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Resident Evil 4 was the greatest game of the sixth generation, plain and simple. The new mechanics for this old franchise was a welcome change from the odd camera angles and imprecise shooting of the old games. The camera angles of the old style of Resident Evil created fear by not allowing you to see every thing and the imprecise shooting meant no easy kills with head shots. Yet with the new mechanics I 4 the fear level remained. Shooting through hoards of Ganados running low on ammo and healing supplies when a chainsaw maniac come charging at you created a different fear then the old games. Fighting a boss praying that the next shoot kills him or that somewhere in the arena there is ammo or an herb gets you blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing. Enemies that seem impervious or Impossible situations, conntroling Ashley and feeling helpless, or trying to beat a timer. The fear in this game is not of the things that go bump in the night, but more of a feeling "how am I going to survive this."
Multiple playthroughs are a must. Unlockable costumes, extra weapons, different modes, and just a general sense of power from plowing through with the infinite rocket launcher at your side. The game has aged well, to me it's just as fun now as it was when it first came out. Some may be put off by the (by todays standard) old controls, but they work perfectly in the game.
As of writing this I now own Resident Evil 4, four times over. Twice on Gamecube, once on Wii, and now on Xbox 360. I can't count the number of times I have beaten this game now, it is a classic not to be missed weather you've never play a Resident Evil game before or are like me and beaten them multiple times.
One more time in HD is worth it.
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