Resident Evil 4 Reviews (GameCube)
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|Acting||The quality of the voice or video acting.||3.9|
|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||4.1|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.4|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.5|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||4.3|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||4.2|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC.||4.0|
|Overall User Score (134 votes)||4.2|
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PC Action (Germany) (Feb, 2005)
Gibt es das perfekte Spiel? Wohl kaum, doch es gibt Titel, die sind verdammt nahe dran - aber die sind auch verdammt selten. Capcoms Resident Evil 4 ist eine dieser raren Perlen. Perfekt inszeniert, erleben Sie hier den Albtraum des Geheimagenten Leon Kennedy. Der soll die entführte Tochter des US-Präsidenten befreien. Die Kleine wurde das letzte Mal in einer entlegenen Region Spaniens lebend erblickt. Kaum trifft Leon dort ein, bricht schon die Hölle los. Die gesamte Landbevölkerung scheint nur ein Ziel zu haben: den Tod des US-amerikanischen Eindringlings. Schon bald schnallt Leon, dass weit mehr hinter der Entführung steckt, als ursprünglich angenommen. Resident Evil 4 bietet knapp 20 Stunden Nonstop-Action aus der Verfolger-Perspektive und erzeugt Panik-Attacken im Minuten-Takt. Ein unglaublich geniales Monster-Design, tonnenweise Waffen, Bosskämpfe von einem anderen Stern und fesselnde Mini-Games warten. Allein dieses Meisterwerk lohnt bereits die Anschaffung eines Gamecube.
Officiel Nintendo Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Alternativement flippant et stressant, RE4 va vous mettre sous pression et vous fera vivre l'une des expériences les plus intenses du GameCube.
Nintendo Life (Sep 28, 2006)
I said Resident Evil 4 is the best game on the Gamecube, and I’ll be honest, that’s not totally true. Resident Evil 4 is more than that. It’s the best game of this generation, across all three major formats and will take some beating well into the next one too. After all the glamour and graphics are taken away, one thing remains - games are supposed to be fun, and this one offers more fun than any other.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 15, 2005)
Med Resident Evil 4 är skräckgenren pånyttfödd. Capcom bjuder på en 25 timmar lång, underbar upplevelse olik någon annan. Äger du en Gamecube så är det här ett måste och om du inte äger en Gamecube så är Resident Evil 4 det absolut bästa skälet att skaffa en.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 10, 2005)
A testament to RE4's greatness is how many memorable moments are packed into this single game, including a battle with a giant "troll" monster, a wild encounter on a ski lift, a crazy mine cart ride, and a row-boat sequence as thrilling as the movie Jaws. It should be noted that the game is definitely intended for mature audiences, due to excessive violence and gore, along with use of the "S" word. Although it never takes itself too seriously, there are some genuinely intense moments and gruesome images. Resident Evil 4 is one for the ages. The bar for survival horror has now been set very, very high.
Binary Joy (Feb 18, 2008)
There wasn’t anything I disliked about the game, it’s totally brilliant all the way through, the pacing, the enviroments, the firepower etc. The game does throw you in at the deep end though: you start off outside a village and when you enter it all the villagers suddenly attack you and all you have is a pistol! Luckily one of the houses has a shotgun (if you can find it). The problem is that the enemies keep on coming - they are relentless! Luckily you can barricade windows, go upstairs, jump off the roof etc. The game has a lot of freedom. Eventually after you are just about dead, they all go away and you breathe a huge sigh of relief. It was a cool way to start the game; they didn’t slowly train you up on easy enemies, you just had to deal with it and survive. Later in the game there are much worse (and cooler) situations…
EL33TONLINE (Sep 20, 2006)
Game of the generation? That’s hard to say, but if we were to choose ten games of the generation, this would definitely be in there.
The Next Level (USA) (Mar 22, 2005)
If there were one word to describe why Resident Evil 4 should take precedence over any other game right now, it would be "atmosphere." This game oozes it. It drips from every beautifully envisioned sign, or shanty, or windmill. It is visible in the crows that circle overhead and in the silence that is so abruptly unnerving that it forces you to become a part of the game. If Resident Evil brought survival horror to the masses, then this outing redefines it. It evolves the genre to such a degree that going back isn’t even an option.
Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Gorgeous to look at, a dream to control, and filled with some of the most exciting moments you've experienced in a game, Resident Evil 4 is stellar on every level. It goes without saying that it's the best in the series, the best survival horror game yet, and simply one of the best games ever made.
Game Vortex (Feb 12, 2005)
I could go on and on about the nuances of this new interpretation of the RE series, but the simple fact of the matter is this – it’s new and fresh and different from any Resident Evil you’ve ever played before. Lovers of action, survival horror, and even RPGs can get behind this game. I played it through to the end without stopping and was truly sad when the experience was over. Buy this game and you will not be disappointed. The 100% score speaks for itself.
Cheat Code Central (Aug 23, 2005)
If you're a traditionalist looking for more of the same in Resident Evil 4, you might be a little bit disappointed. For the rest of the progressive gamers out there that want some expansion with their franchise, Resident Evil 4 delivers a fresh and frightening perspective on the survival horror genre. Capcom has outdone itself with this one.
GamesFirst! (Jan 24, 2005)
Simply put, Resident Evil 4 will blow you away. Hardcore fans may be disappointed that it puts more emphasis on action than puzzles and has a shaky tie to the rest of the series, but have faith. This game has been better than anyone could have expected. Great graphics, fantastic sound, and gameplay to die for, there very few reasons why you wouldn't want to pick this one up. If you are a gamer who wants a really, really good game with a healthy 20+ hours of playtime, RE4 is for you.
videogamer.com (Mar 18, 2005)
Please bear with me because this is a special moment, a minor milestone if you will, the first time I have ever approached a review with the solid and unwavering intention of awarding it that hallowed 10. It's a tricky number, a thorny one. For many it stands for perfection; while others just see it as 'the best that we can expect right now', perhaps even more confusing is that both these views are correct. It's the 10s that will be remembered, which lead to that defining moment when the reader either concludes you and he just don't think alike, or is moved to cement the bond because you are exactly on his wavelength.
