The Resident Evil Story Line Explained
RPG Apr 05, 2019
With seven mainline games and countless side games, the Resident Evil plot has gotten more than just a little convoluted. With all the twists and turns, and so many over the top moments that defy almost all logic, it’s no surprise that Resident Evil’s plot can be just a little hard to follow if you’re not keeping up with each game, and reading all the notes along the way. When discussing the game’s story, it’s best to start from the beginning, which in this case wouldn’t be the first game as you’d expect, but Resident Evil Zero.
Investigating a series of grisly cannibalistic murders in the Arklay Mountains, a STARS team is sent to investigate. After an unfortunate helicopter crash, STARS member Rebecca Chambers discovers a train full of zombies, as well as Billy Coen, who she teams up with throughout the course of the game. After narrowly saving the train from being thrown off the rails, the duo arrives at a secret underground facility owned by the Umbrella Corporation. While Umbrella appears to be a harmless pharmaceutical company at first glance, they secretly develop and sell illegal biological weapons.
At the Umbrella training facility, they discover the research of Dr. James Marcus detailing the discovery of the Progenitor Virus in 1960. Marcus figured, what better use of a horrible virus than to combine it with leeches, resulting in the T-Virus. Symptoms of the T-Virus include dry mouth, nausea, headaches, and oh, most importantly, mutating into horrible monsters. While not extremely relevant at this point in the plot, it should be noted that Umbrella is run by William Berkin and Albert Wesker, two names you’ll be seeing a ton throughout the series. After finding their way out of the facility, Rebecca decides to investigate the old nearby mansion and parts ways with Billy. At the same time, Wesker leaves Umbrella, joining a rival company while Berkin stays with Umbrella, working on the G-Virus.
Picking up where Resident Evil Zero leaves off, STARS sends Alpha Team to look for the original team they had sent to investigate the Arklay Mountains. After being chased through the fields by rabid infected dogs, Alpha Team finds themselves at the mansion from Resident Evil Zero. Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Albert Wesker (posing as a member of STARS) investigate the Spencer Mansion in search of Bravo Team. After encountering more monsters resulting from the T-Virus, Chris and Jill uncover the secret lab concealed in the mansion, reveal Wesker’s true role in the events that transpired, and save Rebecca Chambers, the last surviving member of Bravo team before blowing up the mansion with Wesker still inside.
Unable to convict Umbrella for their crimes, Umbrella is not only allowed to continue with their experiments, but also abolishes STARS just in case. With the start of Resident Evil 2, we finally see what William Berkin’s been up to this whole time. Hard at work on the G-Virus, he has made major breakthroughs in his lab beneath Racoon City. All is going well until Ada Wong, a spy, attempts to steal the G-Virus, but that goes horribly wrong, and thanks to one nasty blunder, a sample of the T-Virus manages to make its way into the swers and spreads through the whole city. Cue our protagonists, rookie cop Leon Kennedy, who teams up with Claire Redfield, who is searching for her brother Chris. After going through the horrors of Raccoon City, as well as rescuing Berkin’s daughter Sherry, they put a stop to William Berkin, who in a last ditch effort to survive after the botched theft of his work, shot himself full of the G-Virus. They escape on a train as the lab explodes, as is Resident Evil tradition at this point, Ada disappears, and everyone’s happy… for now anyway.
Resident Evil 3 picks up with Jill Valentine being stuck in Raccoon City shortly after the events of the second game. While being hunted by Nemesis, she becomes infected with the T-Virus, though she does find a cure, and develops antibodies for the T-Virus. After escaping via helicopter, Jill watches as Raccoon City is blown off the map by a missile strike.
Code Veronica follows Claire Redfield still on the hunt for her brother Chris. After reuniting with her brother, they discover Wesker is still alive, now running the HCF. He’s also been experimenting on himself, gaining super human abilities in the process. Wesker escapes, later striking a deal with a company called Tricell, but Claire and Chris end up taking down Umbrella for good.
Taking place 6 years after the previous games and the shut down of Umbrella, Resident Evil 4 shows that Leon has since moved on to bigger and better things. No longer a rookie cop, he now works as a secret agent for the government, currently deployed in Spain on a mission to rescue the president’s daughter. She has fallen into the hands of a cult, Los Iluminados, who use a parasite called Las Plagas to control their victims. In the end, Leon saves the presidents daughter and stops Los Iluminados, but Wesker manages to get his hands on the Las Plagas parasite.
Resident Evil 5 takes place 5 years after the Las Plagas incident. Chris Redfield is investigating an outbreak of the Uroburos Virus, created from the Las Plagas parasite. Chris and his new partner, Sheva Alomar, discover Tricell, as well as Wesker’s connections in the attacks. Wesker’s plan is to achieve global saturation, believing that once the world is infected, the strong will adapt and survive, bringing about the next step in human evolution in a sense.
Resident Evil 6 follows four separate campaign plot lines that mix and intertwine constantly throughout the course of the game, so following it is a bit of a mess. Long story short, Leon, Chris, and Ada attempt to counteract a series of bio-weapon attacks using the C-Virus (an altered strain of the G-Virus) let loose by Neo-Umbrella. They uncover that the existence of Neo-Umbrella is the result of Derek Simmons, the US National Security Advisor, creating a clone of Ada Wong in order to frame her for the attacks. While originally working for Simmons, Ada turns against him as she learns of his betrayal, and takes out the rogue clone, then joins Leon to take down Simmons.
Resident Evil 7 takes a complete change of pace, and at first glance seemly has nothing to do with the bigger picture as a whole. While the story mostly focuses on Ethan trying to find his wife Mia after receiving a strange video message from her after she mysterious disappeared months prior. While Ethan goes through a nightmarish experience dealing with the Baker family, who has been infected with the E-Type, a fungus resulting from an old Umbrella experiment, the real connections to the mainstay series lie with Mia. Mia is an Umbrella scientist tasked with looking after Evelyn, a little girl acting as the host for the E-Type, referred to throughout the game as E-00. After losing track of Evelyn aboard the ship they were traveling on, the E-Type fungus completely overruns the ship, causing it to run aground, where Jack Baker eventually finds both Evelyn and Mia. Taking them in to look after them, Evelyn soon takes control of the Baker family, as well as Mia. In the DLC, it is revealed Lucas was in touch with the HCF, one of the companies run by Wesker in Code Veronica. Umbrella Blue is formed to fight bio-terror, making amends for their deeds in the past, even bringing on Chris Redfield to work for them, as he makes an appearance in the ending as he saves Ethan, as well as in the ending of one of the DLC campaigns.
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