A video game series started by Capcom in 1996. The first game took place in a ficticious place called Raccoon City where reports of canibalistic murders were taking place in the mountain area. The police search and rescue sqaud, S.T.A.R.S. is sent in to investigate these murders, but stumbles upon an estate out in the woods that holds a deadly secret. The city's biggest corperation, UMBRELLA, had been producing bioweapons. A leak occured when the founder of the progenitor virus, Dr. Marcus, had been ressurected by his leach-like test subjects and set forth to have his revenge on UMBRELLA and Spencer for his assasination. In the first game, you play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine of the S.T.A.R.S. and set out to expose UMBRELLA, while attempting to survive the zombies at the same time.
There were many sequals to follow the game's success:
Resident Evil 0 (Playing as Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen)
Resident Evil: REmake (Playing as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine)
Resident Evil 2 (Playing as Claire Redfield or Leon Kennedy)
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Playing as Jill Valentine)
Resident Evil: Code Veronica (Playing as Claire and Chris Redfield)
Resident Evil 4 (Playing as Leon Kennedy)
There have also been many spin offs to the series, such as the Gun Survivor series and Dead Aim, Resident Evil Gaiden and Resident Evil: Outbreak (or RE: Online).
Although the game took a decline after the REmake, being unable to compete with other survival horror games such as the Silent Hill franchise, the game has recently re-invented itself with the 4th installment of the series; Resident Evil 4 for the Gamecube and PS2.
There has also been a teaser for the 5th game leaked on the internet, which shows the return of Chris Redfield to the series.
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