Resident Evil 4 HD (Console Edition)
The last episode of the series signed by Shinji Mikami is grabbed and thrown on the digital store of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, substantially unchanged since the previous generation. In the end, this is not a remastered version, but an overpriced old game.
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Though it may not quite hold up anymore as the prettiest or most innovative title nowadays, Resident Evil 4‘s current-gen ports are still suitable releases for one of the best games in the last decade, and make returning to Resident Evil 4 for the second (or third or fourth or fifth time) just as rewarding as that memorable first experience.
Resident Evil 4 has lost none of its madcap tension, or its considerable charms. This is one of the finest single player campaigns ever, rendered in crisp 1080p on modern consoles.
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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.
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.
I’m a die-hard fan of the game and have loved jumping back in to Resident Evil 4. I have a feeling others who feel the same about the franchise will as well, as will Achievement and Trophy addicts, enticed over reasonable simple lists. For everyone else, it’s a harder sell at $24.95 AUD — while greatly improved over last-gen’s release, it’s still the same game on yet another platform.
Resident Evil 4 does indeed make a perfect 2005 appearance on the current generation consoles, which is a huge plus. It’s such a significant game in the series, so much that it helped the name Resident Evil become more than just a linear zombie shoot ‘em up with jump scares. Its impact can not be understated. With that said, the lack of tweaking and adaption with the controls made the 2016 experience on the PlayStation 4 a bit tough to love. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s tough to recapture RE4’s magic when you’re fighting with the controls. In the end, a classic is still a classic, despite its flaws in this generation.
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.
To date, Resident Evil 4 remains one of the best titles in the franchise, with the Switch version being even better. Despite not being the best looking version of the game, the ability to play it on the go is a massive plus. Sure, the lack of gyro controls is a shame but it doesn't detract from an amazing series. That being said, returning fans really have no reason to return to it, as it's the same game as before.