Resident Evil 4 is widely regarded as the GOAT of survival horror games, and for good reason. The original version set a new standard for action horror games, and its influence can be seen in countless titles that have come out in the years since its release. The game was a complete departure from the series’ previous entries, which had focused on more traditional survival horror elements such as limited resources and slow, deliberate gameplay. Instead, Resident Evil 4 was a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride that kept players on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
The remake of Resident Evil 4 takes this legendary game and improves upon it in almost every way. The graphics are stunning, and the game feels like it was made for this generation of consoles. The level of detail in the environments is breathtaking, and the character models are incredibly realistic. The textures are sharp and the lighting effects are spot on. The atmosphere is creepy and foreboding, and the sound design is top notch. Improved combat mechanics make the game feel even more intense and satisfying. The story has also been expanded upon slightly, which gives players even more reasons to explore and uncover the game’s secrets.
One of the key improvements in the remake is the general mechanic of the game itself. There is so much LESS escorting Ashley around, and when you are escorting her she has a far less annoying voice, no longer shouting “LEEEEEOOOOONNNNN” at every opportunity making you want to rip your ears off (or mute the TV if you’re normal). They have also removed that really irritating section where you have to shoot her out of the bindings then try and snipe the people as she uselessly tries all the doors in a room – NO ROOM HAS THIS MANY DOORS, RE4 – This improvement to the game is so well received to me that this has made the remake almost the ONLY way to play RE4.
The only thing which could definitely make the remake the only way to play Resident Evil 4 is by adding more Luis… And fuck me they did! There is SO MUCH MORE Luis in the remake and I absolutely adored that.
One downside is that Ada Wong’s new voice actor sounded bored on the job. While it is true that some of the voice acting could have been better, it is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things. The rest of the cast does an excellent job bringing the characters to life, and the overall presentation is fantastic.
The game keeps all of the campiness of the original and doesn’t detract from this in any way. The Resident Evil series has always had a certain level of cheesiness, and the remake of RE4 embraces this fully. The game has plenty of over-the-top action and ridiculous dialogue, but it never takes itself too seriously. This makes it all the more enjoyable to play.
The updated combat mechanics make the game feel so fresh and refined; upgraded shooting mechanics are tight and responsive, and the addition of a laser sight makes aiming much easier. The game also features a new dodge mechanic, which adds a new layer of strategy to combat. The enemies are varied and challenging, and the boss fights are some of the most intense and memorable moments in the game.
In addition to the updated combat mechanics, the game also features some quality of life improvements that make the overall experience more enjoyable. For example, the game now allows players to quick select weapons and items, which makes inventory management a breeze. The game also features an autosave system, which means players no longer have to worry about manually saving their progress.
For those wondering, the Regenerators are still terrifying and can STILL get in the fucking bin in 2023.
I am yet to try Mercenaries mode though the gameplay in that format fills me with so much anticipation and joy. The game is an absolute masterpiece and a must-play for fans of the series, as well as any other millennials like myself who are constantly seeking the warmth of nostalgia as everything around us changes and makes us sad.. The game does justice to the original in every way, while also adding new elements to make it feel fresh and exciting. If you’re looking for a game that will keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further than this. All in all, I give the Resident Evil 4 remake
10 / 10
Written by Luke.
Edited by Alexx.