Review by Dazz Hardy
What do you get when you take one of the best GC games, and add the best parts of the PS2 version? A Masterpiece.
Upon its release in 2005, the Gamecube version of Resident Evil 4 not only brought new life to the aging survival horror series, it became a huge success both critically and with end users. It was one of the best scored games of that year, and went on to win many awards. However, with the Gamecube flagging, Capcom ported the game over to the Playstation 2. With the PS2 release came both good and bad. The PS2's hardware couldnt be pushed as hard as the Gamecube's, so the graphics and sound took a hit, but with that, came widescreen support and more content. The PS2 version also went on to receive great acclaim, so, how do you improve on two versions of one of the best action games made? Combine the best parts of the two, and tighten the controls, and that's just what Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition does.
The Visual and Audio quality of the GC version and all the extra content from the PS2 version alone would be enough to recommend this game to people who never played the original RE4's. It's not all good news though. Resident Evil 4 is starting to show it's age, but let's not forget that it was one of the best looking games of the last generation of consoles, and while it may not hold up to something like a Gears of War, RE4 is still a fine looking and sounding game. Be it the dirty look of the Village or the gritty look of later areas, RE4 looks the part. The sound doesnt let the game down either, with the creepy sound effects and music that always fits in well, and always seems to add to the situation its used in. Be it the haunting sound effects when you're exploring or the dramatic music that adds tension to every battle, RE4 uses sound to great effect.
However, what makes this game so easy to recommend to every Wii owner is its skillful use of the Wii Remote. The ways Capcom have implemented the Wii remote greatly improve what was already an incredibly solid game. Aiming with the Wii remote makes the whole game feel just that little bit more involving, and gives you much greater control and feeling when you're firing away. Silly little things like being able to quickly shake the Wii Remote to unleash a knife attack make it much easier to mix up combat, and the use of the Wii Remote outside of combat is never overpowering, but is used to give the whole game a more active feel, instead of just hitting buttons, you actually get to be more involved in the on screen action.
For those of you who havent played Resident Evil 4 before, the game see's you take on the role of one Leon S. Kennedy, one of the two heroes from Resident Evil 2, a survivor of the Raccoon City viral outbreak. 6 years have passed since then, and now, as a Special Agent, Leon has been assigned to protect the president of the United States daughter, Ashley Graham. However, before his duties begin, she'd kidnapped, and now Leon has to find her and rescue her. Leads take him to a remote village, and that's when all hell breaks loose. If you're used to action games, or have played a Resident Evil game in the past, RE4 is pretty easy to pick up, even with the Wii Remote instead of more traditional controls, and while it can initially seem quite difficult in places, a little time to master controls and learn good combat tactics can pay off in no time at all.
All in all, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is one of the most solid games available. It combines the best parts of both its PS2 and GC predecessors, and tightens the whole game with well implemented Wii controls. It is the defining version of one of the best games of the genre, and will stand as quite the measuring stick for similar games to live up to on the Wii. An absolute must for every Wii owner.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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