Resident Evil Village wins the Not Perfect But Most Memorable Award for 2021

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Each game has a “Game of the Year” series of its salt value at the awards ceremony. It is intended for a game that is technically closest to perfect, tells the best story, has the best art direction – just the best game to come out this year. But I want to recognize a game that, while I admit it is not perfect, was really the longest stuck in my mind: Resident Evil Village.

Resident Evil has been very confused for a few years. Previously we had the very action-oriented Resident Evil 6, a very difficult turn from Survival Horror. Then the series came back strong with the excellent Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 remakes. The Resident Evil 3 remake was a bit of a stumbling block – not as good as it could have been. But really, it was a losing series game this year, no pun intended.

Capcom did not Have To Deliver the Most Competitive, Crazy Monster Game of the Year. But that Did, And we’re all better for it. The winning combination of RE7’s first-person gameplay and RE4’s European Gothic setting borrows from the best in the Village series and still manages to deliver something new and entertaining.

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The main enemies of the game are the RE-style incarnations of the classic monsters: Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters are vampires. The village creatures are werewolves. Moreau is a Black Lagoon animal. Heisenberg and his creations are a form of Frankenstein and the monsters Pestich. Each of them is on the list of memorable RE enemies, Mr. X, Nemesis and Jack Baker. Not to mention that the game is really scary and upsetting, especially the Benevento section.

No, the game isn’t perfect – the late factory setting in the game dramatically drags on the outdoor space set piece and ends. Three out of four boss fights (well, three out of three, if one doesn’t consider Benevento House as boss) were repetitive and uncertain.

A lot of great games have come out this year, the number of which is probably better than the village in technical sense. But very few of them stuck with me like this game, and I think it deserves an award in itself.

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