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Resident Evil 4, also known as Biohazard in Japan is an action filled story-line featuring the most active and best looking character of the RE series, Leon Scott Kennedy.
Everything was finished in its previous installment, Resident Evil 3, following the escape of Jill Valentines along with some Umbrella mercenaries out of the Racoon city and then, on the order of president, a missile for the clean-up of the city was sent to Racoon city and all was ended. But afterwards the daughter of the president, Ashley Graham is kidnapped by some unknown group and is taken to Spain for some particular reasons. For her, Leon is sent on the orders of the president but when he asks a villager showing the photo of Ashley, the villager grabs an axe and tries to kill Leon but he manages to dodge. After killing him, his co-workers on the mission are killed. Hunnigan, Leon's personal support from the base guides him to get Ashley safe and sound out of that place. Soon he finds that a head of some foundation named "los-illuminados" is brainwashing the civilians of that region using a new virus. When it is leaked that those civilians are holding a new virus, Wesker gets on the track and insists Ada Wong(another RE character) to bring that virus sample to him.
The game graphics are quite amazing as it breaks the record of that choppy pixels of its predecessors. A lot of options and good in-game physics despite the game is made in 2005. Its developer, Capcom is still making HD versions of it as it is also available now on Xbox one and ps4.
It has been a few years since I played this game on the PS2 console but still its a classic Resident Evil game for me. The story starts off with Leon Kennedy sent to find the President's daughter kidnapped in a foreign country. However, soon, things aren't what they seemed and Leon is faced with hordes of Zombies and enemies to battle.
I found the graphics to be excellent for PS2. Buildings are clearer and characters look realistic as well which is always a plus! However, the lighting on the game is just right and nothing is blurred or darkened out when the camera angel changes.
When it comes to game play, its very impressive. The controls are easy to maneuver and characters are much easier to move too. The game seems to be very intense when it comes to being attacked with Zombies and the town's folk and if you're not prepared, you are going to panic. I found it hard to train my focus on the game when there are people rushing at you with sickles and pitch forks. However, the game is fantastic and there are plenty of weapons to arm yourself with to battle through the game.
I thought this was more of a horror genre than what a few previous games were but I found this one to be harder. The plot is easy to follow and it moves from the village to a Church then onto an Island where things reach their conclusion. I thought the music did add a little eeriness to the game even though I didn't pay much attention to it.
Overall, this game is good and does deserve credit.
I have replayed this game so many times since I bought it all those years ago - it is so fun!
You play Leon Kennedy, sent to a spanish speaking country (probably spain, come on!) to rescue the president's daughter. But not all is as it seems...
The gameplay is good generally, sometimes the controls may feel a little clunky, but I was willing to bear it. The camera angle is a refreshing over the shoulder 3rd person style. One of my favourite things about the gameplay is the the inventory, the attache case - if you want to fill it to the max, you'd better be good at tetris!
The storyline is cheesy but playing through the game you encounter many baddies and super baddies which you are expected to mow down, and will do so with glee and an array of different weapons to suit your choices.
Having played most of the resident evil games before and after this title, this game still ranks highest on my personal list - a definite classic!
Remember excitedly waiting for RE5 to be even better than the prequel, and then it sort of wasn't? I'm probably exaggerating the emphasis put on waiting for a game release, but I wanted a game with the same atmosphere, depth, scares, jokes and gore but with a new setting and better graphics. The setting was new and the graphics improved but it felt a bit soulless. But now, Resident Evil 4, one of the best games on the PS2, has come to the PSN it's got a slick, new HD re-release. This is the version I'm reviewing, obviously.
