Horror is a massive genre. Ranging from Night of the Living dead to Alien, horror flicks have been around for decades and they continue to evolve and get more and more terrifying as the world gets more and more advanced. In Night of the Living Dead in the 1960s several survivors are fighting for their lives stuck in a house with zombies surrounding them. In Paranormal activity the entire concept is that it is a true found footage movie that actually happened, and it wouldn’t be possible without our more modern portable cameras of today. While the latter might not be a good horror movie, it is still a horror movie and shows how our world has evolved from fighting off zombies with a single barrel shot gun to filming supposed demon spirits with what is supposed to be a hand held camera.
All good horror movies deserve a good sequel, and most get them. While some aren’t good, if they are given good resources then if the first one was good then so is the sequel. Most good sequels and even originals have inspired their own video game, from Friday 13th to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, there were several adaptations of horror movies during the 1980s. Eventually game developers started to realize that the genre was worthwhile and a game called Alone in the Dark was released. In it you have fixed camera angles and are walking around the house. It was a horror game of back in the day and inspired one of the best horror creators to develop their masterpiece.
Shinji Mikami had been hired by Capcom to work on Disney games and after four years of working there he decided to set his sights on the PlayStation. This game was originally designed with aliens and as a first person shooter but later evolved into what we know today as Resident Evil. It was released in 1996 to a very positive reception and is one of the only video game horror series to inspire movies. This was the first game in the series but only the first Resident Evil Game that Shinji Mikami would direct. The second game was directed by someone knew and Mikami didn’t return to direct until Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 was strongly considered to have breathed new life into the series, however the next main installment did not do favorable compared to the prior game.
Resident Evil 5 was received with mixed reception. After moving from fixed camera angles in the third game to a moveable camera and full 3D in the fourth, many expect advancement in the series that would bring it into the modern era. Recent horror titles such as Dead Spacehad moved the bar for how scary and intense a horror game could be and when Resident Evil 5 came out, it fell flat. You couldn’t run and gun, the pacing wasn’t the best, and it was barely scary. Many hoped the next full game in the series would do the title justice.
Here comes the shit.
Resident evil 6 was released in 2013 and was terrible in comparison to the height of the franchise and even to the previous installment. It strayed so far from its roots that it should no longer be classified as a survival horror game due to the game being filled with action. While there were zombies in this game, there were so many that they could never actually scare you (another problem with the previous title as well). It was ambitious with several campaigns and made some advancement in the game play, but all in all was still pretty shitty.
Resident evil was best when it is slow paced. When you get the feeling that everything is too quiet and then a zombie dog jumps and you and you pee your pants. That is what used to make the Resident Evil games great. I will always remember the first time I play RE 4; I was scared so much that I couldn’t sleep for days, and yet I kept playing. Good games don’t have to be filled with action, a slow paced game can be just as good if not sometimes better than a fast paced one (see: Papers Please vs. BioShock Infinite). The gameplay of the old games worked so well and it was brought to the modern era with RE4, and yet still no game has been better than that since.
More Action = better game!
Capcom seem to think that putting more and more action into their games will make them better when sometimes we want to step back, smell the roses, and get scared shitless when they wrap around your hand and cut it off. Resident Evil deserves a true come back because the recent games haven’t done it justice. Because the series is based off of scaring people and not having hundreds of zombies charge at you, leave that
to the Left for Dead’s of the world. To be fair Capcom have said the next installment will go back to their roots, but unless Mikami returns, or someone like him, I find it hard to believe that this will actually happen although I hold some semblance of hope.
Without Resident Evil we wouldn’t have such great games as Dead Space, if their sequels were also more action packed. The first game was good because of the slow pace, just like resident Evil. In this modern day, we need a true sequel to Resident Evil. We need a game that will scare the pants off of us, because without it our world will simply not be scary enough.