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Picking up six years after Resident Evil 2, the fourth game in the series follows a former cop (now US agent), Leon S. Kennedy, to Europe on a top-secret mission to investigate the disappearance of the president's daughter Ashley. As Leon encounters unimaginable horrors, he must find out who or what is behind everything. Old friends...and enemies...lurk around every corner as Leon attempts to find out who is truly behind the kidnapping of the president's daughter.

Resident Evil 4 is a major change from the previous installments. Instead of a fixed third-person perspective, the game features a new "behind the back" movement camera angle and an "over the shoulder" aiming feature that allows players to control their gun movement for specific body part hits. It features a brand new AI system and more open environments that allow enemies to work together to capture and corner Leon. Enemies are now humans, which allows them to climb up ladders, open doors, and use weapons throughout the game.

The entire item system has also been revamped, so that smaller items no longer require an entire item space to hold. Instead, items take up blocks of space in a briefcase according to their real-life size, to allow for many more items and weapons. Leon can collect treasure from enemies or from the surrounding area, and visit the infamous "merchant" to purchase bigger briefcases, treasure maps, weapons upgrades, and powerful weapons such as the one-shot RPG.

There is also the Mercenaries mode from Resident Evil 3, which allows the player to play survival scenarios as characters such as Hunk and even Albert Wesker himself.

Unlike the original GameCube release, later released platforms come with a bonus story mode called Separate Ways which becomes unlocked after finishing the main game. This story lets you play as Ada Wong and occurs in parallel to the main story, showing you what Ada did, who she contacted, and where she's been when she wasn't with Leon. While most of the locations and weapons are the same, there are some entirely new levels and Ada's personal gadgets not previously seen in the main story.


Resident Evil 4 PlayStation 4 Chapters in Separate Ways story have single goal with a predefined map piece from the base game and occasional new areas accessible
Resident Evil 4 Windows The merchant
Resident Evil 4 PlayStation 2 Wesker appears only as Ada's contact throughout Separate Ways scenario
Resident Evil 4 PlayStation 2 Main Title/Main Menu

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "生化危机4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "惡靈古堡4" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition" -- Wii title
  • "RE4" -- Abbreviated title
  • "Biohazard 4" -- Japanese title
  • "바이오하자드 4" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

Resident Evil 4, first playthrough review Xbox 360 Pagen HD (156)
The King and Queen of Survival Horror! PlayStation 2 MrBee (29)
The best Resident Evil game yet. PlayStation 2 Satsyrc (7)
Buy.This.Now PlayStation 2 You.Wont.Get.Out.Alive (3)
The game that changed Resident Evil forever. PlayStation 2 Melvin Raeynes (26)
A fantastic opening scene to a worthless game. PlayStation 2 kbmb (435)
Not your typical Resident Evil game! PlayStation 2 David Bryan (25)
Strays Way Too Far From The Original Thesis Of Resident Evil. PlayStation 2 TwoDividedByZero (149)

Critic Reviews

Computer Games Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2005 A 100
GamingExcellence Wii Aug 08, 2007 9.6 out of 10 96
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jan 20, 2006 9.4 out of 10 94
UOL Jogos Wii Jun 28, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 (GAF) Wii Jul 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
AceGamez Wii 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameDaily Wii Jun 22, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Wii Jul 24, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Australia Windows Mar 12, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Jive Magazine PlayStation 2 Aug 07, 2007 4 out of 5 80


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1001 Video Games

Resident Evil 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Nuby Tech designed a unique controller for the game in the form of a yellow chainsaw with gory blood marks. It comes with a built-in sound chip, imitating the roar.

Japanese version

In the US version, if Leon is attacked by one of the chainsaw-wielding villagers, his head is chopped off (graphically). However, in the Japanese version, when a villager attacks Leon with the chainsaw, it cuts off part of Leon's face, exposing half of the front of Leon's skull. It graphically shows Leon's right eye still intact as well, surrounded by blood. While this is more detailed and gory than the US version, the US version is more realistic in terms of anatomical "surgery". Additionally there are no exploding heads after heads shots and the physics of Ashley's breasts were removed.


For the Windows version, the background of the game's main menu crawls slowly. Pressing left or right on the analog stick controlling the camera causes the background to scroll faster in a panorama like fashion in the direction of the stick.


According to publisher Capcom, the PS2 version of Resident Evil 4 has sold 2.3 million copies worldwide since its initial release, with another 2 million sold of the Wii Edition and another 1.3 million sold of the Xbox One and PS4 versions (as of September 30, 2018). That's a total of 5.6 million copies sold for all versions of the game.

Version differences

The releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have updated graphics.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #2 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #3 Wii Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2006 - PlayStation Game of the Year (The Official PlayStation Magazine)
Information also contributed by glidefan and MegaMegaMan

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