--Graphics-- Most HD releases for old games are more like getting a better DVD player rather than upgrading to blu-ray, but the new RE4 is comparable with almost any early-mid release PS3 game, especially regarding character models. The game is also brighter than I remembered it, straying away from the old problem which used to be characters, buildings and objects blurring into a confusing tapestry. The textures can look a drab and dated, especially in contrast with the new characters but overall this is one of the best HD updates. This can be make some of the psychics of the game stand out, but there's literally nothing to do to get around that. It also appears as if only some of the cut scenes have been updated, some are clearly PS2-era but I suppose this just makes the us see how much the other graphics were improved. 7.5 /10
--Gameplay--The game revolutionised horror action gaming. There is a constant sense of panic fighting, groaning Spanish peasants with pitchforks and sickles rushing at you from out the darkness yet it's creepy and unnerving at the same time. The game uses laser sighting throughout (aside from rifles) which can make shooting limbs or the heads off ganados all the more fun; As for the guns themselves, it can be seen as the father of the modern game gun upgrades. We get at least two models of each gun (pistols, shotguns, machine guns, sniper rifles, magnums, explosives) which can be upgraded to do more damage, fire faster, reload faster and take more rounds. This suits the variety of enemies, blind prisoners with huge metal claws attached to their arms, deformed fairy-tale giants, crossbow wielding monks and parasites spurting huge menacing tentacles and teeth from their human hosts, the kind Freud would have a field day with. Six years on, the balanced mix of action and horror, and the mix of lonely, disturbing horror and shooting the f**k out of mutated creatures horror still works just as good. 10/10
--Story--The plot itself is atypical for a horror game, an ex-cop is sent by himself, to rural Spain, to look for the daughter of the President. Just go with it, it gets good. The game is separated into three parts: The Village, The Church and The Island. All sound menacing enough, right? The plot remains interesting and enjoyable throughout, and the different characters and leaders of each of the districts are fun to play against. The Village's final boss is a tall, brutish and solemn villain, with a beard, who looks more like a 17th century torturer. By contrast, the main guy in charge of the Castle/Church is a small, sick-looking twenty year old, but with a powerful parasite of course. The cut scenes aren't a chore, and the dialogue can be pretty funny so the story does enrich the experience, especially the originality of it. 8/10
--Sound--The sound has not been updated, which can make it seem a bit fake compared to the new graphics, because the sound quality doesn't match the looks. It's a reversal to the Susan Boyle phenomena basically. However, apart from the Mexican and not Spanish accents, the voice acting of the villains is scary, the heroes is convincing and the main villains suitably Machiavellian and evil. The music is a big plus, you'll probably remember it and associate the soundtrack with the game more so than you would a different one. Sometimes adrenaline-charged, sometimes unsettling and suspenseful other times lonely and haunting. The music CAN get a little repetitive, but that doesn't really come in till you're over half way. 7.5 /10
Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror/third person shooting game developed and published by Capcom in 2005. The player controls Leon Scott Kennedy, a US government agent (and Raccoon City Outbreak survivor) who travels to Spain to rescue the President's daughter, Ashley Graham, that was kidnapped and is probably being held in a village called Pueblo in Spain. After arriving at the village, he discovers that the whole population has been turned into zombie-like creatures called Ganados by Osmund Saddler, the leader of a religious cult called Los Illuminados, who is using ancient parasites called Las Plagas to control the population. Leon also finds more people, such as cop Luis Sera, castellan Ramon Salazar, village leader Bitores Mendez and two old friends...
The gameplay consists in killing hordes of Ganados and solving puzzles, with a over the shoulder camera. Most of the weapons have a laser aim, that helps the player aim in specific places. Also, the ganados are faster and smarter than the old zombies, although less resistant. Also, headshots sometimes may not kill the ganado: they may cut their had off, making the Plagas to come out, which makes the ganado more powerful, as the only way to kill them becomes shooting the Plaga, and, depending on the player health, 3 or 4 hits by that Ganado might kill him.
Resident Evil 4 is a horror genre game developed by Capcom for Nintendo's Gamecube and later Capcom announced its release in the Playstation 2 also. The Resident Evil series itself was already a massive hit for capcom, it's known as the Biohazard series in Japan. Soon Resident Evil 4 was also released in other gaming consoles like Wii, iPhone, PC, Zeebo.
The playable character is Leon S. Kennedy, a Racoon City Police Department's cop who also featured in Resident Evil 2. Six years after the outbreak in Racoon city, Leon is recruited by the U.S Secret Service to rescue the President's daughter who was kidnapped by a mysterious group named "Los Illuminados". Leon is sent to a rural village in Europe where the Illuminados are occupied. Soon after Leon reaches the village he finds out that the villagers are not like normal human beings and they are after him. Leon moves through the village find out the whereabouts of the president's daughter. Leon is captured by the village head and is injected with the plaga(injected person turn into ganados) and is tied up along with Luis sera(a researcher who worked for Saddler in the discovery of the plaga sample). Then they both escape and Leon learns about luis and finds out that luis betrayed saddler (head of the Los Illuminados), so he is chased by the ganados to be executed. They both go different ways and Leon finds Ashley who also is injected by the plaga, now they both have very less time before they turn into those ganados. Leon progresses along with Ashley, but Ashley is again caught by the ganados later in the game. Leon fights his way through to rescue Ashley, then finds a cure for the plaga and successfully escapes from the village at the end. Leon is often helped by a private agent "Ada Wong", who is working for Albert Wesker's organization.
