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Our 10 Favourite Resident Evil Moments

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The best moments in the Resident Evil series

We all have those games that we’re incredibly passionate about.

We’ve played them dozens of times from when we were just wee babies to fully-grown adults and we’ve never got tired of them.

For us, that series is Resident Evil. From The Spencer Mansion to Dulvey, Louisiana, we are obsessed with Capcom’s survival horror series. We love it so much that we’ve decided to put together a list of our top 10 favourite moments from all of Resident Evil.

There be spoilers for the Resident Evil series ahead. You’ve been warned!

Jill Sandwich (Resident Evil 1)

When you first arrive at the Spencer Mansion in Resident Evil 1, it is impossible to guess what you’re getting yourself into. Unless of course, like me, you’ve played the game roughly 257 times and know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Assuming you haven’t played it as  many times as I have, it will likely come as a surprise when you go into an unsuspecting room and are suddenly about to get squished by a falling roof. Now, in the remastered version of Resident Evil 1 on the Gamecube (followed by current gen consoles a few years later), loveable fellow S.T.A.R.S member Barry Burton says a line in a more appropriate, less hilarious way than he does in the original version of the game.

Barry says: “A second late, you would have fit nicely into a sandwich,” in the remake. Respectable. Truthful. Chuckle-worthy.

Barry says: “That was too close! You were almost a Jill sandwich,” in the original. Oh Barry…

It’s a memorable line that reminds us all that the first Resident Evil was written by someone with the sense of humour of a 5-year-old.

Sassy Leon (Resident Evil 4)

It’s no doubt that Leon S. Kennedy is one of the best characters in the Resident Evil series, and almost certainly the most sassy coming out right in front of his love interest Ada Wong. Six years after the Raccoon City incident, Leon finds himself in Spain searching for the daughter of the president of the United States. Leon is attacked by cult members and monsters alike while delivering some of his best lines from the series. My favorite Leon line of all is in response to a piece of dialogue given by the villian Salazar who informs Leon that he has sent his right hand to dispose of him. Leon responds to this by saying, “Your right hand comes off?”

Such a dad joke, and yet satisfying nonetheless. Resident Evil 4 is full of Leon’s dad jokes and that is what made the world fall in love with him. Too bad Ada doesn’t like them as much as we do.

Crossdressing Alfred (Resident Evil Code Veronica X)

The story of Alfred Ashford is an interesting one. Most prominently mentioned in Resident Evil Code Veronica X, Alfred and his sister Alexia are twins as well as prominent members of a European noble house. After the death of his sister, and the events surrounding Code Veronica X, Alfred’s mental state begins to deteriorate. Alfred eventually decides to dress up as his sister in order to feel as though he’s “bringing her back from the dead” and feel as though he’s with her once more.

The moment that players realise that Alexia was actually Alfred in a dress is an iconic Resident Evil moment. I mean, he looks darn good in those elbow length white gloves, so it’s an easy mistake to make.

Boulder Punching (Resident Evil 5)

I’m a firm believer that Resident Evil 5 is one of the worst games of the series. Worse even then Resident Evil 6, but better than Operation Raccoon City (i.e. the worst piece of trash ever). Capcom made a lot of strange choices with the character of Chris Redfield in the fifth instalment, most prominently those muscles. We get it, Chris beefed up, that’s cool. But no human man can move a boulder just by punching the crap out of it.

In a world where Albert Wesker can see at night in those sunglasses that he never takes off, zombies exist and are constantly trying to eat you, and Excella can wear that really revealing dress without a nip slip, I still think that Chris being able to punch a boulder at the end of Resident Evil 5 is the most unbelievable moment of the series. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. I’m between a rock and a hard place here.

A “Handy” Souvenir (Resident Evil 7)

I loved last year’s Resident Evil 7. I climbed aboard that hype train and toot-tooted all the way from beginning to end. Being the very first FPS Resident Evil game, there was a lot of apprehension from fans of the series, but in the end the game was done beautifully and impressed us at every turn. One of the more memorable moments of the game happens towards the beginning when protagonist Ethan is dealing with his infected wife Mia who seems less than happy with Ethan’s presence in Louisiana.

