Right off the bat, I must admit that I’ve never had a significant interest in the Resident Evil series. It’s not because I never tried out the games or didn’t see any of the films. It just hasn’t been a brand that has drawn me in. Yet, I am quick to give the series its props as it has captivated its audience since its debut in the 1990s. In video gaming, “survival horror” and Resident Evil seem to go hand-in-hand like frosting on a cake. The latest iteration, Resident Evil Village was released just a few days ago and it has the potential to be the series’ most popular entry ever.
Although I’ve only played roughly 10 hours on my own of Resident Evil’s entire series, I’m still familiar with its history and lore. I enjoyed watching my friends play the earlier versions of Resident Evil when I was younger and also thought the first film was one of the best movies ever made based on a video game. My lack of interest comes from personal preference and has nothing to do with the quality of the Resident Evil brand itself but more of its gameplay style and mechanics. The games told their stories through exploration and puzzles with action sprinkled in. As a result, particularly with the earlier games, I found them to be tedious and slow at times. But that’s me. I’m also the same person who found it difficult to get into The Last of Us series, which is beloved by many gamers.
When I first started hearing information about Resident Evil Village, all of the attention was on the game’s main antagonist, Lady Dimitrescu. Incorporating such an alluring female villain was a brilliant move on Capcom’s part. Also, she has daughters that are likely to serve in the mini-boss role throughout the game. There is no doubt that the bulk of Resident Evil players are male. So a female vampire character like Dimitrescu is sure to draw interest from many male gamers. And I have never seen such an interest in a Resident Evil character before as gamers have shown for Dimitrescu. Sure, Dr. X and Nemesis have long held the crown as being the top two antagonists within the series. But what I’ve read and seen with Dimitrescu is on a whole another level.
Having such strong central female characters may also attract more female players to the game. Resident Evil has had plenty of female characters over the years from Jill Valentine and Claire Redfield to Ada Wong and Eveline. Many of the most popular females in Resident Evil lore were protagonists although antagonists such as Marguerite Baker from Resident Evil 7 certainly left an impression on players. But Dimitrescu will probably change that. Not only do I envision more females than ever playing the latest iteration of Resident Evil, but it will likely draw newcomers to the series as a whole who may want to find out what all the hype is about.
By all accounts, it appears that gamers are thrilled with the latest Resident Evil. Metacritic scores for the game have fared very well and I’ve been seeing a plethora of 8’s and 9’s from individual reviews. I would imagine Resident Evil fans will be adding Resident Evil Village to their collections very promptly. If you have played the demo and/or the full game, I would love for you to share your thoughts on the game, especially how it plays on next-gen consoles.
I can remember the excitement that gamers had when the very first Resident Evil came out and it is amazing that in 2021 that games are still being created within that brand. It has long been one of Capcom’s greatest exclusives. And it won’t be ending anytime soon.