The gameplay has improved tremendously when compared to the rest of the Resident Evil series. First thing to notice is the change in camera angle, the previous titles were all third person action adventures. In Resident Evil 4 the camera is placed behind Leon thereby giving the player a clear view of his surroundings. This camera view has made the combat with enemies much efficient. With a weapon equipped press and hold the R1 button to aim (a laser aim appears with most of the weapons) and press the X button to fire. Another improvement is the Ganados (by which enemies are called instead of zombies) who are much faster, accurate and smart than the enemies in the previous releases. The ganados are normally equipped with axes, pikes, pitchforks, knives, crossbows, dynamites and other farm aid items as their weapons. Sometimes a couple of tougher ganados appear with a chainsaw. The ganados can often duck from your shots; they sneak behind you and grab you, throw their weapons and rush at you often. Leon is also equipped with a wide range of weapons like pistols, shotguns, rifles, RPG, grenades to defend him from the smart ganados. But Leon first starts with only a pistol with him but later he finds a merchant near every save typewriter who sells Leon weapons in exchange for peseteas(the village currency). The defeated Ganados also drop some ammo and peseteas which Leon can pick up. Leon can also tune up his weapons from the merchant which increases the power and durability of every weapon. In case of low currency Leon can also sell the treasure he finds through the game, some treasures are of greater value when combined together before selling it.
Often the ganados attacks Leon in packs of 5 or more, in such cases Leon can use the laser attachment to aim and shoot accurately at any of their body parts. For example shooting their legs will make them fall down, shooting their hands will make them drop their weapons. Leon is often prompted to use some action buttons during the course of the game depending on the surroundings. For example, when a ganado grabs Leon, shaking the left analog stick when prompted makes Leon muscle out from the grab. Leon can shoot their knee (makes them to kneel down) or head (makes them dizzy for a few seconds), then move near them and there will be a button prompt, when pressed Leon either kicks them or perform a supplex. This comes in handy mostly when you play in professional difficulty where you need to conserve your ammo. There are also a few cutscene fights in the game which is very challenging where you have to press the prompted buttons exactly in perfect timing.
The Graphics in the game has also improved from its earlier releases; you can experience the improvement in graphics especially when the game progresses to insides of the castle. Every detail inside the castle looks amazing. You can notice the graphics improvement when you fire you weapons, during explosions and more.
The difficult parts of the game are the boss fights, each boss has a weak point and you have to find as soon as possible to in order to kill the boss easily. You must also choose your weapons wisely for every boss fight and it's always wise to tune up your best weapons. The best and difficult boss fight according to me is the fight with Krauser which is damn long and tough one.
There are also a few mini games in the game, the merchant asks you to shoot 10 or more medallions for which he will give the Punisher pistol. Also you can find shooting ranges near the merchant in the later part of the game; you can enter it with a weapon of your choice and complete the minigame which earns you some bottle caps. You will also have play as Ashley (President's daughter) in a certain part of the game which was fun for me but also a bit difficult because she won't have weapons.
As I mentioned earlier Leon has a wide range of weapons to use in the game. First the basic weapon is the pistol and leon can buy a few more pistols from the merchant which are Red9, punisher (obtained by shooting 10 or more medallions) and the blacktail. The Blacktail is the best pistol in the game, so wait until that is available to buy and spend the money in tuning it up. Next the shotguns available are Shotgun, Riot gun & Striker, the best is the Striker. So spend your money to tune it, don't waste money on others. Then, there is the Rifle and semi-auto rifle. The best is the semi-auto and there is also a scope attachment available if you need it. Then there are 2 magnums broken butterfly and Killer 7(best one). Then explosive weapons like Mine launcher (use it for tougher enemies) and RPG (use it mostly for the bosses) are also available. There is also a submachine gun named TMP and I strongly recommend not tuning it up.
There are three types of grenades namely Incendiary, Flash bang & Frag grenades. Frag grenades can be used to take out a group of enemies or blow off a stronger enemy like the ganados with chainsaws. Incendiary grenades are often used to block the path of the ganados like the near doors, ladders, etc. Flash bangs are particularly effective against the creatures popping out of the heads of the ganados.
