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Resident Evil 4 review


The fourth installment of the fourth...installment?

Puzzles, and then some...

It is a staple of the Resident Evil games; clog down the game with collectible items and puzzles that need to be solved in order to proceed through the game. This technique has been used in each and every Resident Evil game to date and especially the puzzles have served to annoy gamers to no end.

But in reality, what would we do in a Resident Evil game without the puzzles? And to be fair, those in 4 have been toned down several notches, letting the game focus more on enemies, terrain, and plot. This healthier blend of gameplay elements serve to make this fourth installment the most impressive and addictive yet.

The Separate Ways feature that was introduced in the PlayStation 2 version makes a comeback, as do the 'Assignment: Ada and Mercenaries' minigame. Completing various tasks in these extra areas of the game unlock additional features, including a third costume set for Leon and Ashlee, in which the First Daughter receives a welcome defense upgrade, which is almost a requirement for Professional mode, a.k.a. 'Extremely Difficult And Pretty Much Impossible' mode, as many gamers are wont to say.

A port that gets better

It is a common occurrence that ports of games suck horribly, Resident Evil 4 has improved upon itself each time. This fourth version of the game takes the additional content from the PlayStation 2 and PC versions of the game with it back to a Nintendo Console, but the only Wii specific change is that of using the Wiimote and Nunchuk add-on as your controller.

Resident Evil has always been a game that should be played in the middle of the night with all the lights out. Having to actually aim at your enemies has increased the fright factor several points which is no mean feat.

At first glance the game may seem to be just another game in the series. Yet it is the first game in quite some time to actually push the story to a new level. The destruction of Racoon City was not the end of the story, which lets fans everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief. Our heroes and heroines will continue to fight on and, with the upcoming release of The Umbrella Chronicles, a new view on the origins of the story will tide us over until Resident Evil 5.


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