Resident Evil 4 Review: The Best In The Series…Now In HD!

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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It’s Resident Evil 4! Enough Said!

Controls Will Take Some Time Getting Used To

Arguably the best of the long running series, according to fans, Resident Evil 4 finally makes it’s debut on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as a downloadable game. Released six years ago on the Nintendo Gamecube and Playstation 2, Resident Evil 4 gives all players a chance to relive a survival-horror classic. Personally, this is my first time playing Resident Evil 4 and I must say that now I know why everyone loves this game so much because it’s awesome and it’s in HD!

For those not familiar with Resident Evil 4 let me fill you in on the story. You play as Leon Kennedy, survivor of the events in Raccoon City in Resident Evil 2. You find yourself in Europe on a mission to rescue Ashley, the president’s daughter. Of course, just like any Resident Evil game you’ll quickly realize that this will not be an easy mission. The group responsible for the kidnapping has an evil plan and the cult’s crazed followers stand in the way of success. There is more, but I’m not going to spoil the game for anyone who hasn’t played yet.

Like every Resident Evil game, you can expect the same type of character motions which at times feels a little clunky and awkward. This has been around since the beginning which is no surprise to series vets. Even some newbies should be used to it especially with games like Resident Evil 5. As for me it wasn’t a big deal at all because I’m used to the clunkiness the game brings. One big difference with Resident Evil 4 compared to other games in the series is the over the shoulder view which was a first in the series was well received and feels great.

Capcom has decided to give fans a re-release of the game except this time it gets the HD treatment. Those of you with high end HD televisions will notice all the sharp enhanced  images which relates directly to the game. However, there are some areas where nothing was done whatsoever. It’s not a big deal. When you really think about it, you’ll be too busy paying attention to all the action on the screen instead of nitpicking on something insignificant unless you’re that anal on the subject.

Even though this is my first time playing the game, I have to nitpick on the tough controls. Considering the fact that Resident Evil 4 was made for the Gamecube and PS2, the controls were tough getting used to. It doesn’t matter what kind of gaming skill you have, because there is going to be a long learning curve with the controls before you get them down. Some people will find this frustrating, but let me tell you that after a few hours dealing with it, you’ll start to grow accustomed to it.

Tough controls aside, Resident Evil 4 kicks ass. The storyline is good, the voice acting is great, and the action is well done. Best of all, it’s all in HD which makes my big screen 1080p HDTV very happy. Is it safe to assume that I’m calling Resident Evil 4 a must download not just for first timers, but for anyone who’s looking for a thrill no matter how many times you’ve played.

  1. […] For my original review on Resident Evil 4 HD click HERE […]

  2. […] survival-horror element that made the series popular is gone (then again it’s been gone since Resident Evil 4), but is it really a reason for so many so-called “fans” out there to shun the game? […]

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