Leon uses first aid sprays and some herbs to increase his health. First aid sprays increases his full health and there are three types of herbs which can be combined for better use. The green herb increases a small part of the health; two or three green herbs can be combined to increase a large amount of health. The red herb can be used only when combined with the green herb and it replenishes full health. Then there is the yellow herb which increases the health bar a bit and it's also useful only when combined.
On completing the game, several extra features and game modes are unlocked such as separate ways, Ada's assignment, Mercenaries, professional difficulty mode, matilda handgun, infinite rocket laucher and special costumes. Separate ways is just like the normal game progression but the playable character is Ada Wong who often helped Leon in the original gameplay. This story mode allows you to experience how Ada was able to help Leon and what all difficulties she had to face from her side. After completing separate ways a special gun named Chicago Typewriter unlocks and it can be used by Leon if you play the game another time. The gun has infinite ammo and is nearly powerful as the magnum, so it will much easy to finish the game for the second time.
Ada's assignment is like a side mission where you have to recover some plaga samples, but it's really difficult to finish. There are no save points, so you have to finish the assignment in one complete stretch.
The mercenaries are playable with different characters along with their own specialized weapons. You start in a location with a timer running out; you have to kill as many ganados as you can within the given time. Time bonus pickups are available to extend time, try to get a 5 star rating in every area with all playable characters. Doing so unlocks a special laser gun which removes the plaga out of the ganados when fired.
If you complete the game quite easily, give it a try in professional difficulty as it's more challenging and the enemies are hard to kill.
Overall you don't have to be resident evil fan to try this one out; anybody who plays this will like it.
Resident Evil 4 is in my opinion one of the best third person shooters ever. It is a horror game from Capcom as you make your way through a hoard of zombies in this third person shooter.
You play as Leon who is recruited by the US government after hearing of his actions in Racoon city, from a previous game. he has been hired to rescue the presidents daughter, who has been kidnapped from an unknown cult. he begins his journey in a rural village which he soon learns is invested with zombies, and as he makes his way through the game learns about the people and what happened to turn people into the way they are. The zombies pledge their lives to Los Illuminados and as you go further into the game meet and have to kill the higher members of this cult.
The third person shooter system is very good using the right analog still to aim and the left analog for movement it is easy to aim and using the trigger (R + L) buttons to shoot. Movement is responsive and allows for fast aiming and with a red laser coming from your gun makes aiming much easier and more accurate. The laser is basically a thin red line coming from your gun, and it is easy to see as it makes a dot, when the laser is aimed as an enemy so you know when to shoot.
There are various different guns in the game such a pistol, shotgun, rifle and more. Guns are unlocked as you make your way through the game, and ammo and be found scattered throughout the game. You must be careful to reserve your ammo and if you run out you're much more likely to be eaten by zombies. Reloading is easy with a simple press of the button.
The daughter you try to rescue will be safe and in danger again various times. The first time you rescue her is quite easly on in the game and once you rescue her she will follow you and you have to protect her as well as yourself. So you can't run too fast as you have to make sure she can keep up. Its a bit annoying when you have to protect her as shes pretty useless and it is much slower, when I prefer to just run in and kill a ton a zombies.
There are different difficulties to choose from starting at beginner and going up to professional, to unlock the difficulties you have to beat the game on the next lowest difficulty, although you start with beginner and normal difficulty. The advantage is however that when you beat the game you can play again using the same profile but on a new difficulty, so you can keep all the powerful guns you have unlock, and start with the higher life.
The PS2 version is a port of the Gamecube version. The difference is that the PS2 version is slightly longer with added extra such as more boss fights. There is also an extra mini game where you play as Ada a character you will encounter several times in the game, and play the game from her perspective. There are also more guns such as the P.R.L 412 which is a kinda of super powered laser gun. To unlock this gun you have to beat the game in professional mode.
I thought the graphics in the game were quite good for the PS2, however apparently the graphics aren't as good as the original version on the gamecube, but the added extra more than make up for that. The graphics are still good and the dark colours along with the music gives a spooky atmosphere.
Overall this is a great game and one of my favourites on the PS2. The shooting is fun and easy and the game is also scary and will make you jump on the odd occasion. Unlocking everything will make you want to reply the game again and again, and it doesn't get boring, because its that good of a game.
This game is a complete overall of the Resident Evil franchise which I had mixed feelings about but I'll get to that.
