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This Series’ Savior Gets The Makeover It Deserves

At this point Resident Evil 4 shouldn’t need an introduction. The 2005 title’s perfect pacing and spot-on gunplay not only reinvigorated the struggling survival horror series, it set a new standard for third-person shooters. Leon S. Kennedy’s quest to rescue the President’s daughter from a cult of infected freaks has cemented itself on countless top 20 lists. Whether you overlooked this gem or are itching to stomp out the Las Plagas once again, Resident Evil 4 in HD is a beautiful thing.

Not much has changed gameplay-wise between Resident Evil 4 and 5, so core fans won’t have much trouble returning to the creepy Spanish village. Leon’s tank-like movements aren’t the most intuitive, but pegging foes in the legs and taking potshots at their vulnerable heads is still a rewarding process. The variety of firearms isn’t overwhelming, but each has unique characteristics and are still fun to upgrade. I was shocked by how much I still enjoy Resident Evil 4’s puzzle-like inventory system. You get to know your gear pretty well when you have to shove it all in a single attaché case.

The thrill of Resident Evil 4’s gonzo moments lives on in full force thanks to updated visuals. Conquering a mutated sea creature on a tiny wooden boat still gets the blood pumping, especially without the fuzzy haze of last-gen graphics. It’s still terrifying to flee from frenzied mobs only to be greeted head-on (or should I say head-off?) by a chainsaw-wielding maniac. Though the textures and character models are much sharper than previous versions, some may find the lack of detail and muted colors dull.

The updated visuals aren’t mind-blowing, but they present the best way to return to this already stellar game. If you somehow missed out on Resident Evil 4 when it turned heads on the GameCube, this is the perfect time to give it a download and see what all the fuss is about.

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User Reviews:

  • 9.50
    Resident Evil 4 was a great advancement in the RE series because the front-on view gives you a more realistic glimpse of the environments and horrifying enemies who are trying to kill you and it made the shooting mechanics work much better because it's easier to aim your weapon at enemies with a...
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  • The original Resident Evil and its sequels prior to Resident Evil 4 are known for survival horror. Common themes and mechanics include zombies, fixed camera angles, incredible lack of ammunition, puzzles and a limited save system. There was never much in the way of action or shooter mechanics, and players...
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  • 9.75
    It'd be a common thing to say that Resident Evil 4 is the main reason why many people began playing the video game series. In my case, it wasn't that I played RE4 first and loved it so much that I went back to try out its predecessors. It was because I felt compelled to play the original titles...
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  • 9.75
    When Resident Evil 4 was released on the GameCube back in 2005, it universally praised by the gaming community for making a beloved franchise as intense and fun as it has ever been. It's been several years since the original release and the game has been released on several different platforms, each...
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  • Back in 2005 when I was 11, when this game first came out, my friend brought this game over to a party I was having. I could hardly keep my eyes open. About 3 months ago, I decided purchase the PS2 version and give this hit game a try. It sat in my basement for a good month until I finally worked up...
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