The remake of Resident Evil 2 and 3, surpassed the originals in almost every aspect. Not only did they get a fresh lick of paint, but they were also built completely from the ground up. This gave new life to the old tales which meant that fans of the original and newcomers flocked to the game. While the earlier releases needed a significant upgrade, Resident Evil 4 doesn’t. So what does the remake add to improve the classic?
Shoot and Move
An expected, but needed change was the ability to move while shooting. Although this has been included a host of other elements have also been added to the gunplay. You can now switch between six weapons via the D-Pad and craft ammo easily to get an advantage on the battlefield.
Classic Character Designs
Although we anticipated a visual overhaul, I assumed that the characters would remain the same. One of the strangest and greatest characters in the franchise, Ramon Salazar, has had a makeover. Gone is the strange hat and boyish appearance, and in his place is a more aristocratic, older threat. Even though I was taken aback by the redesign, it definitely works.
Better Boss Encounters
Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. However, certain boss encounters are different from the original. These range from the entire sequence to minor additions to particular stages of the fight. I can confidently say that each alteration is thoughtful and improves on what came before.
Time to Parry
Everything is more intimate in the Resident Evil 4 Remake. Characters invade your space and lunge at you. To counter this, you can use the new parry system which will help you fend off the horde. Although it’s a simple addition, it massively improves combat and gives you options to tackle enemies who get up close and personal.
Who’d have thought that Capcom would introduce stealth into Resident Evil 4? It’s not a deep implementation, however, it’s just enough for it to be a viable method to take out enemies. You can crouch behind points in the environment, silently creep up on a zombie and plunge your knife into its neck without anyone noticing. It’s great!
Quick! A Timed Event
QTEs were all the rage in the early 2000s, however, their overuse and implementation into what felt like every game frustrated many. Due to this, the use of these in Resident Evil 4 was divisive. Although there is still the odd button mash segment, the cinematic QTEs are gone.
A Bit on the Side
The remake has been fleshed out. One of the ways Capcom has done this is with the inclusion of side missions. You will notice Blue Requests dotted around which give you tasks to fulfill. These are straightforward, gameplay-focused objectives that give you an extra task to do on your escape from the demonic village.
You can add keyrings to your attache case which grants small bonuses. Some will aid you with the likelihood of finding more ammo whereas others will give more passive perks. It’s a simple and unintrusive system that allows you to personalize your experience.
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