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Resident Evil Village (1996) is a survival horror adventure. It follows on the narrative of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the first person perspective. As in the other games, you play Ethan Winters who is searching for his kidnapped daughter in a village filled with mutant creatures. With a combination of suspense, puzzles and action, the game creates a tense horror experience.

After the series backed off pure action and shooting of Resident Evil 5 and 6, this game sees the return of inventory management like Resident Evil 4. To aid your survival you must manage inventory in a briefcase to ensure it's packed to preserve space.

You set out from the central village hub, taking on different locations and substantial enemies. Between these missions, you can purchase equipment and hunt animals to cook for food that offers character enhancements.

The result is a game that is varied, engaging and disturbing. It's a cornucopia of horrors that know they are there to entertain as well as cause fear. For adults who enjoy scares, blood and violence this is a great fit. Although there is a little repetition in some boss fights, the overall variety offsets this well.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Resident Evil Village 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game. The main game is single-player but there is a 6 player online mode.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of strong violence towards human-like characters and use of strong language. It contains frequent depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters, in both gameplay and cutscenes. Enemies can be attacked using firearms and explosives, resulting in cries of pain and strong blood and gore effects, including sight of decapitation and dismemberment. Stronger and more sadistic moments of violence, shown from a first-person perspective, include sight of hands being torn apart, a drill being plunged into a person's torso, and a character being held in the air using hooks, which are then torn out. There is also frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*').
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In addition to the rating advice, parents and carers may want to note the online fan-response to the Lady Dimitrescu character in the game. This grand noblewoman with vampire-like abilities became popular online with fan-fiction, -art, memes, and erotica. According to Wikipedia, Journalists and commentators "attributed the rapid surge of fan interest in the character to various aspects of her appearance and sex appeal."

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Resident Evil Village usually costs £32.99.

Resident Evil Village

Steam Store PC £32.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
Resident Evil Village comes in a variety of editions, each costing a different price and each with different features:
  • Standard Edition, which includes only the game
  • Deluxe edition, which comes with the Trauma Pack, which includes a new gun, some music, a visual filter and more. You can buy the trauma pack as an add-on to the Standard Edition.
  • Collector's Edition, which includes the Deluxe Edition, a figurine, an art book, a poster, a steelbook and more.
  • Resident Evil Village & Resident Evil 7 Complete Bundle (Digital purchase only), which includes both the games in the series where you play as Ethan Winters in their complete states.

You can purchase weapon packs and additional music tracks. For example, the Trauma Pack, which includes the Samurai Edge weapon, the Mr. Everywhere accessory and special safe room music. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/03/1996, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1 (6 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure (Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

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