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?

Related Game(s): Dead Space 3 , Resident Evil 6

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

If I only could pick one I'd still go with Resident Evil 6. Dead Space 3 looks to offer even less survival horror than the 2nd Dead Space. I still enjoy the characters and story the RE series offers so I'll go with Resident Evil 6. Having said that I still think RE6 will suck.

If I had my own choice I'd say screw both series and stick with Silent Hill. Silent Hill still scares the hell out of me.

Axe99
Axe99
10 years ago

There was a game called 'Sacrilegium' quietly announced at E3 that apparently is supposed to focus more on psychological horror than the action-horror of DS3/RE6. You could also possibly classify Last of Us as Survival-Horror as well – probably moreso than RE6/DS3!

godsman
godsman
10 years ago

Dead Spaces feels more disgusting than horror to me.

Sol
Sol
10 years ago

@Godsman, That's the thing man. In my overall experiences as a gamer you have the gruesome, digusting, and/or visceral physical horror, and then you have psychological horror. Both sit on opposing ends of a spectrum of sorts. You have DS and RE are on different points on that spectrum. Over the series of each they tend to play around and hopscotch back and forth with one more of one than the other. SH as LV mentioned still scares me as well, but primarily because it gives you an overdose of both. SH tries to balance it though and alternate so you don't "get used" to the way they hit you with it and block it out.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
10 years ago

Niether… both seem to have departed too far from their original routes to be classed as horror games in my eye. Dead Space 3 with it's co-op focus – the main appeal to the original title was the isolation and realtime story advancement. Then RE6 – after RE5 the series seems to be more focused on action than horror and suspense. At first I thoguht RE6 may change that with Leon in dark lit enviroments, but further videos prove otherwise.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure RE6 will turn out to be a good game especially after the mess of RE5. But I cannot class either as a horror title like Siren: Blood Curse. I won't even begin to talk about modern Silent Hill titles.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
10 years ago

ive played and bought every RER game made (even the bad ones) seen all the movies…. and I only played dead space 1 (and i enjoyed it.. not to mention it was more like resident evil than resident evil 4 and 5 were) but resident evil actually has a good story (i dont remember seeing many cutscenes in DS or a main antagonist.. just a guy with hallucinations trying to get off an infested ship) and i havent played Ds2 (i will one of these days) so RE6 is definitely getting my money first

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

The first Dead Space has an original and interesting storyline. The 2nd Dead Space is where he has a ton of hallucinations and the storyline goes a little off rails.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
10 years ago

ah i didnt see much of a storyline in DS.. it was just a guy hallucinating about his dead wife while trying to get off a "ghost ship" by story i mean in RE while trying to survive you run into other characters.. theres dialogues.. theres villains whos motivations you learn.. there are cutscenes… Wesker busting moves like He just came out of the Matrix… and the game stayed scary (not talkin about re4 and 5 here) dead space on the other hand was just quiet, lonely and void of any human interaction aside from people screaming at you through their mics.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

Spoiler….

Well first off you don't realize that he is hallucinating about his wife till the very end when he finds out she has been dead the entire time. Also you do run into characters over the course of the game and the storyline is fleshed out quite well from some rather great dialogue (unlike the cheese factor of the typical RE game).

I think you're being WAY too hard on a game you never understood in the first place.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Agree with LV, there's a crew in Dead Space and the ending is a surprise. It's a very well told horror story that is supplemented by superior lighting and audio effects plus intelligent level design. Resident Evil is a lot of fun but Ridley Scott it ain't.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
10 years ago

well like i said gameplay wise it was more resident evil than resident evil has been since re4.. so it succeeds well in that department.. story wise umm it isnt what i was hoping… as for other characters… the only characters ii remember is that girl.. whom talks to you on the comm that you finally see in person at the end…. your commanding officer or w/e he was.. and the doctor.. who also doesnt show up until teh end..

wheres the surviving crew members or hiding child you find and have to protect and keep saving til the end (at which point they either end up dying anyway or you make it out with them) that games and movies like these usually have?

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
10 years ago

There's more action than horror in both of these titles…

Cole
Cole
10 years ago

Yeah… I'm not expecting a proper survival horror experience from either of these games.

I was hoping for more info about Zwei at E3. If anyone can pull the genre out of it's current slump, then Shinji Mikami can.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

I'll be honest I enjoyed the first Dead Space more than other survival horror games like RE. That's just me. I don't really care for the genre as good as the games are, and they are good. But I really enjoyed dead space, and also enjoyed dead space 2. I just hope for DS3 we get some new enemies because DS2 felt a little underwhelming like I had done it all before.

As for RE, despite my feelings for the genre, enjoyed them. And yes I enjoyed RE5, but not as an RE game just as a good game.

So my money if I had to choose would go towards Dead Space, but ultimately I'll end up with both.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

I've never played a RE, so, naturally, I'm a DS fan. But, I did enjoy watching both trailers. It's possible DS3 could still pull off the frights with co-op a la L4D, and I did enjoy watching RE6 as an action game. I'll be sure to play both of 'em. I've played both DS's, but still have to play RE5.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

Ya…good idea start with the worst RE there is rather than from the beginning.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

That's the theory. I suppose it will only get better after then.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Agree with Ultima this time, both look like they've gone too far off the mark. Into the bargain bin with them and I'll get to them later.

