Resident Evil 4 (2023 Remake) Reviews
I didn’t think we needed a Resident Evil 4 remake. I guessed that Resident Evil 4’s remake would look nice and play well, just as the other recent remakes. But what I didn’t expect was a game that not only recreates the original but also builds on it in smart and interesting ways to create something different and better than the classic.
While the visual upgrade alone is a good enough draw to relive one of Capcom's all-time elites, Resident Evil 4 remake brings a wealth of new tweaks that contribute to a perfect reimagination. Even with deeper character development and extended gameplay, it still retains the original's charm through intense scares and goofy B-movie-like scenarios that never feel too old. The new knife mechanics tighten the core gameplay by adding an element of resourceful survival horror to an otherwise frenzied action-heavy affair. With the free, wave-style Mercenaries mode dropping next week, there's no better time for long-time fans or newcomers to jump in and experience the horrors awaiting in the iconic claustrophobic European village setting of Resident Evil 4.
These are minor critiques, however, when we’re talking about an excellent remake of one of the best games ever made. Resident Evil 4 remains a must-play title in 2023, and while it may not be better in every possible way, this is overall the best way to experience it. Those who have enjoyed it in the past will find enough updates to keep things fresh, while new players won’t miss the few changes I might have skipped. So don’t make a horrific mistake and miss out on this one.
Whether you're new to the series or a longtime fan, Capcom has done a great job with this remake. Despite a few minor issues, it's a polished AAA horror game that's worth playing.
Resident Evil 4 is an incredible remake, with some of the best gameplay in the genre and lots of improvements compared to the original but a wonky aiming system on controller and some changes leave to be desired.
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Resident Evil 4 Remake comfortably sits atop every other release this year with its excellent action, memorable characters, ridiculous replayability, and insane one-liners. RE Engine continues to look phenomenal, and Leon and Ashley have never been better. The remake does a brilliant job of becoming a modern example of improving upon perfection.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is an outstanding release that takes one of the best games of all time and somehow makes it even better. The stunning visuals, the combat enhancements, the improved AI across allies and enemies, the refined boss encounters, and the new additions – they all come together to make Resident Evil 4 Remake the most impressive release in the series to date and a jaw-dropping experience as a whole. Whether you’re a newbie to the series, a returning veteran, or simply want to see what all the fuss was about in the first place, it’s hard not to be blown away by everything Resident Evil 4 Remake offers. Here’s hoping Code Veronica gets the same treatment soon…
Resident Evil 4 Remake is a calamitous call back that welcomes all horror fans with a gruesome greeting of grisly gaming, that's impact will certainly be felt upon RE's promising prospects.
Resident Evil 4 remake is a great game in its own right, but can't hold a candle to the original.
The Resident Evil 4 remake is the series' most relentlessly exciting adventure rebuilt, refined, and realised to the full extent of its enormous potential.
Keeping what works while reimagining what doesn't, this is about as good as remakes get.
The combat, while generally excellent, does also have some occasional irritations
More a reimagining than a straight remake but despite the difficulty of recapturing lighting in a bottle, this is both a loving tribute to the original Resident Evil 4 and a great game in its own right.
The Resident Evil 4 remake is about everything I could've wanted.
Capcom raises the bar for what a good remake is and simultaneously preserves Resident Evil 4's legacy as a genre-defining experience and one of the greatest games of all time.
For all of the rough edges that it smooths over, RE4 pulls off the same trick that RE2 did in 2019, making a groundbreaking but now dated game feel brand-new again.
Capcom raises the bar for remakes – again.
The best I can say is that it is an earnest effort at recapturing the magic, and it’s worth checking out. It remains, as it always was, maddeningly inconsistent.
While there are some small niggles that I would have loved to see perfected, this remake exceeds expectations, perfectly balancing the action with the horror and cementing Resident Evil 4 as my favorite game in the series.