I can’t wait to see what kind of flak I’m going to get for this one. My apologies to those of you who enjoy every single game in the series.
Moving on from that… if you know anything about me, then you know I’m a huge fan of Resident Evil. I’ve been deeply entwined in its story—I sort of feel like I’d offend someone if I referred to it as lore—for nearly fifteen years, since I was about eight. I grew up on this new survival horror genre, thoroughly engaged in the canon stories up to and including Code Veronica X. Despite the many changes I knew were coming, I still looked forward to Resident Evil 4, only to be thoroughly disappointed with it. It wasn’t a bad game, but it just wasn’t Resident Evil; I think I would have liked it so much more if it were the same thing but with different characters and a different IP.
Resident Evil 5 lost me a little bit since it differed even further from it, but I still enjoyed it more than 4. Maybe it’s because I first met Chris—granted, he wasn’t on steroids yet—so many years ago, and I just didn’t connect with Leon in the sequel, but I still played a ton of that with a friend on the PC. I hated the story like with the previous game, and I especially hated its conclusion, but the actual gameplay wasn’t so bad.
Where am I going with this? As October draws closer, I’m finding myself a little nervous about Resident Evil 6. It seems like it might be a decent mesh for old- and new-school fans alike, but will it really define a perfect mixture of the two genres? I’m not really thrilled about Leon being the guy I have to use to revisit the old survival horror genre, but I’m glad there’s even that angle to begin with. Most of all, I’m looking forward to just getting the chance to play it on my computer; Capcom usually delivers well when it comes to PC games, so RE6 should be no different.
Do you think Resident Evil 6 will be the one that defies all the rules and allows old survival horror fans to play well with the new action fans? Let us know in the comments!