Worst to First: Resident Evil
To celebrate Halloween, Arcade Sushi is taking you back to Raccoon City. Just as Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Mummy were replaced by Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Ghostface, Chucky and Freddy Kruger over the years, the zombie has become this generation's new face of horror. Mainly due to the success of George Romero's original Living Dead trilogy (his more recent entries? not so much) and The Walking Dead television series, zombies are all the rage in cinematic horror. The video game scene started dealing with zombies long before Rick Grimes became a household name, but Romero's classic trilogy of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead remains the biggest influence in how zombies get portrayed in most contemporary video games, and you can't talk about zombies and video games without going in-depth about the Resident Evil series.
Resident Evil is one of the first video games to feature zombies in a Romero-like manner. After so many sequels and spin-offs over the years, it's time we ranked the series in ascending order to see what it takes to create a successful zombie game. Capcom has started to stray from the path over the past few entries of the franchise, resulting in a larger focus on action-oriented gameplay and less of survival horror, but a good game is a good game regardless of its premise or genre, just as long as it's done correctly. So mix a few herbs together, stay away from the windows and make sure you reload when no one is around, because it's time we go to Raccoon City and beyond as we rank the Resident Evil series from worst to first.