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Resident Evil 4 Remake

Resident Evil 4 Looks Amazing But Still Familiar

Resident Evil 4 remake is, unsurprisingly, a remake of Resident Evil 4. But, thanks to last night’s showcase we now know quite a bit more.

Yes, Capcom has completely skipped Resident Evil: Code Veronica, but we’ll forgive them for that. Why? Because the Resident Evil 4 remake looks so absolutely gorgeous, and yet – so far – seems to be capturing what made the original Resident Evil 4 so great.

If, right, now you’re thinking that remakes can’t be worse, you’ve probably not played the Grand Theft Auto “definitive” trilogy. Or seen 1999’s The Haunting. And, even though Resident Evil 2’s remake was “masterful” as we described it, we still wish that Claire and Leon’s stories had connected in the way that the original games did.

Through its Showcase, Capcom treated viewers to a two minute trailer for Resident Evil 4, complete with appearances from several major and easily recognisable characters. Salazar may have lost his hat, but he’s still clearly Salazar. Luis is still Luis, though he’s not quite as smoothly-dressed as in the original. And boss-monster Gigante is still absolutely terrifying.

But that’s not all -we also got see a good five minutes of additional gameplay. Between that, the trailer and interviews with various Capcom staff, we learnt quite a bit about this remake. Here’s what else we now know.

  • The shopkeeper is still wonderfully, wonderfully hammy.
  • You can parry chainsaws with your gun barrel. Yes, it sounds and looks ridiculous but we’re absolutely here for this.
  • Leon still makes jokes. He yells “Bill me for the repairs later!” after smashing a lamp to burn an oncoming foe.
  • The Ganados, the infected villagers, will fight back with more techniques than in the original game.
  • The attaché case is back, as is Tetris-ing objects in to use every single square.
  • As pointed out by IGN, the dog you can rescue in the original appears to be dead in this remake. Yes, unless that’s a piece of deliberately misdirection, that means no doggy companion.
  • You can upgrade the PlayStation 4 version of Resident Evil 4 to the PlayStation 5 version for free.

As far as buying the game goes, you’ll be able to purchase three editions, the regular, Deluxe and Collector’s Edition. The Deluxe Edition, which is digital, features several in-game items, such as alternate costumes for Leon. We’re tempted to snap this up just for the Villain costume, which looks very, very goth and not remotely villainous. This edition is priced at £64.99, compared to the regular edition at £54.99.

Resident Evil 4 Collector's Edition

The physical Collector’s Edition, set to retail at a massive £249.99 includes a Leon statue, box and much much more. No, there’s no Chainsaw Controller, but it still looks amazingly cool. Expensive, but cool.

The Resident Evil 4 remake will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam on 24th March next year. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it should be on any survival horror fan’s shopping list.

You can pre-order Resident Evil 4 now and if you’ve not played the original, it’s heavily discounted across the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store and Steam.

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