Resident Evil 4 HD

Resident Evil 4 HD Review for Xbox 360

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One of the greatest survival horror titles ever made.

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9Out of 10
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Resident Evil 4 HD screenshot

Having finished Resident Evil 4 twice before (once on GameCube, and again on PS2 for the Separate Ways campaign) I thought I'd be able to storm through the rereleased version on Xbox 360 and PS3. How wrong I was. The initial assault by the villagers proved too much to handle, as I suffered death at the hands of the first chainsaw guy. It seems the last six years haven't been kind to me. Thankfully, this isn't something which can be said about Resident Evil 4.

It's the controls that takes the most getting used to, with the camera operating independently of Leon, aiming and moving both mapped to the left analogue stick and shooting mapped to a face button. My brain simply struggled to accept a control scheme so alien in 2011. Chances are you'll have a similar problem, but it'll be fleeting. Once you're in tune with the laser sight, quick-turn and the inability to strafe, Resident Evil 4 still stands as one of the greatest action titles you'll ever play.

The setup is pretty straightforward. As Leon S. Kennedy you must find the President's daughter, Ashley, and return her safely. You're dumped outside a rural village somewhere in Europe and left to fend for yourself, armed only with a knife, handgun and basic herbal remedy crafting skills. Something isn't right with the villagers, and their attack in the opening few minutes is just the tip of the iceberg; some truly unpleasant creatures lie ahead.

Back in 2005 Resident Evil 4 felt like a huge departure for the series, with its switch from full-on survival horror to a heavier emphasis on action, but these days it merely falls somewhere between the original titles and Resident Evil 5. For those of you who were displeased with Capcom's choices with Resi 5, the good news is that 4 still manages to feel like a horror title, and doesn't require cooperative play to be enjoyed at its fullest.

Resident Evil 4 HD screenshot

The game's limited ammo, rooted-to-the-spot gunplay, and ensemble of hideous creatures make this feel like an old-school Resident Evil game, despite its radically different appearance. Puzzles still play a key role, although not to the extent of the previous games in the series. Meanwhile Quick Time Events, a mechanic that seems to be on holiday from the industry at the moment, crop up frequently in some excellent interactive cutscenes.

What isn't so great if you're coming to the game with a 2011 mindset is the clumsy inventory system. Years ago it never seemed problematic that you must manually enter the inventory screen to switch weapons, but these days it feels laboured and unnecessarily complicated. While you can learn to adapt to the controls, the inability to quickly switch between guns remains a slight chore.

Inventory issues aside, Resident Evil 4 stands up as a truly epic adventure, packed with memorable moments. If you last played the game a long time ago you might be surprised by a few things you've forgotten, and even if you remember every moment like it was yesterday, chances are you'll still have a great time seeing it all again. The game's numerous locations take you from the infamous village to caves, prison cells, lakes, laboratories and more, with each setting just as memorable as the last.

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ReadySteadyGo@ Markymarkpoo

I got it for 6 quid when PSN made a pricing error, it is a great HD conversion but I agree it's a lot of money.

I'm sure it will be on a sale at somepoint, something both of them for 20 quid.
Posted 11:41 on 24 October 2011
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Markymarkpoo

It costs like 1600 ms points...you can buy resident evil 5 cheaper than that, that really takes the piss, I was looking forward to this but forget paying that amount for a game that i can easily just go and buy for 99p on the ps2
Posted 01:58 on 24 October 2011
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Bloodstorm@ Exnor

No, it isn't. Capcom delivering lazy development skills again.
Posted 18:54 on 21 September 2011
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Exnor@ Bloodstorm

480p wouldn't be very HD!
Posted 12:54 on 21 September 2011
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Ghost_Dog@ guyderman

I also read some disappointing write-ups of this.

Shame, as I was hoping that it would be the definitive edition of Resident Evil 4. I think I'll be sticking with my GameCube version.
Posted 14:01 on 20 September 2011
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guyderman

I've read some not so complimentary reviews too.
One of the things that has annoyed some people is that there is no Move Support, which is a shame as the Wii controls worked really well and there is 1000 gamerpoints on the 360 but apparently only 12 trophies and no Plat for the PS3 version (don't know if it's true, just what I've read!)
I also read people moaning that the lighting etc isn't as good as it should be as it's the PC version that's been ported which was suppossed to have been disapointing!

None the less I'm still looking forward to giving it a bash!
Posted 13:50 on 20 September 2011
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Bloodstorm

Also, is it true the game is running at 480p?

Eurogamer was slating it to hell this morning.
Posted 13:23 on 20 September 2011
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Mark_S

I saw that this had been tweeted 11 times and for a split-second thought that was the score. Knowing Tom, that wouldn't have surprised me... ;-)
Posted 12:06 on 20 September 2011
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Bloodstorm

So the inventory is a bigger problems than the frame-rate? Are you kidding me?

At least you can fix the inventory.
Posted 21:48 on 19 September 2011
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Bloodstorm

Double post.
Posted 21:45 on 19 September 2011
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Clockpunk

Did anyone here purchase the version with the Chainsaw-Controller? I must admit to being very, very tempted, but alas never bothered...
Posted 20:59 on 19 September 2011
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pblive

I still never managed to get into Resi 4. I guess I could give it another go.
Posted 20:31 on 19 September 2011
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Darkr8zor

I played the original on the Wii and it was pretty good - one of my fondest memories is of dealiing spectacularly with two chainsaw nutters at the sametime, using a shotgun.
Posted 19:29 on 19 September 2011

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Resident Evil 4 HD
9
Out of 10
Resident Evil 4 HD
  • Scary
  • Gorgeous despite its age
  • Action packed
  • Inventory can cause problems
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Release Date: 20/09/2011
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , PS2 , Cube
Developer: In-house
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Survival Horror
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 442
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