The plot is quite cool though, you once again reprise the role of Leon Kennedy several years after the Raccoon City incident. The Umbrella corporation has been crushed and Leon is now working for the U.S. government.
The presidents daughter has been kidnapped and taken to a rural Spanish island which is where Leon comes in, Leon is driven to a small village where everything looks fine until your police escorts are taken leaving Leon fighting for his life.
This is where the drastic changes come into play. You play an over the shoulder view of the action unlike the static camera action of the earlier games but that is not the only change, instead of zombies you are faced with crazed villagers wielding axes and pitchforks. These new enemies don't shuffle like zombies either, they run at you trying to ram these lethal weapons through you making for a much more hectic affair.
You are well equipped for this though with weapons like shotguns, handguns and even magnums which brings me to another point, during the course of the adventure you'll come across the dodgy merchant man who will gladly upgrade any weapons using gold you find during your travels.
In the first part of the game during the rescue of the presidents daughter you are kept in close radio contact with Huggigan who kind of looks like a sexy secretary but you lose contact with her when your signal is jammed by the enemies.
The game also includes quick-time events which were first introduced in Resident Evil 3 but they play a bigger part in this game ranging from avoid knives to avoid bosses tentacles flailing at you, if you misjudge a tap of cross or square Leon will likely find himself gutted.
The enemies in this game get scarier as the game progresses starting with the villagers and the scary sackman wielding a rusty chainsaw right through to Krauser and Saddler towards the end of the game.
The game also features many other characters that flesh out the story and even a couple of old friends that fans of the series will love.
I love the new direction the series is taking but at the same time I would still love a good old puzzle solving Resident Evil game too.
Far away from the horrors of Raccoon City and the faceless Evil of the Umbrella corporation a new threat has surfaced in an old rural village somewhere in Europe.
The player takes control of Leon S Kennedy (fans of the series will remember he featured in Resi Evil 2), who must journey to the village and rescue the president's daughter, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious cult known simply as 'Los Illuminados'.
For me the fourth installment of the series is very much a mixed bag. Some aspects I loved and some I hated.
The cult enemies that you face move quickly, often breaking into a full run, this steers the game away from an intense, creepy and downright scary direction and more towards an adrenaline fuelled shootout. While normally a good thing, Resident Evil is characterised by being a survival 'Horror', Resi 4 doesn't maintain the series fear factor which was a big disappointment for me.
If we forget that it's part of an already established franchise and take the game only on it's own faults and merits, I have to say it is a solid and entertaining experience. Shooting and moving is streamlime and not at all clunky.
Another interesting aspect of the game is the ability to buy and sell weapons as well as upgrading them. Dotted throughout the game is a mysterious man who will allow you to trade and customise said weapons. Various valuable items such as gems and golden artifacts can be collected to provide a cash boost to your bank balance.
Basically taken as part of the Resi family it was a big disappointment and not the atmospheric tension filled affair that I assosciate with the series, however, taken as a ps2 game in it's own right, it is fast paced, action packed and the upgradeable weapons adds a high replayability factor.
Reccomended to action lovers but don't expect the same type of outing as previous Resi installments
The story is basically like all the rest of the Resident Evil there is a group of zombies/demons and you have to dispatch them. Though you see one or two more people along the way. You start of in a police car and then you go further into the town and further into trouble. The story though gives you a hear in mouth impression.
The graphics are sensational. The surroundings are very good from dark outside with trees that even look evil and even objects. You've also got a very Gothic inside as well. With churches having an eerie feel to the place. The characters are detailed and the guns are quite good. The gun shots look very realistic and then movement of the zombies is quite funny.
Sound also adds effect as well. Especially when you are in a fire-fight or indoors. Having good sound makes a scary game come to life. The sound really adds to it. The grunts from the zombies etc is very eerie as well. So overall sound creates a very scary atmosphere.
Resident Evil 4 deserves all its high ratings. I really must say that this game blew my socks off. With every aspect of the game being excellent I had to really struggle to find an excuse and I wish it would have been a longer game as well, that's all. So Resident Evil 4 has set a record for all other games to set. Will anyone match this game or not apart from grand theft auto series of course =).
Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror game made by Capcom, this is an improved port of the Gamecube game for the Playstation 2.
The game stars protagonist Leon Kennedy, who previously was featured in Resident Evil 2. He is dispatched to a remote village in Spain to look for the Presidents daughter who has been kidnapped. Soon after arrival he realises things are not as they should be as he is attacked by the villagers. Leon must rescue Ashley the president's daughter and find out what on earth is going on in this village. The story is really satisfying and has some really insane characters for you to meet and loathe!
