Years ago, Resident Evil 4 was unleashed upon the world. After multiple restarts (one of which became Devil May Cry), Shinji Mikami crafted what is largely considered one of the greatest games of all time. It shaped the face of third person action games, and injected new life into the Survival Horror sub-genre. Now it's been reintroduced into the wild of today. The question is....does it stand the test of time?
RE 4 starts very deceptively. Slowly edging you into its style of horror. A villager here, a villager there. It's all very manageable, but it all goes to hell as soon as you reach the village. Let's just say you get overwhelmed, and it's the frantic rush to escape and fight that shows the near perfect design of the gameplay. This game shows that even in the action packed gameplay, there is a sense of urgency and caution. Enemies will surround you if given the chance, they will take you down without warning. The scramble to get the advantage is thrilling, and although I wouldn't describe it as horror, it is intense.
|Shit just got real|
Still, I can't help but feel this game missed on the best features of past RE titles. Exploration is still there in some way, but it feels very toned down in comparison. It also seems that the oppressive, daunting tones of past titles is missing. From the creepy RCPD, to the downright sinister Arklay Mansion; nothing in RE 4 compares until you reach the later acts of the game. Luckily those later moments are so well done it feels like the whole game could have been like this. In fact sometimes I wish it was. Another factor is the puzzles. They practically aren't puzzles save for a few examples. It's usually find this piece, and combine it with that piece. Sure that's kind of always been RE's style, but in past games you had to explore and look. In this game, it's usually always on your current path, and it's very limiting.
Now of course, this is an HD update to Resident Evil 4. So I think I would be remiss to not talk about how it looks, and I have some mixed feelings on it. At times the game looks very nice, details are sharp, enemies look great. But sometimes I came across a section that was.......fucking hideous. It may because the game is too bright, and so these details pop out more. But at times this port of RE 4 looks like the PC version in some ways, but luckily only in terms of environmental detail.
|Quite moments like this can really set the mood|
So in short, sure, this game is not my favorite Resident Evil title. Sure, it abandons some of the things that made Resident Evil what Resident Evil is. But that doesn't make it a bad game. This is possibly one of the best games to come out in in the past 10 or 15 years, and it's truly worth the time to play if you never played it before, or even if you already have. There's a reason I own 3 different copies.
But then again...I also own 2 copies of Resident Evil 5.....
Humor Tumor left out a score, as he feels numbers add meaningless values.
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