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  • Summary: Resident Evil 4 marks a new chapter in the Resident Evil series. You'll rejoin Leon S. Kennedy six years after his first mission as a rookie cop from Resident Evil 2. Now a US agent, Leon is on a top secret mission to investigate the disappearance of the president's daughter. As Leon, youResident Evil 4 marks a new chapter in the Resident Evil series. You'll rejoin Leon S. Kennedy six years after his first mission as a rookie cop from Resident Evil 2. Now a US agent, Leon is on a top secret mission to investigate the disappearance of the president's daughter. As Leon, you must make your way to a mysterious location in Europe, where new enemies await. Take them down by using enhanced aim-and-shoot features and a new action button. Expand

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    100
    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
    90
    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.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 11, 2011
    90
    This set new standards in creating exhilarating set-pieces and pacing. [Nov 2011, p.96]
  4. Sep 20, 2011
    83
    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.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 6, 2012
    80
    This is Resi at its peak. Shame that it's a straight port, though. [Dec 2011, p81]
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    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.
  7. Sep 19, 2011
    70
    Resident Evil 4 is a brilliant game, but that's exactly why Resident Evil 4 HD is such a disappointment. This is no definitive version or director's cut (wouldn't that be something), but a criminally half-baked attempt to winkle a little extra cash from the still-beating heart of a classic. Resi 4 deserves better than this; Resi 4's legions of devoted fans deserve better than this; and Capcom should be much better than this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    GREAT game with a mix of action and survival horror that drive you to beat the game many times to fulfill your greed for more new idea andGREAT game with a mix of action and survival horror that drive you to beat the game many times to fulfill your greed for more new idea and great gun play experience a lot of movies and brilliant decision to make Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    Resident Evil 4 is without a doubt the best game in the series!! The mix between Horror and Action is spot on in this game.. The story isResident Evil 4 is without a doubt the best game in the series!! The mix between Horror and Action is spot on in this game.. The story is AMAZING! the gameplay mechanics are really good for a PS2 game, and the replay value is really HIGH! especially the HD version which has all the extras from past versions. All in all Resident Evil 4 is an AMAZING! game.. You MUST own it if you like action/Horror games Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    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 Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2015
    9
    Resident Evil 4 has one hell of a legacy behind it. Often considered to be the best of the whole franchise and being credited as one of theResident Evil 4 has one hell of a legacy behind it. Often considered to be the best of the whole franchise and being credited as one of the third person shooters that revolutionized the whole genre, RE4 has some serious hype behind it, and after playing it for the first time ever nearly a decade after it came out, it's clear to me why this game is so famous.

    The game stars Resident Evil's most beloved protagonist Leon Kennedy, who has recently transferred from a cop to working directly under the order of the president, and his first order of business is to rescue Ashley Graham, a young girl that has been kidnapped by a cult known as the Los Illuminados. Kennedy heads to the third world village to find out that the residents of the town aren't exactly friendly, and Kennedy must do everything use everything in his skill set to rescue her.

    The gameplay isn't the traditional third person shooter where a crosshair is centered in the screen and the screen moves with it. Instead, RE4 employs a laser at the end of every gun to allow for exact precision when firing your shots, and after playing the game, you'll know exactly why this is important. Every standard grunt thrown at you has a weak spot, typically centering in the head or the legs, and hitting this weak spot with a gun stuns your enemy, leaving them open to a devastating melee attack. It's a good system and the melee attacks usually have a wide range of attack, allowing you to hit multiple enemies with one good strike, and since RE4's main idea of difficulty is throwing a whole crowd of enemies at you, this system helps to take them out quickly.

    It also helps to conserve ammo, which is a primary objective of any survival horror game worthy of the genre. The inventory management is more of a grid with items taking up a certain amount of space depending on their size and importance. Powerful weapons take up more room and it's up to you to manage your inventory effectively. If you run out of ammo or die due to a lack of healing items, it's your own fault.

