Resident Evil is one of the classics of gaming, I remember picking up a copy of Resident Evil Code Veronica from a pawn shop as a child and proceeding to get the crap scared out of me for a good while afterward. Resident Evil 4 continues that tradition the same way it did then, with jump scares.
Now over time Capcom has innovated and improved upon the series some results being good and some results being poorly received and now even though it has been out for a good while Capcom has revised and refurbished Resident Evil 4 much like a lot of the series up to this point.
Now one of the first aspects of the game I noticed they improved upon that I for one am quite happy about is that you can freely save without the need to have printer ink for the record yes, I haven’t played Resident Evil since Code Veronica.
However, there is one thing I deeply loath about Resident Evil 4. I can handle the mini-bosses, the new approach to enemies, and the finishers but I cannot stand the whole escort missions. I grew up in the age of Golden Eye and horrible escort missions and even though they improved upon the AI I still cannot stand escort missions and I go into them with a deep passionate loathing for them.
The combat seems infinitely better than what it has been where you stand around swinging a knife around in mid-air. Although you do remain stationary almost all the time when firing a weapon so where it visually looks different and more fluid it’s still pretty bad in terms of combat. Although we can’t be too brutal with it as it is a product of its time and newer games look and feel a lot more fluid.
Music for the game remains as good as always, and as a fan of Capcom’s work over the years, they remain pretty good in giving a perfect musical score to their video games from Mega Man to Devil May Cry its always spot on to help set the tone and the fluidity of the game.
My only issue with the game besides the escort mission is the horrible character dialog it feels poorly conceived and to be fair not many decent Capcom games for that era have had very good dialog written for the characters.
The game ultimately outshines its predecessors in some good ways, but that doesn’t mean it has a flawless experience. Its nice to see Capcom bringing its older titles to the Xbox One, Play Station 4, and the PC. But I just wish instead of just increasing the resolution and updating the visuals. I would hope that they would also patch things or do a complete overhaul to fix some bugs.
The game is good though, and I’m gonna continue to play this.
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