Two of, if not the biggest, names in the survival horror genre: Resident Evil and Silent Hill. We have the rough 2016 release date for Kojima and Del Toro's Silent Hills starring Norman Reedus on PS4. Could Capcom also make Resident Evil 7 in time for a 2016 release date on PS4 and Xbox One?
These two games have massive support from their dedicated fans. Each of them helped define the survival horror genre in two very different ways. But if it came down to a choice between the two, which game would you back? Silent Hills or Resident Evil 7? Let's take a look at the future of the franchises and their pasts!
Resident Evil 7 vs Silent Hills
Resident Evil 7
Take a look at the series that Shinji Mikami helped create, the man who has made the best games in the series, from Resident Evil to Resident Evil 4! As of late, the series that he defined has taken a dive in terms of quality, particularly since Mikami moved on. He has gone on to succeed with the likes of Shadows of the Damned and the recent The Evil Within, which truly is a great survival horror!
Resident Evil: Revelations is perhaps the only game in recent memory that showed at least a hint of what made the old RE games so great. It seems that Capcom has decided to split their franchise, as many publishers and developers are opting for, in order for twice the amount of money to come rolling in. This also helps cover the various fans that Resident Evil can attract.
The Revelations series appears to be the one that will be geared more towards the true fans of Resident Evil, with more of a focus on survival horror. Whereas Resident Evil 7 (they will obviously make it) will continue along the same vein. Though that may not necessarily be true. Capcom haven't been doing as well, financially and critically, as they would like. Therefore, they are taking huge strides in order to change how their successful franchises are run.
I think one thing that’s become really clear is what people want out of the Resident Evil series is survival horror first and foremost, they want that to be the core of the gameplay.
I think what we really need to do is take a serious look at what makes the series itself, look at all the constituent part, if resource management is important to survival horror, then why is it important, what does it mean, and what do these varying elements mean to the franchise? How can we then take that and work with modern technology? - Okabe
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If Resident Evil can get back to its roots and focus more on making it fit with the survival horror genre more, we could see a tremendous revival of success for Capcom (which they desperately need). I'm a great fan of Resident Evil and I do wish it the best, but it's going to need some big names attached to it if it's to compete with Silent Hills!
Silent Hill is one game that I really recall freaking me out as a child. Its fog, eerie soundtrack and terrifying enemies made it an absolute thrill to play. And this game had a seriously low budget! If you look at the gameplay and the cinematics they are wildly different.
The cinematics are actually quite impressive but they are very sparse. The reason being that they didn't have enough money to make a lot of those sequences. Thus they resorted to using a lot of text to fill in the gaps, and in terms of covering up the poor graphical quality, they used the fog! This masked some of the poor textures but actually gave the game a far more terrifying ambience.
I have faith that Silent Hills will be the closest entry in the franchise to how the original games felt since Silent Hill 3! The series has really fallen as of late, releasing some very poor titles of little to no value for fans. But with Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro behind the wheel and Norman Reedus as the protagonist, I can seriously see this being one of the best horror games ever made.
Hideo Kojima is the real genius of video games. His direction style is so unique, he has an excellent sense of humour, and his blending of cinematic tropes and meta gaming moments make the Metal Gear Solid series some of the greatest gaming experiences you can have. I have complete faith in his abilities, and I seriously can't wait to see what he does with Silent Hills.
Judging by Capcom's recent failures with the Resident Evil series and their lack of any demonstration of creative development with their franchises, I don't have a lot of hope for Resident Evil 7. I'd be glad to forget about the series altogether and just follow Mikami's work with the likes of The Evil Within, could a sequel be on the way?
I have a great deal more faith in Konami and Kojima Productions and their upcoming Silent Hills. I don't want to wish 2015 away...but I am dying to see how this title develops. Let's hope we get another teaser soon! Check out the trailer for the game below if you haven't seen it yet and let us know whether you'd prefer a good Resident Evil 7 or Silent Hills. Personally, even if Capcom made a great Resident Evil 7, I'd still be up for a great Silent Hill more!