Jive Magazine (Jan 31, 2005)
These extras add a wonderful amount of replayability to a game that is so good that you'll want to play it multiple times anyway. After all this rambling, there should be only one thing on your mind: Resident Evil 4. There is no reason not to play this game right now. Capcom has done an incredible job with this game, and it has surpassed even the greatest hype going for it. Pick it up for your GameCube, and if you don't have a GameCube, this game is more than worth the purchase price. Even at the full price of $50, this game is a steal. I would gladly pay double for it, and once you play the game, you'll understand why. A must buy for anybody who is anybody.
Gameplanet (Jun 12, 2005)
With unlockable items available, which include two mini-games, new weapons, new difficulties, and a plethora of collectable figurines the game has uber-replayability. You will play this more than once, you will show it to everyone who visits, and if all that isn't enough, it comes in a Collector's Edition box with the making of and a couple of other RE videos on it. Buy it! Buy it now.
GameCell UK (Jul 15, 2005)
So overall not only is it one of the best Gamecube games around it’s also one of the best games on any format, just amazing in every department. There are also things to unlock to add extra longevity to an already long game (by Resi standards) and a lot of enemies to kill along the way (my total was over 900!). You’ll also bump into a few familiar characters. Go buy it.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Jan 26, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is quite possibly the best GameCube game to date, and is definitely the best Resident Evil to date. I'd say that Resident Evil 4 alone is worth owning a GameCube for if you don't already have one. It's that good, folks. It is "teh r0xx0r." It rules. And it consumes me so much, that I did a 12+ hour playing spree on it in one night. And fans of Resident Evil will probably do the same.
1UP (Jan 10, 2005)
It's funny -- despite taking over 20 hours to complete, it felt like we spent a lot less time than that to make it through the game. We played through in roughly four, five-to-six hour chunks, and each one went by so quickly that it seemed like we played about three hours each time. Resident Evil 4 is the best GameCube game we've seen in a long while, and it's great to see Capcom back on top of its game.
Nintendo Spin (Jan 21, 2005)
It's certainly been a long time coming. But uphill battle though the development was, the game has only come out stronger as a result. Capcom has climbed that mountain. They have fixed this series. They have successfully brought a game that can, and should, make Resident Evil relevant again, and mainstream again. It blew me away, and it will do the same for you. I implore you to purchase this game. It deserves every penny of the $50 admittance fee.
VG Blogger (Jan 19, 2005)
I can safely say that Resident Evil 4 is the best Resident Evil ever, the best GameCube game ever, and possibly the best action game I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. With that many bests, obviously I recommend this game wholeheartedly to anyone with a Cube, and to those who don’t I say go buy one now even if this is the only game you ever get. It’s either that or wait until the end of the year for the PlayStation 2 version. Resident Evil 4 completely revolutionizes the survival horror genre just as the original classic did long ago, and it does so in an overwhelming fashion. My only question to Capcom now is what in the hell took so damn long!
GotNext (Jan 22, 2005)
If there were one word to describe why Resident Evil 4 should take precedence over any other game right now, it would be "atmosphere." This game oozes it. It drips from every beautifully envisioned sign, or shanty, or windmill. It is visible in the crows that circle overhead and in the silence that is so abruptly unnerving that it forces you to become a part of the game.
NintendoWorldReport (Jan 26, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is perfect in many ways, and the few flaws that are present are cancelled out by the overall brilliance of the total package. It's got lots of cool elements from old RE games which fans of the series will get a kick out of, but it's plenty accessible to first-timers as well. Anyone looking for a good action title would be a fool not to own this game. Don't wait for an inferior version to come to the PS2 at the end of the year. This game will sell GameCubes, and if you already have one, you should go out and get Resident Evil 4. Right now.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Jan 26, 2005)
Surprisingly the actual game isnât the only thing to witness massive changes, as Resident Evil 4 actually features half-decent voice acting for a change; sure there are moments that are classic Resident Evil, but in general both the script and dialogue are of a sufficiently high standard to completely embroil you into the experience. The same can be said for every aspect of Resident Evil 4 presentation; sound effects pack a meaty punch, whilst the subdued music kicks in during intense scenes to really ramp up the excitement.
GamesRadar (Jan 04, 2007)
It seems Capcom is quite taken with this new gameplay style, as it's designed an entire separate game around it. The Mercenaries mode puts Leon and other figureheads from RE4 inside an arcade-style gore fest where the only goal is killing armies of the blood-soaked villagers and their cloaked friends. Simply put, Resident Evil 4 is the tightest, most accessible game in the series and one of the best games out there.
Into Liquid Sky (Mar 02, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is a triumph of epic proportions that is sure to go down in history as one of the greatest game sequels ever made. High production value is the backbone supporting this richly engrossing gaming experience. Despite the games drastic changes it remains a must buy for fans the series and newcomers alike. Akin to what Metroid Prime did for the Metroid series, Resident Evil 4 retains the soul of the beloved series it has evolved… evil has evolved.
EmpireOnline.com (Mar 18, 2005)
The graphics throughout are breathtaking — from naturalistic forests to the disturbing, Lovecraftian creatures that are sure to live with you long after you’ve switched off your console — and the twisting story will have you hooked until the end credits roll.
AceGamez (Apr 08, 2005)
The chances are that the first thing you did upon loading up this review was to take a gander at the scores I've bestowed upon Capcom's lastest instalment, in a genre they arguably created. A perfect score all around? Surely it can't be - this title isn't even online! Can it possibly be this amazing? The answer is a very resounding YES!
