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Resident Evil Village (Series) Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Resident Evil Village is a survival horror adventure. It follows on the narrative of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the first person perspective. As in the other games, you play Ethan Winters who is searching for his kidnapped daughter in a village filled with mutant creatures. With a combination of suspense, puzzles and action, the game creates a tense horror experience.

After the series backed off pure action and shooting of Resident Evil 5 and 6, this game sees the return of inventory management like Resident Evil 4. To aid your survival you must manage inventory in a briefcase to ensure it's packed to preserve space.

You set out from the central village hub, taking on different locations and substantial enemies. Between these missions, you can purchase equipment and hunt animals to cook for food that offers character enhancements.

The result is a game that is varied, engaging and disturbing. It's a cornucopia of horrors that know they are there to entertain as well as cause fear. For adults who enjoy scares, blood and violence this is a great fit. Although there is a little repetition in some boss fights, the overall variety offsets this well.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 22/03/1996, updated in 2021

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @CapcomUSA_

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 14 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 6 players online. The main game is single-player but there is a 6 player online mode.

CostsCosts

Resident Evil Village usually costs £54.99 to £74.99.
 

Resident Evil Village

Xbox One £54.99
PS5 £54.99
PS4 £54.99

Resident Evil Village & Resident Evil 7 Complete Bundle

Xbox One £74.99
PS5 £74.99
PS4 £74.99

Resident Evil Village Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £64.99
PS5 £64.99
PS4 £64.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. Resident Evil Village comes in a variety of editions, each costing a different price and each with different features:
  • Standard Edition, which includes only the game
  • Deluxe edition, which comes with the Trauma Pack, which includes a new gun, some music, a visual filter and more. You can buy the trauma pack as an add-on to the Standard Edition.
  • Collector's Edition, which includes the Deluxe Edition, a figurine, an art book, a poster, a steelbook and more.
  • Resident Evil Village & Resident Evil 7 Complete Bundle (Digital purchase only), which includes both the games in the series where you play as Ethan Winters in their complete states.

You can purchase weapon packs and additional music tracks. For example, the Trauma Pack, which includes the Samurai Edge weapon, the Mr. Everywhere accessory and special safe room music.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of strong violence towards human-like characters and use of strong language. It contains frequent depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters, in both gameplay and cutscenes. Enemies can be attacked using firearms and explosives, resulting in cries of pain and strong blood and gore effects, including sight of decapitation and dismemberment. Stronger and more sadistic moments of violence, shown from a first-person perspective, include sight of hands being torn apart, a drill being plunged into a person's torso, and a character being held in the air using hooks, which are then torn out. There is also frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*').

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. From a first-person perspective, players explore environments and use pistols, shotguns, and machine guns to shoot and kill fantastical creatures (e.g., werewolves, ghouls, mutants, mechanical humanoids) found throughout the surrounding areas. Some attacks result in decapitation and/or dismemberment of enemies, often accompanied by large splatters of blood; some areas depict large bloodstains and entrails within the environment. Cutscenes can depict additional acts of intense violence and gore: a character's heart ripped out of their chest; a person chopped through the shoulder by a machete; a character impaled through the chest by a giant weapon; a person repeatedly shot. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the game.

In addition to the rating advice, parents and carers may want to note the online fan-response to the Lady Dimitrescu character in the game. This grand noblewoman with vampire-like abilities became popular online with fan-fiction, -art, memes, and erotica. According to Wikipedia, Journalists and commentators "attributed the rapid surge of fan interest in the character to various aspects of her appearance and sex appeal."


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select difficulty, as well as individual assists for aiming.

Sound is an atmospheric aspect of the game, but this is not well communicated via other means in captions or vibration feedback. Sometimes you need to hear enemies so you can avoid them, however, this audio is not provided via visual indicators. You can control the sound effects and music independently.

You can access a map during play, once you have collected it. This displays the areas you have explored and points of interest like items and doors.

You can disable screen shake via the Camera Wobble setting. You can also slow down camera movement to aid motion sickness.

The game makes use of the PlayStation 5 adaptive triggers and this can be disabled. You can select between a toggle or hold for running.
 
Our Resident Evil Village Accessibility Report details 18 accessibility features:

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