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Resident Evil creator blames action focus for decline in series
Posted: 27.09.2013 06:46 by Comments: 7
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is working on a survival horror game for Bethesda, The Evil Within. In an interview, the developer states that his original series has declined due to the focus on action.

Speaking to IGN, Mikami stated, "Because of the reaction to the Resident Evil remake, I decided to work more action into Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 would have been a more scary, horror-focused game if the remake had sold well.”

RE4 did extremely well, but its success turned the genre into an action-focused one, with such games as Dead Space following it.

"I’ve been looking at the survival-horror genre for a long time," he noted. "I don’t think it’s specifically because developers want to appeal to a wider audience. I think they just want to make their games more fun, and if they’re reaching more and more in that direction, they’re naturally going to go toward more action."

The Evil Within resembles Amnesia more than Dead Space, and will be released on PC as well as current- and next-gen consoles in 2014.
Source: IGN

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By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 27, 2013
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Glad to see the creator of the series agree with the complaints of the fans.

"I think they just want to make their games more fun, and if theyā€™re reaching more and more in that direction, theyā€™re naturally going to go toward more action."

In some cases that can work but not in the horror genre.Amnesia the Dark Descent is great because you CAN`T fight back,you can only run from the monsters,if you were able to fight back much of the terror would be gone.
By LukeDion1987 (SI Core Veteran) on Sep 27, 2013
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Yeah... But RE was great even with fights (RE1, RE2 all to RE4, and even RE5 was not that bad).
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 27, 2013
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Yes but you never felt like you could just run and gun,i played RE 4 and that game got it right,you could fight back but you still felt dread just by thinking about when you will be attacked next,you never felt like you were in control of the situation.
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Sep 28, 2013
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Resident Evil 2 was by far the best. Started in the city, buses were on fire and that gun shop owner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fWvub_WBho
By wolfsrain (SI Member) on Sep 28, 2013
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Yeah, wasn't a big fan of anything that was released after RE3. And not releasing Code Veronica on PC ( the actual sequel to RE2 ) - what were they thinking?!

Survival horror switched from just survival to full blown action. Even Silent Hill series suffered. And westernizing the production to reach the western public led to losing its usual visual appeal.

At the same time, games like Penumbra, Amnesia or the more recent Outlast are taking the genre back to its roots.
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Sep 28, 2013
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Penumbra Overture and Black Plague are amazing. Overture is free you should really give it a try if you haven't already. http://download.cnet.com/Penumbra-Overture/3000-2097_4-10648433.html I can't recommend it enough.
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Sep 28, 2013
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