Ah, Resident Evil fans, I've been meaning to talk about you guys for so long now, and while I love a lot of the games in the series, I don't consider myself a fan of the series. RE fans, if you thought I was one of you guys, you're about to find out that you were dead wrong.
Well, what can I say. I became very interested in the Resident Evil franchise when I was about 17. I just finished up my senior year of high school at the time, and while on summer break before college, the game that got me into the series, along with many other gamers, was Resident Evil 4 on the Nintendo GameCube. After I finished RE4, I decided to check out the other games in the series, the next one being Resident Evil 2 on Nintendo 64. And then after enjoying the hell out of that game, I played the first game on both PS1 and Sega Saturn, and then Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on PS1. Then I played the ridiculously difficult, but still great Resident Evil CODE: Veronica on both Dreamcast and PS2, and then I played Resident Evil 5 on Xbox 360 & Resident Evil: Revelations on 3DS. But the RE series itself reminds me of how much I hate the Resident Evil fanbase. One of the reasons why I hate the fanbase so much is that whenever I comment that I like certain games in the series like RE4 & 5, the fans say that "Those games suck, you're not a fan of the series", and "You know nothing about RE dude, so shut the f**k up." Yeah, so because I like RE4 and 5 must mean that I only like those games and that I like nothing else in the series. Please do me a favor Resident Evil fans, NEVER become detectives.
I enjoy pretty much every game genre and series. I have games that I really do like, I have games that I consider my favorite ones of all time, and there are some games that I just don't like at all, and Resident Evil & the rest of the survival horror genre is no exception. Lets just say that I'm pretty much open to just about anything gaming as long as it's good. But that doesn't mean I have my preferences when it comes to game genres and series. The games that I prefer or like the most in the Resident Evil series are RE2, RE3: Nemesis, Code: Veronica, RE0, RE4, RE5 and RE: Revelations, and 4 of those games are among the most popular in the series. However, the last 3 games are shunned by so-called, self-proclaimed "True Resident Evil fans" and they say that those games have action elements and are disgraces to the series. Satan forbid the Resident Evil series to take steps in new directions and try out new things so that the formula doesn't get tired out in the future!
I know that 4 gets a lot of unwarranted hate from quite a bit of "True" fans, and I even heard one person say "Kids these days... Get rid of that trash GameCube and pick up a PS1!", and another said to "Don't play RE4 and go play the old-school RE games!" F**KING. MOUTHBREATHERS. Also, I think that some of these "true" fans have forgotten that the Resident Evil remake, which is considered to be the best game in the series, and Resident Evil 0, which is another old-school game is also on that "trash GameCube". OH THE IRONY. And when it comes to Revelations, I have heard some hate for that game as well, since it has somewhat similar gameplay elements like what is seen in RE4 and RE5. Also, I've heard that some fans haven't even played Revelations and some have asked me if it was any good or not because they are too afraid to play it. And of course I've told them that it was really good, and that if you like RE4 and past games in the series, you'll like Revelations. Eventually they came to trust my judgment and they say that it was alright. Nothing special, but still good in it's own right.
RE4 and Revelations may get hate from "true" fans, but when it comes to the amount of hate that RE5 gets, it's a slap on the wrist at most. I thought that RE5 was a decent entry in the series when I first played it, and never before have I heard so much hate for what I consider to be a pretty good game myself. It still had the same control setup that RE4 had, the music was excellent, the atmosphere was pretty dark and while yes, I will admit that there are some action elements in RE5, there are still plenty of survival horror elements in that game as far as I am concerned. I remember being short on ammo and health supplies plenty of times in that game, and like in RE4, the chainsaw enemies were still annoying as hell and still scared the crap out of me when they got me. But I think RE4's chainsaw death scenes are much more scary. Oh yeah, and also it was pretty difficult, much harder than RE4. It's not CODE: Veronica hard, but it's up there somewhere. But now let me talk about how much hate this game gets. While I enjoy the old school Resident Evil games and prefer them over the new ones, their fans (including Razorfist, but not so much the RE0 and RE:CV fans) thrash RE5 every single chance they get, and for no better reason than that it's "different" from the other games in the series. Hell, the hate for RE5 has kept me away from playing it again because the hate for RE5 is really THAT strong, and if I actually play it again sometime, which I no doubt will, I will feel pretty guilty playing that game because like I said before, the hate for RE5 is really THAT strong. Much more hate than Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII, Mega Man X5, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Star Fox Adventures, Star Fox Assault, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid: Other M, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you name it. Compare the amount of hate these games get to RE5. Really. Just do it. You'll see that the hate for the games I mentioned above is NOTHING compared to what RE5 gets. I really prefer the older RE games over 5. Really, I do. But good god, their fans can be so much worse than Ocarina of Time fanboys and Sonic fans. Without a doubt, one of the most unbearable fanbases this side of Sonic the Hedgehog. They're worse than hipsters this way. It's like when they see RE4 and 5, according to them they suck immediately and automatically the old stuff is a million times better and they have got to find something more obscure to like, while insulting the other gamers who actually like some of the newer Resident Evil games (Yes, I know that not every Resident Evil fan is like this but, you know what they say: "Broad strokes get the fence painted faster!").
Well, that's all I have to really say about the Resident Evil fanbase. I felt that I should have discussed this rant a long time ago when I found out how pathetic that fanbase really is, but I really couldn't really think of how to discuss it with you guys until now because this is something that I had planned to write about since the beginning of last year. Please do comment and let me know what you think, and as always, thanks for stopping by to read my stuff.