Resident Evil 4 Remake: Franchise Betting Too Much on Chris Redfield

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Franchise Betting Too Much on Chris Redfield

The Curious Case of Chris Redfield: A Resident Evil Character Study

Resident Evil Chris Redfield Facts

Earlier this year, Resident Evil 4 hit the gaming world with a bang, reminding everyone why Leon Kennedy is the franchise’s beloved hero. So it’s quite strange that, even after the Resident Evil 4 remake, the series seems to keep Chris Redfield at center stage.

Let’s go back to the beginning and explore Chris Redfield’s history in the Resident Evil franchise. He made his debut in the first Resident Evil game in 1996, alongside his buddy Jill Valentine. Chris became a recurring protagonist, showing up in multiple canonical games and developing a complicated relationship with the infamous Albert Wesker.

Now, unlike some other characters in the series, Chris Redfield’s personality is consistent. He’s the tough soldier, always on dangerous missions with a serious and downbeat resolve. The games often focus on his losses and how he copes with the constant heartache and grief. This is what sets Chris apart from the fan-favorite Leon Kennedy. Leon, on the other hand, has gone through some changes over the years, but his upbeat and snarky attitude has always made him the life of the party.

Resident Evil Vendetta

Leon Kennedy, much like Chris, has appeared in multiple Resident Evil games. In Resident Evil 4, he solidified his status as a fan favorite with his witty one-liners and fun personality. Unfortunately, Resident Evil 6 took a serious turn for Leon, but Capcom redeemed him with the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 4.

Speaking of the Resident Evil 4 remake, it initially seemed like the game might be taking itself too seriously. Leon’s serious and dour demeanor mirrored Chris’s later appearances in the series. However, as the game progresses, Leon starts to lighten up, cracking more jokes and resembling the Leon Kennedy we know and love. This tonal blending perfectly captures the essence of the Resident Evil franchise, making Chris’s constant somber mood feel out of place.

Resident Evil is a series known for its blend of horror and campy humor. The games can be terrifying, but they also have their fair share of goofiness. Some fans didn’t appreciate Resident Evil 5 and 6 as much because they took themselves a bit too seriously. It wasn’t until the release of Resident Evil 7 and Village that the developers found a better balance between horror and camp.

Resident Evil 7

Characters like the Baker family in Resident Evil 7 blend the scares with laughs, creating a memorable and enjoyable experience. The same can be said for Lady Dimitrescu and Heisenberg in Resident Evil Village. Their over-the-top personalities and terrifying presence perfectly reflect the campy horror tones of the franchise.

Chris Redfield’s serious soldier character feels out of place in the midst of all this campiness. It’s even stranger considering Leon’s popularity and the success of his portrayal in the Resident Evil 4 remake. As of now, the franchise’s plans for both characters remain unclear. However, with the advancing ages of these legacy characters, it’s possible that the 9th game could be the end for one of them.

Resident Evil 4 is still a great game and definitely worth playing on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. Whether Chris Redfield remains the face of the franchise or not, one thing’s for sure – the Resident Evil series is here to stay.