Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is the sixth entry in the very popular Resident Evil series of video games. It was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, the PlayStation 2 later in 2005, Windows and Wii in 2007, a iOS version released in 2009 (for iPhone) and 2010 (for iPad), a Windows HD edition in 2014, and for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011, the Android edition in 2013, the Wii U Edition in 2015, a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One edition in 2016 and a Nintendo Switch edition on 2019.
Six years after the events of Resident Evil 2, Leon Scott Kennedy now works as a protector for the President of the United States and his family. His first assignment is to rescue Ashley Graham, the daughter of the President from a mysterious cult called the Los Illuminados. However what starts as a rescue mission becomes so much more. The cult plans to use an ancient parasite called Las Plagas to infect the United States government and take over the world. Leon must now not only rescue Ashley, but stop the cult from taking over the world. But with the appearance of Ada Wong who has plans of her own, it is apparent that a third party is involved.
Why It Rocks
- Invented the over-the-shoulder shooting for third-person shooters and was popularized in some games like Gears of War.
- Leon and Ada from Resident Evil 2 are back. Wesker also has a few cameo in Separate Ways.
- Leon making fun of villains. The most famous one is "Your right hand comes off?" and it's even funny that Leon S. Kennedy is a great comedian.
- Its eerie and fantastic soundtrack fits the Resident Evil setting perfectly.
- Awesome graphics which are totally by 2005 GameCube standards.
- Good amount of enemy variety and designs.
- Great boss fights.
- Stunning enemies allows Leon to use melee attacks. Using it while being swarmed by enemies can also push them back, giving more space to react.
- The knife is improved and more easier to use.
- Although the whole escort part of trying to protect Ashley during nearly all of the sections of the game is heavily disliked, the AI for Ashley is really good, as she often stays behind Leon and does her best to avoid crossfire.
- A mysterious merchant often sells Leon guns, maps, upgrades, and can upgrade the stats on each gun. His lines are also memetic in a good way.
- Many treasures are in the game that Leon can sell for money. Some treasure can be also merged together to make them worth more money than they were individually. An example is merging a Blue Eye, Red Eye, and Green Eye with the Butterfly Lamp.
- The ending credits give you backstory about the villagers before their downfall by Saddler’s hands.
- Future ports of the game offered additional content such as the Separate Ways Mode which chronicles what Ada was doing during Leon's mission. Not to mention it makes the game more connected to canon RE storyline.
- Completing this mode will also unlock costumes with Leon wearing a mafia suit and his knife being reskinned into a switchblade. Ashley appears in a complete medieval suit of armor, which is very useful as the suit makes her invincible to every enemy attack and any attacks by Leon. She also cannot be picked up by enemies, as they will immediately drop her and fall over themselves.
- Powerful weapons are unlocked after beating the game and completing bonus content, which offers a high level of replay value.
- The motion controls on the Wii Version work very well and smoothly, as well as the mouse controls of the Ultimate HD editions for PC.
- Professional difficulty. After the game is beaten on this difficulty, the Merchant sells a free gun, the P.R.L. 412 that can kill every enemy in one shot, including bosses.
- Along with Separate ways there are two minigames you unlock after completing the game:
- The Mercenaries returns from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, this time you can play as 5 different characters: Leon, Ada, Jack Krauser, Albert Wesker, and HUNK. If you get 5 stars on all four stages with all five characters the Handcannon is unlocked, which is the most powerful magnum in the game.
- Assignment Ada Mode is a minigame where you play as Ada and have to go around the island looking for Plaga samples. Beating the minigame will unlock the Chicago Typewriter for the main game. It also unlocks the weapon for use in Separate Ways, but only in the Gamecube version. Costumes will also unlock with Leon appearing in an R.P.D. uniform, Ashley appearing in a white pop star outfit, and Ada wearing black combat gear.
- The Regenerator and Iron Maiden sections, which are considered some of the scariest monsters in the franchise. A bite/spike attack from them can drain Leon's health easily. They will become even more unpredictable if you destroy their legs. The easiest way to kill them is to attach the infrared scope to any type of rifle you have so that Leon can destroy the parasites in their body.
- Plaga mutations.
