What do you get when you take the classic Resident Evil formula -- shambling hordes, red and green herbs, and plenty of firearms at hand -- and then make the enemies smarter and faster, revitalize the gameplay by updating the control scheme, add some of the best graphics ever seen on a home console, and throw in some film-quality voice acting to boot?
What you get is Resident Evil 4, the best Resident Evil game in the whole series.
RE4 is definitely a new entry in the series, an original in its own right. The gameplay has been improved immmeasurably by an over-the-shoulder perspective that moves with the character constantly, a method which is both dramatically easier to use and immensely intuitive. The voice acting, usually sub-par to average for the previous Resident Evil games, is substantially improved here. The graphics are absolutely beautiful, utilizing complex terrain and environments which seem to live and breathe, and rich character models that almost seem like they could jump right out of the screen. The addition of a simple economy/market system for new weapons and upgrades adds a new dimension never seen in Resident Evil before. The story is a departure from the tropes of the previous games, though it still has its roots in familiar places.
And yet, despite these improvements (and they are ALL improvements), there's enough of the classic Resident Evil here to satisfy the diehard fans of the series. Plenty of nasty beasties to fight with a variety of weaponry, and if you aim well heads will still explode and bodies will still burn. Green, red, and yellow herbs are still here to heal you, and you'll still find the occasional can of First Aid Spray as well. The main character in this one in Leon Kennedy, last seen as a rookie cop in Raccoon City in Resdient Evil 2, now working for the U.S. government, tougher and stronger and ready for a new challenge. Other familiar characters will also appear along the way, including a couple of old favorites from the previous games.
Resident Evil 4 is a long game, too, taking many hours for the initial run-through, withs lots of replayability once the first time is done. After you finish the first game, new games become available, including "Mercenaries," a free-for-all shooting match, "Assignment: Ada," in which you take on the short mission of one of the other characters, and new for the PS2 version of the game, "Separate Ways," a five-chapter story filling in some of the gaps that the main storyline doesn't completely explain. And once you finish those, you might be ready to try the main game again in Professional mode for a bigger challenge. Rest assured, many hours of gore-streaked play await you with Resident Evil 4.
As much as I love the original Resident Evil games and the way they do what they do, I was glad to see that the makers of this game took some risks and breathed new life into the undead. By making a few changes, they actually made the experience of this game more like playing the original for the first time, and all the delightfully twisted, disgusting, scary fun that entailed.
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Resident Evil 4 on GameCube is flawless. The graphics are stunning, the sound is intense, and the gameplay is very smooth. There are no zombies in this title, but it still manages to be quite scary. This time, the main enemies are virus infected humans that can still think and yet, just plain menace you to no end. The story is superb, with quirky supporting characters that add top-fun value to the cinematic scenes. I have already played through it three times, and countless times on the unlockable … more
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 … more
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!