Gameplay has changed alot from the previous Resident Evil titles, the action is now far more fluid and playable. The third person camera gives you a good view of surrounding and it zooms in to an over the shoulder view for more precise view while aiming.
Combat is immensely satisfying thanks to some of the best feeling weapons in any video game, guns like the shotgun and rocket launcher feel powerful and enemies will be blown away with a satisfying squish sound! Weapons and ammo are limited to keep you using it precisely and preventing the game from becoming too easy, there are also some intense boss encounters of which many are epic and enjoyable. The game also introduces quick time events in the cutscenes so you are never safe!
The Playstation 2 version also includes a side story called Separate Ways which stars Ada Wong, a character that appears in the story, and what she got up to while Leon was rescuing Ashley, the gameplay is the same but it is nice that they added quite a sizeable new chunk to the game when it was ported.
Graphically the game is quite good, with detailed characters who take location based damage but some of the environments are a little grainy.
Resident Evil 4 is a great action game and with the new features, it definitely is worth picking up for the Playstation 2.
It's funny but somehow I don't even remember buying this game now that I look back. Having been a huge fan of Resident Evil since I first picked it up this game was a must have for me without so much of a second thought, and yet I've only just got around to playing it.
The game, not actually the fourth in the series strangely enough, was a complete break from previous games. All previous games (at least the ones that I played!) were third person puzzle/rpg/shooter games, with dodgy camera angles, dodgier still controls but telling a compelling story with some truly terrifying moments.
This latest game game a fully 3D world allowing a lot more freedom of movement than previous games and in turn went for an over the shoulder view, similar to third person shooters - which is funny as this is what this actually feels more like.
The game takes a departure from the previous games in the series and is a lot more emphasised on action rather than on puzzle solving and mazes, that isn't to say that these elements have been abandoned altogether, just that you have to focus on keeping the zombie hoards at bay more than figuring where they hid gems to open doors. Of course to go along with this change in gameplay there's also a lot more ammunition and range of weapons available to you in order to complete the task with zombies now dropping ammunition randomly with herbs to heal and various other things including money....yes money.
The ravening hordes have taken to carrying small change on them to enable you to collect it and visit the local arms dealer to buy new guns, upgrades for existing weapons, healing items and large inventory capacity.
The basic game's plot revolves around Leon (the hero from Resident Evil 2) being dropped onto a small island to rescue the president's daughter from a suspected terrorist group. There's not much else to say without giving the plot away but suffice to say in typical Resident Evil style you'll meet monsters galore and the occasional ally. There are familiar faces along the way and should you make it all the way through intact? You'll be rewarded with special items and some new game modes to try out.
I don't know why I put the game off so long, it's an abs now olute gem...I've just got to find the money to buy Resident Evil 5!
Resident Evil 4 is a vast improvement over the previous versions of Resident Evil.
Still keeping the same brilliant atmosphere that made the first game so popular and expanding further upon its strengths.
You must make your way through the zombie filled lands where nearly everything is either a zombie or some other kind of monster. The zombies have better intelligence in this game and they can walk upstairs unlike previous versions of the game. They can come through windows too so your never really safe.
Its so thrilling from start to finish, there are many more puzzles, many more shocks waiting to get you, booby traps, cut scenes and bosses.
You get to play different characters through the game. There are new weapons for you to use and many more items to find. The scope of the game is massive compared to any other resident evil game. It takes hours and hours to complete the first mode and when you do there are other modes and missions to play!
I am a big fan of the resident evil series and I have finished each instalment. I'm not going to lie, Resident Evil 4 (RE 4) was definitely the easiest to finish in my opinion and it is quite different to all the past versions in so many ways. However, I strongly believe that it is THE best one so far (RE 5 on PS3 will probably be better).
There is a lot to this game. If you are not familiar with Resident Evil you will still enjoy this version, and probably more than the past games. RE is basically an action adventure/shoot em' up with a dark zombie style horror. In the older versions you'd turn a corner and get scared s***less cause a bandersnatch (a disgusting monster) jumped out of nowhere. That's not really the case in RE4. The zombie's aren't exactly zombies...and to be honest, in this version the bad guys are a lot easier to kill, even on hard mode. Also, 95% of the puzzles are not challenging.
