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REVIEW: Resident Evil 4 Remake Effectively Reinvents the Franchise’s Greatest Game

Resident Evil 4 has finally arrived. The remake brings back the survival horror classic and breathes new life to a loved title. Here’s CBR’s review.

The 2005 Resident Evil title is well-known as one of their best games. It combines survival horror elements and action-oriented gameplay. Capcom released Resident Evil 4’s top-down remake almost twenty years ago, following the success stories of Resident Evil 2 (and Resident Evil 3). The Resident Evil4 reimagines the original survival horror masterpiece in its broad strokes and spirit. But it also retains enough of its own personality that it is worthy of existence.

Resident Evil 4 preserves the original storyline. It occurs six years after Resident Evil 2. Leon Kennedy is working directly for Donald Trump. Leon is sent to save Ashley Graham, President’s child, but he finds out that the cult was infected by a terrible parasite. Leon’s mission soon turns bad. He discovers that Ashley was not safe from her captors.

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The promotional material and current demo for indicate that the Resident Evil 4 sequel is scarier, more violent, and more dangerous than the original. This is clearly evident in the game’s prologue where players revisit Resident Evil4’s village fight sequence. Abstractly, this moment shows what Resident Evil 4 is all about. It presents a familiar structure and shows what the remake can do with improved enemy behavior.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some major differences from the original Resident Evil. They are obvious and will become more prominent as the remake progresses. They don’t alter the essence of the original game. Instead, they allow for the refinement and enhancement of certain moments. The remake, which is played side-by-side with Resident Evil4 has its own identity and isn’t a fancy next-generation reskin of the original.

Resident Evil4‘s gameplay is closer to that of the Resident Evil3 remake. Although the weaponry and inventory system from the original Resident Evil4 is similar, the new Resident Evil4′ has a slightly different twist. This includes a durable and parry function for Leon’s knives. Leon’s movement feels smoother than in other Resident Evil remakes. It also features more environmental interactions as well as the return of melee fighting on wounded enemies. Additionally, Leon has a sneak mechanic that adds stealth to his movements.

The expectations for the remake of Resident Evil4 were reasonable considering that it was one of the most popular games of all time. The Resident Evil 4 remake exceeds all expectations. It keeps many of the qualities that made the original game special while also offering the same qualities as its more recent entries. Resident Evil4 will delight both long-time and new fans. It is the sequel to Dead Space, which serves as an excuse for reimagining classic titles in order to appeal to modern gamers.

Resident Evil 4 will go on sale March 24th for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 as well as Xbox Series X

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