Resident Evil Village finally arrives later this week, but reviews are already starting to trickle in ahead of its long-awaited release. Here's what critics are saying about the latest installment in the Resident Evil series.

Our review of Resident Evil Village found it to be "another stroke of genius from Capcom," even if there are a few lingering issues that hold it back from perfection. It's a sentiment that seems to be echoed throughout the industry, with Village holding down an impressive 84 on Metacritic at the time of writing.

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Everything that made the series great over the past few decades is here in spades, while also doing much to modernize the formula for a new generation. In short – Resident Evil fans will find a lot to love with Village.

Here's what the leading websites are saying about Resident Evil Village.

Resident Evil Village Review

One of the biggest complaints? Not enough of the tall vampire lady. The hyped character apparently only plays a fleeting role in the narrative – something fans likely won't expect after she'd been turned into a meme and swamped social media.

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At its core, Resident Evil Village is a dark, horrific tale that once again thrusts Ethan Winters into harm's way. It's also a bit of a throwback to Resident Evil 4, with much of the pacing and overall tone reminiscent of the iconic game.

It's also worth pointing out that none of these reviews encapsulate Resident Evil Re:Verse, which has been delayed and is a completely separate experience from Village. The multiplayer-only game comes included with every purchase of Resident Evil Village, although we'll need to wait a bit longer to check out the cartoonish-horror game in action.

For now, you can rest easy knowing Village seems to live up to the hype.

Resident Evil Village launches on May 7.

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