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The best Resident Evil games on Nintendo Switch

With some of the best Resident Evil games now on Nintendo Switch, we though it'd be worth putting together a list of what we think is worth playing first.

Custom image of Leon from Resident Evil 4 for best Resident Evil games guide

If you’re looking for a good time gunning down some zombies, our list of the best Resident Evil games on Switch is here to help. Here at Pocket Tactics, we’re big fans of this classic Capcom series and have plenty of experience dealing with the t-virus and the monsters it creates. So, we think we’re best placed to offer some suggestions, and you can check them out below.

If you’re on the hunt for the best Resident Evil games on Nintendo Switch, you’ve got it. We’re big horror fans here at Pocket Tactics, so we know what we’re talking about when it comes to this iconic zombie-filled series. Just remember, we’re only allowing Switch games on this list, so don’t start shouting at us about not including Village or the RE2 and RE3 remakes. We know how good they are, too.

On the other hand, should horror games not be your jam (it’s okay, our editor won’t venture beyond Luigi’s Mansion), perhaps our list of best Mario games will be a ray of sunshine. Or, if you don’t want to spend your time with the Italian plumber, perhaps our lists of the best games like The Witcher 3, games like Dark Souls, games like Diablo, and games like Skyrim will be more to your liking.

So, let’s get ready for zombies, and brave our list of the best Resident Evil games.

Leon front and centre holding a gun on RE4 cover for best Resident Evil games list

Resident Evil 4

We’re starting this list strong. Resident Evil 4 arguably tops the list of the best Resident Evil games of all time, so it’s no surprise that it happens to be one of the games we’re suggesting you play on Switch. Heck, this game even influences Resident Evil Village (we can only dream of Lady D coming to the hybrid console). Resi 4 puts you in the shoes of Leon Kennedy, and who doesn’t love this guy? You find yourself on a journey to rescue the president’s daughter, facing a strange cult while you’re at it.

However, we must warn you, that while crazy cultists can be creepy, nothing is as horrifying as Ashley. Yes, the president’s daughter has a voice so shrill, and walks so slowly, that you’ll be wanting to leave her behind in no time. Actually, we have, many times.

A bloody eye looking into your soul on the RE 2 cover for best Resident Evil games list

Resident Evil Revelations 2

What a game. Claire Redfield had a tough act to follow with how amazing the first Resident Evil Revelations is, yet her outing in the spinoff series is fantastic. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it surpasses its predecessor in near enough every way. The story is gripping, and the fact you get to play as Barry is the cherry on top of this grotesque sundae. Much like the first one, the game is split into episodes, some of which see you play as Claire, while others give you control of Barry. Both of them have an ally with them, and this is crucial as certain puzzles require teamwork to solve.

If you enjoy horror, true scares, and are after an atmospheric game to play, there are very few on Switch that can offer it quite as well as Resident Evil Revelations 2.

The entrance hall of the Spencer manor

Resident Evil

To be honest, we think it should be written into law that you have to play the original, so of course it’s on our list of the best Resident Evil games. No excuses. It’s on enough platforms at this point. There’s no reason not to treat yourself to this horror classic. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like working your way through the Spencer mansion.

No matter how many times you’ve gone through this hell hole, it compels you to come back. As with any game in the series, the one that started it all features zombies, puzzles, and some adorable pooches that deserve all the pets and cuddles you have to spare.

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Resident Evil Revelations

The fact we haven’t had Resident Evil Revelations 3 yet is sacrilege. Then again, if we had that, we might not have RE Village, and a world without the 9-foot-tall vampire mummy isn’t one I want to be in. Anyway, Resident Evil Revelations took the franchise in a fresh direction, introducing an episodic formula that works really well. Of course, it also features Jill Valentine as a playable protagonist, and that alone is enough to make it worth playing. Oh, Jill. It’s about time we had a new game with her as the star.

Another fun tidbit about Revelations is that the Switch version features motion controls, adding to the entertainment factor as you snap-aim your gun around like a total badass.

Chris and Sheva from Resident Evil 5 for best Resident Evil games list

Resident Evil 5

Okay, you need to hear us out with this one. Yes, it’s not so much zombies as it’s a parasitic outbreak in Africa, but perhaps that was a necessary choice by this point just to offer something different. Though it’s not so much that people have a problem with, it’s more that you’re not a lone wolf in this one. You have a partner. Again, not necessarily a bad thing. Even if it takes some of the terror away, it’s that the AI is god-awful, which is why this game is great, if you have a friend.

Many of the puzzles require two people to solve, and it’s a fun time if you go through it with a buddy. Besides, it’s worth getting to the end of this pick on our list of the best Resident Evil games just to see Chris Redfield punch a huge boulder into a lava pool, in the middle of an active volcano. Only in Resident Evil.

There you have it, our picks for the best Resident Evil games on Nintendo Switch. Agree with our choices? Of course, you do. Should you be after some more terrifying experiences, our list of the best games like Last of Us is sure to sort you out. Or, if you need a break from the neverending waves of zombies, get off to a head start in something more casual with our Coin Master free spins and free Monopoly Go dice guides.