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Resident Evil Village

  • Greg Burn
  • May 31, 2021

In Resident Evil Village, the player takes on the role of Ethan Winters, a civilian who was searching for his kidnapped daughter, but meets Chris Redfield, who informs him that the daughter was kidnapped by the Umbrella Corporation. After a fateful encounter with Chris Redfield, Ethan finds himself in a village filled with mutant creatures. It's been ten years since the release of the first Resident Evil game, and the series is still going strong as its newest installment, Resident Evil Village, is set to release this coming May 7, 2021.

Resident Evil Village is a survival horror game, and the sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017). Players control Ethan Winters, who is searching for his kidnapped daughter; after a fateful encounter with Chris Redfield, he finds himself in a village filled with mutant creatures. Resident Evil Village maintains the Resident Evil series' survival horror elements, but increases the action-oriented gameplay style.

Gameplay

Gameplay consists of exploration and a new combat system. Unlike the previous Resident Evil games, players can now perform melee attacks to fend off enemies. Players can also use a variety of weapons, such as pistols, shotguns, and machine guns. The gameplay is very similar to that of Resident Evil 4, featuring a briefcase and the ability to move and rotate items for better storage space. Players can buy supplies, weapons, items from the merchant, called the Duke.

The players can also hunt animals in the village and have them cooked into dishes by the Duke. Eating side dishes allows the player to gain certain advantages such as decreasing the damage taken while blocking. Players can manually save the game progress by locating and using typewriters, which replaces the tape recorders seen in Resident Evil 7. Similar to Resident Evil 3 (2020), Resident Evil Village will include a six-player online multiplayer game, Resident Evil RE:Verse, which was delayed until summer 2021. The Mercenaries Mode also makes a returning appearance in Village. Like its previous Resident Evil entries, it is an arcade-style game mode.

Graphics

Graphics consist of a snowy Eastern European village. The Duke, a merchant, is introduced, who can be visited to purchase weapons, items, and food. The Duke also prepares food which can be eaten for a temporary boost. The graphics are very good, and have a new graphical engine. It has been noted that it is more realistic, with improved lighting and textures.

Replayability

Resident Evil Village has a variety of collectibles and unlockables to find, which should extend the life of the game.

Conclusion

This game is a must-buy. The graphics are nice, and the gameplay is fun. This is the newest entry in the Resident Evil franchise, and it's a solid start. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes survival horror, or anyone who likes the Resident Evil series. This is a very good game, and is a good start to the new era of Resident Evil games.

Pros:
  • Variety of weapons
  • Variety of food
  • Enemy variety
  • Puzzles
  • Boss battles
Cons:
  • Repetitive gameplay
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