Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    95
    The definition of survival horror genre today - grown more beautiful with age.
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    90
    If you haven’t played Resident Evil 4, it’s still absolutely worth playing. It’s a definite classic that stands along with the likes of Half Life 2 as one of the best games of its generation.
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    90
    It truly is a testament to the masterful design of Shinji Mikami and his team at Capcom that Resident Evil 4 is still a fantastic game to this day, nine years on from its debut explosion that won the title multiple Game of the Year awards.
  4. Feb 28, 2014
    90
    The best game ever running at 60 frames per second at a third of the price of most new games? Oh go on then. Resident Evil 4 hasn’t aged a bit.
  5. Feb 27, 2014
    90
    This time, the conversion of this classic is loyal to the original game published in 2005 on GameCube. Even if this is a lazy port, technically speaking, it is still one of the best survival horror games ever made, and you ought to play it if you didn't before. Period.
  6. Apr 24, 2014
    88
    Resident Evil 4 is still one of the best games ever made, but less-than-ideal mouse and keyboard controls and a barely noticeable texture upgrade keep this PC port from being the ultimate version of this masterpiece that it could have been.
  7. Mar 14, 2014
    85
    Including the Mercenaries mode and previous bonus content featuring Ada Wong, it’s well worth the price for anyone who hasn’t experienced the game yet, or enjoyed the original release. For those who played the 360 or PS3 HD releases though, the visual differences here are negligible, and don’t warrant another purchase.
  8. Feb 28, 2014
    85
    Resident Evil 4 is still a masterful shooter nine years later. Occasional slowdown caused by the locked 60 fps framerate hampers an otherwise great port.
  9. Mar 25, 2014
    83
    All of that said, if you haven't played it yet, the $20 that Capcom is asking for RE4 Ultimate is well worth it.
  10. Mar 3, 2014
    82
    The entire package aches for better consistency between its original modes and suite of upgrades, but these are minor complaints; from a historical standpoint or modern approach, Resident Evil 4 remains one of the finest ways to survive horror.
  11. Apr 9, 2014
    80
    Unless you already own the HD remakes on the Xbox 360 or PS3, you should try Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition on PC. From the story to the gameplay, the title still resonates today and stands as one of the more harrowing entries in the series.
  12. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Resident Evil 4 was a monumental achievement upon its release back in January 2005, and it is still one that video game connoisseurs appreciate today.
  13. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    As a near-decade old game, Resident Evil 4 is frequently amazing. As a first time player, there are more than a couple of moments that feel archaic, often frustrating to the point that you may give up playing. See it through to the end, however, and you'll come to realize just what an achievement Resident Evil 4 was for its time, and how well the large majority has held itself together across the last ten years.
  14. 80
    It does have its ups and downs but taken as a whole, Resident Evil 4 is an example of excellent game design, one that many developers of today should take notes from… or maybe not, because last time they did that, I was seeing quick time events in a Need for Speed game.
  15. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    The game is probably too many years old nowadays but this version is without any doubt the best you can play.
  16. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    With no change to the game whatsoever, Capcom gives us an essential and intemporal game as Resident Evil 4 HD and still dominates other titles it has inspired. At last out on PC after years of begging from fans, this game is clearly the definitive edition of the title, with a motherload of content and a welcome graphics-lifting. We enjoy meeting Leon, Ada, Ashley, Saddler and Salazar again in their roles, and with a 20€ pricetag on Steam, this is tremendous value. The perfect time to discover a classic of videogame.
  17. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Does it make sense to spend 20 € to play Resident Evil 4 in 2014? Who already knows everything about this 2005 classic made in Capcom maybe is gonna wait for a better offer on Steam. For all the others this PC port is mandatory and even if the game has some bitterness here and there, it remains one of the best Shinji Mikami's creations, as well as a true masterpiece.
  18. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    While the mechanics are starting to feel a little dated at this point and the sound effects lack the quality the rest of the game shows, Resident Evil 4 is still one of the greats that needs to be experienced, and the Ultimate HD Edition is the perfect excuse to do so.
  19. 80
    Still one of the best action games ever made and although this is technically the best-looking version it still doesn’t really feel like the definitive one.
  20. Mar 1, 2014
    80
    Almost ten years have passed, but Resident Evil 4 is still one of the most compelling, thrilling and genuinely scary titles of all time. This HD rendition doesn't do miracles graphics wise, and isn't 100% free from small technical issues and hiccups either, but it is definitely worth the price tag for both hardcore fans of the series and for newcomers.
  21. Feb 28, 2014
    80
    PC players finally have access to a proper port of the game. It may be showing its age, but Resident Evil 4 HD stands as the best version available. There is about 30 hours of content in this edition, which runs for a reasonable $20.
  22. Mar 4, 2014
    78
    Even though it has a terrible control scheme by today's standards, Resident Evil 4 HD stays true to the original game, released in 2005; sadly, the HD upgrade is barely noticeable despite Capcom's best efforts to make a remarkable feature out of it.
  23. Mar 1, 2014
    77
    This is the version PC users should have played the first time. Controls might feel a bit outdated, but the experience is still as good as it was originally on GameCube.
  24. Mar 4, 2014
    75
    This PC port is mandatory for Resident Evil fans that play on PC.
  25. Feb 28, 2014
    75
    It´s a great classic that has took too long to arrive to PC in a optimal condition. It´s a bit outdated now, but its soul and quality are still there for anyone wanting to discover or rediscover it.
  26. Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Resident Evil 4 continues to be one of the best games this industry has offered. We just can't understand the need for this re-re-release.
  27. Mar 10, 2014
    70
    It has all the cool extras that every other version before it had, minus Wiimote motion controls of course, but it doesn’t have much more.
  28. 70
    Turns out, RE4 is not a timeless classic, then, but it's a classic nonetheless. And as such you shout, by all means, have played it at least once in your life. The closer to release you did that, the better. But for a mere 20 Bucks you can hardly go wrong in 2014, as well.
  29. Feb 28, 2014
    70
    Graphically, Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition stands as the best port of Capcom's 2005 hit. It brings together all of the content found in earlier versions with new textures, all presented in 1080p (or above) and 60 FPS if your PC is strong enough. Unfortunately, Resident Evil 4's controller or mouse/keyboard options are a step back from the superior Wii Edition controls.
  30. Feb 27, 2014
    70
    A bare-bones port of a nevertheless spectacular game.
  31. May 14, 2014
    60
    Sadly the final score has to be lower than originally expected, at least until the developers can fix the issues. Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition is essentially the great PC version we've been waiting for all these years, it is priced quite reasonably and, under normal conditions, I would recommend the game wholeheartedly to fans of the series and newcomers alike, but not until all the bugs have been squashed. Until then, keep your money in your pockets.
  32. 56
    A bare bones port that embodies everything PC gamers hate about lazy console conversions. Capcom should have let this one rest in peace.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    6
    I don't need to discuss Resident Evil 4's gameplay or story or anything else. We all know this song an dance by now. Suffice to say, if thisI don't need to discuss Resident Evil 4's gameplay or story or anything else. We all know this song an dance by now. Suffice to say, if this were a good port, the game would be getting perfect scores. But it isn't, and here's why:

