Resident Evil 4 Was The Last Good One (Except Revelations 2, shhh)
Capcom have forgotten how to make a good Resident Evil game. Resi 4 was a last hurrah for the series, somehow managing to blur over the shoulder blasting with a sense that you were still out of your depth.
Leon Kennedy was a man on the edge, trying to rescue the president’s daughter from her travels on Europe while contending with homicidal villagers infected with a bold new disease. It was a twist on the Resident Evil formula without being a complete break from tradition. They even used the new formula to inject tension with a truly memorable siege section featuring the most terrifying enemy I’ve ever seen: Mr Chainsaw Bag-Face.
That’s probably not his real name.
Then Resident Evil 5 came out and it was largely a co-op action game. Walking muscle-mountain Chris Redfield was dispatched to Africa to shoot the.. homicidal villagers infected with the… same disease. Somehow despite taking exactly the same steps as Resident Evil 4 they’d made a game somehow worse. They even took Mr Chainsaw Bag-Face and just dropped him into the game.
Resident Evil 6 was actually a good attempt to swerve back towards the main canon in terms of story (more on that in just a second) but it became immediately clear upon playing that it was the worst of the numbered entries that made up the main series.
Of course, the less said about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City the better.
Resident Evil 6 Is a Great Ending
Resident Evil 6 was actually a great touchstone to end the series with. It brings all the surviving characters in the series back together and ties off many of the stories in a reasonable way. The gameplay
There’s also the part where the president of the United States gets turned into a mutant and you have to kill him. That’s probably as good a time to call time on the main series while you still have a little bit of dignity.