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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
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
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.
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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