Resident Evil 4 is certainly no stranger to the gaming world. It’s won praise from critics everywhere since its 2005 release and stomped across multiple platforms. It set a new bar for the Resident Evil franchise and inspired popular games to come. It deserves its day in HD, dammit.
But while Leon’s fabulous haircut is looking better than ever, it’s a little rough calling this one a true HD remake. The game has definitely had some work done, but we’re calling shenanigans on this Botox bullshit. This botched beauty job has its share of sketchy results. Some of the textures in the game apparently didn’t get the memo and as a result look grainy and downright odd.
We’re all for preserving games in their natural glory, but this remake could really use an upgrade. Leon still hasn’t learned how to sidestep, or perhaps he just refuses. Players are also still completely immobilized while reloading. You either love this aspect or hate it – we consider it the gaming equivalent of stopping to tie your shoe in a fire. The clunky inventory system is also still the same, meaning you’ll play that familiar round of Tetris every time you get a new item.
Achievement fiends will find themselves disappointed. RE 4 HD offers a meager 12 trophies for those that complete its challenges—or in this case, just the game. Personally, we’re disappointed that there’s no achievement for abstaining from shooting Ashley in the head every time she starts screaming, or one for just putting her in a box and leaving here there. Forever.
Even with some graphical gripes and trophy trips, Resident Evil 4 still withstands the test of time. Blowing the heads off parasite-infested foreigners is just as much fun as it was back in 2005. You’ll still get a chill or two as you creep through dark, foggy graveyards and backwoods villages. And nothing, nothing beats the true blue corniness of Leon’s one-liners.
Resident Evil 4 HD is not the ultimate remake gamers deserve, but it’s the one they’ve got. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t known RE 4 in any of its former lives, or if you’ve missed the extra content, drop the $20 for this one. It’s Resident Evil 4, for god’s sake.
+Includes the full package from former games, including Mercenaries, Separate Ways and Assignment Ada
+Recaptures the charm of the original in a PSN or XBL package.
-Where my trophies at?
-No new content for the PSN or XBL versions.
-Game is displayed in HD, but none of the textures or models have been upgraded accordingly.
Resident Evil 4 HD was released on September 20th, 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Review based on the Xbox 360 version.