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The 2005 GameCube Horror Action Adventure video game

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Unravel a Worldwide Conspiracy

  • Jan 1, 2008
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In RESIDENT EVIL 4, Leon Kennedy, the main character of RESIDENT EVIL 2, returns. Leon is now a special agent of the U.S. government. The President of the U.S. has had his daughter, Ashley, kidnapped and Leon is sent to rescue her. Her location has been determined to be in a small, remote European village. Leon is dropped off at the location by two police officers. Leon attempts to communicate with the locals but they try to kill him. Leon survives the initial encounter, but the police officers who dropped him off meet a fate far worse. It turns out that the local citizens, ganados (which is Spanish I believe for cattle), have been infected with an alien parasite. Once infected the parasite eventually kills the person and takes over the body and those who are controlled by the parasites are under the command of certain "leaders". The leaders of the ganados cult have very big plans for world domination and Ashley is an important key in those plans. So Leon sets forth killing the villagers as he first finds and rescues Ashley. It turns out that he and Ashley have both been infected with the parasite and before they can escape they have to find a cure.

The game is pretty exciting and takes between 25-30 hours to complete for an average player. It also has a lot of replay value. Most of the time you play as Leon, but sometimes the player plays as Ashley and there are a few instances where both characters must work together. Out of all the weapons in the main game, I preferred to use the shotgun for close range fighting though Leon also has a knife which I would recommend, in order to save ammo, using for close range fighting with just one enemy. Enemies aren't completely mindless in the game and reveal some intelligence, such as dodging attacks, carrying shields, and joint attacks from different fronts. In my opinion besides some of the bosses the most difficult and frightening characters to fight where the chainsaw ganados. Those things just freaked me out and it is worse hearing the chainsaws but not seeing where those particular enemies are. Every time I heard that chainsaw noise while playing the game it gave me the creeps.

The graphics are pretty decent, but it was the music which I found most haunting. There were many times when Leon would commit a certain action and this haunting music would begin that gave me goosebumps because I knew some enemy was going to appear and sometimes they would just appear out of nowhere. Something different from many other games is that you can't always relax during cutscenes. Sometimes you have to perform actions that appear on the screen or Leon dies.

Upon beating the game, several extra features are unlocked including different costumes for Leon and Ashley; a shooting mini-game entitled mercenaries where you can unlock up to five different players; a separate mini-story line entitled "Separate Ways" where you play as Ada Wong and learn more secrets that weren't revealed in the game; another mini-game entitled "Assignment Ada" where you play once again as Ada, but on a different assignment than the one in the main game; a movie browser where you can watch all of the cut scenes from both the main game and "Separate Ways"; and a list of Ada's files from "Separate Ways".

A very entertaining game that is a nice addition to the Resident Evil franchise, even if there aren't any zombies.

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In Resident Evil 4 you'll know a new type of horror, as the classic survival-horror action returns with all-new characters, controls and storylines. We last saw Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 2 - a rookie cop in Raccoon City, fighting to stay alive. That was six years ago. Since then, government forces have managed to control the zombie threat and Leon has become a Federal agent. When the President's daughter is kidnapped, Leon tracks her to a remote, hidden fortress in Europe - where he'll relive the horror he faced six years before. Players will face never-before-seen enemies that make Nemesis seem like a kitten. You'll be wishing for the usual Resident Evil zombies!
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Number of Players: 1 Player
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Console: GameCube
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: January 11, 2005
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