909+00
    outside of the visuals, the Factory and last boss fight, this is such a lackluster experience. I'm glad they returned to form with RE4R, but hopefully this pattern of one good game followed by one mid/bad game doesn't carry over to IX.
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