This rant has spoilers so be careful reading if you haven’t finished Village.
So I’m a huge fan of the Resident Evil series. In particular the remake of 1 for GameCube, 2 for last gen, and Resident Evil 4 for literally every man made device available were my favorites and needless to say I was rather excited for Resident Evil Village as the talk about it was that it was a love letter to RE4 and combined all the good elements of 7 with all the good elements of 4. So to all I have a question.
Am I alone in hating this?
After playing through the rather shockingly short game that was Village I was astounded at just how unappealing they managed to make this game. The sense of tension of 7 from the first person perspective and horror elements? Gone. Completely non-sensical it’s all in your head moments ripped right out of a Ubisoft game (Doll house)? Check. Recycled enemy who just kind of lazily follows you around a house creating zero tension? Check. Laughably bad story even for a RE game? It’s all here.
From the moment I started this game I was stunned at the good press it was getting. Those things I mentioned are just pieces too. The game itself plays so terribly that those other issues are impossible to overlook. The game just feels *bad*. Shooting is a chore and the enemies dodging is no problem in an actual shooter, but the way Ethan drunkenly sways the gun towards the horrifying ‘sort of wolf men’ is just painful.
Thinking of a Ubisoft it’s funny too because Capcom took another page from them. *spoilers* Talked up a villain that was really fun and different and then immediately killed her so you could go fight such fascinating creatures such as Magneto and a special fish boy.
*More spoilers* Speaking of that doll house I found it just plain pathetic. The game randomly decides that despite the fact that they’ve been an action packed horror themed roller coaster that now they want to be P.T. and despite the fact that it makes no damn sense how anything with this dollhouse works. (Ethan’s magical, vanishing weapons. ‘Scary fetus’. Random, insane puzzle doll specifically designed for Ethen to escape house. Stupid hallucination ploy.) I don’t even want to bring up how stupid Chris was in this game and how he caused everything bad that happens because he’s such a colossal dumbass... And finally the shop keeper uttered his desperate, developers screaming please god love this game line of “Whaddya buyi.. haha, no. Just something an old friend used to say” line that I gave up.
I hate this game. I think it has no idea what it wants to be and bounces from attempting genuine horror even if it makes no sense to just wanting to be Resident Evil 6. You literally fight a transformer in a go cart that has a chain saw for blocking attached to it. It is a stupid, thrown together venture that to me signals the inevitable backslide into silliness and irrelevance that was brought on by games like RE6.
I... didn’t like this game. I wouldn’t be so hard on it either except I’m stunned by how unanimous the praise is. People keep saying it’s the best RE since 4 and I just get set off by that because wow... to me it’s kind of a shameless, desperate attempt to capitalize on the vibe of 4 because they knew the game just wasn’t there.
What do you guys think? Did you guys actually like playing this? Did anyone else get frustrated by it? Am I the only one that had a mini stroke when Ethan just slapped his stump for a hand back on and the healing fluid also healed his cut up jacket?
Edit: Just to be clear, it’s okay if you loved it. I hated it, but I just have thoughts on it and wondered if anyone felt the same. If you loved it that’s awesome and I’m excited that you loved it.