- The PlayStation 2 port (while great) has downgraded graphics and so as the first PC port from 2007. Also, the controls of the first PC release were a mess as well as the lack of spooky effects.
- Although the gameplay is good, it was the first main Resident Evil game that focused more on action than horror which wasn't well received with some fans of the original style (including Grust's older brother). (Though the horror roots were restored more starting with Resident Evil: Revelations.)
- Ashley Graham's character has been criticized for being needlessly sexualized, having an annoying voice ("Leon! Help!") and being the epitome for a damsel in distress.
- Not only that, Ashley is also a coward and can't defend herself.
- It was part of the Capcom Five during the 6th generation of gaming.
- The game is supposed to take part in a village located in the Pyrenees, in Spain. However, the villagers, for some reason, talk with Latin-american accent, which shows an sloppy localization (though other aspects, like the use of Pesetas as currency are accurate).
- The cutscenes in Separate Ways are in low quality, even in the HD versions.
- Ada can't upgrade her weapons in her Separate Ways mode unlike Leon.
- There's no writer hired for the game unlike other RE games and Mikami rushed the script. ( e.g. Umbrella getting destroyed in a cutscene. )
- Unfair pricing of the Nintendo Switch version compared to the Steam, PS4, and Xbox One versions.
- The Nintendo Switch Version is pretty much garbage, as it is the same as the other HD versions, and even has no motion controls, which is a big part of the Nintendo Switch console.
As stated in number 1 on Why It Rocks, Resident Evil 4 was responsible for popularizing the over-the-shoulder gameplay feature in third-person shooter games which would be used in other games like Shadows of the Damned and Dead Space.
Resident Evil 4 is considered one of the best games of all time.
The GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions of Resident Evil 4 have a score of 96/100 on Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim". In addition to the gameplay, the characters and story generally received positive commentary, leading to the finished product being deemed by most as one of the best video games ever made. GameSpot's Greg Kasavin praised the voice acting, but claimed that it was betrayed by "some uncharacteristically goofy dialogue".Yahoo! Games' Adam Pavlacka and GameSpot's Kevin VanOrd acclaimed Capcom for adding great amounts of detail to the characters. IGN's Matt Casamassina went into further detail in his review for Resident Evil 4, praising not only the detailed character design but also the fight choreography and three-dimensional modeling within cinematic sequences. Casamassina also complimented the voice actors, especially Paul Mercier (Leon), commenting, "For once, the characters are believable because Capcom has hired competent actors to supply their voices. Leon in particular is very well produced". IGN and Nintendo Power specifically recognized Resident Evil 4's character design and voice acting. The increased variety of weapons has been praised by gaming publications such as GamePro and Game Over Online. G4 TV show X-Play gave it a 5 out of 5, for introducing a new style of gameplay for the series as well as incorporating moments where the player would have to interact with the cut scenes. Not long after, it was awarded as the best game ever reviewed on the show. The makers of Resident Evil 4 worked on various innovations associated with the use and inventory of weapons. Game Over stated that players can use the vast array of weapons to "go for headshots now". Game Informer stated that ammunition is more plentiful in Resident Evil 4 than in other games in the series, making it more action-oriented.
- When fighting a single Ganado, shoot it in the leg or face and use a melee attack to knock it down. Once down, swipe repeatedly with the knife and it should die by the time it gets back up. This method should save some ammo.
- If a treasure states that it has some holes or that it might fit in something, save it, don't sell. If you combine the treasure pieces together, you can get more money for new weapons and upgrades.
- At the point where Ashley is kidnapped by the Novistadors (giant insects) there is a large hive-like structure in the middle of the room. This structure can be destroyed when shot at enough times, with a rocket launcher destroying it instantly. Its destruction leaves behind a large amount of different colored jewels known as "Eyes," which are used for the Butterfly Lamp and also dropped by Novistadors themselves.
- When the Butterfly Lamp is complete, feel free to sell all remaining Eyes, except the Blue Eyes as they are rare and be used in New Game +.
- For Krauser’s second boss fight, the easiest and fastest way to defeat him is to use your knife, let him get close to you and use your knife on his leg and chest.