Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 5, 2019
    It may offer nothing new from past ports, but even in its creaky age, Resident Evil 4 remains a stone-cold classic. From its terrifyingly opening to the final getaway, it’s a hell of a ride that most AAA single-player campaigns only wish they could be.
  2. 95
    If you missed Resident Evil 4 over the last fifteen years, don’t wait any longer to play this gem. Even in 2019, I find myself engrossed by RE4’s dark, uneasy setting, its addicting gun progression, and incredible action-horror gameplay. It’s a game that changed the action-adventure genre forever, and for the most part, has stood the test of time.
  3. Jul 31, 2019
    A wonderfully cheesy narrative, brilliant level and character design, stunning art direction, and some of the best shooting mechanics ever made all coalesce into a legend of the video game industry. Resident Evil 4 HD absolutely needs to be in everyone’s Switch library.
  4. May 26, 2019
    A great range of strategies and mechanics never used in the saga turned Resident Evil 4 into a key piece in the history of Capcom. Now, it is also playable in portable mode.
  5. May 21, 2019
    No matter if it is your first time dealing with the plagas or you know RE4‘s map like the back of your hand, this is a worthwhile version that should be replayed. Even in 2019, this is still Capcom’s crowning achievement and a master class in game design.
  6. 85
    It’s astonishing just how well RE4 has held up after nearly fifteen years, but it still managed to draw me in and keep me playing no matter what intermittent problems I ran into. There’s a reason this game has been so celebrated over the years, and if you’re like me and have been ignoring it for over a decade, then there’s no better time to see what the big deal is than right now.
  7. May 21, 2019
    The best way to play Resident Evil 4 requires taking a time machine back to its time and place in 2005. A myriad of ports, especially on the Switch, continue to provide a more practical method. From a historical standpoint or modern approach, Resident Evil 4 remains one of the finest ways to survive horror.
  8. Jun 4, 2019
    Price is a sticky issue, too. It’s simply too much for a game that, despite its status, is showing its age visually and mechanically.
  9. May 26, 2019
    Still one of the best action games ever made, but while this is a competent port/remaster the absurdly high price makes it an expensive novelty.
  10. May 22, 2019
    Even with some mechanics feeling outdated or anachronistic, this still is a milestone in its genre.
  11. May 22, 2019
    The lack of Wii-like motion controls hurts this release, as it means this isn’t the best way to play the game. However, the fact you can play it on the go for the first time is probably the next best thing. If you have somehow managed to miss playing this title in the past 15 years, then go ahead and add another point to the score, as those that have played the many re-releases over the years won’t be quite as impressed as they once were. Having said that, Resident Evil 4 is and forever will be, one of the greatest video games ever made.
  12. 80
    Resident Evil 4 is still as timeless as ever, but due to its high price-point on Switch, we suggest waiting for a sale before pulling the trigger on this one.
  13. May 21, 2019
    Resident Evil 4 is one of the best video games of all time, and if you’ve somehow managed to avoid it all these years, the Switch edition is a decent, convenient way to catch up – but the fact that the Wii Edition still has a legitimate claim as the 'definitive' version proves irksome. Handheld mode is the biggest draw here and that’s not only where the game’s ageing visuals work best, but also where its control scheme makes the most sense. The lack of optional gyro aiming is disappointing and high definition arguably works against it in many ways, highlighting cracks which simply didn’t show up fourteen years ago, but the genius of the underlying game still shines through and anybody who’s still got it sitting on their bucket list is in for a treat.
  14. May 26, 2019
    Resident Evil 4 is one of the best and most influential games ever made, but this version feels a little bit lazy. Capcom could’ve improved the performance or include new controls to make the most of the hardware, but it hasn’t. This won’t prevent you from enjoying the game, of course, but such a masterpiece deserved better.
  15. Jul 22, 2019
    Make no mistake: Resident Evil 4 is still worth experiencing on Switch, especially if you are new to the game or the series. The thrilling story and immersive atmosphere still hold up today, even if the cumbersome controls and finicky gunplay do not. However, those spoiled by the phenomenal Wii version of RE4 — or even some of the more modern entries in the series — will find admittedly less to love when looking back on Leon's chilling escapades.
  16. May 24, 2019
    Resident Evil 4 is still a legend in its own way, but these regular new versions never bring anything new to the table. Even worse, this Switch is showing how old is the the game, on a technical standpoint.
  17. May 22, 2019
    If it had motion controls, we would be talking about one of the best versions of one of the best games ever made. Without them, this is just a portable Resident Evil 4 (and honestly, that is pretty good).
  18. Jan 21, 2020
    Resident Evil 4 is entertaining throughout - this review has focussed on negative missteps that have been taken while concocting the Nintendo Switch version. It is more expensive than PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, with no actual differences between them. However, it is undeniable that it is a standout title despite these somewhat ageing issues. To help compensate for this, it does run at a stable 60 frame-rate, and of course, is now fully portable. It may not be the definitive version of Resident Evil 4, but it is still a fun one nonetheless.
  19. Jul 8, 2019
    A timeless classic not worth the extra price just for portability.
  20. Jun 6, 2019
    Not your ordinary “Resi” experience, but RE4 is still one of the best action-horror ever made... and now you can play it anywhere with your Switch.
  21. May 26, 2019
    Despite being a masterpiece, Resident Evil 4 on Switch suffers from medium resolution and inconsistent framerate. Capcom could've handle things a little better.
  22. May 23, 2019
    Resident Evil 4 on Nintendo Switch is always a masterpiece, and still the same port we have seen on every other platform.
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  1. May 27, 2019
    Perhaps the most successful aspect of the game is how well tension and fear are crafted, and Resident Evil 4 is still a terrifying experience, even for an audience who know what each twist and turn in the game will bring.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 162
  1. May 21, 2019
    This game is a classic in every sense of the word, I have beaten it on GC, WiiU, WII, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, and now it's hitting SwitchThis game is a classic in every sense of the word, I have beaten it on GC, WiiU, WII, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, and now it's hitting Switch and if you have never played this game you owe it to yourself (especially if you are a Resident Evil fan), to play this GEM, this very well may be the best Resident Evil game ever made, and now that Resident Evil 2 Remake is out I still stand by that assessment...As good as a game can GET, this is it.... Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2019
    The bad:

    - very expensive for a game that originally came out in 2005. Honestly, this game is half the price on other platforms - no gyro
    The bad:

    - very expensive for a game that originally came out in 2005. Honestly, this game is half the price on other platforms
    - no gyro controls. They work great on resident evil revelations 2. Why not here?
    - no extras. Ada' side missions, mercenaries, etc.
    - In terms of graphics, audio and fx, this game is looking its age

    The good:

    - It's one of the best games ever made
    - good performance docked and handheld
    - You can play it on the toilet
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  3. May 25, 2019
    Very good game. But very bad port - no gyro aiming, weak performance. Waiting for patch(es)!