Resident Evil is one of the earliest Zombie Shooter franchises – the first game was released in 1996. More than 20 years have passed and Resident Evil still managed to retain interest despite the everchanging video game market.

In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 5 best Resident Evil games to play in 2022.

1. Resident Evil 2 (Remake)

Resident Evil 2 Remake is what other developers should aspire to when creating a remake. It is hands down the best remake I have ever played.

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The two protagonists

This game is by far more terrifying than anything I remember playing in third grade. Parts in the original that have been implanted into my cerebral cortex out of sheer terror back then have now manifested themselves into brand new nightmares thanks to the modern revamp of the game's engine with the graphics being some of the most realistic horrors I've seen even in Hollywood movies. I'm on my third or fourth playthrough and I still scream like a little girl at parts. The game is terrifying. Between lickers popping out of vents, the 15-foot terminator known as Mr. X chasing you all over the place, zombies behind doors, in lockers to WHATEVER THE HELL those things in the sewers are... it's enough to give you a glimpse into quite possibly, what Hell is.

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Mr X is relentless

Iconic cutscenes, boss introductions, and other favorite parts have been altered or changed in a way that keeps the game fresh but still so grounded to its core roots. Giving new players a great and new experience while giving the veteran players something to smile at in nostalgia. Perhaps one of my favorite things in this game is the dismemberment. Really gives you that dead space sense of cutting your enemies down to a meat sack of nothing before pumping a few more rounds into their heads to make sure they're not getting back up.

1. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village is a first-person shooter survival horror developed by Capcom. The game is set in the present time, three years following the events of RE 7. Once again, the player assumes the role of Ethan Winters, who, after an unfortunate series of events, finds himself separated from his family and stranded in a remote Romanian village. Here, he will set himself on a journey to save his family and, at the same time, survive the dreadful and unforgiving place.

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The dangerous villain

Gameplay-wise, this title is beyond excellent. From frantic combat to exciting exploration, everything is fluid, well-crafted, and entertaining. Once again, Capcom opted to deviate a little from their last iteration and give Village a more significant focus on the action. At first, I was slightly skeptical about it, as the last thing I wanted was this to be just another mediocre title, with some cheap Michael Bay-style sort of action segments and uninspired gameplay — yes, I’m talking to you, RE 6. Though, to my surprise and satisfaction, it wasn’t anything like that.

In Village, they flawlessly attained the precise equilibrium between action and horror, essentially creating the perfect incorporation of RE 4 and 7 into one. Hence, even if you are not fond of this slightly more action-focused turn the game took, you shouldn’t be all worried; because, in the end, the game still manages to be a true survival horror, truthful to its roots.

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Challenging combat

The game’s heavy, bleak, and terrifying atmosphere is remarkable. Wandering within the various bewildering and interconnected rooms of Castle Dimitrescu, exploring decrepit sheds, and running in the claustrophobic corridors of a colossal factory definitely felt like a dose of adrenaline. At all times, I couldn’t help but feel this eerie and disturbing feeling of vulnerability and anxiety — always expecting a jump scare or something of the sort at every turn and corner.

3. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

Resident Evil 7 didn't lie about it "returning to the roots". The aura of the original Resident Evil is everywhere in this game, plus it doesn't shine away from the classic fans pondering with reenactments of some memorable moments from the first game.

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Resident Evil 7's bosses are super visceral and creepy

First of all - this is a game. Not a walking simulator, as some people thought it would be. It's 100% a game and the gameplay is wonderful. Gunplay is very satisfying. Resources are incredibly limited (played on the Madhouse right away) and enemies are fast and can catch up to you even if you are running. Since this is a "classic" RE - killing is optional unless it's a boss. You can run and dodge past everything. Even on the Madhouse.

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Resident Evil 7 has a lot of horror elements

Design-wise this game shines as well. As this is a classic RE - a lot of backtracking is to be expected, but it's implemented so perfectly that you don't even feel like it's backtracking. There's constantly something new in the old locations. They change their looks. Enemies appear/disappear. With newfound keys, you can get a whole different perspective on navigating through the locations.

4. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 marked a turning point in the franchise, as it was the first game in the core series that left behind many of the gameplay elements of its predecessors to bring something fresh by introducing mainstream third-person shooter mechanics.

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Essentially a big escort mission 

With this unique duality, RE4 tries to satisfy both the older RE gamers and the newer console-player generation. Both worlds get something—the old-school fans a myriad of smaller recurring elements like typewriter save spots, whereas the more action-craving players can enjoy the weapon upgrade and New Game+ system—but this double nature came with brand new problems.

These problems affect old-school players more, as they may find RE4 more of an action game with its linear levels and generous random item drops (except on Professional mode). Action gamers fare better, as their only problem may be the ancient tank controls, which did not really translate well to 3D.

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Bossfights are pretty exciting in RE4

The brilliance of RE4 lies in its balance. It is clunky as a shooter, but not clunky enough to be uncomfortable for too long. It tends to spawn enemies everywhere, but not in such numbers that the player cannot enjoy some of the level design and atmosphere. No wonder that those whose first Resident Evil was this game remember it fondly to this day. The others… well, they may prefer the purer survival horror of Resident Evil REmake or the better shooter gameplay of Resident Evil 5 instead. Still, if they want to combine both worlds, they can always come back to this classic that probably will never get completely old.

5. Resident Evil HD

This game is true horror. It completely nails the horror genre in every possible way. The gameplay will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The controls will take some getting used to if you are not used to this type of game, but you will catch on very quickly. The music is perfect, every foreboding tune perfectly compliments the imminent danger that lurks around every corner.

RE HD has the same atmosphere as the original

You will die a lot in this game, but not because the game isn't fair, more because you will learn what to do and what not to do in order to survive. This is actually one of the strong suits in the game because you will be terrified of every room that you enter, as every enemy encounter can be a live-or-die situation. In addition, when you die, you will not respawn in the same room, but rather at the last time, you saved the game, which makes you fear death that much more. I can't recommend this game enough to any serious horror fan. It's been a long time since a game truly had me scared throughout the entire experience.

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