Nevertheless, there are many aspects of the game that makes up for the lack of "fight" from the monsters and "intellectual challenges" as will be explained shortly. But first let me explain the story a little bit.
In this adventure you take control of Leon Kennedy, who RE fans will remember from the past versions as a S.T.A.R.S agent that managed to survive and escape from Raccoon City. He has been assigned a mission to find and bring back the US president's daughter (Ashley Graham) who had been kidnapped by a cult group. The location of the adventure is somewhere in Eastern Europe. After about 2 minutes into the game, you find out that the locals are zombie like (referred to as Los Ganado's) but they act a lot more normal than your average walking dead and are smarter as well as quicker. Even stranger, all the bad guys belong to a cultural group called the Los Illuminados.
New special feature #1: You can stun your enemies in such a way that you can then spin kick/suplex them. This makes using your knife a lot more fun. Plus, you can decapitate most of your enemies head.
New special feature #2: Unlike the old version where you typically find weapons, RE4 allows you to find and pick up money so you can buy weapons from merchants! On your map you can find locations where merchants are. In addition most of the guns have levels of upgrades so you can increase the power, accuracy, speed and capacity.
New Special feature #3: The entire style of the environment is different. The character being controlled is able to interact. For example you can kick down ladders when you are being chased by the Ganado's, jump out windows etc.
New Special feature #4: There are dynamic cut scenes which require the player to engage so as to allow different scenarios to be played out. On screen a series of buttons have to be pressed in order to dodge boulders or avoid enemy attacks to stay alive.
New Special feature #5: My favourite feature is the very simple yet important laser aim incorporated in to the various guns. In past versions it was a little difficult toggling between the lock, aim shoot approach. The laser aim allows for fast fire which is really important on the occasions there are 5+ Ganado's to kill. In addition, shots fired at a specific body part will affect that area. For example shooting at the legs will chop down your enemy and they will fall over.
New Special feature #6: The camera angle is over the characters shoulder which allows you to see a lot more of the environment where as in the past games you had a bit more of an awkward view point from the front of the character.
New Special feature #7: A yellow herb can be collected which allows you to increase your health capacity.
New Special feature #8: The game follows literally like a story in the sense that there are chapters. Once you reach certain points in the game it will show a cut scene, ask you to save and tell you its the end of the chapter. It also take this opportunity to give you statistics on the number you killed, the amount of times you died and your shot accuracy.
Once you complete the game you can go through again but with special weapons, which does make it easier but its a lot more fun firing unlimited ammo. Also there are quite a few minigames. You have special missions to complete with another character. Again RE fans will remember Ada Wong. There is also a Mercenaries minigame where you try to kill as many enemies as possible, accumulating points, within a time frame. You are also able to do this with a number of characters which makes it even more enjoyable.
All in all this is definitely one of the best games on PS2 and you don't have to be an RE fan to enjoy this one. The game play is fast-paced, full of quick controls, slick character movement, contains a wide repertoire of weapons to inflict damage and shootouts that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Do us a favour and play this game! You will not be disappointed!
I had my doubts when it came to Resident Evil 4 when I heard that the zombies had been majorly upgraded but that was until I played it. The game is set several years after Resident Evil 2 and Leon Kennedy is now working for a government agency sent to rescue the presidents daughter.
I know the storyline is abysmal for this game but the gameplay overall is brilliant. Leon arrives in a desolate area searching for the damsel in distress, he enters a ramshackle hut where he sees the denizen of the house stoking the fire. the man spots Leon and runs at him with an axe in hand and tries to split Leon in half.
The first thing you'll notice is that these aren't shambling zombies, these are maniacs that run at you and they don't go down without a fight.
This game doesn't lure you in slowly like previous Resident Evil games, 2 minutes into the game you find a whole village of axe wielding maniacs running at you with axes and even a chainsaw wielding maniac. Its worth letting this guy get you just to see Leon get his head took off.
I really did dislike Leon in this game, they've tried putting a bit to much cockiness into the character and essentially ruined him but this is a small gripe.
They have put a sort of RPG element into the mix as well when it comes to upgrading your weapons which upgrades the stopping power, ammo count and such like.
I never even got to mentioning the bosses yet, unlike previous Resident Evil games where you just shoot it till it falls down this is much harder. Every boss fight just escalates into an epic pulse pounding battle which draws every ounce of your endurance until you are sweating.
Is this the best Resident Evil, I'd say no but it is pretty close.