    Even though the main enemies are just grunts, there's a large variety of enemy types. There's a giant ogre that requires you to be fast on your feet and requires more bullets thrown at it rather than hitting a weak spot. There's invisible bugs that are require less damage but are harder to hit, and there's also the legendary one-hit kill, chainsaw wielding maniac that RE4 is legendary for. There's also some boss fights, with some being really well-designed and the others being a bit boring, but the overall variety of enemy's helps keep gameplay fresh. Any gameplay can get repetitive so RE4 actually throwing different enemies requiring new tactics keeps things from getting stale.

    The only real flaw with gameplay are the enemies that throw things at you. Shooting their projectiles is easy enough but becomes impossible when the enemy throwing things is hidden by a dense crowd, and with the lack of a dodge ability and the stiff tank controls preventing any quick movement, these attacks start to feel cheap.

    The biggest problem this game has is easily Ashley herself. Her A.I. isn't badly programmed but is instead just badly designed. Commanding her to follow or stop is easy, but having her duck when you're aiming in her general direction becomes a hazard as you try to take out enemies going for her. Instead or running like she should, Ashley will stay planted, often getting herself killed. For a girl that's supposed to come off as feisty, independent and smart, this design only makes you shake your head as her stupid mistakes.

    Mistakes aside, the gameplay is still fun, and these gripes don't bog down the experience. The story itself feels simple and easy to follow, with the only complaint centering around Ada Wong and her side of the events. Ada has her own little campaign, and it's supposed to show that more was going on than originally intended, but by the time the game ends, these loose threads don't seem to amount to anything. Playing as Ada is still fun and feels like well made DLC before DLC was even an idea.

    Another big surprise is the amount of replay value present here. Along with new game plus and a new difficulty mode, Ada's campaigns, Mercenaries mode with multiple characters, hidden weapons and outfits that can change the gameplay, RE4 has a ton of content to keep you coming back to it, on top of the 15 hour campaign.

    Overall, RE4 is still a great third-person shooter that holds up as one of the best games of the sixth generation. Although I don't believe it's perfect like most fans and reviewers would claim, I couldn't help but stare in awe at how amazing this game is, and how great it must've been during it's prime. RE4 was an amazing game that was well worth the purchase price, and is still one of the greatest third person shooters ever made.
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  5. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    This is where the game lost it's "survival horror gameplay" + Interesting plot + Puzzles. The best part of this game is the atmosphere whichThis is where the game lost it's "survival horror gameplay" + Interesting plot + Puzzles. The best part of this game is the atmosphere which it did not lose from previous titles... but there is barely any story in this game. The worst part is how it became a shooter but retained the "RE" as a name. As an adventure game with another name, it would have been PERFECT.

    Regardless, this is the last title of the series which I enjoyed even if I felt they screwed up royally on having good characters with background stories. If they had done this at least, I would've forgiven the more action-oriented style. But the only reason the action style worked in RE4 is because Shinji Mikami's "touch" was still in the series so it was nostalgic.
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  6. Nov 10, 2011
    7
    If you've played RE4 before then you basically know what to expect here. It's a decent port of what was a great game. I say port becauseIf you've played RE4 before then you basically know what to expect here. It's a decent port of what was a great game. I say port because that's exactly what it is...it's a version of RE4 emulated to run on current gen hardware...it's not very 'HD' as the title would suggest. That's not really a bad thing though as this was one of the best looking games from last gen, so even with basic hardware smoothing the game looks pretty good in most places. It's nice to see how the game was intended to look when it originally came out. On the down side there is no move support which I was actually disappointed with as I thought that was one of the things the PS3 version was supposed to get. I played the Wii version and actually found for once the motion controls were better than with a standard controller...point & click aiming was a breeze. The fact they didn't include this just makes this feel like even more of a rushed port. Lastly I do find the price is a bit high. $20 asking price for something that has already been released on so many platforms just seems like a huge cash-in attempt. $10 might have been too low but $15 would have been better. Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2011
    0
    not even HD! This is not a good game and its just upscaled. WOO. Another way for capcom to make more money. So not worth it. Do we see thenot even HD! This is not a good game and its just upscaled. WOO. Another way for capcom to make more money. So not worth it. Do we see the REAL games in need of getting a hd rerelease get one like RE:outbreak,RE2, and RE3? No? Then why does this game with OK graphics allready get one? I dont get it. Expand

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