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The Top 7... Bitter rivalries

Contributors: Brett Elston, Charlie Barratt

Coke or Pepsi. Blond or brunette. Batman or Superman. For every great thing in this world, there's at least one other that stands in its way, forever dividing a group of people who would otherwise love the exact same stuff. Sometimes these differences are in our heads. Sometimes they're deliberate and calculated, designed to instill competition and steal some thunder from a property that's already doing serious numbers. Either way, we're right in the middle, ready to argue the point until we're out of breath.

Videogames are not exempt from this behavior. Even before the internet let everyone tell everyone else that everything they like is retarded, people would get in each other's faces about which series they liked more. These seven cases cover the biggest and most divisive franchise confrontations the industry has ever known.

Where do you stand?

Silent Hill (Konami) versus Resident Evil (Capcom)



Choosing sides: What frightens you? Gamers have always gone to Resident Evil for its jump-out-of-your-seat shock value. Zombie dogs crashing through windows may not be subtle, but they do make you cover your eyes and scream like a baby. Silent Hill's brand of quiet psychological fear is deeper. You're guaranteed less thrills but more nightmares. The two series share the survival horror throne, but for very different reasons.

Highlights: Give credit where credit's due. Resident Evil is the father of the entire genre, at least on consoles, and its breakthrough success in 1996 could be the only reason Silent Hill even exists. By 2001, however, things had shifted. Silent Hill 2 was being called the scariest videogame of all time by fans and critics alike, while Resident Evil was on the skids with disappointments such as Survivor and, later, Dead Aim and Outbreak. Kids who had grown up on Resident Evil now craved something more adult, something the town of Silent Hill could offer and Raccoon City could not.

But then came Resident Evil 4, a brilliant, pulse-pounding roller coaster of a shooter that not only redeemed the series' name, but reinvented the survival horror genre all over again. Silent Hill 4: The Room's tentative step into a first person perspective seemed tame in comparison.

Oh, and each franchise spawned a film adaptation. Both of which kinda sucked.

Outcome: While current anticipation for Resident Evil 5 (next-gen!) and Umbrella Chronicles (light gun!) is undeniably higher than that for the Silent Hill Origins prequel (um... PSP!), we have yet to hear any concrete details on the inevitable Silent Hill 5. The battle for our goose bumps is far from over.

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34 comments

  • TheHungryLemur - June 1, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    It had to end with Mario VS Sonic. Sega does what Nintendon't!
  • TR4rules - October 11, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    I love all theses games, except madden, unreal and quake. I can't stand multiplayer focused only games. However the game i hate the most aand the saw fit to cement the feelinf was madden. I loved the 2K football series, it was always better and then ea decided that couldn't make a better game so they decided that they would make the only one
  • AlexMercer1337 - November 9, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    I CANNOT believe that Halo and Call of Duty weren't included in this article.
  • pyro9393 - December 7, 2008 10:44 p.m.

    sonic and mario rule but only the orginals and id take re over sh any day
  • ryno - December 2, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    i like resident evil better than silent hill
  • Monkeylink - November 30, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    Mario And Sonic Have been competing since they were made And they both SUCK
  • ShadowOps117 - May 18, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    Shut up.
  • cultofbananas - October 10, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    Wow. I hate EA more than ever... I knew they had some sort of corrupt hand in buying out the NFL, but 15 YEARS?!?!
  • AA95mp - September 8, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    i haven't played quake 2 but i love unreal tournament so it's ut for me.
  • ShadesofGrey - June 27, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    FF IX... I could just never take it seriously. How was it ever an attempt to "hearken to the old school"? The FF IV, V, and VI casts were all serious, grownup characters. As great as the gameplay was, IX is the only FF game I've never WANTED to replay. Steiner is to blame. The coolest/strongest playable character... and he has a look and demeanor that absolutely refused to be taken seriously. Take FF X, replace Auron with Steiner. That game would suck, too.
  • KillerPotato - June 4, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    Sony freaking made final fantasy awesomer, nintendo was good but Sony is better
  • 4everbored - June 1, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    you forgot pro evo and fifa
  • reroxas - March 20, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    I think (no offense) to RE fans which I am though Resident Evil 4 was NOT scary it was amzing don't get me wrong but it didn't give me the thrill. While Silent Hill is scarier, But on the whole equal. But to tell you the truth I expected the Final Fantasy one to be about FF against Dragonquest not Nintendo FF vs. Sony FF. The sony FF is ALOT better than nintendo FF. Every Final Fantasy from 7-12 (not counting 13 ain't out yet) except for 9 and give or take 11 proves that but the remakes of 3 and 4 were good but Sony's was alot better.
  • CoD_22 - March 17, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    @skstorm, it wouldnt be cod4 vs halo it would be cod vs moh. i cant wait for the next moh even though i love cod. moh:european assault on ps2 was the first shooter i played. i decided not to get airborne when i got my ps3 xmas 08
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    ive never played final fantasy nintendo so i'll have to go for sony
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    tekken rocks its definately the best fighter ever.ive only ever played virtua fighter on the sega master system and i didnt enjoy it
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    street fighter is the best. though mortal kombat is good for its fatality's and fighting humor street fighter for me has the edge over mortal kombat
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - February 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Just keep in mind this was posted in July 2007, months before either CoD4 or Halo 3 were out. Still had a lot of fun with it though. It's also from the old site design, hence the many pages instead the now-standard four.
  • gutlessVADER - February 4, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    wat u like sucks wat i like rules i hate u adn wat u like
  • noobeater - February 4, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    im sorry but i think mario hands down beats sonic be it then or now (certainly now) oh and i by far prefer mortal combat however with resi v silent hill ...silent hills which i have only recently played its more tough....silent hill is terrifing but i think resident evil is more fun good article

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