Edit: I do want to see the new RE CG movie though.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 6/8/2012 1:07:33 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Wow, the song at the end of the Dead Space trailer was terrible.

anjpikapp3
anjpikapp3
10 years ago

That sound at the end of the RE6 trailer was even more terrible… /wink/

Claire C
Claire C
10 years ago

DS3 wins for me.

matt99
matt99
10 years ago

I'd rather have RE, I was just never able to get into Dead Space.

LowKey
LowKey
10 years ago

Haha RE is finally getting run 'n gun? OMG it only took them what, 15 years? lol maybe I'll be able to enjoy a RE for once.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

You must be new to gaming if you've yet to enjoy a RE game.

LowKey
LowKey
10 years ago

lol, oh no way am I new to gaming. I just find it tedious to stop, shoot, walk a few steps, stop, shoot, walk a few more steps and repeat the process.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
10 years ago

The Gamecube Resident Evil remake along with Silent Hill 2 are still my favorite survival horror games.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
10 years ago

INDEED! Same here!


Last edited by SaiyanSenpai on 6/9/2012 12:43:44 AM

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
10 years ago

That will be nice if u can have the option to turn off the AI buddy in the single player, but judging from the DS3 trailer it could be impossible to destroy those big monsters by yourself.

Condemnedsoul23
Condemnedsoul23
10 years ago

I am SO buying both

anjpikapp3
anjpikapp3
10 years ago

If I could only have 1 I would have to go with RE6. RE is still my all time favorite horror game.

LowKey
LowKey
10 years ago

lol, on my ps3 when I look at the pic zoomed out the 6 looks like a face half covered by a cloak hood.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
10 years ago

Neither. RE6 doesn't interest me and DS3 is releasing too late. Besides that, both seem to be more action oriented, which is NOT what I want from a horror game. DS3 is biological horror, which I don't find scary and RE is… well… pretty much the same. I want something different.

gray_eagle
gray_eagle
10 years ago

RE6, i still have hopes that capcom will realize "what" made Resident Evil and
will go back to it's roots.

bloody_rootz
bloody_rootz
10 years ago

i would probably go RE6. i loved RE5. but that being said im def gona get both these games. coz thats just the kind of guy i am lol

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
10 years ago

Well, I've never played the first two Dead Space games, so I can't speak to that. However, having said that, I am really looking forward to RE6. I really enjoyed RE5, even though it completely left the "survival horror" part behind.

RE5 did one thing right…CO-OP! So much so that I have YET to see any other game come close to matching it.

However, if my schedule allows, I'll play through both games – I really want to check out DS.

___________
___________
10 years ago

not survival horror showdown, more like mindless shooter showdown!
1 thing kept creeping into my mind when EA showed off DS3 in their presser, and that was wow i dident know crapcom was doing a presser this year because i swear to god that looks like lost planet!
about as much survival horror as freaking teletubbies!
same goes for RE6.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

RE6 has Leon so it wins.

trinichinese
trinichinese
10 years ago

both of them for me , i love resident evil so part 6 is a must and as for deadspace i played part 1 and that game is horror i liked it alot but i always wanted coop in that game and now they are bring it to part 3 so am going to get it ,the game dead space have all the control that i wish resident evil 5 had

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Re6 because of Leon campaign which is supposed to be pretty long on it s own ( 70% of re5 , all 3 will be about twice as long as re5 was ).

DS 3 seem like a lot more action then anything else .

Anyway , i got the feeling that Lost Planet 3 will be more of a survival/horror then both of those .Which is weird since it s the one that started with the most action .


Last edited by berserk on 6/9/2012 1:33:47 PM

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Oh and thx for the article ben , made me remember the upcoming game ZWEI from resident evil creator .If the game is anything like the pictures i saw it s gonna be agreat survival/horror game .


Last edited by berserk on 6/9/2012 1:40:27 PM

Caanimal
Caanimal
10 years ago

I have been HIGHLY disappointed w/ the RE franchise since 4 came out. It deviated far to far from the older games to even be considered "Survivor/Horror" IMO. I'm still overly happy that I just played a friends copy of RE4 and didn't buy it myself, I haven't bought a RE title since 3.

As for Dead Space, I loved the first one, it is the epitomy of "recent"(in the last 5 years) "Survival/Horror" games for me, it got back to how the original Resident Evil/Silent Hill games brought horror games to players. The second one wasn't nearly as suspencful/scary as the first one, which kind of disappointed me. It was just missing something, something I still can't put my finger on. The third game is starting to look rather disappointing to me as well.

I have always found co-op in a horror game to be an exceptionally stupid move to make, how can something be truly scary when there is someone next to you (physically or in-game) to watch your back and help out? I am honestly getting sick of co-op being in every other game released, what is even more disappointing is that the vast majority of these co-oped games are on-line co-op only, not many couch co-op games out there at all…

I will probably still buy Dead Space 3 just to finish out the story and my collection, but it will take a LOT to get me back into the Resident Evil franchise.

DjStiv3
DjStiv3
10 years ago

capcom could easily get back on top as a horror survival masterpiece maker..
you know what would be fantastic for capcom to do?
create one "flashback" "classic" resident evil game and incorporate all events from zero to at least 3 and place them in order and just make a current graphics game playing through all of those events… id like to see that done playing zero, through the mansion, the streets of raccoon city etc it would be pretty awesome i would definately buy it for sure

and they should think about a Vita resident evil game not ONE was made for psp and yet the DS & 3DS have at least 4 i think remade classics mercenaries for 3ds and revaltions (or revalatoins as its spelled lol)

come on capcom mvc is stupid stick to what you know best… classic zombie games