Whilst we all know that casting choices can see some shows, movies, and even games unfairly review bombed when it comes to reviews and review aggregate sites, this is a particularly damning score, and a far cry from other Netflix shows like Stranger Things – that has a critic/audience score of 91/90 per cent – League of Legends spin-off Arcane’s 100/96 per cent, and The Witcher’s 81/75 per cent rating.
It’s even worse on Metacritic(opens in new tab); there, the Resident Evil Netflix show boasts the same critic score of 53 percent, whereas the audience rating has plummeted to just 1.6 out of 10.
The new sci-fi/horror series – which has been inspired by the video game franchise of the same name – tells the story of Jade Wesker, her father Albert, the Umbrella Corporation, and how “New Raccoon City became the origin of a deadly virus that led to a global apocalypse in 2036”.
Our own Bradley wasn’t too keen when he watched the series, either. In the GamesRadar+ Resident Evil Netflix series(opens in new tab) – which scored a middling 2.5 out of 5 stars – he said that “parts of Resident Evil’s twin timelines show promise, but it ultimately falters thanks to large chunks being dedicated to a sub-standard post-apocalyptic plot that’s been done better elsewhere”.
“Resident Evil isn’t a good post-apocalyptic thriller,” he said in our review. “It’s not a terrifying hide-behind-the-sofa zombie-fest. It’s barely a Resident Evil show. At this early juncture – we were given the first four episodes for review – it’s hard to pinpoint what this show is. Should you avoid this like the plague? There are a few shining lights to keep you invested, but this joins the increasingly-packed bargain bin of flawed video game adaptations.”