Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    In case you haven't heard: Resident Evil 4 is kind of a big deal. With its quick pacing, intriguing narrative and unbelievable graphics, this is one of Capcom's best games. This $20 PlayStation 3 port improves the visuals, adds leaderboard support and introduces trophies into the mix. Come see why Resident Evil 4 remains the best survival horror game ever made!
  2. Sep 20, 2011
    The updated visuals aren't mind-blowing, but they present the best way to return to this already stellar game. If you somehow missed out on Resident Evil 4 when it turned heads on the GameCube, this is the perfect time to give it a download and see what all the fuss is about.
  3. Play UK
    Nov 27, 2011
    Still brilliant. [Issue#210, p.99]
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 11, 2011
    This set new standards in creating exhilarating set-pieces and pacing. [Nov 2011, p.96]
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    A true killer app when it was released on the GameCube in 2005, Resident Evil 4 was a decisive take on the series, and on the action genre as a whole.
  6. 90
    At the end of the day, what you've got here is unequivocally one of the greatest action-horror outings of all time, and an absolute must-have for Resi fans and newcomers alike.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    Resident Evil 4 is a 10 out of 10 game. This repackaging of the game is not a 10 out of 10 product. If you already own Resident Evil 4 on the Wii, there is absolutely no reason to buy it here other than the HD-ness, which did nothing for me.
  8. Sep 19, 2011
    While the opening chapter proved to be a lesson in re-learning how to play, once it all clicked again it became apparent just how much I love Capcom's highly-celebrated game. For me it's easily the best Resident Evil title, and an absolute must-buy for anyone interested in action or horror. Resident Evil 4 remains one of the greats.
  9. Sep 28, 2011
    Resident Evil 4 is still one of the best games of the last generation and one of the best chapters in the series, but Capcom has made almost no effort to reinvest in this title. The mere introduction of the HD doesn't manage to bring up to date the graphics, but the game overall is so good that we can easily override the problem.
  10. Sep 21, 2011
    If you're not necessarily a fan of the series or haven't yet played Resident Evil 4, this is arguably the best the franchise has to offer, and the slick new look brings it closer to what we've come to expect visually from games this generation. Resident Evil 4 HD isn't a perfect port, but it offers a ton of content for a budget price.
  11. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Nov 13, 2011
    The lazy HD conversion is disappointing. [Dec 2011, p.97]
  12. Oct 16, 2011
    For those who have played the game countless times on either the PS2 or the Wii, there's really no point in owning this version unless you're a super fan of the series or this entry in particular. However, if you've never tried the game before or owned systems that didn't get Resident Evil 4 iterations in the past, this is a great time to get the game.
  13. Sep 20, 2011
    With excellent controls, memorable baddies, and a cheesy story worthy of the Resident Evil branding, gamers should take it upon themselves to play this at some point if they haven't already.
  14. Oct 3, 2011
    If you're a Resident Evil 4 veteran that has played through its many reissues over the years, there's not really much to be impressed by this release on the current-gen consoles. Even so, Resident Evil 4 is still a terrifying ride, especially if you missed it the first time around and would like to experience one of the most influential games from the past decade.
  15. Sep 20, 2011
    Unless you absolutely need to have a moderate-looking HD version, you'd be better off with the Wii iteration because it includes multiple control setups and all the same extra features.
  16. Nov 15, 2011
    This game is still one of the best games ever. Scary, memorable and revolutionary. Therefore it's a shame that the HD in the title doesn't at all translate itself into a noticeable graphical upgrade.
  17. Oct 26, 2011
    If you've never played Resident Evil 4, then the $20 price of entry is worth it and I highly recommend you experience the survival-horror genre at its finest. Especially considering that the genre has become something of an extinct race, particularly on consoles. If you're already familiar with the game it really comes down to how fond you were of that first experience.
  18. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 6, 2012
    This is Resi at its peak. Shame that it's a straight port, though. [Dec 2011, p81]
  19. Oct 17, 2011
    Resident Evil 4 HD unfortunately isn't the remaster it could have been, and its upscaled textures and lack of Move support are more than a little annoying. However, in the end this is still one of the greatest games ever made.
  20. Oct 2, 2011
    This is still Resident Evil 4. The mechanics are still great, the art and score are still mesmerizing. If you have the $20 to spare and want the convenience of a digital download, it's worth grabbing.
  21. Sep 26, 2011
    There is no reason why you shouldn't buy Resident Evil 4 HD if you've never played it before or don't already own a previous release. It's almost the definitive version of the game, but not quite.
  22. Sep 21, 2011
    HD edition of Resident Evil 4 retains all the qualities of the original... probably the best Resident Evil title.
  23. Sep 21, 2011
    Experiencing Resident 4 HD, everything is as it ever was. The visual upgrade is well received, and the game's narrative is as terrifying and enticing as ever. Capcom have played this one safe, as it would have been nice to see them try and mix things up with a new inventory system.
  24. Sep 20, 2011
    It is the same great game we enjoyed six years ago, but visually upgraded. Its gameplay hasn't aged, and its levels are still varied and thrilling. We only miss a retail edition including this game and Code Veronica HD, just like in Japan, as the digital download can be considered pricey by many players.
  25. Sep 19, 2011
    Resident Evil 4 is still an outstanding shooter, but as I keep re-iterating with these recent high-def rereleases, your mileage is bound to vary.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    This is the game that changed the entire videogame industry back in 2005 on GameCube. Easily the best of the Resident Evil series (althoughThis is the game that changed the entire videogame industry back in 2005 on GameCube. Easily the best of the Resident Evil series (although closely followed by RE2), there is no excuse to miss out on this game now that it's at budget downloadable version Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    The High Definition graphics really improves the gameplay and with all bugs and glitches from ps2 version eliminated, makes it a almostThe High Definition graphics really improves the gameplay and with all bugs and glitches from ps2 version eliminated, makes it a almost perfect game. Resi 4 fans will love the HD version and definatley recommend for those who have never played Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    Notice the HD in the title. Forget it was ever there, and if you actually buy this game, that's quite easy to do. Regardless of the graphicsNotice the HD in the title. Forget it was ever there, and if you actually buy this game, that's quite easy to do. Regardless of the graphics having little to no improvement (It's hard to tell actually) , this port of Resident Evil 4 is just as grand as the original was back in its lifetime. It's the same enjoyable horror game and arguably, "one of the greatest games of all time." Although that statement is subjective, RE4 has shown the quality to make me agree. Full Review »