If Resident Evil Village has left you wanting more games like Resident Evil to tuck into, there are plenty of fantastic titles out there for you to discover. Many entries in Capcom's Resident Evil series are counted among the best horror games around, and the franchise's influence has spawned other experiences in the genre over the years. If you're ready to step away from the world of RE and try out something different, we've gathered together some of the very best games like Resident Evil across multiple platforms.
Some of the games in our selection certainly have their fair share of scares, but that will be old hat for anyone who's delved into the Resident Evil series. And if you're after action in a similar vein, there's lots on offer, too. From Dead Space to the Last of Us and more, here's our pick of the best games like Resident Evil that you can play right now.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch
Kicking off our list is Dead Space, a third-person survival-horror game set in... well... space. Creepy monsters are scary enough, but when you have to deal with them in the blackness of space, the horror is amplified. Dead Space came out during a time when fans were starving for true survival-horror in a modern sense.
In 2008 when it first launched, there wasn’t anything quite like it. Sure, the original Resident Evil games were scary, but haven’t aged as well due to their rigid tank controls. Dead Space feels like a modern game, while still calling back to the claustrophobic nature of the level design from Resident Evil. It’s the best of both worlds, and now you have all the more reason to check it out ahead of the arrival of the Dead Space Remake.
Developer: Bend Studio
Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC
Days Gone sometimes gets a lot of hate, but most of it isn’t justified. Sure, it might not be of the same quality as the rest of Sony’s first-party line-up, but Days Gone is still a blast. It takes a lot of the shooting elements of the more recent Resident Evil games, but adds in a heartfelt story and a massive open world.
Regardless of how this game compares to other PlayStation exclusives, there’s no denying that its action gameplay is satisfying. It features an in-depth progression system, tons of missions, and a nuanced crafting system that makes it feel like a survival game. If you like the more action-oriented Resident Evil games, you should definitely give Days Gone a try.
The Last of Us
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4, PS5
When discussing iconic horror games, it’s tough not to mention The Last of Us. This game (and its sequel, The Last of Us Part 2) lean more into cinematic storytelling, and include survival mechanics that make every encounter feel dire.
In one moment, you’ll be scrounging around for ammo and supplies, and then the next, you’ll get hit with a massive story beat that changes the course of the game’s narrative. Everything from the acting, performances, writing, and combat in the Last of Us are impeccable, and a testament to Naughty Dog’s skills as a developer.
Dying Light 2
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC,
A gigantic sequel to the original Dying Light, Dying Light 2 is the newest game on this list. With hours and hours of playtime in its open area alone, Techland has delivered a giant world to explore freely. Dying Light 2 takes the open-world zombie game formula and expands upon it, offering you countless opportunities to pick up missions, discover collectibles, and decide whether or not you want to fight a horde or zombies or run off into the night.
The parkour mechanic that made Dying Light so special is still here and even better than before, and with your first-person view of the zombie-infested world, you'll viscerally feel every rooftop leap and grappling hook glide.
Developer: Creative Assembly
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch
As we’ve mentioned already, there’s something to be said about the creepiness of horror in space. That’s where Alien Isolation comes in, surprisingly taking an existing IP and becoming arguably the best in the entire franchise. Alien Isolation puts you in the shoes of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley, which gives it a canonical significance.
Aside from its story, the gameplay is tense, as the deadly Xenomorph is always lurking around. This raises the stakes and makes you have to approach every situation carefully. The game is less action oriented than others on this list, with an emphasis on running and hiding more so than all-out battle.
Platforms: PlayStation, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360
Resident Evil and Silent Hill often go hand-in-hand when it comes to horror. Both debuted for the original PlayStation around the same time, and pushed the limits on the hardware at the time.
Silent Hill has practically an identical combat system as the earlier Resident Evil entries, allowing players to stop and shoot their foes with a variety of firearms. Of course, the creatures in Silent Hill are much more abstract, taking inspiration from what you’d see in your nightmares. This is yet another series fans have been clamoring to see return, and rumor has it we might get that wish soon.
Developer: 2K Games
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch
At first, saying BioShock is one of the games like Resident Evil might seem like a stretch, but the two have more in common than you might think. Though BioShock takes place in a fantastical world, horror is at the heart of the experience. The enemies known as Splicers are grotesque, and although they might not look like zombies, you’ll want to avoid them all the same.
BioShock has some of the most satisfying gameplay, encouraging you to explore and collect resources as you make your way through the world of Rapture. Much like recent Resident Evil titles, BioShock shines in its environmental storytelling, making its world feel like a real place.
Left 4 Dead
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Valve truly capitalized on an idea that other developers have struggled to replicate. Even Back 4 Blood the 2021 spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, may not pop as much ass the original. Left 4 Dead somehow managed to combine satisfying first-person shooting with a challenging, yet comedic array of campaigns that all felt unique.
The flow of a campaign would vary due to the random placement of enemy zombies, but would usually offer a satisfying balance of difficulty and fun. Resident Evil is often remembered for being silly and wacky, so if that’s your thing, Left 4 Dead (and its sequel) will be up your alley if you're looking for one of the games like Resident Evil.
Developer: Bloober Team
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC
The Medium is a fascinating psychological horror game from Bloober Team. Much of it is focused on narrative, so we won’t spoil that here. It falls more in line with Resident Evil’s creepier elements, often delving into the main character’s psyche.
Its main mechanic has players control two realities at once, using a split-screen presentation. This opens up the door for lots of clever puzzles that are one of the reasons The Medium gets a spot on this list of games like Resident Evil. It doesn’t have the same level of polish as Capcom’s games, but it’s absolutely worth checking out, if nothing else than for including a unique idea.
The Evil Within
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC
The Evil Within series is a spiritual successor to Resident Evil. In fact, it was directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series. After playing both series, you can definitely tell they come from the same creator. The Evil Within leans more into the psychological horror elements, presenting you with off-the-wall creatures and situations that don’t exist in reality as we know it.
But from a gameplay perspective, The Evil Within is a greatest hits representation of the Resident Evil games that came before it, combining stealth with action, all under the frame of survival horror. If you only play one entry on this list of games like Resident Evil, it has to be The Evil Within.
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