GamerDad (Jun 27, 2007)
If your kids watch horror movies without flinching there's no reason to avoid this game. It's an excellent horror story that casts your child as the hero of the story. He, despite his ludicrous haircut and boyband bangs, must rescue the President's daughter from evil Spanish cultists and much, much, worse. Winning is rewarded with new paths, new weapons, and new characters to play. Expect human seeming (but slow and zombie-like) cultists, evil priests, but surprisingly little occult content (the monstrosities aren't really science or religion inspired) also expect a really scary good time and an exhilerating adventure.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Apr 01, 2006)
Long story short, if you were a skeptic, a naysayer or just a downright hater of Resident Evil, take my word when I say: Give it another shot. I was where you were just one week ago. I wasn't planning on spending a single moment with Resident Evil 4, but it took that same amount of time to get me hooked. Though the full game can take around 20 hours, and even longer with multiple playthroughs complete with unlockables, if you're still skeptical, give it a rental. I have a feeling your late fees will be tremendous.
Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
The walking dead have incoherently moaned, clumsily shuffled their feet, and affectionately given us crater-sized hickeys in every Resident Evil game to date. The animated corpses that put this series on the map and redefined video game horror as a whole are now buried six feet under the soil at Capcom’s Production Studio 4. It may be difficult to envision a Resident Evil game without flesh-eating zombies, but Capcom is showing us that there are far more terrifying things that go bump in the night. Nothing can truly prepare you for the unspeakable horrors that will hunt you until your last breath is given. It’s been a long time coming, but Resident Evil is back, and it is better and bloodier than ever before.
RewiredMind (Sep 12, 2005)
What’s to say’ This text has only really touched upon the core-dynamics of the game. Its been written that way to avoid spoiler territory, so that the player can reap the benefits of this awesome title. The genre started with Resident Evil. It ends with Resident Evil. Its only the start of 2005, but it’s going to have to take something mighty special to wrestle the probable forthcoming Game Of The Year accolade from Resident Evil 4. Best game on the GameCube’ Definitely. In fact, if there was ever a game that required the purchase of it’s native console just to play it, then this is it.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Mar 16, 2005)
Turn off the lights, switch on the surround sound and prepare for an experience that won't be matched again for a long time. Game of the year? Well it's too early to call that, E3 is only weeks away now and 2005 still has a lot to bring, but it's certainly the best game so far this generation.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 11, 2005)
This isn’t your older brother’s Resident Evil. Heck, this isn’t your Resident Evil. This is, finally, the Resident Evil for everyone. Creepy, unnerving, intense, and downright fun, it proves that old dogs can learn new tricks. With a bevy of unlockables and a single-player freak-out well worth playing twice, there is much bang in this macabre buck. Drop 50 bones on this sucker even if you don’t have a GameCube -- if only to say you were smart enough to buy one of the best games of this generation.
Stuff Magazine / stuff.tv (Jan 11, 2005)
The president's daughter (she's cuter than the Bush twins combined) has been kidnapped by a cult, and it's your job as government agent Leon Kennedy to travel to a lost-in-time European village and fetch her. Find-the-piano-scroll-type puzzles are kept to a minimum in this installment, while the ass-kicking has been maximized, thanks to an overhauled control scheme that let's Leon move like a normal human being instead of a Sherman tank in need of a lube job. Within minutes after the game loads, possessed villagers wielding pitchforks and chainsaws are bearing down on you. And just when you think the situation can't possibly get any worse, it always does. (Wait until you meet a cuddly creature later in the game known as "the Regenerator.") Call us crazy, but this is the first Resident Evil game that's so damn good we're actually thinking about taking a second tour of duty and reopening our zombie barbershop. Because zombies need haircuts, too.
PGNx Media (Jan 14, 2005)
In case you skipped through the past 1,600+ words above this paragraph, Resident Evil 4 is the epitome of the perfect video game. It contains several refinements to what was already a great gameplay formula, along with mesmerizing graphics, truly immersive sound, and an engaging and eye-catching story. Folks, if you were looking for not only the best survival/horror game ever made, and not only what is arguably the best game to ever grace the Gamecube platform, but one of the best action/adventure games of this current era of video games, your search is now over.
GMR (Jan 10, 2005)
Of course, not everything is perfect. RE4 suffers from the KOTOR effect in that every basic villager pack is made up of the same five models (although other enemies vary greatly), and the plot begins to drag after about, oh, the 15th hour, especially when some fool is documenting everything, leaving his notes out in plain sight for Leon to find. The level design occasionally resembles a NASCAR track, and it would have been nice if Leon had a strafe function. But these are minor nitpicks; RE4 is still magnificent. It's a terrific, if tardy, showcase for the GameCube, and it's every bit as worthy as the Halos, the GTAs, and the MGSes of this generation. This is a stunning return to form.
GameSpy (Jan 06, 2005)
The recent holiday season saw the release of an incredible amount of AAA releases that would keep any gamer busy for months. And yet, I have a feeling some of those games will remain unplayed while I make my way through Resident Evil 4 a second time. It's only been a few weeks since we revealed our awards for the best games of 2004. It's strange, then, that such an amazing release would hit so early in the year. That said, you can bet Resident Evil 4 will be on the brain when the time comes to call out the greatest titles of 2005. Put aside your prejudices and give it a try, even if the series hasn't tickled you in the past. The franchise has been given a rebirth and you won't believe the results. Trust me.
Véritable renaissance de la saga, Resident Evil 4 est un des meilleurs titres parus à ce jour sur GameCube et même sur consoles ! Bénéficiant des avancées techniques du GC pour proposer un gameplay tout nouveau, certes davantage tourné vers l'action, un concept enrichi et une histoire pleine de rebondissements, RE 4 impose et se classe comme un incontournable du genre !
