I still remember a time when Resident Evil defined survival/horror. And in many ways, I suppose it still does.
But this generation has seen various genres shifting and changing; it has seen a new IP like Dead Space come in and take horror to another level. Some will claim it's more of a third-person shooter than survival/horror but that may not be accurate; just because you can move and shoot (which you'll be able to do in Resident Evil 6 , finally) doesn't mean anything. There are still a lot of slow, "holy crap, what's around the next corner?" moments.
Now that Dead Space 3 has been formally unveiled, perhaps it's time to ask the inevitable question: Which horror-based game gets your vote? EA's relatively new series or the iconic Resident Evil , which returns in October? Maybe it's best if you see the E3 spot for DS3 first.
Now, as bad as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was, RE6 does look awfully promising. "Dramatic horror," Capcom calls it. Although, that being said, in direct comparison to the new Dead Space , I think the technical edge in terms of production values will have to go to EA. Then again, Capcom put a ton of effort into the reveal trailer for RE6, which is just dripping with atmospheric and dramatic goodness.
Actually, that almost looks to have just as much fast-paced action – if not more – than DS3. They seem to be very much in the same category, regardless of what some old-school fans might say. Those fans, by the way, will probably say survival/horror in the strictest, traditional sense is dead, and only Silent Hill has stayed true to that formula. But hey, times are changing. Third-person shooter, survival/horror, whatever; RE6 and DS3 are still in the same genre (or sub-genre).
If you had to pick only one to get your money, which would it be?