“Resident Evil 4” a timeless classic

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Author: Will Westwater

Economics majors would agree that the true price of something is what you are willing to give up for it. Gamers know the value of their favorite games, and to me, “Resident Evil 4” is worth buying three separate times.

I know this game came out around a decade ago, but the recent release of a remastered HD version of the original “Resident Evil” made me want to play my favorite in the series, “Resident Evil 4,” again. Gamers know our favorites are timeless and worth sharing. Here is a brilliant game you can spend hours playing without breaking the bank.

I played through “Resident Evil 4” once on the original GameCube platform and bought it again for Xbox 360 only about a year later. Last week I bought it for the Nintendo Wii, which most critics agree is the best way to play the game.

Despite the obvious visual downgrade from the HD re-release for Xbox 360, the Wii version is strong because it allows players to use the point and shoot mechanism with the Wii controller.

It took a bit of time to get used to, but soon I was popping the heads and knees of the infected chasing me.

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You play as Leon Kennedy, the brash ladies’ man and archetypal male hero, charged with the task of finding the president’s daughter, who has gone missing in a mysterious town in Europe. The action picks up almost instantly as the villagers, members of the strange Los Illuminados cult, attack Leon en masse. The 15-hour campaign—filled with different enemy types and boss battles—is long and varied enough to make it playable dozens of times.

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The main game is packed with over-the-top action, unintentionally hilarious dialogue and stereotypical characters. “Resident Evil” games are inherently wacky, starting with what seems to be a simple mission and turning into something absolutely ridiculous. This kind of writing can be risky and the series has occasionally not done it well (“Resident Evil 6”), but “Resident Evil 4” has the right balance of crazy and scary, like suplexing a creepy cult member.

“Tank” controls allow you to control Leon’s gun with laser accuracy, heightening the tension, but never have you feeling overpowered. The controls take a bit of getting used to, regardless of the platform, but challenge is something I look for in a game.

There are so many platforms to play “Resident Evil 4” on, and digital and physical copies are luckily very cheap. It is the finest “Resident Evil” title and still holds up today. Check it out during the next game drought, Steam sale or get it now. It’s worth it to me many times over, and it will be for you, too.

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