GamersMark (Jan 18, 2005)
The great thing about Resident Evil 4 is that it doesn’t give me the same feeling those games did. Not only has it impressed me but it has left me floored. I will go as far as to say that I believe that Resident Evil 4 is the best action game I’ve played to the date, in the same league as the great Ninja Gaiden and a handful of other notables. However, I do believe that there are a number of improvements that could’ve been made to the game to make it even better. In particular, I would’ve loved if the game’s puzzles were as difficult as those featured in previous Resident Evil games. Although, it’s possible that if Capcom were to include more challenging puzzles in a sequel to RE4 that many of the new fans they’ve gained with this game may feel a bit alienated when playing the sequel. Unfortunately, that is a risk Capcom may have to take in order to create, in my personal opinion, a better game.
Next Level Gaming (Sep 16, 2007)
Capcom has truly turned around an already kick ass franchise and made is 200% better. I was really looking forward to this game, and it exceeded my expectations. If this game came out in December it clearly would have been my 2004 console game of the year, yes beating out Halo 2 and San Andreas. But it slipped into 2005, and I will not forget this game come the end of 2005. Resident Evil 4 is a game to have whether you have a GameCube or not (go buy one just for this game!). All I can say is truly amazing. Bravo to Capcom and the developers of Resident Evil 4. I am drooling for Resident Evil 5 now. I am sure it is going to hit the Next-Gen consoles. But for now you must play this game. Resident Evil 4 is one of a kind. It is not by far my favorite game in months (even years). Resident Evil 4 is A MUST HAVE!
IC-Games (Mar 26, 2005)
It took a long time before the series repeated the brilliance of the original title but Capcom have done it, and done it with style. Resident Evil has reclaimed the throne from not only the survival horror genre but it's possibly even become ‘the’ quintessential Gamecube game in the process. Totally flawless on the Cube, this is one game you simply can’t miss out on.
Nintendojo (Jan 11, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 will change the way you look at games. Never found a reason to get into the Resident Evil series or the survival-horror genre? Need a reason to buy a GameCube? Don’t know what this whole video game “craze” is all about? This is it. More than a game, it’s an experience that cannot be missed. This is the masterpiece that is Resident Evil 4.
Lawrence (Jan 19, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is a triumph of epic proportions. That should mean a ton coming from someone who was never a fan of the series. It will surely resurrect not only Resident Evil games but the entire survival-horror genre. With amazing and satisfying gameplay matched with unrivaled presentation, it’s sure to go down as one of the best games ever made.
DarkZero (Oct 03, 2005)
This game is one of the best ever, and should be played by everyone, unless you’re five and will probably need a couple of pairs of underwear. It is a good reason for people without Gamecube’s to buy one, but whatever you do don’t miss out on this amazing experience.
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 10, 2005)
So how does Resident Evil 4 hold up against other survivor horror games? Like I said, Resident Evil 4 is the best survivor horror game ever made. It’s also one of the best action games I’ve played in a very long time. If you’re a GameCube owner there’s no excuse for not picking up this game.
Kombo.com (Jan 14, 2005)
I could probably go on and on forever, but I’ll stop here. Resident Evil 4 is not just great. It’s not just exceptional. Hell, it’s not just absolutely terrific. It’s a living showpiece for the Nintendo GameCube that is a must-own for anybody brave enough to play it.
Game Chronicles (Feb 01, 2005)
This game will immerse you so deep and frighten you so bad that you’re sure to scream like a little girl. It’s extremely entertaining, fun to play, and one of the best games ever made. It features an exceptional story, amazing graphics, frighteningly good audio, creative gameplay, and an incredible atmosphere that you won’t experience in any other game. To me this game is something special and (as Tom Cruise would say in his movie Jerry McGuire) “It completes me.”
Worth Playing (Feb 01, 2005)
Resident Evil has been redefined. In fact, survival horror, the genre that Capcom created with the inception of the original Resident Evil, has been redefined. With each installment, the series was beginning to get lost in a shuffle of survival horror games. Tecmo's Fatal Frame and Konami's demented Silent Hill series seemed to take the wheel, as they pushed the genre in new directions, while RE stuck with basically the same safe formula, acquiring small upgrades from game to game. Now we have Resident Evil 4, a game that represents a massive paradigm shift for the genre, and is a must-play for both series loyalists and survival horror newcomers.
IGN (Jan 07, 2005)
Six years after the events in Resident Evil 2, the Umbrella Company is ruined. When the T-Virus was unleashed in Raccoon City, the US government nuked the location and then ended all relationships with Umbrella. Before too long, the corporation's stock price dropped and it retreated into obscurity. In the same time, hero Leon S. Kennedy began a career with the government, eventually becoming a highly trained agent. Resident Evil 4 begins as Kennedy is dispatched on a top-secret mission to find and safely return the President's kidnapped daughter from a remote location in Europe.
NGC Magazine (Mar, 2005)
A phenomenally high standard for survival horror - it's an intesely satisfying game of quite astounding quality.
64 Power / big.N / N Games (Mar, 2005)
Man könnte noch eine ganze Menge über Resident Evil 4 schreiben. Kann man aber auch sein lassen, denn letztendlich ist Resident Evil 4 ein Titel, bei dem - so abgedroschen es klingt - Worte einfach nicht mehr ausreichen und der nur durch das eigene Spielerlebnis erfasst werden kann. Und um eure letzte Frage zu beantworten :Ja, dieses Spiel hat das Zeug zum Systemseller. Hoffentlich wird es auch einer, es hat‘s verdient! Das beste Ding seit Metroid Prime. Mindestens!
