The 50 Best Video Game Franchises

22. Resident Evil

Editions: 23 Resident Evil (1996), Resident Evil: Director's Cut (1997), Resident Evil 2 (1998), Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), Resident Evil Survivor (2000), Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000), Resident Evil Gaiden (2001), Resident Evil Survivor 2 Code: Veronica (2001), Resident Evil - GameCube remake (2002), Resident Evil Zero (2002), Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003), Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), Resident Evil 4 (2005), Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (2006), Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007), Resident Evil 5 (2009), Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009), Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (2010), Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011), Resident Evil: Revelations (2012), Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012), Resident Evil 6 (2012)

Publisher: Capcom

In the action-horror genre of games, Resident Evil is one that easily stands out. Since 1996, we've followed the tragedy of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they dealt with the maniacal Umbrella Corporation and their illegal biological experiments. Resident Evil's fans helped to propel the game to 23 sequels, a comic book line, a novel and a feature film. Resident Evil 5 was set in Africa and received backlash as it was perceived as being an African shooting gallery, it was able to bounce back and drum up a fevered anticipation for the sixth release.

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