Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Resident Evil 4 HD on Xbox Live & PSN
The last-gen game that revolutionized the franchise is now available on Xbox Live and PSN for $19.99. Resident Evil 4 HD sports upgraded HD graphics and hordes of parasite infected Ganados to fight your way through as special agent Leon Kennedy. For those not already familiar with RE4, Leon (a classic RE character and survivor of the Raccoon City incident) is on a mission to rescue the president's daughter from a Spanish cult. Of course, things turn out to be a little more complicated than what Leon was briefed.
Also included with the HD re-release are two special game modes: Mercenaries and Separate Ways. The Mercenaries mode is a classic zombie killapolooza where you see how long you can survive endless droves of enemies. Meanwhile, Separate Ways allows you to experience the story from the perspective of Ada Wong, a sexy and deadly secret agent belonging to a mysterious organization rivaling the Umbrella corp. Both of these game modes must be unlocked and are not available from the get-go.
GamePro has already given the remake a 4 out of 5 star rating. Resident Evil 4, as the reviewer explains, was already a solid shooter that benefits from the remastered graphics. Moreover, the added content is also a plus. However, there are points where low-res graphics are very noticeable. In addition, the game's sound effects have not received the same tender-loving-care as the graphics and are of a last-gen quality.
Before you rush to buy it, its important to note that you are buying (or re-buying) a game that has been out for a while. If you've never played Resident Evil 4 (or are a true fan of the series) it is a great opportunity to experience a classic game with some upgrades. This is one of my all-time favorite survival-horror/shooter titles and I can still recall the chills that I got from this game. However, if you are looking for new content, this may be a pass as all the "added content" was already available on the PS2 port of the game.