Board games are the next wave of home entertainment for Resident Evil. It makes sense, as over the last few years there has been an explosion of board game adaptations for some of the most popular adventure and horror games. People are looking to find new ways to recreate the stories they loved, but also want to do so while they and their friends or family are gathered around the living room table. These kinds of games allow users to control the story more and either cooperate or go up against those friends and family in a way they sometimes can’t when playing video games. While there is currently only one Resident Evil board game on the market, Capcom appears to have tapped into something considering what else is on the way.
The Resident Evil franchise is without a doubt one of the most popular in horror. Silent Hill is the only name that comes close, and the Silent Hill series has been inactive for a long time until new rumours surfaced. Capcom, on the other hand, appears to be working extra to keep their horror titles going strong. One way the corporation has done this is to move away from video gaming totally. Over the years, there have been a number of Resident Evil films and television series, and the firm is even attempting to break into a new market with tabletop gaming.
Using both cards and dice, players take on the role of characters like Claire Redfield in order to try and escape the hordes of monsters coming their way. The Steamforged Games board game includes several miniatures to provide the same kind horror feeling that players get when they’re actually playing the video game and come across a terrifying creature or zombie. While the Resident Evil 2 board game is currently the only one on the market, it’s about to be joined by a couple of others.
The only board game that bears the Resident Evil name and is currently on the market is one that allows players to take on the characters in Resident Evil 2. One to four players can sit around the table and work together in order to follow the events of the popular video game, trying to get everyone out of Raccoon City as all hell breaks loose.