Resident Evil making it’s horrifying return



Resident Evil 4 came out in 2005 and revolutionized the survival horror genre. It’s been put on almost every console including the Wii, GameCube, iOS, and the Oculus Quest. It’s a masterpiece that still has a very active fan base despite being nearly 17 years old. 

It has some of the craziest moments I’ve ever seen in a game. During my playthrough, I was in shock that some of the stuff in this game had been made by a triple A game company. It’s easily one of the best gaming experiences I’ve had, with the only thing holding it back being clunky controls, awful UI, and if you’re playing the Wii version, bad motion controls.

Fans have been waiting years for the game to get a remake similar to Resident Evil 2 and 3. In 2020 it was confirmed there was a remake and we recently got a trailer as well as some gameplay. The trailer shows horror’s greatest protagonist Leon Kennedy arriving at the mysterious village in Spain. He’s in search of the president’s daughter Ashley Graham who has been kidnapped by the strange cultists who inhabit the village.

It shows characters like Luis and Ada with their new updated looks for the new generation.

They’ll be the ones who will help the player throughout their journey through the village. We get to see some of the bosses like El Gigante, Del Lago, and the twist boss that I feel like the trailer spoils it. The Del Lago fight is awesome and definitely a highlight of the game and will be cool to see in the future. The second half of the game is shown with the castles you’ll visit looking as intimidating as usual and the main hooded cultists still look a little bit goofy.

The gameplay is probably the most interesting thing shown. It starts off with a different version of the intro where you go into a house and find one of the local police officers dead. You have to use stealth to escape the house from the villagers looking for you. That leads to the most iconic part from the original when Leon dives through a second story window and brushes it off like it’s nothing.

 It goes on to show the first encounter with the villagers which shows us some really cool new mechanics like shooting lamps makes them fall, limited knife usage, and being able to block a chainsaw with a knife which makes no sense but is still really funny and useful. We see a return of being able to kick enemies in the face however they don’t explode anymore which for some is a disappointment.

The most important thing shown in the trailer is the return of the cheesy one liners, which is the best part of the game. It seems the game will be more focused on horror rather than trying to be like a playable action movie which could be interesting but if it goes too far into the horror direction it could take away some of the charm from the original.

 The thing I’m most excited for is the updated controls. We see that they took the controls straight from the Resident Evil 2 & 3 remakes which is great because those games are never clunky or unresponsive. Resident Evil 4 remake looks like it could make one of the best horror games even better.