    Capcom apparently was convinced that the only reason PC gamers disliked the original port of Resident Evil 4, was the poor graphics. So they went hard at work - and by hard at work I mean they if they had nothing better to do and could be arsed - updating the graphics of Resident Evil 4 from the poorly done graphics of 2004 to the cutting edge graphics of 2006. They spent the next few months leading up to release showing off their 1080p resolution and 60fps framerate. And nothing else. The question arose: What is it they don't want you to see? The answer encompasses just about everything else: a barebones unoptimized port with poor controls, limited graphical options, and a plague of bugs that will almost certainly be overlooked by the inevitable day-one patch. So simply put, RE4UHDE is only marginally better than the original 2007 release, and on the same level as the 2012 Dark Souls PC release - which may I point out, at least From Software had the excuse of having no experience working with PC gaming. Capcom has no excuse beyond their own incompetence.

    But it looks pretty so I guess they're absolved of blame or something.
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  2. Feb 28, 2014
    8
    As a previous reviewer has mentioned, not much needs to be said about Resident Evil 4 itself. To me RE4, although a signal of a completeAs a previous reviewer has mentioned, not much needs to be said about Resident Evil 4 itself. To me RE4, although a signal of a complete change in Resident Evil, is simply one of the best survival horror games there is.

    The previous PC port however, many would say, is one of the worst examples of PC port there is.

    So has Resident Evil 4 suffered another injustice with the Ultimate HD edition, or has it finally been presented the way it deserves?

    Well for starters the game looks and feels much more like a Resident Evil game - when i look back at Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3 one of the first things that comes to mind is the fantastic atmosphere that was set in the game. I didn't get that same feeling with the original RE4 port - the graphics were blurry, bland and fuzzy and the lighting didn't help either. This version certainly, in most ways, successfully remedies that and makes the games atmosphere much more imposing. Not to mention that everything simply looks much more vivid and smooth. It's not up to scratch against the visuals of much more recent games of course, but it is a huge improvement over the previous offering. The smooth (in my experience) 60fps performance definitely changes the way the game feels too, especially in combat. These encounters just feel more fast paced and it certainly increases the tension as well as making the game look better. You can also now change the graphics settings to meet your own preferences.

    Does anything ruin all of this? Well for, for me, the "mouse support" is a big disappointment. You seem to only be able to use the mouse to look (although you are able to ready, aim and shoot using the mouse) not to turn, it often leads to the camera not moving in motion with you, but worse it means that you still turn slowly (although you can easily do a 180 using the keyboard) and doesn't bring the quickness and accuracy that, to me, is the whole point of bringing mouse support to the game. If you're using an Xbox 360 controller this won't bother you - but even when using this the controls still seem somewhat stiff and clumsy - it seems they didn't work much on this area at all.

    To summarise, the improvement in graphics and performance this updated version brings are very welcome and is closer to what this legendary game deserves. But if you were hoping for an improvement in the controls you may be disappointed.
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  3. Mar 2, 2014
    10
    Arguably the best Resident Evil game made so far brought to Steam with Achievements, high defiition textures and the same ass-kicking factorArguably the best Resident Evil game made so far brought to Steam with Achievements, high defiition textures and the same ass-kicking factor as the game had on its release for only 20 god damn dollars? I say hell **** yes. Full Review »