Retroage (Nov 11, 2009)
Dla tego tytułu warto kupić Gacka, żeby zobaczyć co można z niego wycisnąć. Od siebie mogę dodać, że z całą pewnością jest to jedna z topowych pozycji, w jakie przyszło mi zagrać w trakcie mojej długiej przygody z grami. W związku z tym polecam Resident Evil 4 wszystkim graczom. Dzięki niej przeżyjecie niesamowitą przygodę i nie będziecie nudzić się nawet przez chwilę.
Netjak (Jan 28, 2005)
This game has officially spoiled me. Literally everything about Resident Evil 4 is oozing with style and meticulous attention to detail. For the amount of things Capcom changed about the series, they hit the mark on a remarkable number of them. You can tell when you play a videogame if the project meant a lot to the developers working on it. If this is their baby it shows in the final product and really does make the game much more enjoyable, both in terms of being able to see how much work went into it and seeing how successful they were in making it a reality. Beyond Good and Evil was somebody's baby. Ikaruga was somebody's baby. Resident Evil 4 is very clearly Capcom's baby. It doesn't matter if you aren't a fan of the RE series. It doesn't matter if you aren't a fan of the genre. This game truly is something special. You're foolish if you pass up even just trying the game out. Resident Evil 4 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close.
Wham! gaming (Jan 14, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is the highest rated game in the short existence of WHAM! Gaming. It’s not perfect, but it's as close as this reviewer has seen it in the last 2 years. If you don’t own a Gamecube, you owe it to yourself to think long and hard about purchasing one to play the best survival horror game ever made.
Game Freaks 365 (Jan 18, 2005)
Much like Eternal Darkness, the game that I refer as the best survival horror game, Resident Evil 4has been in development for years, delayed time and again. The last Resident Evil on GCN, Resident Evil 0, was planned for the Nintendo 64, but scrapped and brought over to GCN, just as Eternal Darkness was. Resident Evil 4 hopes to take the series in a frightfully new direction. Does the new formula work?
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Mar 18, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 displays such extreme mastery of the videogame medium that it deserves far more than any review could give it, which essentially makes the thousands of sycophantic words we've just battered out redundant. So, we'll finish with the review we thought about running: Resident Evil 4. The perfect videogame? Pretty bloody close.
Meristation (Mar 16, 2005)
Leon Kennedy viaja a España con el fin de encontrar a la hija del presidente, raptada por un misterioso culto religioso. Durante su misión tendrá que hacer frente a aldeanos enfurecidos, monjes y engendros biológicos. Resident Evil cobra una nueva dimensión en uno de los mejores juegos de los últimos años.
GameZone (Jan 17, 2005)
The biggest news of all came when Capcom released the first screenshots, revealing the evolutionary change that the series' creator had promised: new gameplay. GameCube-powered backgrounds replace the pre-rendered sets of the old games. Since the camera is no longer restricted, the developers decides to move it behind the character (in this case Leon Kennedy), creating an eerie, through-the-eyes-of-the-character experience. This isn't a first-person shooter (which I'm extremely thankful for), but you can aim and shoot wherever you please. Precise headshots? You got 'em!
Mygamer.com (Jan 12, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is perhaps the best sign that developers are in fact listening to what we players are saying. It fixes almost every complaint anyone has ever had about the franchise and in the process manages to create one of the greatest games of this generation, and possibly all time. If you're a Resident Evil fan, you'll love this game. If you're not a fan, chances are you'll still love this game. If you just like games in general, I am willing to bet you will still love this game! Capcom has created an experience not unlike an excellent film – except this time you're living the experience through the eyes of Leon S. Kennedy. This is the type of game that can, and probably will, sell systems. Resident Evil is once again the king of survival horror. Welcome back.
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (Nov 11, 2005)
No hace falta extenderse mucho en este apartado. Sencillamente nos encontramos ante uno de los mejores juegos de Gamecube -y Playstation 2, después de su reciente salida- y de la generación. Un apartado técnico de lujo y una jugabilidad frenética y adictiva son las mayores bazas de Resident Evil 4, que consigue darle a la saga un giro que muchos detractores estaban esperando, aunque se aleja un poco de las bases de la misma y por tanto de los fans más acérrimos y puristas. Aún así, se trata de un juego muy recomendable para todo el mundo y que debes probar si no te molestan un argumento algo pobre, un desarrollo un poco monótono y la ausencia de exploración y partes pausadas. Bueno, y si te molestan también.
GameSpot (Jan 10, 2005)
Since its debut on the PlayStation in 1996, the genre-defining Resident Evil series has had its ups and downs, though it's always remained at the forefront of survival horror games. Yet it's not enough to call Resident Evil 4 one of the high points of the series, because this is probably the single greatest horror-themed action game ever created. Resident Evil 4 is an amazing achievement in a variety of ways, especially in how its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works so well with its relentlessly exciting, white-knuckle action, all of which is wrapped up in a decidedly lengthy adventure chock-full of hidden secrets and bonus extras.
GamesCollection (Aug 28, 2008)
Capcom ha sfornato una killer application che ha avuto un lungo periodo di gestazione, ma che è stata capace di rivoluzionare un genere morto e sepolto. Ma trattandosi di zombie, si sa, possono tornare in vita quando meno te lo aspetti...
Nintendo Difference (Jan 18, 2005)
Capcom nous délivre là une œuvre pure et parfaite ou la magie graphique opère avec un réalisme impressionnant. Jamais nous n’avions eu autant de sueurs froides. Le jeu est non seulement passionnant mais il arrive également à innover sans dénaturer la série en conciliant fans et détracteurs de l’ancienne série. Un jeu d’anthologie qui aura su nous marquer et qui laissera le souvenir d’une réussite implacable et inoubliable !
