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  • Summary: In Resident Evil 4 players are reacquainted with Leon S. Kennedy, Raccoon City Police Department's idealistic rookie cop from "Resident Evil 2." It has been six years since the destruction of Raccoon City and in that time, the U.S. government has been able to destroy the nefarious UmbrellaIn Resident Evil 4 players are reacquainted with Leon S. Kennedy, Raccoon City Police Department's idealistic rookie cop from "Resident Evil 2." It has been six years since the destruction of Raccoon City and in that time, the U.S. government has been able to destroy the nefarious Umbrella Corporation. Fast forward to 2004 and players rejoin Leon, who is now a U.S. agent with a top-secret mission. He has been tasked to look into the abduction of the President's daughter and his investigation has led him to a mysterious location in Europe. As Leon encounters unimaginable horrors, he must find out who or what is behind everything. [Capcom] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
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  1. PSM Magazine
    100
    Not playing through it from beginning to end would be missing out on a major milestone in gaming history, not to mention a hell of a lot of fun. [Dec 2005, p.70]
  2. 100
    It is by far the best single player action experience you are going to find on the PS2 this year - and the best Resident Evil game since "Resident Evil 2."
  3. Clocking in at over 25 hours of gameplay (if you've never played before), RE4 never once bogs down in rehash or mindless repetition, managing to keep the pace on "alert" from start to finish which is a most impressive feat considering most two hour movies can't sustain that level of suspense.
  4. You'll need to bring your A game, as this is unapologetically difficult, but you'll be rewarded for your effort with one of the most polished shooters of this console generation.
  5. 95
    It's easily one of the top 10 PlayStation 2 games you can lay your hands on. For me, it's probably one of my top 10 games of all-time. There's so much to enjoy, and even though PS2's visuals aren't quite as good as they were on GCN, my jaw still drops at the art design and how immersive the worlds are.
  6. An amazing achievement in a variety of ways: Its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works extremely well with its relentlessly exciting, white-knuckle action, all of which is wrapped up in a decidedly lengthy adventure chock-full of hidden secrets and bonus extras.
  7. 80
    Rather than creating a new system to go with the new engine, the developers tried to shoehorn the classic control scheme into the new game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 349
  1. BlakeY.
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    Great game, a must play.
  2. DillanN.
    Jan 3, 2006
    10
    This game is the best game of the ps2 consol. I was so addicted to it. The graphics are wonderful and brilliant. This is my all time favorite This game is the best game of the ps2 consol. I was so addicted to it. The graphics are wonderful and brilliant. This is my all time favorite game. If you dont have it get it. Trust me it is worth it. Expand
  3. DerekL.
    Jul 1, 2007
    10
    This game is simply amazing. The camera angles put you right in the action. That combined with the great controls, commands, 100 out of 10 This game is simply amazing. The camera angles put you right in the action. That combined with the great controls, commands, 100 out of 10 point graphics, logic requirements, and just plain awesome storyline, wepons, and minigames makes this game 1,000,000 out of 10 in my opinion. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    The best part of the Resident Evil series and one of the best games in history. The game was distinguished in its time in the graphics andThe best part of the Resident Evil series and one of the best games in history. The game was distinguished in its time in the graphics and style of play and the integration between horror and action and chapters designed with high precision and excellent gradation in difficulty. Also the face of the bosses in the game was excellent as well as the multitude of enemies and the variety of ways to kill them. I don't forget the music in the game, especially the music of the safe room. Whatever you talk about the game I will not give it its right. Expand
  5. May 15, 2021
    10
    I just love this game, its just so easy too me after finishing it to play it and beat it again, i have too much things to say, the gameplay isI just love this game, its just so easy too me after finishing it to play it and beat it again, i have too much things to say, the gameplay is clunky and not great at all, but thats the thing, if the game had better controlls it would broke the game and not be as good as it is, the bad gameplay just makes it better, as is more challenging, the enemies and bosses are so so great, the verdugo, the iron maiden, vitores mendez, the blind man, all of them aree so unique and great, the story is also a good part, its not the best story in the world but its so simple that you can enjoy it without paying attention to the story, the graphics for a 2004-2005 gamecube game are jaw dropping, some textures look aged but the characters look so good, the voice acting is magnificent in some cases, the merchants voice its still in my head and i love it, the game is so fair, it always gives you the enough amount of ammo, but it isnt enough to go killing normal enemies with the shotgun, you need to always be saving your ammo and thats what makes it so cool and fun, if i have to say some bad things, its ashley, she becomes really annoiying how she just doesnt make anything to save her life and just stands up there while enemies try to kill her, and some bosses can be really hard but the game its just one of the best ones, i just recommend it if you want a long game that you can enjoy for ages. Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2013
    9
    Clever, suspenseful, fun, so many words to describe this masterpiece, Resident Evil 4 has to be one of the most played games I have everClever, suspenseful, fun, so many words to describe this masterpiece, Resident Evil 4 has to be one of the most played games I have ever invested my time into, the one thing that bothered me was the lack of Resident Evil in this game, what happened to the zombies and survival horror? Expand
  7. RobJ.
    Jan 17, 2006
    0
    This game sucks, plain and simple. As an "action" game it is hopelessly dull, as a survival horror game, it is, amazingly, not scary at all. This game sucks, plain and simple. As an "action" game it is hopelessly dull, as a survival horror game, it is, amazingly, not scary at all. The only challenge in defeating the endless and tedious hordes of opponents is trying to actually competently fire a gun using the game's horrendous controls. As someone on this site already said, you're not supposed to base a game's challenge on poor controls. The game dips further into ridiculousness with the "Tap X to run away from a rolling boulder" segments which reek like something out of a PSX game that was produced for 10 cents and sold about 28 copies worldwide. And can anyone tell me what's surprising, haunting, scary or unpredictable about a game where at any time you only have to press the Triangle button to access a fully fleshed-out map which details your current destination, the next save point, which doors are locked and unlocked, which keys you have, and more? And what of the so-called story? If you run into any non-enemy characters, you'll see 3 minutes of nothing notable, occasionally interrupted by very poor "one-liners" from our "hero" Leon Kennedy. Or maybe after twenty morbidly dull minutes of farcical combat, you'll be interrupted by a radio segment where you talk to the most unconvincing operations commander you've ever seen. It Expand

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