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  • Summary: In Resident Evil 4, Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy is dispatched on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who has been kidnapped. Wending his way to a rural village in Europe, he faces new threats that are a departure from the traditional lumbering zombie enemies of the earlierIn Resident Evil 4, Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy is dispatched on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter who has been kidnapped. Wending his way to a rural village in Europe, he faces new threats that are a departure from the traditional lumbering zombie enemies of the earlier installments in the series. Leon battles horrific new creatures infested by a new threat called Las Plagas and faces off against an aggressive group of enemies including mind-controlled villagers that are tied to Los Illuminados, the mysterious cult which is behind the abduction. Expand

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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 It´s a bit outdated now, but its soul and quality are still there for anyone wanting to discover or rediscover it.
  7. Mar 6, 2014
    56
    A bare bones port that embodies everything PC gamers hate about lazy console conversions. Capcom should have let this one rest in peace.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
  1. Jan 22, 2019
    10
    I've purchased this game a total of 8 times across 6 different platforms(2xGameCube, 2xPS2, PS4, Xbox360, Wii and PC).
    This game is just
    I've purchased this game a total of 8 times across 6 different platforms(2xGameCube, 2xPS2, PS4, Xbox360, Wii and PC).
    This game is just simply amazing. I first played it back in 2005 on my brother's GameCube and I was immediately hooked(however, I was stuck at the same part up until about mid 2006).
    It is, without a doubt, my favorite game of all time. Nothing beats it.

    Pros:
    + Graphics hold up pretty well
    + A near perfect inventory system(personal opinion)
    + Some fun, challenging puzzles
    + Scary enemy introductions and encounters
    + Lovable characters(including some enemies)
    + Classic cheesy Resident Evil story, but pulled off really well
    + The Merchant(Buy weapons, health sprays, maps, armor, larger inventory cases, etc.)
    + Stylish costumes(Especially the "Special 2" costume)
    + Files, letters, and notes are all good reads that explain the plot
    + Beautiful soundtrack(that I still listen to)
    + Main campaign, Separate Ways(second campaign), Assignment Ada, Mercenaries

    Pro/Con:
    (some people will like, others will hate compared to other RE titles)
    +/- Over the shoulder camera
    +/- More action based
    +/- Unlimited saving(still uses a typewriter though)
    +/- The Merchant System
    +/- Can't move while aiming/shooting
    +/- Tank controls

    Cons:
    - The last third of the game isn't really scary, begins to overstay it's welcome
    - The camera isn't able to be freely moved
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  2. Mar 19, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love this game .best story and grate gameplay sounds and graphic!!!!!!!!! This game best enjoy on pc.good luck capcom and thanks for remaster this game Expand
  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. Expand
  4. 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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  5. Apr 22, 2014
    7
    The game is simply endless levels of bad guys coming at you that require shooting to death, or in some cases karate kicking or blowing up. TheThe game is simply endless levels of bad guys coming at you that require shooting to death, or in some cases karate kicking or blowing up. The story is clichéd drivel, involving the Illuminati (Los Illuminados) and some zombie type infection-plague, with occasional references to Umbrella. I know this is considered a great classic, but playing for the first time in 2014, it takes a while to get used to. The controls and over-shoulder camera view are not very satisfying. Effectively the game is just about grinding and blasting your way from one environment to the next, in the search of an important young woman who has been kidnapped by some shady people – comical villains really. There are some puzzles along the way, but the boss fights are more challenging … According to my Steam stats I killed almost 900 enemies and it took over 16 hours to complete. That’s a lot of shooting. I may be in the minority here, but I actually remember enjoying RE5 more than this one. That being said, the game provides incredibly good value for money. According to my calculations each enemy I killed cost me 1.7p, based on 886 enemies taken care of, from an outlay of £15. I also died 92 times, apparently, so that’s 16p per death!
    Some comments on the port – I have never seen the original version or the previous PC version/s, so cannot compare. Yes I experienced a few annoyances, not just related to the controls. However, I never had any issues that impacted on my game experience other than a serious slow-down in FPS that happened sporadically. If we had better viewing angles and camera controls, this would have made a big difference.
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  6. Jun 8, 2014
    6
    The game is fun but the controls are just awful. This game was released in 2005 for PC, right? Well, there is simply no excuse for theThe game is fun but the controls are just awful. This game was released in 2005 for PC, right? Well, there is simply no excuse for the awkward control system, none. Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2019
    1
    RE 4 is a great game.... if you're playing any other version. This port is not optimized for any hardware past what the best was at theRE 4 is a great game.... if you're playing any other version. This port is not optimized for any hardware past what the best was at the release.

    It has gotten to a point where a PC can be too good for this port, causing it to lag at the simplest of things. Are you trying to tell me my PC can run PAYDAY 2 at most of it's highest settings without a single frame-drop, but at the same time can't manage to keep a consistent frame-rate in RE 4 on fixed 30 fps, lowest shadow settings, and original textures each time I fire one of the shotguns?

    Not to mention 9 times out of 10 the game will lag during a cutscene, but the audio will continue as if it wasn't, meaning SUPER desynced audio.

    The only thing I can say good about this port is some of it's controls. The rest of the controls are complete **** and beyond reasoning. The few that make sense are changeable, but the ones that don't and will probably no longer be supported in the near future are unchangeable. Who at the dev team thought it was a good idea to make PAGE DOWN the unchangeable button to rotate items in inventory?

    Don't buy this version of the game. If you want a version that runs and has mouse-like aiming, buy the Wii version.
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