GameLemon (Feb 01, 2006)
You don't need to be a Resident Evil fan to like this game. Hell, if you hated the older Resident Evils, I still think you will like this game. It's just so fun and, really (aside from some herb combining and the cheesy storyline), it doesn't feel like a Resident Evil. It's fast, it controls well, you aren't technically fighting zombies, and the Umbrella corporation (the antagonists for EVERY RE game till now) isn't even behind it all!
Gaming Target (Jan 18, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is the best Resident Evil game ever made, and among the best titles on the Gamecube. The only reason a Gamecube owner shouldn’t get this game is if they are underage or are squeamish. If you didn’t like a previous RE, cast your doubts aside and get RE4. If you like RE, you should immediately try RE4. Resident Evil 4 is unquestionably one of the best gaming experiences on the Gamecube.
Gamer Within (Aug 01, 2005)
Everyone knew Resident Evil 4 would be good. But no one expected it to end up this good. The differences from the other games in the series make this one shine above the rest. Konami must have taken Capcom’s hint as well – Silent Hill 5 will do away with the cinematic camera angles and go for an entirely first-person view (at least according to the series’ producer). Change is good, people. Resident Evil 4 has changed the series, and now I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play another old-school Resident Evil again without feeling immense disappointment (Outbreak 2, I’m looking at you).
Deeko (Jan 20, 2005)
I remember falling in love with the first game, but finding that my love slowly ebbed away with each subsequent sequel. Resident Evil 4, however, has rekindled that desire, reignited the passion and fervor for the genre and is a fantastic example, to me, of what the future of survival horror will look like. While there are a few minor issues to be found within the game, the overall whole is practically perfect and well thought out. It is apparent to me that this was a project that was loved from the moment it was dreamt up and that sense of caring simply shines through like a beacon in the darkness. If you pick up one Gamecube game this year (and the year is young), this game should be the one. It really is that good. I'd easily call it a candidate for game of the year, even if it's still January!
GameBump/Gaming Horizon (Jan 25, 2005)
Resident Evil games will never go back to the old format. There’s simply no way Capcom would ever make us suffer through that after a taste of this game. Everything – absolutely everything - works better in this game than in any RE title before. The end result is a game that is a total blast to play through. If you’ve been burned by the dated RE formula in the past, I’d tell you that you owe it to yourself to rent it… but then you’d be irate because you wasted six bucks only to spend another $50 so you can own it. Resident Evil 4 is a masterpiece; the entire survival horror genre has just been redefined.
Video Games Daily (Mar 30, 2005)
This is without a doubt the best survival horror game we've ever played. An absolutely an amazing achievement that innovates and redefines not only the series but its genre, in so many ways. The eerie atmosphere and creepy settings, inhabited by intelligent yet relentless enemies, helps maintain the game's high level of tension from beginning to end - making for an experience players won't soon forget. Every thing about RE4 rocks, from the awesome graphics, sound, to the stellar gameplay and bonus extras. If you haven't experienced Resident Evil 4 yet, you should be ashamed.
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 17, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 est une oeuvre fragile qu'il convient de manier avec une extrême précaution. Joyau intarissable ne cessant de dévoiler des surprises toujours plus incroyables aux joueurs, le titre de Capcom est un hommage au plaisir vidéoludique né d'un graphisme et d'un gameplay frôlant la perfection. Tout contribue à ce que vous ne passiez pas à côté de ce jeu, qui non content d'apporter un vent de fraîcheur sur la série réussit son pari d'innover en conservant une certaine logique tournée vers l'action. Un monument d'intensité et de plaisir continu, rendons grâce à Mikami Shinji...
Gamezine (Jan 15, 2005)
Jamais le mot « survie » n’avait autant pris tout son sens dans un jeu ! Resident Evil 4 est un véritable choc et donne enfin un coup de jeunesse à une série qui en manquait sérieusement. Ce titre fait très mal et sur tous les points, et même la durée de vie est bonne, à tel point qu’on a droit au plus long épisode de la saga. Moi-même j’en doutais au début, pensant avoir affaire à un simple jeu bourrin, mais non. Le renouveau de la série est bien là, et espérons que Capcom ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin !
N-Zone (Apr 05, 2005)
Normalerweise ist es etwas irre, schon im Februar von einem "Spiel des Jahres" zu reden. Aber was ist an Resident Evil 4 schon normal? Grafik und Sound sind so außergewöhnlich, dass ich verwundert meinen GameCube abklopfe: "Wow, Kleiner, was du so alles draufhast ..." Dass ich noch um halb drei in der Nacht adrenalingesättigt und wild fluchend ganze Schrotflintenladungen in irre Kultisten pumpe, liegt letztendlich am fantastischen Gameplay. Der Spielablauf ist eine Aneinanderreihung von haarsträubenden Höhepunkten: aufwühlend, mitreißend, erfreulich abwechslungs- und umfangreich. Mit der teilweise unausgewogenen Inszenierung der Vorgänger hat das alles nicht mehr viel zu tun. Resident Evil 4 ist eine eigenständige, zeitgemäße Action-Großartigkeit, die kein ehrbarer (volljähriger) Spieler verpassen sollte.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Feb 25, 2005)
It's almost impossible for anyone to convey in words just how great this game is. It's a title that absolutely must be experienced by any decent GameCube owner. Those who do not have the console should immediately pick one up. "Resident Evil 4" will go down as one of the best games to hit store shelves from this generation of systems. It should also plant itself on multiple "greatest of all time" lists. It certainly deserves it.
