A strong start and okay finish makes this average out as decent but not amazing installment.
I feel like I want to give Resident Evil Village a running commentary of scores, such is the range and variety of its sections: 8, 9 (…Jesus, maybe a 10?), 8, 7, 6… There’s so much going on but it chops and changes from beat to beat in such a way you can almost see the line between sections. Most noticeably it feels like there’s a real difference between the first and second half. The opening is strong, clever, and fun – full of atmosphere and intrigue as you explore (and features a part that’s probably one of the best stand-alone horror levels of the year). While the latter half veers into ‘okay’ territory, with some combat slogs, a boss fight that’s a bit of a stretch even by Resident Evil standards and, while it’s still good, it lacks the same spark and craft as the beginning.
Release date:May 7, 2021
Platform(s): PS5, PC, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One