However, the real fears of this game are rare. There are some scary implications to this game’s story (the whole relationship between Alexander and Alexia is certainly disturbing), but this game spends a little too much time entering what was quickly becoming familiar territory. Much of it is more “creepy” than “scary.” This game borrows heavily from the Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 playbook, meaning it’s creepy at times, of course, but rarely feels surprising enough to be truly scary for more than a few moments.
9. Resident Evil Revelations
The generally underrated Revelations games seemed to offer a little scarier Resident Evil experience at a time when the main titles turned toward the action genre. While Revelations is still pretty action-heavy (much more than the previous ones) REGARDING games), it still tries to scare and intimidate players much more than RE 5 and 6 did.
Revelations is at its best when it strikes that balance between action and old-school survival horror. The game’s ship environment (a strangely recurring setting for some of these spin-offs) offers a wonderfully claustrophobic atmosphere and an excuse for the designer to create some really twisted deep-sea creature designs. While Revelations starts to depend a bit too much on the action scenes towards the end, there are too many really effective bits of horror in this game to ignore.
8. Resident Evil Revelations 2
Honestly, the Resident Evil Revelations games are about as scary. Both try to balance horror and action, and both struggle to maintain that balance throughout the entire experience. unlike Revelationsalthough, Revelations 2 contains several sections that are truly terrifying rather than “somewhat scary given the circumstances.”
In fact, the opening half of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is so good that I wish Capcom would go back and find a way to turn that part into a brand new game. Revelations 2‘s early island setting results in this kind Evil Dead meets The descent moments of classic genre terror that will make you wonder why more people don’t talk about this game. The uneven second half of this game will answer most of those questions, but the shortcomings of this title don’t completely wash away the brilliance of its best moments.
7. Resident Evil 4
The idea that Resident Evil 4 is not scary has taken on an unfair life of its own in recent years. To be fair, there is a grain of truth in that claim. This is the point in the franchise where Capcom started putting an emphasis on action rather than survival horror fear. Further, Resident Evil 4 is not nearly as scary as some of the RE 4 clones that would follow (especially Empty space).