Press Start Online (Oct 31, 2006)
With this generation of games consoles entering its final year or so, Resident Evil 4 will be looked upon as one of its defining moments. Its development was clearly a labour of love, with almost every element refined to a state of utter perfection. The few minor niggles that remain are so insignificant as to have no bearing whatsoever on your enjoyment, it’s that good. At the adventure’s opening, one of Leon’s companions comments ‘You are a long way from home cowboy’. Certainly, Resident Evil 4 represents the most radical departure from the series’ more familiar stomping grounds; but also represents the most highly accomplished. As a package it’s one of the most engrossing, enjoyable and downright rewarding pieces of entertainment in from any form of media. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to re-enter the world of survival horror.
Play.tm (Apr 09, 2005)
Yet all of this is knit picking in the extreme. Resident Evil 4 is one of those games that really demands the attention of all gamers, not just fans of the genre. The fact it is an excellent action horror game is secondary to the fact that it's simply a brilliant game. It's so well crafted, so brilliantly realised and so sublimely toned that anyone who enjoys good quality gaming will be both impressed and entertained. It's reason alone to own a Gamecube and reason alone to give the series another go. In my opinion it's the best in the series since the first and Capcom's finest release since Viewtiful Joe. You simply have to play it.
Fragland.net (Apr 14, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 isn't the most scary action-adventure we've ever played. On the other hand, it's one of the best action games I've tried out in a long time and maybe even the best ever! The finishing, the graphics and sound, the revolutionary changes in gameplay, the accessibility and perfectly worked out controls, the creative and surprising characters and bosses, the never-ending variation and beautiful storyline that keeps everything together. Resident Evil 4, my dear friends, is simply a must-have! If you don't have a Gamecube yet, there are two things to do now: get one and add RE4 with it. And I've got nothing else to say about this impressive game!
ActionTrip (Jan 18, 2005)
This game has some of the best atmosphere of any game I've played in recent memory. Everything really builds into playing a really good horror film. Sure, it has some cliché moments, and parts of it can come off as ridiculous at times: Like why they only sent one guy in after the president's daughter, with no backup apart from two Spanish cops who die in the first five minutes. And despite the fact he has a radio that he can use to call in help, he never does. But all this aside, you'll really love Resident Evil 4 no matter who you are. The game is simply a work of art because of all the things it does right, and most importantly, because it brings the exact kind of gameplay experience the designers strived to achieve.
Gamers.at (Mar 28, 2005)
Immer das gleiche Gameplay, wenige Neuerungen, immer die gleichen Schauplätze. Damit ist jetzt Schluss, dachte sich wohl Resident Evil Erfinder Shinji Mikami und schloss sich mit seinem Team für einige Jahre in ein stilles Kämmerlein ein um dann schließlich die Bombe platzen zu lassen: Es gibt in Resident Evil 4 keine Umbrella Corperation und keine Zombies mehr. In der Rolle von Leon S. Kennedy, dem Helden von Resident Evil 2, macht sich der Spieler auf nach Europa um die Tochter des US-Präsidenten zu retten. Ein unverzeilicher Stilbruch oder die logische Konsequenz um aus dem immer gleichen "Resident Evil Schema auszubrechen - unser Test wird es klären.
4Players.de (Mar 11, 2005)
Wollt ihr euch 24 Stunden Lebenszeit versüßen? Wollt ihr an der intensivsten Horror-Orgie der Spielegeschichte teilnehmen? Wollt ihr morbide Nonstop-Unterhaltung vom Feinsten? Dann knallt verdammt noch mal die harten Euros auf den Tisch, verdunkelt das Wohnzimmer und holt euch dieses blutige Baby! Resident Evil 4 hat mich so lange, so gut unterhalten, wie nur wenige Spiele der letzten Jahre. Obwohl Capcom nur die altbekannten Zutaten Kampf, Rätsel und Grauen mischt, entsteht aufgrund der atemberaubenden Kulisse und der dynamischen Konfrontationen ein erfrischend neues Erlebnis: alle Sinne werden befriedigt, alle Nerven gekitzelt. Der GameCube läuft zur Höchstform auf und rockt architektonisch, animationstechnisch und atmosphärisch alles weg, was ich bisher auf Konsolen gesehen habe.
Gamesmania.de (Mar 23, 2005)
Mit Teil Vier hat Capcom endlich den längst überfälligen Schritt gewagt und die Resident Evil Reihe von Grund auf saniert. Tonnenweise Action, viele neue Spielelemente, verbessertes Handling und eine bombastische Präsentation - der Titel ist einfach ein Action-Horror-Feuerwerk, dass seines Gleichen sucht. Die Verwandlung vom angestaubten Survival-Horror-Opi zum durchgestylten, actiongeladenen Survival-Horror-Höllentrip ist perfekt gelungen – schon jetzt ein absolut heißer Kandidat für das Spiel des Jahres! Fans der Serie und von Titeln wie Dino Crisis werden bestens bedient. Ein Wort der Warnung sei aber dennoch angebracht: Freunde des subtileren, ruhigeren Horrors sind bei der Silent Hill Reihe deutlich besser aufgehoben. Bei Resident Evil 4 fliegen die Zombieschädel gleich im Dutzend über den Screen. Dawn of the Dead zum Mitspielen – Kettensäge inklusive!
NZGamer (Apr 26, 2005)
I have a confession to make: I am officially a Resident Evil fan, or at least a Resident Evil 4 fan. I may not have experienced Capcom's old take on the Resident Evil series, but I can tell you their new take is a beautiful thing to behold. Deeply rooted in gun slinging action and wrapped in the most gorgeous graphics you'll ever see, Resident Evil 4 marks a feast for any gamer, no matter how unfamiliar they may be with Uncle Horror.
Game Over Online (Feb 14, 2005)
I can think of a lot of other things I'd like to see in Resident Evil 4, but you've got to look at what's actually there. Capcom's reinvented the wheel in high style, and while they've traded in their usual attempts at horror in favor of intensely creepy action, the game's better for it. This is the first great GameCube title of 2005.
