RESIDENT Evil is a long-running horror video game that has expanded into film, television, and even comics.
As of 1996, Resident Evil was called Biohazard in Japan, where the game originated.
Resident Evil games ranked by release date
Resident Evil (1996)
Japanese game developer Capcom initially released Resident Evil under the name Biohazard in Japan.
Resident Evil is a third-person survival horror game credited with bringing zombies back into popular culture.
It takes place on the outskirts of Raccoon City, where the player will encounter members of the Bravo and Alpha teams.
There are several different outcomes depending on the player’s choices during the game.
Resident Evil 2 (1998)
Resident Evil 2 takes place two months after the original gameplay and follows Claire Redfield, the sister of Chris from the first game.
You can explore the laboratories of the Umbrella Corporation and discover the mysteries of the G-Virus hidden within.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)
This Resident Evil outing takes place 24 hours before Resident Evil 2 and runs parallel to these events.
The population of Raccoon City has been turned into zombies by the T-Virus, a biological weapon.
As with all games, the actions chosen by the player affect the outcome of the storyline.
Resident Evil Survivor (2000)
This is the first of the spin-off games in the series, it’s a light fun first-person shooter game and not third-person like the previous three.
It takes place after the destruction of Raccoon City, where a pilot crashes on an island.
The player must escape the island and the Hypnos tyrant pursuing it.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000)
Code Veronica takes place between the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.
It returns to Claire and Chris Redfield as the player switches between characters and escapes from the Umbrella Corporation’s Antarctic facility.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (2001)
The original Code Veronica game was on the Dreamcast platform, so an enhanced version of the game was released on PlayStation.
There are approximately 10 minutes more cinematic sequences revealing Wesker’s involvement in Umbrella.
Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica (2001)
A non-canon game that you can skip if you’re only interested in the main story of the franchise.
This was another light gun shooter game in which the player escapes from Umbrella prison as Claire.
It’s not canon as – spoiler alert – it turns out to be a dream sequence at the end.
Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)
Another non-canon game that came to Nintendo’s Gameboy Color that brings some characters from the main games onto a luxury ship.
Once again, the player must defeat the Umbrella Corporation in their quest to create bio-organic weapons.
Resident Evil Remake (2002)
This is the remake of the original PlayStation game that was exclusive to Nintendo GameCube.
Resident Evil (2002) features new gameplay such as revised puzzles, additional areas and new story details.
Resident Evil Zero (2002)
Stylized with both “Zero” and “0”, this game is a prequel to Resident Evil (1996).
It reveals the origins of the biological weapon T-Virus and concerns a man with the ability to control leeches.
Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)
Dead Aim is the first game to switch between third-person and first-person gameplay.
It is set on an island with an umbrella facility four years after the Raccoon City incident.
Outbreak of Resident Evil (2003)
An episodic game where players can control eight different characters in the zombie-infested Raccoon City, but the scenarios are not chronological.
It was the first game in the franchise with online multiplayer support.
Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2 (2004)
The sequel to Outbreak, featuring the same eight characters in the same zombie-run Raccoon City.
There are scenarios that can have happy endings while others have bad endings.
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Originally released on GameCube, this allows players to control US government agent Leon S. Kennedy – a regular in the franchise.
It won multiple Game of the Year awards upon its release and is often cited as one of the best video games of all time.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
The first Resident Evil game released for Wii to use Albert Wesker’s narration.
Wesker is a former scientist at Umbrella Corporation and the game retells the first 4 games plus the prequel through his eyes.
Resident Evil: Genesis (2008)
This is a mobile version of the original game.
It omits the original character Chris Redfield and deviates from the canon storyline.
Resident Evil 5 (2009)
The fifth installment in the series brings back Chris Redfield and Albert Wesker.
It was the first game to feature cooperative gameplay for two players.
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009)
The Darkside Chronicles serves as a prequel to the events of Resident Evil 4.
It focuses on retelling Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica and the personal stories associated with it.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011)
Released on Nintendo 3DS, this game was a combination of mini-games from Resident Evil 4 and 5.
Players can choose to aim in first person, but the game takes place in third person.
Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)
Set shortly after the events of Resident Evil 4, Chris follows Redfield as he attempts to uncover the truth behind Umbrella.
Players can complete episodes with puzzle and shooter aspects as well as a multiplayer mode.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
If we bring the series back to Resident Evil 2 and 3, this is a non-canon game.
It uses Umbrella mercenaries to fight the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City.
Resident Evil 6 (2012)
This was a big release for the games and brought back Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy.
The interwoven campaigns with unique styles and graphics drew mixed reviews.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)
As the sequel to Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil 5, it marks the return of Claire Redfield.
The story consists of four episodes split between past and present and includes the raid mode from the first Revelations game.
Resident Evil 0 (Remaster) (2016)
This is a remaster of the original Resident Evil Zero game, quality and textures have been improved.
Little has been changed in terms of the plot and some fans preferred the original graphics.
Umbrella Corps (2016)
Another non-canon game, but the first in the franchise to receive overwhelmingly negative reviews.
It’s a spin-off of the core story.
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
In the seventh installment of the franchise, you play as Ethan Winters as he searches for his missing wife.
Often known as Resident Evil: Biohazard, it emphasizes horror and exploration over action.
Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019)
A remake of the 1998 game that returns to Leon and Claire as they flee from zombies in Raccoon City.
The game also has different difficulty levels and recreated mini-games from the original version.
Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020)
Another remake of an early game in the franchise that used third-person perspective to control Jill Valentine.
There are computer-controlled monsters that hinder the player’s progress, and you can unlock additional levels of difficulty.
Resident Evil: Resistance (2020)
Four players compete against a mastermind player who sets traps.
The game takes place at the same time as the Raccoon City incident.
Resident Evil Village (2021)
Play as Ethan Winters when he searches for his daughter in a city overrun by mutants.
Like some of its predecessors, this Resident Evil game won Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.
Resident Evil RE: Verse (2022)
This is a multiplayer video game with short fights that players can immerse themselves in.
It was announced to mark the franchise’s 25th anniversary.
Resident Evil games in chronological order
The order of these games can be a bit confusing as there are many side stories connected to the main run.
Some, as explained above, are non-canon but have been included in the list nonetheless.
If you want the full Resident Evil story, there are also movies and manga that you can watch or read.
- Resident Evil 0 (2016)
- Resident Evil Remake (2002)
- Resident Evil 2 (1998)
- Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019)
- Resident Evil 3 (1999)
- Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020)
- Resident Evil: Outbreak (2003)
- Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2 (2004)
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
- Resident Evil Survivor (2000)
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (2001)
- Resident Evil: Survivor 2 – Code Veronica (2001)
- Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)
- Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)
- Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles (2009)
- Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
- Resident Evil 4 (2005)
- Resident Evil Revelations (2012)
- Resident Evil 6 (2012)
- Umbrella Corps (2016)
- Resident Evil 7 (2017)
- Resident Evil Village (2021)
- Resident Evil RE: Verse (2022)
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