Product Type: Capcom Wii games
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Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
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Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
Advantages: Visuals, additions, gameplay
Disadvantages: Did we REALLY need another port? Still, rather good
Resident Evil 4 was a revelation upon its release for the GameCube in 2005, and was subsequently ported to the PlayStation 2 to huge acclaim. It has now been ported yet again to the Nintendo Wii, and despite my initial scepticism that it simply wouldn't work with the Wii's controller, it's a surprisingly authoritative iteration of one of the best games of its generation.
The fourth game continues six years after the end of the third game, where Raccoon City was nuked. Leon S. Kennedy helps the Secret Service, and when the President's daughter, Ashley Graham, is kidnapped, Leon heads to Spain. However, things are far from normal, and he soon discovers that the town is overrun with zombie-like people who want to ensure that he doesn't rescue Ashley from their clutches. Leon has to make his way through the town, taking down the town's citizens and get himself and Ashley to safety.
This is the game where the Resident Evil series became more action-orientated and less puzzle-based, but it really works. There's a lot more ammo to spare and the enemy AI has been ramped up considerably, making it a more engaging game to the more casual player. Weapons can also be "levelled up", which is a novel addition, meaning you can enhance the stopping power and accuracy of your weapons, and the Wii version also includes a few new extra weapons and features.
What's really important with this Wii port, though, is the controls, and despite my cynicism, it works well. You can use virtually any type of Wii controller configuration you want, but I imagine the most commonly used is the Wiimote and Nunchuck combo, which does add some difficulty but is quite a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. It caters for all tastes and as a result is as satisfying and fun as the original GameCube version while reaching a far broader audience thanks to the Wii.
This is an impressive port that doesn't really enhance the GC's visuals, but still looks good and adds a few robust features to an already excellent game. Well worth picking up for Wii gamers without a PS2 or GameCube!
Summary: Hopefully the last port of an amazing game