Resident evil 4 HD Review

Posted: September 26, 2011 by Tony Polanco in REVIEWS

If you frequent this site then you would have noticed that we’ve been reviewing a ton of HD re-releases lately. Whether it be due to fan demand or corporate greed, 2011 has become the year of the re-release. Although I’ve enjoyed replaying these classics I have to admit that I was getting a little burned out on them. Thankfully this latest re-release is a pretty special one so it was easy to get psyched to replay it again. What game is that? In case you didn’t read the title of this post it’s none other than the mighty Resident evil 4!

To call Resident evil 4 a revolutionary game would be an understatement that should be punishable by death. It’s one of the greatest games of all time whose impact still reverberates in the gaming industry today. Resident Evil 4 not only rejuvenated the Resident evil series but also helped usher in a new age of third person shooters. The over the shoulder camera view that gamers have become accustomed to originated with RE4. You like Dead Space? Well guess what partner? Its basic controls, inventory management and upgrade systems are almost identical to RE4’s. I can list countless other games but suffice it to say that RE4 is the daddy of all modern tps games.

“Ok, so Resident evil 4 is ground breaking, yadda yadda yadda, but WHY is it so beloved?” you may be asking yourself. If you weren’t then too bad because I’m going to tell you anyway. Resident evil 4 is one of the most expertly designed games of the last ten years. The story isn’t much to write home about but like a good action movie it doesn’t need a deep and compelling plot to keep you engaged. RE4 does a spectacular job of always giving the player something new to overcome. Whether it be wild battles against crazed religious zealots, brain teasing puzzles or the glorious, glorious boss encounters, Resident evil 4 never runs out of inventive ways to keep gamers on their toes.

The HD facelift that Resident evil 4 has received is pretty good but won’t exactly blow you away. To its credit the original RE4 looked amazing and its character models are almost on par with those of current generation games. The textures are kind of muddy to be honest but considering that this isn’t exactly supposed to be a nice and clean looking game it’s mostly forgivable. Some have stated that RE4 hasn’t been remastered at all and is just an upscaled version of the Gamecube original. I don’t know if this is true or not but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. Don’t get me wrong the game still looks great and all but I think Capcom could have put a bit more effort into making the textures look better.

Aside from trophies this game has no new extras to speak of. It has all of the content that was available on the Playstation 2 version. After you beat the game for the first time (which should take you around 12-15 hours) you will unlock several modes. Separate Ways is a side story that stars super sexy spy Ada Wong and shows what she was up to while protagonist Leon Kennedy was blasting mofos away. It’s a brief but nice supplement to the story. You’ll also unlock Mercenaries mode which is kind of like an arcade game where you have to kill baddies for points. Lastly, you’ll unlock Professional difficulty. This mode will really test your mettle and if you beat it you’ll earn a trophy for doing so. Speaking of trophies, there are only 12 and not a single one of them is a Platinum. Since the trophy count is so low Capcom could have at least made each of them worth more. Nine trophies are bronze for crying out loud! Trophy hunters will be very disappointed by this but overall Resident evil 4 HD packs a lot of game time for only 20 bucks.

Resident evil 4 is not only a stellar last generation game but a truly revolutionary one. It’s been re-released many times for good reason. It’s just that damn good. All modern third person shooters owe a huge debt to this title and the fact that RE4 is still better than most of them says something powerful about its design. Resident evil 4 is a classic through and through.


  • Great pacing and level design
  • Action and puzzle sequences are balanced and complement each other
  • Tight gunplay that still holds up


  • The textures could have been upgraded more
  • Trophy support is weak. No Platinum trophy

Resident evil 4 HD was developed and published by Capcom. It’s available now on the Playstation network and Xbox live for $19.99 and 1600 Microsoft points respectively. The version played for this review is the Playstation 3 version and was downloaded from the PSN.


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