Resident Evil 8: Village (2021) | Discussion, Recommendations and Spoilers | Video Game Review
Resident Evil 8: Village (2021) is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. It was released on May 7, 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows and Stadia. It is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) and follows Ethan Winters, Mia Winters and their daughter, Rosemary Winters.
At the beginning of the game, we find Ethan and Mia Winters have moved from the United States to an undisclosed location in Europe. We discover that Ethan and Mia have an infant daughter named Rosemary, but they call her Rose for short. They live in a very beautiful and comfortable home and seem to have the life they have always wanted and frankly, deserve after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017).
Ethan brings Rose upstairs to sleep in her crib and goes downstairs to eat dinner with Mia. Before they can eat, however, several men including Chris Redfield break into their home, shoot Mia dead and kidnap Rose. Curiously, Chris and his men do not shoot Ethan, but instead take him with them. Unfortunately, the vehicle Ethan is in crashes and he finds himself in a snowy embankment when he comes to. He learns that the other men in the crashed vehicle are dead and soon sees a trail leading away from the crashed vehicle.
Ethan follows the trail into the woods and eventually comes to a mysterious village. As he explores the village, he finds it empty, but sees that there is blood spattered on the snow in several areas outside the homes. It seems as if something terrible has happened to the villagers and Ethan has to figure out what is going and where his daughter has been taken.
As Ethan explores the homes, he finds furniture torn up and pushed into piles, beds empty and blood trails on the floors. In one house, he finds a villager who has been hiding, but the villager is soon attacked by a werewolf and Ethan soon finds himself trapped in a house, fighting off a large pack of werewolves.
He eventually successfully fights off the werewolves, only to be confronted with a monstrous werewolf, several times larger than the werewolves he initially encountered. After evading the monstrous werewolf, he finds his way to a house filled with the remaining villagers, only to find that one of the villagers has changed to a werewolf and kills the remaining villagers. Ethan escapes the house and makes his way to a large castle to try to find what happened to Rose.
When Ethan makes it to the castle, he is attacked by a man who then renders him unconscious. When Ethan awakes, he discovers he is in a room with five supernatural beings, a colossal vampire woman named Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, a strange little doll controlled by Donna Beneviento, a nasty hunchback creature named Salvatore Moreau and the mysterious man who brought him into the room named Karl Heisenberg.
The four beings are led by Mother Miranda, a mysterious being that looks like a woman except she has eight black wings on her back. The four supernatural beings are arguing with Mother Miranda about who will get Ethan and kill him. Mother Miranda chooses Heisenberg to take Ethan, despite the other's arguments that they are the better choice.
Ethan is then chased into some underground tunnels and caves, which are filled with the werewolves. He soon discovers a pit with a bridge and jumps onto it, then sees an exit at the end of the bridge and heads towards it, only to be confronted by the monstrous werewolf, who we discover is actually Heisenberg, transformed. Ethan escapes Heisenberg, his werewolves and his death traps and again makes his way to the castle.
As Ethan explores the castle, we soon figure out that the castle belongs to Lady Dimistrescu. Unfortunately, not only does Lady Dimistrescu live in the castle, it is also home to her three vampire daughters, Bela, Cassandra and Daniela. Ethan almost immediately is captured by the daughters and is brought to a room where he is hung from the ceiling on hooks by his hands. After sampling some of his blood (I mean, of course, what else would vampires do?), the vampires leave Ethan in the room alone and he tries to figure out how to escape.
The rest of the game follows Ethan as he faces monstrous supernatural enemies, looks for his daughter Rose, solves the mystery of who Mother Miranda is, what Chris Redfield is really after and what actually happened to Mia.
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*Discussion contains spoilers
I thought this game was just okay. While I absolutely loved Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and have played it multiple times over the years, I've only played Resident Evil 8: Village twice. I find that the story seems very disjointed. It's almost like four different people wrote different parts of the story (like one person per boss enemy) and turned it into an editor, who then tried to make it fit as a sequel to Resident Evil 8: Village. It's like someone along the line said, well, I definitely want vampires and werewolves in Europe and tried to make it fit with the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard storyline, but it just ends up being weird and disjointed.
The reason I loved Resident Evil 7: Biohazard so much is that it was a linear, cohesive story that made sense and it was original. It was scary and all the characters mattered to me, even if they came across as evil or sociopathic. I was hoping Resident Evil 8 would continue with either what had happened to Lucas and/or what had happened with Umbrella and Chris Redfield.
The characters I liked in Resident Evil 8: Village were: Ethan, Lady Dimitrescu and Heisenberg. The rest I didn't really care about because it just didn't seem like they had enough character development. To me, there were way too many bosses and side stories that didn't go anywhere or make sense. For example, what was with chunklicious bowl-cut wagon-store guy? He'd say mysterious things that didn't make sense and didn't go anywhere. I don't know if he's going to matter in a different game, but the whole time I was like, "Who cares, shut up, just give me my crap. Thanks and see ya, get a shirt that fits next time bro".
I liked Heisenberg because he was charismatic and complicated. I thought that he was well-written and interesting. I liked Lady Dimistrescu because she was also complicated and interesting. She was totally evil, but still a mom who cared about her daughters. An evil mom, but still a mom, and I actually was kind of worried and scared when she screamed, "What have you done to my daughter!?", like someone who completely lost their mind and was going to turn me into beef tartare when she found me. Gross.
I wish they had just spent more time with Heisenberg and Lady Dimistrescu because I felt like their segments were more anxiety-provoking than Salvatore Moreau and Donna Beneviento. Well, except for that nasty worm thing in Donna Beneviento's segment that oozed blood, cried like a baby and swallowed my ass whole when I didn't get away from under the bed fast enough. They could have stuck that thing in the castle or Heisenberg's factory and I would've shit my pants for real (not really...come on, lol).
Is it Scary?
I didn't think the game was really scary except for the nasty worm thing and the part in the castle where I had to walk through the blood tunnels and those horrible former-maid vampire things kept popping up like Whack-A-Mole.
I felt like the weapons were ridiculously easy to get, but not ridiculously easy to upgrade all the way. You kind of have to choose what you're going to use throughout the game and just upgrade those. I sold some of my crappier weapons and it still wasn't enough money to upgrade my better weapons all the way. The second time around was easier to manage how I was going to upgrade my weapons, but I wish I had known what was going to be available before I played so I would have known what to wait for.
I was surprised to find out that Mother Miranda used the mold to take the form of other people, including Mia. I really didn't see that coming. I wasn't sure how they were going to link the two games, but I did figure the source of the mold would be explained at some point. I was sort of glad to see that Mia was still alive at the end of the game, but I was so beyond pissed they killed off Ethan. I don't understand why Mia got to live (she was kind of annoying in both games) and Ethan got the old, "let's put him in the wood chipper again for old time's sake" treatment. I was like, "Mia?! Mia gets to live?! Who the f*@# cares about Mia!?"
But you know, maybe that's why they killed Ethan off, because people would probably shrug their shoulders if Mia died and go eat a yogurt or something because it would have absolutely no impact. I was also wondering that if you didn't give Mia the cure at the end of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, how would that be explained? They never explained it because apparently they don't care about plot holes. If Mia survived despite not picking her, does that mean Zoe lived too? Is Zoe still alive somewhere? Who knows? She's still more interesting than Mia, that's for sure, lol.
Did you like this game? Have you played it? What did you think? Do you like it more or less than Resident Evil 7: Biohazard? Please share your thoughts below!