Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition

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Capcom announces App Store sale

Capcom announces App Store sale

Would you pay 59p for Dead Rising Mobile?

Capcom has slashed prices on a number of its big name App Store titles, offering the likes of Street Fighter IV, Dead Rising Mobile and Devil May Cry 4 Refrain for just 59p.

Here's the full list of games on offer, as detailed on the Capcom Unity blog:

Street Fighter IV

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Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition

In a sense, you couldn't ask for a more faithful adaptation of a home console blockbuster to a mobile handset than Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition for iPhone and iPod Touch. Here's a game that somehow packs a fair approximation of its daddy's graphics, control system, enemies, locations, perspective, playing style, systems and story into a mere 37MB. It's even got a Mercenaries mode. It's unmistakably, faithfully Resident Evil 4, and Resident Evil 4 is a titan among action games. How could that be a bad thing?

It depends what you mean by faithfulness. A game like Metal Gear Solid Touch ludicrously reduces MGS4 down to a simple duck-shoot - but it does so with all the style, finesse and sense of drama you expect from Kojima Productions. That's a different kind of faithfulness, and I'd argue a better one, than that displayed by this port - which presses a magnificent game into your hand regardless of whether it's a good idea in the first place, and without the one thing that made the original truly great: attention to detail.

Although Resident Evil 4 is known as the game that finally liberated the hidebound survival-horror series from its painful control shackles and made it playable again, it was still restrictive and nit-picking in its way. It eked it out its fair share of tension from the fact you have to stop moving to aim your gun, and an hour or two of running time from inventory-management, treasure-hunting and shopping for weapons. The reason it worked so brilliantly is the same as the reason its predecessors worked - every minute of play, every cautious, echoing step, every lurch from the shadows, every camera angle and panicked set-piece was crafted to perfection, and paced better than most Hollywood thrillers.

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Resident Evil 4 iPhone out now

Yours for a fiver.

As promised, Capcom has released its iPhone and iPod Touch version of the classic Resident Evil 4 on the App Store worldwide.

Resident Evil 4 iPhone confirmed for West

Resident Evil 4 iPhone confirmed for West

End of July Japan, rest of the world soon.

Capcom has updated its Twitter with news that the iPhone version of Resident Evil 4 will be released at the end of this month in Japan.

The rest of the world will get its hands on the game, dubbed Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition, "shortly thereafter".

The iPhone version of the game appeared on the Japanese iTunes App Store earlier this week, apparently in error as it was quickly removed.

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