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Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2)

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Written by  :  Melvin Raeynes (26)
Written on  :  Jun 12, 2008
Platform  :  PlayStation 2
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Summary

The game that changed Resident Evil forever.

The Good

If Capcom took a long time to release this, there's a damned good reason for it. This game is beautiful, grim, violent and scary all at once. Never have you faced a threat quite like the threats you are faced with in this game. The game just throws everything at you from the beginning and doesn't hold up to catch a breather. While the story isn't as expanded as it was in the previous entries in the saga, there are enough guns, bosses and areas to cover, that you almost never care for its plot. But the characters are all cool in this one. The bad guys are a hoot, and Wesker pops up more in the PS2 version than he did in the initial GameCube release. I'd definitely always recommend this game to anyone over the age of 15.

The Bad

The plot of the previous games was virtually non-existant. Leon mentions that he used to be a cop in Raccoon City. And apart from the opening intro, that's about all we are provided with in relation to the build-up so far. I'm aware that a lot of people hate having to escort a girl around. But what's the whole point of having a game if there is nobody to secure? I'd just like to comment, that if you're as deaf as I am, you'd like having the option of subtitles as well, as the tacky voice acting is hard to make out at times.

The Bottom Line

It's very long. Like 20 hours long. But if you're a pro, half that, and you have yourself 10 to 12 hours of pure action. With loads of weapons to buy and upgrade, this will keep even the veteran zombie slayer happy.