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Giving Up The Ghost: The Death of Survival Horror

Aaron

Can you remember creeping through the halls of Resident Evil’s mansion for the very first time? Can you remember seeing Silent Hill’s nightmare world unfold before your eyes as you gripped your controller in sweaty anticipation? I can; but the thing I am most afraid of does not lurk in the dark, it’s forgetting what we were so scared of in the first place.

If you look on any big games website and look up the reviews for Resident Evil 6 or Dead Space 3, you will see a raft of people screaming at the top of their voice that survival horror is dead. The tattered flag of previously revered franchises is left flapping at half mast amidst a sea of disdain.

A Resident Evil 4 Retrospective: “What are ya buyin’?”

Max

To quote The Mighty Boosh‘s Hitcher: “Elements of the past and the future combining to make something not quite as good as either.” That pretty much sums up the current trend of the Resident Evil series.  But there was a point in 2005 when it took a U-turn, that not only surpassed (in my eyes) its predecessors’ survival horror roots, but has never come close to topping with subsequent releases: Resident Evil 4.