A reader admits that he by no means appreciated it Resident Evil 4 and explains why the Chainsaw Demo convinced him not to buy the remake.
There are 8 billion people interacting on planet Earth and we are all unique and different in our own way. Everyone has at least one special thing about them, be it a blessing or a curse, and mine, as you might have guessed, is the latter: I never liked Resident Evil 4.
I should. I’m not a huge fan of Resident Evil, but I certainly enjoyed previous installments and was really looking forward to playing the fourth installment when it finally came to PlayStation 2. But I was very disappointed. One of the biggest problems at the time was that the game was so hyped that I expected something mind blowing, but what I got was survival horror with no horror and very repetitive action.
Not being able to move and shoot wasn’t really registered as a problem at the time, but after the first village scene I quickly started to lose interest. All the enemies were the same, the plot was stupid even by Resident Evil standards, and Leon was really goofy. Even fans of the game admit that Ashley is annoying and I really hated having to keep saving her.
To me, Resident Evil should be slow and scary, but Resident Evil 4 never is, it doesn’t even try. The plot in Resident Evil games is always a bit crazy, but in issue #4 they just gave up. Things happen for no reason and the whole thing with the parasites is just stupid and never properly explained. And don’t get me started on the villains: a 15th-century Spanish lord with a Napoleon complex and a wizard.
Not everything is for everyone, I get that, but I just never could click with the game and of course that put me off the next two games as well. Although I actually liked Resident Evil 5 a lot better because it wasn’t that silly and at least there were some attempts to make it scary and less goofy. Overall, I was much happier when they came out with Resident Evil 7, which was much more up my alley.
So anyway, fast forward about 15 years and everyone is raving about the Resident Evil 4 remake. I’m curious – it’s not like the original ruined my life or anything – but I tried out the Chainsaw Demo and it’s back again same old thing. Except this time, the standard controls make it seem even more ordinary than before.
There’s still almost no artificial intelligence for everyone, so it never feels like you’re actually fighting a real creature, just playing a glorified shooting gallery. The graphics are pretty good, I admit, but for me it’s a mistake to keep the original dialogue. I felt Resident Evil 2 updated the dialogue and tone perfectly, but with this remake it’s literally the same game with better graphics and more normal controls.
I guess you could say Resident Evil 4 was too goofy to do it any other way or you’d just have to change everything, but right now there’s no way I’m getting the full thing. I’m just waiting to see what Resident Evil 9 turns out to be. Village was okay, but I felt it was a step down from 7 – it was crazy again – so I’m not sure the series is really going in the direction I want.
So that’s my story, not really a super power, but I have the ability to dislike a game, almost everyone seems to do that. I’m definitely not a bummer though, so have fun with it and I’ll just wait for something more up my alley. I never got that Dead Space remake…
By reader Lokey
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