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Customer Review of the Week: Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 dawned a new era for the series and a brand new chapter for the returning hero Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2. Six years have passed since the events of Raccoon City and Leon now works for the President of the United States of America. The Presidents daughter has been kidnapped by a crazed cult, little is known of them, other than they are located in a rural village smack bang in the middle of nowhere in sunny Spain. So as Leon already works for the President, he was the natural choice to be given the lovely task of rescuing the Presidents daughter; Ashley. Upon Leons arrival in the rural village, it becomes very apparent that theres something not right with the locals and before Leon even gets a chance to breath, the villagers are after his blood.

It should have been some comfort to Leon that he will not have to deal with zombies, but Leon must be thinking if only. Gone have the zombies of Resident Evil and income the more advanced mind controlling parasites, simply known as Las Plagas. The villagers are under the control of an Osmund Saddler and it his sinister plan to inject Ashley with the Las Plagas and inflict the deadly parasite virus upon the United States of America. But there seems to be more than meets the eye with Osmund Saddler and his Las Plagas, to add to his troubles, Leon will also meet one or two unexpected guests along the way. What seemed like a simple search and rescue mission, just suddenly got turned upside down and events have become a little more than complicated.

Resident Evil 4 featured its fair share of big boss fights, puzzles (which of lack of is one of the many criticisms of todays versions), but perhaps the star of the show in many gamers eyes is the good old Merchant. Still today Resident Evil 4 fans will mimic his What are ya selling? and What are ya buying? quotations, heck I even have the iconic voice set as one of my message alerts on my mobile phone. Resident Evil 4 also had a very addictive Shooting Gallery mini game that many of us would lose many hours playing, in addition to the main campaign. You would first come across the Shooting Gallery at Salazars Castle (as well as further into the game), here you could test your shooting skills on moving targets, to not only go for the personal high score, but also to earn some valuable bottle caps that could be exchanged for some in-game figurines. The Shooting Gallery mini game is unfortunately something that we would never see return again in the Resident Evil series.

Though one tradition that did continue on from Resident Evil 4 was the unlockable game called The Mercenaries, which of course we would see continue on in Resident Evil 5, 6 and a standalone Nintendo 3DS game. You would unlock The Mercenaries by beating the campaign and it would see you battle it out against waves of enemies over a series of maps influenced from certain areas of the game. The objective of The Mercenaries would not only be to kill as many enemies as possible, but also accumulate big combos whilst keeping the game running for as long as possible by collecting the Sand Timers scattered throughout each map and by achieving the required end of level rating/score, you would be rewarded with new characters (each depending on the map) that would be playable within the Mercenaries. But just in case that wasnt enough extra goodness for you, then there is a host of unlockable special weapons that can be used within Resident Evil 4s campaign and not to mention two extra campaigns starring Ada Wong called Assignment Ada and Separate Ways.

Resident Evil 4 will go down as the greatest game from the series for many gamers alike, but it would also be considered to be the turning point of the series downfall. While it featured its fair share of horror moments, it also had its fair share of action too. Resident Evil 4 managed to get the horror/action balance just right, where the current generation of Resident Evil games featured more action, rather than horror and as a result lost its direction and signature Survival Horror tag. If youre relatively new to the series and in particular if you like the current gen instalments, then I urge you to play Resident Evil 4 to see what all the fuss is about and play what is considered to be the last great Resident Evil game.

Resident Evil 4 is a worthy addition to any Nintendo Wii/Wii U owner and you can also download Resident Evil 4 HD on the Xbox 360 Marketplace and PSN now, complete with improved visuals and achievements/trophies for all you hunters out there. Just whatever you do, Do not shoot the water!

Words by Solidus 5nake.

(Version Tested: Wii)


- The last great Resident Evil
- The Regenerator enemy still terrifies me to this day
- Long campaign, with plenty of unlockable modes


-Looking after Ashley is always a ballache
-No zombies

Edited On 22 Apr, 2013

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H84's avatar
H84 4 years ago
I remember getting this on the Gamecube and the sense of fear from the guy with the chainsaw was just something else. Fantastic graphics too.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
In honor of this review 5nake I will go make a sacrifice to the Elevator and Gravity (Dark Souls)
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
Last good game of this franchise.
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shiny miller 4 years ago
Nice review - I actually still have this sitting under my TV as I only got half an hour in years ago before getting distracted by something else! But you've inspired me to (try) make time to finish it, at least so I can then get round to playing 5 and 6. Your comment about not shooting the water has me re-intrigued already...
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Dead 4 years ago
The last great RE? Did no-one play Revelations?
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troublemaker 4 years ago
Nope, can't play resi game since the would 5 and the eye violating 4andCV HD remakes. Sorry I misses this review going up. Great review mate, deserves the win
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Solidus 5nake 4 years ago
Thanks for the comments, I was playing Resi 4 the other day and it inspired me to do this review. Its still a great game now, especially in HD. I haven't played Revelations yet as I've never owned a 3DS, but I have it on pre-order with Shopto on the PS3 and I cant wait to play it next month :)
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ZdravkoN 4 years ago
Great review Solidus, keep up the good work :)
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Kimiteshu 4 years ago
The best Resident Evil game in my opinion!
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
The best Resident Evil in my opinion is Resident Evil Zero

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