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Top 21 Games Like “Resident Evil” Everyone Should Play

Games Like Resident Evil

Ah, Resident Evil, pretty much the king of all survival horror video game franchises, in my humble opinion, and I know I’m not alone in saying that. With zombies and all sorts of funky bio-organic weapons running amuck, it’s a wild ride every time. And don’t even get me started on the comic books, novels, and movies – they’re off the chain!

Alright, I love Resident Evil, and so do you, but the thing about single-player games is the story is finite, and there’s only so much replayability, what do you do when it’s all been done!? You turn to similar games, of course, and we’ve got a curated list here for you that you’re bound to love as a Resident Evil fan. Starting off, we have:

1. The Last of Us

The Last of Us

Especially with the release of the TV series, there is more hype around The Last of Us now than ever before, and it’s for all the right reasons. Right off the bat, you’re going to be facing off against zombies, seeing enough gore to last a lifetime, and preparing yourself for tragedy, unlike any other game.

If you’re a fan of Resident Evil 4 (we all are, don’t worry), you’ll love the way this game plays in a third-person style with a supporting character that’s actually much more useful than Ashley ever was. If you’ve yet to try it out, you’re honestly missing out!

2. System Shock 2

System Shock 2

System Shock 2, man, that’s one wild ride of a video game! It’s all about surviving on a spaceship gone haywire, fighting off rogue AI and mutated crew members, and trying to keep your mind from unraveling in the process.

Now, when you compare it to Resident Evil, you’re talking about two different beasts entirely. Resident Evil is all about fighting off hordes of zombies and bio-organic weapons, trying to stay alive in a world gone mad. Both are really cool games, each offering a different flavor of survival horror.

3. Dead Rising

Dead Rising

This game is all about fighting off hordes of zombies in a mall, surviving, and finding a way out while scavenging for weapons and gear. Time’s ticking, too, so you gotta make every moment count! It maintains the Resident Evil survival-zombie formula, but how does it compare?

Dead Rising is all about mowing down hordes of zombies in over-the-top, wacky ways with all sorts of crazy weapons, from lead pipes to giant novelty lollipops! In comparison, Resident Evil focuses more on survival, conserving resources, and fighting off zombies and other creatures with weapons and tactics.

4. Dead Space

Dead Space

As a Resident Evil fan, there’s no way you haven’t heard of this! Dead Space is a survival horror game that takes place in deep space. You play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer sent to repair a mining ship that has been overrun by strange, mutated creatures called Necromorphs.

Known for its intense atmosphere and focus on survival and resource management, you’re dropped straight into the fight against the Necromorphs and uncover the truth about what happened aboard the ship. Compared to Resident Evil, Dead Space places a heavier emphasis on resource management and puzzle solving as opposed to combat and action.

5. Outlast

Outlast

Outlast is one intense survival horror game. You play as a journalist who finds himself trapped in an insane asylum, and you have to use your wits and your trusty camera to survive. The catch? You’re unarmed, so you gotta hide and run for your life from the crazed inmates and staff.

Unlike Resident Evil, though, Outlast is all about being unarmed and relying on your wits and stealth to survive. While both games will keep you on the edge of your seat, they offer a different and unique flavor of survival horror that I know you’ll love!

6. Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

I’m going to guess a lot of readers were waiting for this game to show up here, and it has finally arrived! This iteration of the Alien game series is considered to be the best of all time by many, and that is because this game is an absolute masterpiece in its genre.

As opposed to just killing the Xenomorphs, you’ll want to be avoiding them for the majority of this game, as it takes you through the most iconic parts of its world and characters. It’s certainly a deviation from the classic Resident Evil formula, but I think that’s partly why you’re here and why you’ll love it as much as I did!

7. Doom: Eternal

Doom: Eternal

If you like crazy fast-paced first-person shooter games, this is the one for you! You play as the Doom Slayer, a legendary demon-slaying warrior, and you’re tasked with taking on hordes of demons and saving humanity from their invasion. The game is all about fast-paced, over-the-top combat, with an arsenal of weapons, upgrades, and abilities at your disposal.

