A remake of Resident Evil 5 is expected and could learn from the success of the Resident Evil 4 remake
Particularly in terms of making the enemies more serious and terrifying. The Majini in Resident Evil 5 and the Ganados in Resident Evil 4 serve similar roles as infected individuals, but the Majini lack the same level of horror that the Resident Evil 4 remake granted the Ganados. A Resident Evil 5 remake should focus on improving enemy AI and leaning more into richer horror elements, similar to what was done in the Resident Evil 4 remake, in order to create a scarier and more engaging experience for players.
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While Capcom has yet to confirm it, it has been assumed that at some point Resident Evil 5 will be remade. The Resident Evil 4 remake did very well for the company as did the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. The original fifth main entry of the franchise was unfortunately one of the more controversial entries and there is a lot a remake could improve upon, but there is one element from the RE4 remake that a remake of RE5 should take notes from.
From an early stage, it was clear that the remake of Resident Evil 4 was going to be a bit more serious than the original.
If a remake of Resident Evil 5 wants to succeed, it would do well to treat the Majini with the same level of horror as the RE4 remake’s Ganados, who are a substantial step up from their campy mobs in the original.
What Are the Majini and Ganados in Resident Evil 4 and 5?
The Ganados in Resident Evil 4 could easily be described as the game’s zombie stand-in. The Granados can be described as people who were infected by Las Plagas and slowly began to lose control of themselves and became violent. The parasite in question had effectively taken over their nervous system and made them slaves to the more dominant creatures found throughout the game.
The Majini in Resident Evil 5 filled a similar role. Like the Granados, the Majini were people who had been infected by Las Plagas. Specifically, they were infected by the Plaga Type 2 and Type 3 developed by Tricell, who some have argued is worse than Umbrella. This version of the parasite was able to infect people far faster due to the alterations and spread a lot quicker because of it.
What Lessons a Resident Evil 5 Remake Should Take From RE4’s Ganados
There are two lessons that a Resident Evil 5 remake can learn from the Resident Evil 4 remake when it comes to its main antagonists. The first would be to improve the AI. While the enemies in the original RE4 weren’t horribly designed, they had a tendency to walk very slowly in a straight line toward Leon which allowed him to pick enemies off from a distance. The remake, on the other hand, greatly improved the enemy AI and made them far more challenging opponents for players.
The other lesson that a Resident Evil 5 remake could learn from the remake of RE4 would be to lean more into the horror aspect. While both the Majini and the Ganados were fairly creepy at face value, they mostly function as cannon fodder for the player in the originals. The remake of Resident Evil 4 upped the creepy factor with its enemies and leaned more into the horror in its presentation, atmosphere, and actions. This is also something a remake of RE5 should do in order to find new ways to scare players.
Currently, there is no way to know what direction the remake will take. It’s been suggested that a remake of Resident Evil 5 would be more akin to the Resident Evil 3 remake than any other installment. Given how close the narratives and enemies of both RE4 and RE5 were, this assumption isn’t much of a stretch to see the Ganados influence the Majini this time around. An RE5 remake will hopefully make the Majini smarter and give players something to fear in an entry that isn’t otherwise considered scary.
A Resident Evil 5 remake is rumored to be in development.
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