The most anticipated game of the year; RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE is finally here. Does it live up to its hype? We will give you a complete insight into the game.
“CAPCOM: Ok, any ideas of a scary monster for the Resident Evil Village?
EMPLOYEE: Hm, how about we have a 9ft MILF with a big bust?
CAPCOM: Haha, sounds good. That should scare the gamers!”
Well, it’s safe to say it was not the gamers’ reaction upon the reveal of RE8’s giant big evil monster mommy, Lady Dimitrescu. The thirst even surprised the director of the game. As it turns out, she isn’t the only baddie in the game. She’s got allies who are sure to terrify you to the core. You all really thought you were going to spend most of the time figuring out the ways to get violated by the giant lady.
Let’s have an in-depth look into various aspects of the game.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was a welcome change to the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil Village adapts the same mechanics & theme from its predecessor. Although RE7 adapts the franchise’s roots of survival/horror theme and focuses on exploration, Resident Evil Village adds a more action-oriented element.
The players can equip themselves with different kinds of weapons, items, and other supplies. It also introduces a new hunting mechanic, where players can hunt animals and cook them into dishes to gain various abilities and strengths.
Monsters also have a weird obsession with wrecking up Ethan’s left hand, which, no matter how much hell it goes through, regenerates on applying a simple potion. We wonder what kind of practice he did to have such a robust left hand *Agatha wink*
Set 3 years after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil Village continues the story of the protagonist, Ethan Winters. Ethan spent his time in RE7 looking for the woman of his life, his wife, Mia. After saving her from deranged fungus-like humanoids of the Baker family, Ethan & Mia re-locate to an unknown location in Europe.
But their peace is short-lived as Chris Redfield barges into their house and takes away their daughter, Rosemary. Ethan spends the rest of the game trying to get his daughter back and uncover answers to Redfield’s actions.
THE SETTING OF RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE
Resident Evil Village is set in an unnamed Eastern European location, a mysterious village inhabited by various mutated creatures and entities. The atmosphere is chilling and gives you off that eerie feeling of being all alone in a horror movie.
Every step, you will feel like someone or something will attack you out of nowhere, keeping you on the edge of your seat. The world of Resident Evil Village feels vast than ever. There are many exploration options among various set pieces located throughout the game.
What makes Resident Evil Village stand out compared to other games in the franchise is the diverse number of enemies you battle in the game.
The main village area is home to mutated werewolf-like creatures called “Lycans.” These creatures will tank a lot of offense from the player and are a nuisance to fight against. Four mutant lords govern the entire village, residing in their strongholds in different locations.
THE MUTANT LORDS OF RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE
First, is Miss Lady Dimitrescu herself; the 9 ft 6 inches tall mutated vampire requires no introduction who rose in popularity ever since her first reveal. She stays in her Castle Dimitrescu with her three daughters along with numerous female mutants.
Lady Dimitrescu feels like Mr. X of the game, where she constantly stalks you around the castle. Upon getting caught, she stabs you with her retractable claws, not that pleasing for sure.
Secondly, there’ Donna Beneviento, the doll maker, who appears to be wearing mourning clothes. A silent character, she communicates with her creepy doll, Angie, and specializes in psychological torture forcing the player to face his worst of fears.
Third, If that wasn’t creepy enough, the third lord is a disfigured, amphibian creature named Salvatore Moreau. A merman, He looks like Ephialtes from 300. His appearance is sure to send chills down your spine, even on the slightest of looks.
The last lord is Karl Heisenberg; he stays in the Heisenberg factory located outside the village. Described as a genius engineer, he has created an army of his mutated experiments.
Heisenberg is probably the sanest character in the game compared to his fellow mutant lords. A majority of players may find him as the best character in the game.
Finally, all the mutant lords serve under their supreme leader, Mother Miranda, the actual big baddie of the game. Miranda came in contact with an ancient fungus root which turned her into an Omni-being with special powers.
She dubbed the fungus; “Black God” & presented herself as to its prophet. Miranda soon became a figure of worship by the residents of the village. With the help of this fungus, she was able to mutate her four mutant lords to act as her lieutenants.
DO WE HAVE ANY ALLIES IN THE GAME?
Although, players won’t find any allies they can get assistance from a mysterious merchant named, The Duke. This man is the closest help Ethan could get in the entire playthrough.
He is present in every corner and sells weapons, upgrades, goods, and supplies. He can also buy various treasures found by players.
When you eventually find The Duke, take a big sigh of relief because his location of interest acts as the safe-room mechanic of the game.
OUR VERDICT ON RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE
Fans were critical of the action-oriented direction taken with Resident Evil 5 & Resident Evil 6. Still, CAPCOM may have found a formula blended with modern action mechanics while staying true to its roots. Resident Evil Village is a solid entry to the franchise representing the best of new generation gaming but playing like a classic horror show.
The set pieces divided throughout the game make you feel like watching a horror anthology like American Horror Story. Each set-piece and location consists of different enemies of their own, and the next section introduces many new monsters to fight.
The plot of Resident Evil Village may be bland when it comes, but the game makes up for it with its memorable characters, voice acting, atmosphere, and butt-clenching scary sequences.
HORROR ELEMENTS- 8/10
Resident Evil Village is available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4/5, XBox One, XBox Series X/S, Stadia