Best Resident Evil Games (Main Games)


The Top Ten

1 Resident Evil 4

Easily the best game of the series. The journey you go through by going through an infected village full of people trying to kill you. Only to head into a castle full of druids. And finally an island based army just to save and bring Claire home. The controls are amazing. And this game just gives you so much action.

Great game, best game of resident evil series

The best game and I play all RE games before but this game was awesome even inspired other great games as Dead space and Gears of war

no such type of survival exist in any part of this series game or any other survival horror game came in history of games till now.

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2 Resident Evil 2

I never played this but I watch it I think it's a really good game

A remake that makes me cry. Words cannot describe how satisfying this remake is. Definitely not putting it down any time soon.

RE2 is AMAZE-BALLS! It's the best in the franchise. SO excited for the remake! - Sharkiis

Best one by far. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic.

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3 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Definitelly the best in the whole franchise! It is in fact, very similar to RE2 but has some advantages over like better graphic, new moves, better sounds/music and this atmosphere of dying Raccoon City. Nemesis is by far, the best villain of all Resident evil games.

The Nemesis is the best villain in RE. You are always frightened he's going to come out of no where and attack you. That element was lost after RE3.

This was also the only game to use the, "choose your own adventure" factor. I loved seeing what decisions you made impacted and changed the game. Another dimension that added horror to the game play.

RE3 also gave the quick turn, dodging and good twist. I remember the relief I felt when I got to the bell tower and saw the chopper coming in to save me. Then the Nemesis blowing it up and knowing the game was about to get harder. Great writing! Great fun! - cws480

The first RE game I played back when I was about 7. And I enjoy playing it now I'm 23 just as much as I did back then this game has the best boss in any RE games (in my opinion) and even with the crappy graphics its still scary. Its also one of the last TRUE resident evils (except from a couple of side games) as far as I'm concerned 4, 5 and 6 have pretty much killed resident evil off. Yeah their pretty good games but they are not good resident evil games. This one is a true RE classic survival horror

Favorite resident evil game, I loved nemesis he was the best, he was so bloody scary and how he follows you everywhere and runs after you... And I love wondering around the dead and lonely city. A beautiful and classic game.

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4 Resident Evil

This is better than re3 and re 7 sucks

Resident Evil Remake is the best Resident Evil because it took everything from the original and updated it. In the remake you can do a 180 turn around, the mansion is lit properly, and the story is tightened up with no loose ends. Resident Evil Remake is the perfect Resident Evil. Very atmospheric, based solely surviving, has the best cast of characters. This game is truly what Resident Evil is all about. While Resident Evil 4 is a good game it is a terrible Resident Evil. It seems like most people on the internet jump on the bandwagon that Resident Evil 4 is perfection and what Resident Evil should be. That game is nothing like Resident Evil there is no need to save progress, no need to save ammo, brightly lit, goofy enemies and a lame ending. Resident Evil 4 is a great over the shoulder shooter that happens to involve Resident Evil 2 Characters but don't be fooled it is nothing of the sort. Play Resident Evil Remake to get a feel of what Resident Evil is.

Resident Evil is the definition of survival horror, you have to be scared and at the same time you have to have that feeling of "I'm gonna die soon", being low on herbs, low on ammo, hell sometimes you couldn't even save game because you didn't have Ink. That's what Resident Evil is about, and you have to remember Resident Evil 1 is the one that created the whole story, and it's also the one with the better characters and most impacting scenes.

I can't believe so many people are rating RE4 as the best, they are probably "newcomers" to the saga. For real, Resident evil with a shop, with 6 weapons, with A LOT of ammo, saving every 2 minutes or even the "re-start" button, a game based on Spain but with Mexicans doing the voice-act? The story was kinda good and the villains were interesting as well, the game is fun but it's nowhere close to the survival horror feeling that previous Resident Evils had. The only RE close to the first one is RE2 but ...more

This is my favourite Resident Evil game along with Resident Evil:The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil:Darkside Chronicles, Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil 5:Gold Edition, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil : Code Veronica X, Resident Evil Outbreak and Resident Evil Outbreak File #2.

Resident Evil Remake is better than Resident Evil because the graphics are much better than Resident Evil but still I like both them. This game has so many things to do like kill zombies, use weapons to survive, solve puzzles and enjoy the storyline of the game. - special-ops

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5 Resident Evil Code Veronica

Totally underrated in my opinion. Code Veronica was the start of my interest in Resident Evil. One day, I found it while looking at games for PS2 and wondered what a Resident Evil game was like and popped this game in ASAP. Beautiful soundtrack. And if I’m being honest, one of the hardest Resident Evil games I have played. I have completed every Resident Evil game and I believe that making it to the Tyrant on the airplane with limited ammo forcing you to restart the entire damn game makes this game so difficult. And you are already halfway done with the game at that point. But other than that, I was glad to see a Resident Evil in which Claire’s own journey to find her brother was focused on. I know how I said that this was the beginning of my Resident Evil interest but after playing the others, I appreciate the gap that this game filled. Once again, can we just take some time to appreciate how epic the soundtrack was? Like oh my god the versions of the “Berceuse” played in ...more - 22Blue

Either this or Resident Evil 2. I give this one extra points for being on the best game console ever, the dreamcast. This was such a great game. The story, graphics, and it was just like the old ones. When the series was still survival horror.

It was between this or 2. This for two reasons, it's on the dreamcast (best system) and it was the final installment that was a survival horror game. (Not counting remakes, I'm talking chronologically)

The story was awesome! And every thing in the game was much better than any other resident evil game.