When compared to Resident Evil, well, let’s just say that these two games are about as different as apples and oranges. Resident Evil is a survival horror game, all about fighting off zombies and other creatures while conserving resources and solving puzzles. Doom Eternal, on the other hand, is a first-person shooter game, all about fast-paced, no-holds-barred demon-slaying action.

8. The Evil Within

The Evil Within

The Evil Within is one of the most twisted and mind-bending survival horror games out there, and you’re about to learn why. Detective Sebastian Castellanos is the protagonist (you), who finds himself in a nightmarish world filled with twisted creatures and surreal environments. As you play, you have to balance survival and combat as you fight to uncover the truth behind the strange world you find yourself in.

The Evil Within places a greater emphasis on psychological horror and a surreal, dream-like environment, while Resident Evil focuses more on action-packed combat and puzzle-solving. If that sounds like an attractive deviation from the usual, you’ll love this game!

9. Silent Hill: Downpour

Silent Hill: Downpour

If you’re a fan of Resident Evil, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Silent Hill too! Both games are survival horror games that focus on fighting off creepy monsters and solving puzzles, but they have some distinct differences.

Silent Hill places a greater emphasis on psychological horror and atmosphere, with a darker and more unsettling tone. The creatures you’ll face in Silent Hill are often more surreal and unpredictable, and the environments you’ll explore are often creepier and more abstract. Sometimes, a detour from the action-packed fighting can be just what you need in a survival game!

10. Cry of Fear

Cry of Fear

Cry of Fear started as a mod for the popular first-person shooter game Half-Life, and it features a darker and more psychologically disturbing atmosphere. The game puts much more emphasis on stealth and resource management, and it features a more surreal and unpredictable world.

When the devs saw the success of the mod, they made a stand-alone game which was released in 2013, to be a great success as well! Compared to Resident Evil, you’ll find a lot of similarities and a few unique differences that set this game apart from other survival games, making it a must-try for any Resident Evil fan.

11. Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned: Criminal Origins

This one is an old but gold type of game, released for the Xbox 360 and also available on PC, it takes the player into a detective-like role in a decaying urban environment, and the creatures you’ll face are often more deranged and unpredictable than in Resident Evil.

At its time, and even now to an extent, this game took a whole new take on the survival horror category of games, which a lot of other games lacked the courage to do. That sets this apart for me, and I’m sure it will for you, too!

12. Alan Wake

Alan Wake

Now, this is a special one! Alan Wake is a psychological action-thriller game that takes place in the small town of Bright Falls, Washington. You play as Alan Wake, a bestselling novelist who’s come to the town to relax and find inspiration for his next book. However, things quickly spiral out of control when you find yourself in the middle of a supernatural event, and now you have to fight off mysterious creatures using just your trusty flashlight (… and guns).

What sets Alan Wake apart from other games is its strong storytelling and atmosphere. The game is designed to feel like a tv show, with each episode having its own cliffhanger and plot twists. The world of Bright Falls is also beautifully realized, with a moody Pacific Northwest setting that’s both beautiful and creepy.

13. Anna

Anna

Anna is a unique game for sure, there are few others out there that can directly compare to it, but we’ll try! One of the unique elements of Anna is its use of “memories” as a game mechanic. Throughout the game, you’ll collect scattered memories that give you insight into the history of the sawmill and the characters who used to work there.

These memories also serve as puzzle pieces, allowing you to solve increasingly complex puzzles as you progress through the game. Resident Evil fans are no strangers to complex puzzles, so you’ll feel right at home while enjoying the developers’ unique take on this genre by adding new mechanics and storylines.

14. Dead Rising 2

Dead Rising 2

The second Dead Rising game on this list, and for a good reason! Compared to the prequel, Dead Rising 2 features a wider variety of weapons and mechanics that allow you to take on hordes of zombies in creative and entertaining ways.

