Resident Evil 4 Reader Review
The original Resident Evil was released almost 10 years ago in 1996 on the Playstation. At the time its graphics were probably the best of the era. What a long way the series has come! The originalís popularity spawned 3 direct sequels, 1 prequel, countless spin-offs and now this, the fantastic Resident Evil 4.
The gameplay has changed a hell of a lot since the previous Resident Evilís. Gone is traditional survival horror static cam view and in its place is an over-the-shoulder view. Also gone are the Zombies. The slow shuffling age old enemy are no more. In their place are a much more intelligent group of savages along with a lot of hard-as-nails badass enemies (I wonít spoil for anyone who hasnít played it yet). With the static view gone you now shot by using a laser sight. This works well most of the time, but if you want to try and peer around a corner you will occasionally appear to have a clear shot which will actually hit the wall, however this is only a very minor detail.
For Resident Evil 4, Capcom decided to bring back Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2. This time, heís a government agent. His task is to rescue the presidentís daughter Ashley who has been kidnapped by a mysterious group of villagers in the Spanish backcountry. As the plot progresses, youíll discover that this is not just about the Presidentís daughter, but a threat against the entire world! Youíll also meet a few characters from yester year along the way (once again, I wonít spoil it for anyone) as well as a whole host of new people.
Graphically, the game looks incredible. The characters are all highly detailed and well polished. The buildings are grand in size and look great on the inside. Your surroundings really do add to the tension of the game. On a small note, every gun has its own reloading animation (thatís right, no more combining ammo and guns) and as you upgrade your weapons at the merchant, the animation changes. Another job well done by Capcom!
Audio is obviously a major part of a survival horror game, and Resident Evil 4ís doesnít disappoint. Youíll often be able to hear you enemies before you can see them. The sound of hearing an enemy falling to the ground and keeling over has never sounded so good. The voice acting is very good. Dialogue is well written and the voice acting would easily challenge that of big budget animation movies direct from Hollywood.
Overall, this truly is a fantastic game and is sure to be played for many, many years! Itís not quite the perfect game, but it sure as hell is closer than anything else out right now! Bring on Resident Evil 5!
10 / 10