In her frustration, Mia pins Ethan to a wall (using a screwdriver through the hand) and pulls out the chainsaw she was hiding around the corner, just in time to chop his hand right off. For the next few minutes the players are forced to walk around with his bloody stump spurting blood all over the place. Ethan handles the dilemma like a champ though.

The First Zombie (Resident Evil 1)

The most iconic image of the original Resident Evil has to be the slowly turning head of the first zombie you meet as Jill. Having made it into the relative safety of the Spencer Mansion and also surviving the hilariously cheesy live action sequence opening, you find yourself looking for clues as to what happened there. Good old Barry suggests you go alone and check the hallway connecting to the dining room where you have seen a surprising amount of blood. In that hallway lies the the dead corpse of Kenneth J. Sullivan and a zombie tucking into him. That’s before he is rudely interrupted by Jill and turns around slowly in an eerie FMV to show you what for.

This very average zombie is propelled into stardom for his dramatic entrance, his possible dramatic death (if you run back to Barry he takes the undead’s head clean off!) and the fact he is the first one you lay your eyes on. In fact, this zombie is so popular he even has his own wikia page. Well, at least if you can’t make it in life you can still make it in death.

That Bug Video (Resident Evil Code Veronica X)

Code Veronica X is the most underrated Resident Evil game by far. It has all the tension and cleverly-crafted puzzles of the original three but has some unique and crazy moments of its own to set itself apart. It also boasts the most creepy cutscene of all Resident Evil. The Twin video.

This video shows Alexia and her twin brother Alfred tearing the wings off of a dragonfly before dropping the limp body into a nest of killer ants. So far, so bloody bizarre. What takes the whole thing up a notch is the creepy twin smile they make after. I only loosely label this a “favourite” moment because I actually hate how much it puts my hairs on end. Truly the best (and worst) video file in the whole of Resident Evil.

Leon Loses His Head (Resident Evil 4)

Normally a prized tool for defeating virus-filled undead, the chainsaw has still found its way into many a monster’s hands. But it wasn’t until the revolutionary Resident Evil 4 that we saw the unnerving humming of a chainsaw in the series. But what an introduction. The first possible time you get to see Las Plagas with a chainsaw is as you reach the village. Going into certain houses can trigger some dramatic cutscenes where a hooded man comes charging towards you.

Very scary and extremely nerve-wracking for the beginning of the game – and chances are you will die the first time you face him. Let the hooded man get too close and you will end up causing a cutscene to play where your head comes clean off. Hats off (or heads off!) to the developers for that one.

“S.T.A.R.S” (Resident Evil 3)

One of the most recognisable monsters in gaming made his debut in Resident Evil 3. You meet Nemesis for the first time as Jill Valentine outside of the Racoon City Police Department. Before you can run through the door you bump into an injured Brad Vickers, fellow surviving S.T.A.R.S member who had knowledge of the evil experiments Umbrella were undertaking. In the ensuing chaos of the T-Virus outbreak in Racoon City, Umbrella launched its most deadly bio-weapon Nemesis to wipe out the remaining member of S.T.A.R.S.

Throughout the game you will be hunted by Nemesis – and choosing to run is usually the best method. But what I am including as his most iconic moment is actually his deep, breathy utterance of ‘S.T.A.R.S.’ I know it’s not technically a moment but every time I heard it as a child it sent me hiding behind the sofa, and even now it sends shivers down my spine.

Mr. X (Resident Evil 2)

Nemesis is a freakishly big Tyrant class bio-weapon in a trenchcoat that stalks your character, turning up at the wrong time to scare the bejesus out of you. You know who did that first? Mr. X. Or trenchy, or T-00, or whatever you want to call him. He was a bloody nightmare and could show up at any time. What’s worse is there is never any indication that he is coming back. yet every time you think he has died, there he is. I should’ve known it would take the Resident Evil staple of a rocket launcher to the face to kill him.

The moment that best sums up his sheer shock factor is when he breaks through the wall in the conference room. I really do think I peed myself the first time that happened. I can’t wait to relive that experience in the remake next year. Well, apart from the peeing myself bit.

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