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Four-year-old Resident Evil PR stunt fuels Chinese government denial

After allegations of sending cans of human meat to African supermarkets.

Eurogamer noticed an increased number of readers to a four-year-old news story today. The article was about a Capcom PR stunt promoting Resident Evil by setting up a fake butcher shop with graphic sculptures of supposedly human meat. Now, nearly four years later, it looks like those images have sparked a rumour so widespread that the Chinese government had to issue a statement.

It doesn't take much more than a cursory glance at the pastiness of my skin or the way I flinch at the words "team sports" to realise I have never been a fan of the great outdoors. Nature seems a little bit too adept at making terrible things happen to adequate people for my liking, and video games seem to agree.

Yasuhisa Kawamura and the Resident Evil that never was

Meet the man who tried to make Capcom's survival horror even scarier, and failed.

Very much like the shambling, slack-jawed corpses that stalk its instalments, Capcom's Resident Evil series is a curiously aimless beast at present. 2012's Resident Evil 6 deviated too far from the core values of the franchise by trying to appeal to horror and action fans alike, and Capcom has since fallen back on former glories by remastering the GameCube remake of the 1996 debut title for modern consoles. Meanwhile, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 skulks almost apologetically in the shadows, hoping to offer a spin-off romp which will maintain the interest of an increasingly restless fan base until the next numbered entry in the lineage hoves into view.

Developers' Games of 2011

Levine! Molyneux! Jaffe! Garriott!

We've had our say. You've had your say. But what about the people who made the games? What were their favourites of the year just ended? Yes, it's that time of year again, when we pester our favourite creators for their reflections and then watch them show us up with their witty and insightful explanations.

PlayStation Plus members can pick up Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD at half price (7.99) when it launches on PSN next Wednesday, Sony has announced.

EU PlayStation Store update 21st Sept

EU PlayStation Store update 21st Sept

Resi 4, Rezurrection, Driver for 57.99.

This week's PlayStation Store update is headlined by GameCube classic Resident Evil 4. The version on offer here is an upscaled model of the original with PS2 and Wii extras intact.

It's a pound more expensive on PSN than XBLA, but PlayStation Plus owners get it half price.

Plus gamers also have 50 per cent off overlooked aquatic adventure The Undergarden.

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Out This Week - 23/09/11

Gears 3! F1! Resi 4 HD!

It's here, the Eurogamer Expo 2011, our fourth and biggest year so far. We've taken all your feedback from the past three years, and our experience, and come up with a show we want to go to. Tickets have basically gone (there are scraps so be quick), and we're all wibbly-wobbly at the knees to see first hordes trample through the doors. You'll get extra marks for spotting me at the show and I may even kiss you.

Resident Evil 4 HD

Resident Evil 4 HD

Buy it at a high price?

As a title, Resident Evil 4 HD is either a lie or the most severe case of 'lost in translation' since the SNES era. What's on the block here would be most accurately described as Resident Evil 4 Upscaled or, if you're feeling saucy, "the PC version".

'Remasters' are thick on the ground and, obviously, there are good and bad: when they're good, as with the scrupulous Ocarina of Time 3D a few months ago, they can be very good. And even bad ones are rarely horrid - after all, no-one's going to bother remaking Rise of the Robots, and this is still Resident Evil 4, probably the best action game of all time. The question is whether this is the best version of Resident Evil 4 available, and it surely should be.

It is the most high-resolution version of Resident Evil 4. Capcom may be one of the top developers in the world, but there's no denying its love of a quick buck - and Resident Evil 4 HD has been done as cheaply and quickly as possible. It's a cynical exercise resembling nothing so much as a naked emperor: standing tall with its high-res output, with everyone too astonished to remark on its itty-bitty textures.

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Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Free Resi, Plants vs. Zombies, too.

PlayStation Plus members get exclusive first entry into the Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One online beta this week.

Botanical tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies and the PS one Resident Evil: Director's Cut are also available free.

This week's PlayStation Network Play release BloodRayne: Betrayal comes 20 per cent off, while popular PSN sidescroller Explodemon! is now half price.

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Anderson: directors don't know games

Tomb Raider "wasn't very good."

Resident Evil film mastermind Paul WS Anderson has blasted Hollywood directors for "not knowing" the games their film adaptations are based on.

Resi HD remakes cost 1600 Points/15.99

Capcom confirms September release dates.

The forthcoming HD remakes of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X will set you back 1600 Points on Xbox Live or 15.99 on PlayStation Network, Capcom has announced.

Resident Evil HD remakes dated

Resi 4, Code: Veronica out in September.

The HD makeovers of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X arrive on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in September, Capcom has announced.

Resi HD remakes hitting PSN, XBLA

Autumn Europe release scheduled.

The recently announced Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica HD revamps will be download titles, scheduled for release this Autumn on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.