I just completed the 4th resident evil game. Now I am on a bit of a Resident Evil hype and want to play more games. Something that bothered me was not understanding all the relations that characters had with each other. Therefor I am looking to play more of them. I have however trouble identifying which games belong to the "Main series".

To further clarify. I mean games that directly tie into events regarding the Resident Evil Universe. So a spin-off game that really isn't a fully fledged standalone game but more a quick add-on does not qualify (unless it has actual canon to the main series). I am also looking for those that can be played on the PC. (yes Remasters are fine as long as they are on PC).

I know game identification is not allowed but I feel like this falls outside that spectrum. If people disagree I will remove the question .

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    Hard to say. I want to say 0-7, Code: Veronica, and both Revelations games. However, I can't say that for sure.
    – Powerlord
    Feb 24, 2018 at 20:25
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    if the question is bad in a way say so. That way i can improve it. Simply down voting it won't improve its quality. Feb 24, 2018 at 20:48
  • AFAIK, all the console-level games are in the same continuity. Yes, it gets pretty twisty in there. There were a couple of old-school mobile games that were definitely not the same continuity (I'm talking pre-iPhone shitty cell phone games) and I'm unsure about the MMO as I never played it.
    – Steve-O
    Feb 24, 2018 at 22:03
  • Thanks, for the clearup. If you can make an answer out of it I will accept it. Feb 25, 2018 at 10:07

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Resident evil series, order by story line, not release date Also with roles:

  • Resident Evil Zero (main series)

Rebecca Chambers (S.T.A.R.S Member)

  • Resident Evil 1 - or remake (main series) Also Umbrella Chronicles (spin-off)

Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield (S.T.A.R.S Member)

  • Resident Evil 2 (main series)

Leon S. Kennedy (S.T.A.R.S Member), Clair Redfield (Chris's sister)

  • Resident Evil Outbreak (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil 3 (main series)

Jill Valentine

  • Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil Survivor (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil CODE:Veronica (main series)

Claire Redfield

  • Resident Evil Survivor 2 (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil Dead Aim (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil 4 (main series)

Leon S. Kennedy

  • Resident Evil Revelations (main series)

Jill Valentine

  • Resident Evil 5 (main series)

Chris Redfield

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 (main series)

Claire Redfield

  • Resident Evil Umbrella Corps (spin-off)
  • Resident Evil 6 (main series)


  • Resident Evil 7 (main series)

Chris Redfield (Just in "not a hero" DLC)

  • Resident Evil 8 Village (main series)

Chris Redfield (playable)


Which resident evil games are in the main series?

Resident Evil 0

Resident Evil 1 and it’s remake.

Resident Evil 2 and it’s remake.

Resident Evil 3 and it’s remake.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica.

Resident Evil 4 plus Separate Ways.

Resident Evil Revelations.

Resident Evil 5 plus Lost in Nightmares and Desperate Escape.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 plus The Struggle and Little Miss.

Resident Evil 6.

Resident Evil 7 plus Not a Hero and End of Zoe.

Resident Evil Village.

Oh yeah, quick edit. I must also mention the daughters DLC for RE7. It’s a prequel dlc to the main game.

And yes, I mentioned all the dlc’s here because they are essentially extensions to the main games themselves. I recommend playing them.

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    Can you clarify how this answer deviates from the accepted one and why the differences are important?
    – Joachim
    Jun 9, 2021 at 20:43
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    @Joachim it looks like this answer includes village, although the other answer may be better served by being edited
    – PausePause
    Jun 10, 2021 at 18:48

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