Among video games, Resident Evil 4 stands tall among the all-time greats. This is, hands down, a top-tier video game. As such, a remake was always going to occur. Capcom has revealed a plethora of fresh gameplay videos for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 remake at a massive digital exhibition today. This old RE4 fan is quite excited for this fresh take on the renowned horror game since not only are many beloved elements from the original returning, but also some new elements have been included.
Resident Evil 4, first released in 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube, is widely regarded as one of the best third-person action-horror games of all time due to its innovative blend of survival horror staples and the then-revolutionary over-the-shoulder camera and control scheme. The President’s daughter is kidnapped by a strange cult in Eastern Europe, and Resident Evil 2‘s Leon Kennedy goes on a quest to rescue her.
Upon his arrival, he discovers that the residents and wildlife are plagued with a strange infection known as Las Plagas, which causes them to transform into terrifying monsters. This is followed by a lengthy period of bloodletting and stocktaking. Wonderful times, indeed. I should know because I’ve probably bought it three hundred times by now. And this new remake, due out in March 2023, appears to be mostly adhering to that arrangement, but with some minor alterations and potentially larger changes to the traditional formula.
Capcom’s initial gameplay reveal at the event appears to be a remake of the first hour of the original Resident Evil 4. Leon, searching for information regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Graham, the latter’s missing daughter, comes across a rundown property. This version of the game is even creepier than the first because it takes place in the dead of night, unlike the first game.
One of Leon’s police escorts is found dead in a spooky cellar full of skulls, and he overhears the other escort having a rough time over the radio. Additionally, this was modified from the original. Both Leon and the escorts in the original game met tragic ends, although he finds out about them in a somewhat different way. I can’t wait to see how else Capcom alters the specifics of the tale while keeping the big picture the same. In other news, Leon can finally crouch! Neat.
Leon arrives in the town to find a scene reminiscent of the original, and he once again must defend himself from the hostile villagers, including a chainsaw-wielding maniac with the ability to kill with a single blow. The encounter proves that Leon is still capable of using the reliable stun-kick-kill combo that I frequently deploy to conserve my limited supply of bullets. When he burns the barn on fire to get away, he also murders a poor cow. I mean, really, Leon, it was a jerk move.
Leon’s ability to move and shoot simultaneously is on full display here, something that was impossible in the first game (but could in the recent VR edition). I’m intrigued to see how Capcom makes use of the player’s newly enhanced mobility to ratchet up the excitement during larger encounters, as I know some people are scared this will ruin the game’s legendary suspense.
In the complete webcast, Capcom detailed the various improvements made to the Resident Evil 4 remake.
With his updated parry, Leon may now utilize his knife to ward off assaults. This will come in handy, as Capcom has stated that the villagers are now more bloodthirsty and have more ways to murder you. As a further reminder that this is still Resident Evil and things will become campy, he also uses his knife to keep a chainsaw from cutting him in half.
Further, the fantastic attached case stock mechanism has been reinstated. Possibly taking a hint from the VR adaptation, the process of creating and equipping objects like herbs appears more streamlined and less complicated than in the original. The Merchant has also returned, and while he still buys and sells objects (weird…), he now accepts gems as payment, so you may use them to buy brand-new weapons and armor that weren’t available in the first release of RE4.
At long last, Capcom released a new plot trailer, and it gives us some intriguing ideas about what else might be in store. Ashley, now completely infected with the parasite, is shown at one point threatening someone with a gun; it may be Leon or Ada. Nothing like this occurred in the first game, so I’m curious to see if this is a dream sequence ruse or the genuine deal. We also got our first look at Ada Wong in her new guise and at the boss fight against the lake monster in that story trailer.
I’m really thrilled by everything on this page. Modifications to the gameplay and story, both little and potentially large, look like a good idea. So far, it doesn’t seem like anything is going to destroy the game’s nostalgic atmosphere. But even if Capcom messes this up, it won’t worry me too much. Resident Evil 4 is one of the few games that can be played on practically any console, PC, and mobile device. Consequently, if this turns out to be a letdown, I can always rewatch the first one. I hope Capcom will offer something different with the plot and combat in RE4.
On March 24, 2023, the remade Resident Evil 4 will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Additionally, there will be a free upgrade for PS4 owners to the PS5 version of the game. The pre-order phase has also begun.