Last night I was at a party and someone (who lived at the house) said he had Resident Evil 5. I haven’t played many games lately, PC or console, but I’d seen screenshots from RE5 and they looked cool, and being a lifelong fan of the Resident Evil series, I wanted to check out RE5, so he showed it to me and let me play it for a while.
The game I played was a third-person action shooter.
Resident Evil 4, also, was a third-person action shooter.
Is this the direction the series is going to head in for good? Third person action shooters can be fun, but the Resident Evil series always had a unique concept - “survival horror.” The games weren’t really action games - they were exploration games, with a lot of scary moments. The “horror” part came from all the startling moments when a zombie or creature would come crashing through the window or something. The enemies were fairly few and far between - it was the atmosphere of the environments, and the tension of always wondering whether something was going to jump out at you, that created the scariness.
When you have to fight a million enemies at every stage of the game, it’s no longer scary, because there’s nothing to contrast the scary moments with. When there’s just nonstop shooting, it’s pretty hard to ever be startled by anything.
(Also the enemies were fucking stupid - Zulu warriors with spears and rocket-powered crossbows?)
And I was pretty disappointed with the general “look” of the game, too. Washed-out, dull, brownish-gray everything. The mansions in RE1 and RE2 had vibrant colors and very distinctive settings for every screen, truly making the most of the still-rendered backgrounds. I don’t know if they’re going for more “realism” now with the game’s visual appearance or what, but the ultimate result of it is monotony.
I really enjoyed the “Survival Horror” genre. I liked Resident Evil, RE2 and 3 and Code Veronica, the little-known “Clock Tower” for PS1, the Dino Crisis games, and the early Silent Hills. They were really scary. But now it seems like this genre does not exist anymore. It has morphed into just being action games.
What’s the deal here? Is this because gamers aren’t as patient as they used to be or something? I realize that the item-finding quests of the old Resident Evils could be really time consuming, with all the backtracking, but IMO the great moments of terror when something would suddenly attack you made it worthwhile. The new RE has none of that - it just seems to be mindless blasting, and I don’t like it.
Thoughts? Are there any “real” survival horror games coming out for the new consoles?