The game also introduces combo weapons, which are combinations of two items to create a powerful and often absurd weapon to defeat zombies with. Did I mention the much larger and more detailed game world, with multiple areas to explore, including a casino, a mall, and an arena? There are lots to love here, and coming from Resident Evil, you will not be disappointed!

15. Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2

There is absolutely no way we could omit this game from this list, Dead Space 2 is simply too good to be overlooked! Often considered the best game in the trilogy, it builds on its predecessor with a more developed and fleshed-out storyline, a bigger and more detailed game world, and improved gameplay mechanics that make the combat more satisfying and strategic.

Its unique focus on strategy, extremely fun and satisfying combat, and thrilling story put it right on par with Resident Evil for me (if not even higher, dare I say). If you have yet to give it a shot, please do it for your own sake!

16. Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage

Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage

This is a survival horror game that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre. While it may not be as well-known or as popular as Resident Evil, it still offers a unique and captivating experience that’s sure to satisfy fans of survival horror games.

You play as Howard E. Loreid in the small town of Ludlow, tasked with investigating strange occurrences of the supernatural variety! The atmosphere, storytelling, and thrill that it creates throughout the game can put other, much more popular games to shame, so make sure to try it out.

17. Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3

Alright, while we’re here, why not address the entire trilogy? Dead Space 3 had a lot going for it, and there wasn’t much the devs could do wrong as they built upon Dead Space 2. This time, Isaac Clarke is seeking to finish off the virus for good, and you’re going to help him do just that!

The Necromorphs return here bringing just as much dread and horror as the last two games, so you’re going to be engaged in the satisfying Dead Space combat a lot, which is a good thing, of course! As a fan of the Resident Evil series, it was impossible for me not to love this series too, and I’m sure you’ll like it just as much.

18. I Am Alive

I Am Alive

Is anyone ever really alive? If you’re not like me and have yet to die on the inside, good news! You’ll be able to relate to this game just fine… If you’re able to relate to a decaying, post-apocalyptic life too. Jokes aside, I Am Alive is an excellent take on a world consumed by an apocalypse.

Given the premise, you can expect there to be a lot of violence and death as the remaining people fight for survival and resources, both of which have become hard to come by. If you’ve been wondering what it would be like if the Resident Evil virus went global, this might be the game for you.

19. Doom 2

Doom 2

Doom is a classic first-person shooter that’s often considered a worthy competitor to the Resident Evil series, although the two games are different in terms of gameplay and genre. Nevertheless, they share one important aspect, which is killing demons (and zombies) and blowing things up.

Featuring a variety of environments and challenges, from dark and creepy dungeons to bright and sunny hellscapes, Doom 2 is generally considered to be an improvement on its predecessor in every way.

20. Condemned 2: Bloodshot

Condemned 2: Bloodshot

The trend of old being gold continues here with the sequel to Condemned: Criminal Origins, and it improves on that gold in a number of ways. You’re greeted by the same (but more tense and creepy) atmosphere, enemies, and environments as a whole. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going up against creepy things, I want a good combat system, and this game has just that!

Coming from Resident Evil, you’ll love the way it allows you to use the environment as a weapon, coupled with the extensive variety of base firearms it has as well, it’s an experience to be had for sure.

21. Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

We couldn’t end the list without something for the multiplayer co-op gamers, and this is the pick for you, especially if you love what Resident Evil does but want it in a co-op format! Left 4 Dead puts you and three teammates in a world swarmed by zombies, which have one goal: killing you (and your squad).

So, it’s up to you guys to strategize, evade, and kill all the zombies to reach safety. Apart from the co-op aspect setting it apart, you’ll love the way the gunplay and combat work in this game, along with the level design, which is second to none, especially in its genre.

That’s all for our list of games similar to Resident Evil. There was a lot to cover in here, but I’m sure we’ve probably still missed a couple of entries that deserve their own reviews! We hope you found what you were looking for and will have a great time playing these great games, having finished the Resident Evil series… for the fifth time.

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