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6 Resident Evil 5

This game was terrible - Sharkiis

This game was as good as RE 4, maybe even better. Chris came back with awesome look, style. The graphics was brilliant, the story was great - Magnolia

May be the newest title, but is the best, and it brought the T-Virus back in a way that made sense. - KMS0694

Though this is the game where the franchise jumped the shark, or in this case punched the boulder, it's still a decent game in the series.

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7 Resident Evil 6

This game was even worse than 5 and that's saying something.___. - Sharkiis

I love this game! 4 scenarios to play (Leon, Chris, Jake, and Ada) The story is amazing. Oh, and the mini games such as The mercenaries, Agent hunt, predator mode and others are simply awesome!

No matter what people say, even if you hate it or not, you still played it and don't you dare say you didn't crack a smile half-way through, especially playing with a friend.
OF COURSE, it's not old school RE. But let's be serious, now... It had an overall good plot and smooth gameplay.
Let's not mention the characters that were scene-stealers.
So, in the end...

Leon, Ada, Chris and Sherry returns in this Resident Evil game with new characters including Jake Muller and Helena Harper. The zombie monsters are much more scarier and 4 campaign stories are epically awesome!

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8 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

This game return to past and for this I like

The best resident evil game ever you can play as all the resident evil characters you know in love and it's awesome

This resident evil game should be in the top 5 it was so much fun I love it more than resident evil 5

One of the best resident evil games ever

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9 Resident Evil: Revelations

RE revelations has always been my #1 and will always have a place in my heart. I remember playing it when I was like 7 on my older brother's 3DS and that was sooo scary to me back then. So since that little memory, I've always loved it. - Sharkiis

This is so scary that I have to pause every time I turn a corner so I can be ready for the scare because this has a super creepy atmosphere.

Campom is going back to classic style resident evil, after porting it to all consoles it can easily become classic

This was the first Resident Evil game I played. One day I was just playing on my Wii U and I downloaded the demo. Loved the game so then I got the full version.

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10 Resident Evil Zero

Love how they told the story from the STARS bravo team perspective via Rebecca Chambers and also the outstanding new character Billy Coen. The game also innovatively introduce character swapping or cooperation between the two characters while ditching the inventory chest system instead, adopt the item dropping system. Very atmospheric, good level and monster design while introducting James Marcus the main villain and the creator of the T-Virus.

Playing through it right now! It's really good so far. I love how it's placed on a train on the first part too! :D - Sharkiis

Resident evil zero was a great addition to the original franchise introducing the leeches and the beginning of umbrella. It also incorporated new ideas such as the coop options and dropping your items anywhere when you're carrying to much. This is deserving to be in the top 5 of this list.

One of the best resident evil game after nemesis and remake I have ever play

The Contenders

11 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

This should be higher than 6 such a good game

Get this higher than 6

I loved this game! It was between Codename: Veronica, 2, and this one!

This one and the remake oh the second game are the best ones. - BekoT.

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12 Resident Evil: Revelations 2

I thought this was a very interesting resident evil game with having older characters like Barry Burton and Claire Redfield and then having two new characters Moira Burton and 9 year old Natalia.

I really love the revelations game, both of them, they mix the best of the new games (RE4, 5 and 6) with the old horror and atmosphere. A must have for RE fans.

I played re 5 and nemesis but in comparison this is the first game I see as a true horror game with the sound the dark and all the details that makes you open your eyes widely while playing
Really awesome

Great story

13 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Best rail shooter games

Loved it really fun

14 Resident Evil Outbreak

I absolutely loved this game because it showed what all was happening during the beginning of the outbreak where you play as civilians trying to make out alive and the boss in the last two chapters were so difficult.

I really love this game! - MeeMeeCandy777

15 Resident Evil (Gamecube Remake)

This is just the best. It's the one that actually makes you feel like you're in a survival horror game. Every time you move from one corridor to another there's something to build suspense especially zombies turning into crimson heads

While the original game hasn't aged well, Capcom decided to remake the game from scratch and re-release it for the Gamecube. Sure it didn't sell very well (Nintendo wasn't known for darker games at the time), but this is the perfect reimagening of the game that started the franchise.

Better visuals, better voice acting, better controls, better scares, better everything. Simply put, a remake done right.

16 Resident Evil Outbreak File 2
17 Resident Evil: Dead Aim

This was a great resident evil game

18 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

I enjoy this game more than 5 and 6. Classic gameplay, fun for multiplayer. - marmalade_skies

Better than darkside Chronicles

19 Resident Evil: The Mercenaries

Not as good as Revelations but it's still pretty awesome. - Alpha101

Really fun resident evil game

20 Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Great remake they got rid of the camera they made mr x cool but scary
The kickers are still annoying the music is great overall great remake they Better remake resident evil 3 nemesis

A phenomenal restructure of the second game in the Resident Evil franchise. The newer mechanics with the familiar environment was outstanding. Very interesting gameplay. I recommend this game for any Resident Evil fans. In my opinion, I believe it smart to not start with this game necessarily for some reasons.

Some complain that Mr. X is too hard.

If you know how Resident Evil works, you know that they throw obstacles at you like rice at a wedding. There’s also a fight or flight response that is usually triggered as well. And it is highly suggested that you use the flight method on an enemy that won't budge if you shoot it after the 3rd bullet. So start with the originals to see how you must conserve ammo and how you might need to run instead of killing everything you see.

Some say that the zombies are bullet sponges

Yes, I will agree that many encounters on this game make you feel as if you wasted a ton of bullets. But once again, Resident Evil players ...more - 22Blue

21 Resident Evil: Survivor

Best Resident Evil ever.

22 Resident Evil Gaiden

Good re game for gameboy

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