The Resident Evil series has been a fan favorite for over two decades, with its mixture of horror and action gameplay, iconic characters, and engaging storylines. With so many games in the series, it’s easy to overlook some of the lesser-known entries that have been forgotten over time. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at 12 Resident Evil games you may have forgotten existed.
Resident Evil Survivor
Released in 2000 for the PlayStation, Resident Evil Survivor was an early attempt to combine the horror elements of Resident Evil with a light gun game. Unfortunately, the game was poorly received due to its clunky controls and lack of depth. The game’s light gun functionality was removed from the North American version following the Columbine High School massacre. It spawned a sequel, but both games are best left in the dustbin of gaming history.
Resident Evil Code: Veronica
Originally released for the Dreamcast in 2000, Resident Evil Code: Veronica is widely considered one of the best games in the series. It’s a true sequel to Resident Evil 2 but was given a different name because it didn’t release on PlayStation originally. The GameCube and PS2 versions of the game, dubbed Veronica X, remain the easiest way to play it in 2023, though the HD version for PS3 and Xbox 360 is also a good choice. Fans are eagerly awaiting a remake.
Resident Evil Gaiden
Released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color, Resident Evil Gaiden is a top-down survival-horror game set on a passenger ship. It features clunky first-person combat and stars series heartthrob Leon S. Kennedy, as well as returning mentor figure Barry Burton. Capcom has long-since scrubbed it from the series’ canon, but it’s sometimes considered underrated for a Game Boy Color game.
Resident Evil Zero
Released in 2002 for the GameCube, Resident Evil Zero is a prequel to the game that started it all, set one day before the original. It’s significantly more difficult than previous entries in the series, while returning to the slow, count-every-bullet fundamentals established in its first two games. Unlike other games on this list, Zero is easily playable on modern-day consoles.
Resident Evil Outbreak
Released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, Resident Evil Outbreak is a co-op horror game set in Raccoon City during the events of Resident Evil 2. The game relied on the PS2’s fledgling internet support for its basic functionality, allowing players to pool resources and use their character’s unique abilities to get through a number of scenarios. The game’s servers shut down in 2011, but there have been attempts to revive it in recent years.
Resident Evil: Dead Aim
Released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, Resident Evil: Dead Aim is another attempt to combine Resident Evil’s horror elements with a light gun game. It received mixed reviews, with many criticizing its clunky controls and lack of depth. It’s best left to hardcore fans of the series.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
Released in 2007 for the Wii, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is an on-rails shooter that retells the events of the first three games in the series, as well as some original content. It was praised for its immersive gameplay and use of the Wii’s motion controls.
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
Released in 2009 for the Wii, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a sequel to The Umbrella Chronicles that retells the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. It was praised for its improved graphics and storytelling.