So its almost been a year since the last time I have ever written anything after suffering from a massive writer's block so I thought should start off with a reflection of the Resident Evil series since the next game in the series will be coming out next week.
First time I ever heard about Resident Evil was from a fellow class mate in high school who was describing the claws of the tyrant from the first game which lead me to buying my first Playstation but unfortunately I didn't start playing Resident Evil from the first game and instead started playing Resident Evil 2 all the way through. Resident Evil 2 was very scary to me since there wasn't a lot of games back then that advanced on the jump factor of the horror genre at the time. Resident Evil 2 made you feel like something was about jump out and kill you at every corner with scarce ammo to defend yourself with and very little health to start with. My favorite character was Claire, who searched the city of the dead for her lost brother Chris, which I sort of related to from being a big brother and other things but I didn't care much for Leon outside of being the only surviving law enforcement in that game. I still wonder who that mystery girl was at the end of the senario B was because I'm not entirely sure it was the person everyone thinks it was.
I came across the original Resident Evil out of a bargain bin back when EB Games were called Electronic Boutique. I didn't pay attention to the bad dialog and I seemed to like both of the main characters equally but that game did not need jump factor as the lack of background music in parts of the manor plus the howling and other crazy noises that you heard was enough to scare the pants off me until finally stop being such a wuss and played the game through. The story was not terribly in depth but if it wasn't for playing Resident Evil 2 first then I would have given back Resident Evil but everybody loves a good back story so I kept it.
By the time Resident Evil 3 came out, I was used to the traditional Resident Evil game play however I notice it got less scary and more gun toting. I also saw Jill had a little bit more personality than the ditsy and scared little soldier girl trying to survivor a manor full of monsters which was a good thing. the monsters were the same as the last three games with the exception of the Nemesis which wasn't all frightening but rather an annoying pest that just wouldn't stay dead. It was so frustrating that by the end of the game, Jill was trying to kill the Nemesis out of shear aggravation rather than just trying to survive. The UBC were a night plot hole filler but they had no personality except for Carlos which was another character that I didn't care for and hope to never see again. I have no words for Nicholai which I thought was a shotty excuse for a human antagonist and glad to see what came to him.
Moving on from there, I didn't get to play Code Veronica until it came to the Playstation 2 with its own brigade of Resident Evil side stories that didn't make a single foot note in the main story line. If your not going to be any where involved in the main plot line, then it should not even share the same name and no; Resident Evil: Outbreak should not even existed in the first place. Back to Code Veronica; I'm glad to see they put the eerie-ness and uneasy feeling back into Resident evil when that game came out. it was even more difficult than the second game with ammo scarcity all over the place. The story and the characters were interesting and I admit that I felt regret when they put Claire in the situation of killing somebody that could have been a potential love Interest. I was also shocked to see Wesker to be alive and a super powered, Neo wannabe that Chris had little chance to defeat. You can say at this point that Chris, as a character, grew on me and it was cool to see the Redfield siblings reuniting to fight off the last bit of horrors that Umbrella had kept on ice; so to speak.
Sometime after this game was made, Capcom to decide to remake the original and later on make a prequel to the remade original which I admit that I was too cheap to buy a gamecube just for those reasons alone plus at that point in my life, I despised prequels and I wasn't going to buy the same game that I already had no matter how much they revamped the story and the game. I heard from several friends that the game was definitely scary and worth playing which I'm sure it is but I'll never play it for some reason after another.
Resident Evil 4 was eventually re-released for the Playstation 2 and it was the characters and monsters that killed it for me. I didn't like the idea of Leon surviving the zombie horror of Raccoon City only to become a bad ass body guard for the President's daughter and the daughter was so annoying that I wish I drown her in the lake. they made yet another character just like Nicholai from Resident Evil 3 in the form of a soldier name Krauser. Most of the time in the game, he was just a unwanted nuisance hiding between powerful antgonists and side characters that meant to give us a shock to the system. By the time i beat the game, I liked Leon even less but happy to see a sort of happy ending outside ominous question mark ending.
When Resident evil 5 came out, I enjoyed playing as Chris again and even though Jill wasn't his partner anymore, it was pretty shocking to see her role in the game and Sheva was an ok character that wasn't terribly interesting. At that point, Resident Evil stopped being scary for me and started to be more of an action series which I accepted because everyone has to run out ideas of being scary eventually. I mean the horror genre of movies and some game series are essentially dead at this point. this game gave closure for me with a lot of old characters and old enemies and when it got to the end, despite the crazy gun kung fu along the way, I could see Capcom pulling the plug on the Resident Evil series and even accepted this but instead they release a massive list of side stories that involved main plot characters with game play less entertaining than whats in the original series.
now the sixth entry will be coming out soon and i've seen previews of what is in stored for our heroes and to me, it looks like one giant plot hole from Hell but I think the what is less frightening about it are the zombies. But If I can get use to Splinter Cell becoming a Jason Borne video game rip off then I'm sure I can get used to the action within Resident Evil 6 but honestly, I though I saw someone in that game use a infected, fully intact, zombie as a bullet shield. Would you honestly use a zombie as a bullet shield while knowing that they can infect with a single bite? Oh well; I guess I will see for myself read