I am one of many people to be swept up in the hype of the Resident Evil 2 remake.
It may have been two months since its release, but the game still has me hook, line and sinker – and is the near-perfect modern adaption of my favourite 90s classic. Resident Evil 2 was a fantastic display of the power of the new RE engine, and it’s got me wondering: what other classic Resident Evil games could Capcom bring back from the dead?
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Obviously, we need a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The game takes place both mere minutes before and moments after the events of Resident Evil 2, revisiting the police station on the way. With small need to make more zombies and already having a fully-realised RPD, surely the amount of work needed to make Resident Evil 3 a reality is relatively small.
All we need is a kick-ass looking Jill and Nemesis to fill the massive shoes filled by Mr. X, and the game is all but done. It makes so much sense to bring back a game that’s universally loved by Resi fans, and whose protagonist and antagonist are so revered. I can’t wait to hear STAAAAAAAAARRRS haunting my every move again.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
One of the most underappreciated games of all time, let alone in the Resident Evil franchise, Code Veronica X is the true successor to Resident Evil 2. The game takes place in a remote Umbrella facility which has imprisoned Claire Redfield. But what a surprise: an outbreak occurs, helping you escape the facility that has all the familiar haunting secrets and ridiculous architecture. One of my favourite elements of this game is the freaky Ashford twins, who are at the heart of the compound and Umbrella history.
Sure, the game’s available on PS4, but I would just love Capcom to give it the modern makeover it deserves.
Resident Evil Outbreak
A lot of people don’t like Resident Evil Outbreak and its sequel. They say its too short and hasn’t got the same exciting storyline. To them I say: nay! Resident Evil Outbreak isn’t supposed to be a long, drawn-out narrative that explores the heart of seedy Raccoon City. It’s about the everyman; the average person who gets caught up in the bio-attack.
Outbreak was intense and made you feel like a real life survivor by not pausing time when you accessed your inventory, by allowing characters to die and reanimate, and by making surviving an apocalypse with others a nightmare. Okay, it could be made longer and the characters could be a little better thought out, but by combining the two Outbreak games and better utilising this game’s premise, a remake of this game could be everything we wanted it to be.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Operation Raccoon City is another game set during the Raccoon City apocalypse, but this time focusing on the Umbrella hit squads sent to retrieve any evidence and eliminate all witnesses. I remember buying this on the day it came out, super excited for what promised to be an amazing look into another side of the hell that transpired in the city. The game was admittedly action orientated, but the focus was on multiplayer. Big mistake. The game’s storyline seemed to be an afterthought, ruining the established timeline in lieu for squeezing every enemy imaginable.
This doesn’t have to be the case. We saw with the 4th Survivor that we can make an action-orientated Resident Evil game truly horrifying without the need for such cheap tricks. With the development of a remake, Capcom could make a storyline truly worth playing.
Resident Evil 4
So Resident Evil 4 might have already been re-released onto modern consoles, but I don’t care: at least go to the effort to give Leon his new canon bum-chin!