Resident Evil 4 - Will you need to play the other games first?
Are you ready to face the Ganados?
The Resident Evil franchise has been going since 1996, and has media spanning across games, movies, comics, and books. So, with the Resident Evil 4remake coming out this year, some might get the idea of needing to play the previous games to catch up on the story. With so much lore and story to pour over, it could take a while and most people don’t have that kind of time.
So do you need to play the previous Resident Evil games to understand what is going on?
The simple answer to this question is no, you do not.
The extended answer is that each entry has self-contained stories that do not require more than just snooping around in the games themselves or just watching the cutscenes to understand what is going on. There will be references to prior games that you might miss if you haven’t played them, but for the most part they can be read as background material. Resident Evil 4 especially doesn’t need the other games to really understand it, as there are only three returning characters from the previous entries, one of them being the protagonist of the game. However, it does provide a little more context as well as enhancing already established characters.
However, if you still want to play the other games, play Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3in that order. They’ve all been remade by Capcom over the years, andthey’re all available here on Fanatical. While it is unnecessary, it will give information and context on who Leon is, who his allies are, and who his enemies are, as well as why Raccoon City is such a big deal. Once you’re ready, you can get the original version of Resident Evil 4, or pre-order the remake and get it on 24 March 2023.