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Resident Evil 4 review roundup: a near-perfect remake

Sam Cawley

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Resident Evil 4 review roundup: a near-perfect remake

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Resident Evil 4 remake is right around the corner, and for the thousands of players gearing up to 'enter the survival horror' again or for the very first time, it's looking like it won't leave anybody disappointed.

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Revealed all the way back in June 2022, Resident Evil 4 follows the same formula Capcom used for the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 Nemesis... Overhauling the graphics and gameplay mechanics while still staying true to the spirit of the original, but with a few subversions and twists here and there.

You can check out our video review below!

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Development was reportedly challenging compared to Resident Evil 2 and Nemesis, largely due to the popularity of the original, with many gamers stating it’s one of the greatest games ever. Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi stated this love and passion for the game did make him "nervous when it came to working on the remake".

One week ago, Capcom spoiled us with the ‘Chainsaw Demo’ letting players crouch-walk, sprint, and shout their way through the first chilling 20 minutes of the game, with many praising the new mobility and combat mechanics, as well as the intense horror vibe.

So what do the critics have to say about Resident Evil 4, and does it live up to its predecessor’s legacy? The reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

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Following our review with a 16-hour playthrough on Standard difficulty and a run-through on NewGame+ in professional, we knew it deserved the excellent score of 8/10, believing it captures the magic of the original while surprising and punishing confident returning players who feel they know the game inside and out… Everything from the visuals, sound design, gameplay loop, and more have benefitted from the remake treatment. The horror also seems to be dialed up, with environments and enemy types feeling more threatening than ever, making those extra ammo packs and healing items feel even more rewarding.

Eurogamer shares our opinion, praising the game for displaying “the original game’s strengths” while introducing its “own innovations” to keep familiar and new fans happy. Similarly, Gamespot gave the remake a whopping 10/10, stating that Capcom have successfully preserved the legacy of “one of the greatest games of all time.” IGN followed suit with a score of 10/10- Masterpiece, celebrating its story and gameplay intensity while keeping a healthy dose of the fun and campiness the original is fondly remembered for.

At the time of writing, Metacritic user reviews are basically non-existent until the game releases on March 24. Until then, Resident Evil fans will have to wait just a bit longer till they can get their hands on the glorious reinvention of one of the most beloved games ever made. The merchant suggests you buy it at a high price…

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Resident Evil 4 will be available on PS5 and PS4, Xbox Series X and S and PC.

Topics: Resident Evil 4, Capcom, Resident Evil

Sam Cawley
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