So, I’m taking, yet another, look at Resident Evil 4. This time, it’s a recently released HD edition for PC with updated graphics, the option for 60fps, and better mouse and keyboard controls. Does that help its case when it comes to me hating this game? Well, let’s see.
It’s Definitely Better
I can say that much, at least. Being able to aim with the mouse without having to resort to a mod is a huge improvement, but you’re still forced to use A and D to turn. I’m guessing there’s something in the coding stopping them from enabling the mouse to be more substantial when turning, but it still would’ve been nice to actually see the game get some tighter control going on in that aspect.
When it comes down to it, the game is a lot easier to play with this minor improvement, but what about the rest of the game?
It’s Still Hard To Become Invested
As many times as I’ve tried to play this game over the years on various consoles, one continual issue I’ve had, aside from the god awful controls of the other versions, is that I just can’t get invested in what’s going on. I think it’s got to do with the fact that RE4, and subsequent entries, are such a far departure from the first four games in terms of story, gameplay, and atmosphere that I just don’t find it as interesting. Let’s face it, the story of RE4 was never really that great. Yes, Leon getting a dose of the plagas was a neat addition, but RE3 beat it out with Jill and her brush with the T-Virus. I know, one or two of you are thinking, “Now, he’s just looking for things to hate on with this game!” Well, maybe. I’ve wanted so badly to love this game for over a decade now, but have been disappointed at every turn due to sloppy design and lack of modernization.
So, the controls are better, but the story still falls short. What about the rest of the game?
You’re Looking Well, Mr. Kennedy
Unfortunately, I can’t comment on the 60 FPS setting because I have the slow-motion issue when it’s enabled. What I have seen of it from trailers and Youtube videos looks absolutely amazing, though.
The HD touch ups look really nice, too, but as I understand it, they’re still using the old cutscenes, so those don’t look early as good. I can’t really think of much else to say when it comes to graphics, the game looks awesome. The only other thing is that the Special 2 costume doesn’t show up during cutscenes, but considering I probably won’t play the game enough to unlock it, or even Special 1, it’s a moot point for me.
In the end, the game looks great for hitting the ten year mark!
What Did He Say?
The sound seems to be unchanged in any significant way. The guns still sound like they should, the Plagas still speak Spanish, without subtitles unfortunately, and, aside from some hammy voice acting and writing, the voicing isn’t too bad.
A Bit Short
I had a feeling this review would wind up being shorter than most others I’ve done, but let’s face it, it’s a review of a game that fixed the major problem I initially had. So, I’m sure you’re all wondering if I still hate the game and vomit hate-infused blood at the sight of it.
No, I don’t.
I mean, I still don’t like it, so don’t go singing praises or dancing like it’s the coming of the Messiah or some shit, but I don’t hate this version. Specifically, this version. The rest are still garbage, with the exception of the Wii version. I haven’t played that one, and probably never will, so I guess it’s getting a free pass at this point.
Now, I know most of the Resident Evil fanbase already owns this game in some form or another, or multiple forms, but for a new comer that’s looking to carry on their collection, this isn’t a bad place to start the second trilogy in the main series. It helps that this version plays relatively closely to 5 and 6 on PC, so the transition isn’t jarring. Well, ok, going from the original trilogy to this is going to be jarring no matter what you do, but it’s a great stepping stone into getting the second trilogy rolling.
…speaking of rolling…
Either way, in the end, I’m not horribly disappointed with this version of RE4. Given some time, I might even begin to actually like the game, but don’t get your hopes up. At the time of review, RE4 Ultimate HD Edition sells for $19.99 on its own on Steam. Alternatively, you can get it in a pack that also includes 5 and 6 for $69.99. Personally, I find both price points absolutely ridiculous. I only bought the three pack due to catching it during the recent Christmas sale for $22USD. Honestly, as much as I love 5 and 6, I think $25-ish is a more reasonable price for the entire trilogy pack. So, while I won’t recommend this at full price, I’ll say that it’s definitely worth it, by itself or in the pack, when it’s on sale. $10 or less is an absolute steal, even for RE4.
Well, there you have it. Despite my dislike for the game, it’s actually not so bad this time around, and I’d definitely recommend it to people who haven’t tried it yet.
If you’re curious to see my original review of RE4, you can find it here.
Oh, and my next post will be my 100th and I have a special review planned! It won’t be on a regular review day, though. RE5 is still next Friday, so check back in before then!
That’s all for now.
You folks have fun, take care, and I’ll see you next time.