Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, is a first- and third-person shooter survival horror game series created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara and developed and published by Capcom. The story follows outbreaks of zombies and other monsters created mainly by the Umbrella Corporation. The first game in the series was released in 1996, taking place in a mansion overrun with zombies. The franchise has grown to encompass numerous sequels of various genres, incorporating elements of action, exploration, and puzzle solving.
- Resident Evil (game): A 1996 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The first installment in the series, it follows Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, members of an elite task force known as S.T.A.R.S., as they investigate the outskirts of Raccoon City following the disappearance of their team members. They soon become trapped in a mansion infested with zombies and other monsters. Gameplay consists largely of third-person action with an added emphasis on inventory management, exploration, and puzzle solving.
- Resident Evil 2: A 1998 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The second installment in the series, it follows Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who must escape Raccoon City after its citizens are transformed into zombies by a biological weapon two months after the events of the original game. Gameplay focuses on exploration, puzzles, and combat; the main difference from its predecessor is the branching paths, with each player character having unique storylines and obstacles. A remake was released in 2019.
- Resident Evil 4: A 2005 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The sixth major installment in the series, it follows U.S. government special agent Leon Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue the president's daughter Ashley Graham, who has been kidnapped by a cult. In a rural part of Europe, Leon fights hordes of villagers infected by a mind-controlling parasite and reunites with the spy Ada Wong. The game pioneered the "over the shoulder" third-person view perspective in video games and is widely considered to be one of the best video games of all time.
- Resident Evil 5: A 2009 third-person shooter game developed and published by Capcom. The seventh major installment in the series, it follows Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) agents Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar, who investigate a terrorist threat in Kijuju, a fictional region of Africa. Chris soon learns that he must confront his past in the form of an old enemy, Albert Wesker, and his former partner, Jill Valentine. The game the first in the series designed for two-player co-op gameplay the first to depart from the survival horror genre, critics saying it bore more resemblance to an action game.
- Resident Evil 6: A 2012 third-person shooter game developed and published by Capcom. The ninth major installment in the series, it follows the perspectives of four characters: Chris Redfield, former member and founder of the BSAA who is traumatized by a failed operation; Leon S. Kennedy, a Raccoon City survivor and agent of the U.S. government; Jake Muller, an illegitimate son of Albert Wesker and associate of Sherry Birkin; and Ada Wong, a freelance agent framed for the bio-terrorist attacks by the antagonistic corporation Neo-Umbrella. They must all confront the force behind a massive bio-terrorist attack with the newly developed C-virus in cities across the world. Gameplay is centered around their four interwoven storylines, in which each player-character has unique abilities and styles.
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: A 2017 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The eleventh major installment in the series, it follows Ethan Winters, who searches for his wife in a derelict plantation occupied by a cannibal family, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. The game returns to the franchise's survival horror roots and is the first main series game to use the first-person view.
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