Resident Evil 4, originally released in 2005, will be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 on August 30th. Though quite a departure from the traditional Resident Evil style of gameplay, the fourth entry in the series marked a turning point in the franchise. Focusing more on precision gunplay, RE4 managed to keep the survival horror elements while adding a new layer of action and customization. Many fans consider it to be the last great entry in the series, since subsequent releases focused more on run and gun shooting rather than horror.
Resident Evil 4 follows Leon Kennedy, who is on a mission to save the President’s daughter. Encountering a variety of supernatural enemies requires players to be smart and think creatively. For example, strategic shots to enemies’ limbs slows them down, allowing for quick escapes, which is at times a necessity due to limited ammo. Weapons are also fully upgradeable for the first time in the series. Tim Turi of Capcom writes,
“This potent combination of exotic weaponry and dynamic enemy encounters is part of why RE4 was not only incredibly innovative for the wider video game industry, but has stood the test of time. There are many examples of paradigm-shifting video games throughout history, but not all of them have the benefit of being as fun to play today as when they first released. Resident Evil 4 is one of the best examples of this rarity.”
The upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 version will include all bonus content from the original release, as well as additional features that were added in later versions of the game. Also included is a side story focusing on the mysterious Ada Wong, which adds a new perspective on Leon Kennedy’s mission. Completing the campaign will unlock Mercenaries Mode, which is an evolution of Resident Evil 3’s bonus mode. This will offer hours of replayability, allowing fans to play as iconic characters such as Wesker, Hunk, and more. Additionally, there is a New Game Plus mode, which allows players to bring their previously acquired weapons and costumes into their second playthrough.
It will be interesting to replay Resident Evil 4 on modern consoles and see how well it has stood the test of time.