Resident Evil 8, also known as Resident Evil Village, has gained a large amount of critical acclaim since it released on May 7. However, despite many rave reviews, Edge Magazine was far more tepid with the game. Their Resident Evil Village review ended up giving the game a 6 out of 10, shocking many.
Edge has been known to be far stricter with its reviews than many other games, and many game scores can depend on who is reviewing them no matter how good they are. Even Housemarque’s Returnal, which has similarly gotten critical acclaim from many publications, fell short of a 10, getting an 8 instead.
The reasons behind the surprisingly low Resident Evil Village score might have something to do with how the game is portrayed. While Resident Evil 8 got a heavy amount of promotion with Lady Dimitrescu, her part of the game is only a small piece, and the other three areas are nowhere near as interesting or compelling. None of them take up the same amount of time, either.
The Resident Evil Village review likely takes all of the game’s flaws into account and penalizes the game more heavily than other reviewers would, as well. Taking Returnal back into account, despite its acclaim that game has a number of flaws as well, such as the inability to save during a run, which can result in players losing progress if they have to leave in the middle of one.
In contrast to Village, Edge gave its immediate predecessor, Resident Evil 7, a 9, likely due to the fact that it was more self-contained and thus every boss got their own amount of emphasis, as well as, admittedly, being somewhat more grounded than the over-the-topness of Village.
If you’re not in the UK (where Edge Magazine is primarily published), you’ll likely have to wait a bit before the online version of the issue comes out so that you can see it for yourself. Otherwise, all we can do is trust that the Resident Evil Village review actually has good points, unlike other controversial reviews by, say, IGN.
You can play Resident Evil Village now on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox Series X, and Playstation 5.