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Review

The new Resident Evil installment changes the game. While previous games were a sci-fi take on horror, this is a truly mystical one. The village in Romania where the protagonist appears is inhabited by vampires and other infernal creatures that make you think of zombies as cute and harmless. Resident Evil. Now with a Mystic Taste! The newest...

Resident Evil Village

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jul 15, 2021

The new Resident Evil installment changes the game. While previous games were a sci-fi take on horror, this is a truly mystical one. The village in Romania where the protagonist appears is inhabited by vampires and other infernal creatures that make you think of zombies as cute and harmless.

Resident Evil. Now with a Mystic Taste!

The newest game grew out of intention to make something completely different from previous installment. The horror element prevails now. Ethan Winters, after several years away from the previous events, now finds himself in a strange village. It turns out that a strange cult flourishes there, and all the stereotypes of vampire Romania just pale in comparison with this.

As Ethan, you must defeat all four evil lords of the village – a mission that has a lot of roaming the open world, as well as haunted house adventures and straight shooter. The balance between horror and action is well thought of. The game has a lot of scary moments that benefit from the first-person perspective, but in other time it throws you into the whirlwind of action.

No more stupid zombies: antagonists in RE Village are intelligent and up for a kill. The lords are all diverse: an already iconic Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, an attractive and aggressive vampiress, is probably the most famous of them. But ghostly Donna Beneviento, a water magician Salvatore Moreau, and a physicist Karl Heisenberg are just as dangerous and charismatic. Together, they form a sort of the XIX century experience, a strange mix of mystic and science, all under the wing of the mysterious Mother Miranda. Prepare to switch ages and use futuristic weaponry in this incomprehensible relic of another era.

Visually it’s beautiful as never before, especially if your hardware is capable of handling ray tracing. You’ll need a nextgen console or a very powerful and fresh PC to run it at maximum quality, but even a low-end one can make it impressive when played on a large screen. First-view perspective makes it immersive.

It may take some time to get used to controls even if you have played the previous game. The combat mechanics at the end of the day benefits from it. You can use both a keyboard-and-mouse setup and a gamepad which performs on PC just as good as with a console.

Is It Worth a Shot?

Definitely, it is, if you are a longtime fan of the series. This installment brings more zombies, more new locations, another perspective on the story of Umbrella Corp, and lots more. You might want another Resident Evil 4 (the one that influenced Village the most), but it brings more diverse action and challenging enemies. The one you definitely need to play, especially if you already have a nextgen console or a PC powerful enough.

Pros:
  • Fantastic visuals
  • Great antagonists
  • Action and horror well balanced
  • Available on various platforms
  • Rich DLC support
Cons:
  • Too short
  • Requires powerful fresh hardware to show all it’s got
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