Gamer 2.0 (Jan 16, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is an easy recommendation, and a worthy addition to the renowned series. Not since Silent Hill 3 and Eternal Darkness has a survival horror game offered so much polish and fascination. A few minor gameplay and story quibbles aside, gamers looking for a creepy, immersive milieu featuring some solid mechanics and gorgeous production values need look no further--Resident Evil 4's lengthy campaign delivers exactly what we were looking for.
Gaming Age (Jan 25, 2005)
If you've grown weary of survival horror games for their transparent attempts at shock, RE4 will be refreshing. If you haven't played anything in this genre for a while, RE4 will be refreshing. If you've never played a survival horror game and like action with mood, RE4 will be refreshing. If first person shooters and other action games leave too much to be desired when it comes to story, pace and atmosphere, RE4 will be refreshing. In so many ways, Resident Evil 4 is refreshing and shouldn't be missed.
Just Adventure (Mar 18, 2005)
Keeping in mind the fact that RE4 has changed a lot towards the action genre, it turned out to be more than a pleasant surprise. If you are an adventurer who does not like frantic situations and hates reflexes and trigger fingers, you will probably not like this game – play Code Veronica instead, if you want to try out a Resident Evil game. If you are a Resident Evil fan, and are very skeptic about the whole new look and feel of RE4, don’t worry and give it a try. Chances are you are going to love it! If you are after a horror game, RE4 might disappoint you in that area. If you are after a really good game, regardless the genre, RE4 is definitely for you! Had RE4 performed a little better in the scare department, and lost a few really annoying and frustrating moments, we would be talking about the best survival horror game around. Now, we are talking about a great and highly addictive action game, with a hint of adventure, which is definitely worth playing – more than once!
GamesFire (Apr 09, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 ist definitiv ein Pflichtkauf für alle Gamecube-Besitzer. Das Spiel fesselt einen regelrecht an seinen Cube und Fernseher und lässt einen so schnell nicht mehr los. Die Spielzeit ist nicht von schlechten Eltern. So gibt es einige Minigames mit den man Waffen für erneutes durchspielen freischalten kann, diese aber in der deutschen Version nicht enthalten. Die von Capcom eingebrachten Neuerungen sind mehr als gelungen und machen so aus Resident Evil 4 einen Toptitel für den Cube.
Games TM (Feb 24, 2005)
It's hard to find fault with Capcom's latest and most impressive Resident Evil, and even when you do, criticisms tend to be petty or cosmetic. (...) Ultimately, though, every one of these negatives is beaten into submission by a real rarity - an overall package of truly impeccable quality that dazzles in virtually every aspect. Trouble is, those zombies that have lost their heads yet carry on walking are much like the GameCube - how long it can headlessly amble on will depend on just how many games of this outstanding calibre come along.
Diehard GameFan (Jan 24, 2005)
It is hard to believe when you sit down and play this game how much time flies. I played this game for over an hour and it only felt like minutes. That’s how addictive this game is. Half the time I wasn’t playing the game I was thinking about playing the game.
Edge (Feb 17, 2005)
If it is an interactive movie, then, it’s an interactive B-movie, but one filled with sights, sounds and thrills that will linger in the memory long after the content of more sophisticated titles has been forgotten. It is so mesmerisingly fraught, so keen to throw things in your face with such frequency, that it can make you feel exhausted after a few hours of consistent play. Exhausted, but with a satisfied smile on your face.
JeuxActu (Mar 17, 2005)
Resident Evil 4 est fantastique, merveilleux, fabuleux, extraordinaire, splendide, tout ce que vous voulez ! Rares sont les jeux qui tiennent toutes leurs promesses, et ce bijou-là les a toutes tenues à quelques exceptions près. Si au niveau des graphismes il n'y a vraiment, mais vraiment rien à redire, il n'en va pas de même pour ce qui est du gameplay. Trop facile, feront remarquer les uns, trop bourrin se plaindront les autres, voilà ce que l'on risque d'entendre dans les semaines à venir, lorsque le jeu sera enfin disponible sur le Vieux Continent. Capcom a su recréer le genre du survival horror - genre dont il est d'ailleurs à l'origine - en injectant dans son Resident Evil 4 bon nombre de nouveautés qui donnent du peps à la série. L’ambiance sonore du jeu est excellente. Chaque grincement, chaque cri, chaque hurlement que l’on entend au loin donne des frissons. Pour une fois que le Dolby Pro Logic II sert à quelque chose, on ne va pas pleurer, non ?
Factornews (Apr 08, 2005)
Avec ce Resident Evil 4, Capcom nous prouve là que la petite console cubique de Nintendo en a encore dans le ventre, alors que tout le monde la croyait morte et enterrée. Mais surtout, la bande de Shinji Mikami nous montre qu'il ne faut pas avoir peur de remettre en question ses propres concepts. Resident Evil 4 incarne bel et bien le renouveau d'une série qui avait besoin d'un grand bol d'air frais, mais fait également figure de nouveau mètre-étalon du jeu d'action sur consoles. Il va vraiment être très difficile de faire mieux, et ce avant un bon moment. Un titre tout simplement indispensable.
Gamervision (Feb 09, 2007)
The conventional wisdom about Nintendo, beginning with NES and continuing to the GameCube, has been that there simply aren't enough games. More specifically there has never been enough third-party support for games that grown-up gamers actually want to play. Mario, Animal Crossing, and Zelda are all great, fun, classic games, but in a world dominated by Grand Theft Auto and Halo clones, there just doesn't seem to be much room in Nintendo's world for games that may hook in older and more experienced gamers. Well apparently the developers over at Capcom never got the memo from conventional wisdom, as proven by "Resident Evil 4."
PlayDevil (Jun 02, 2005)
I'll keep it very short this time. "Resident Evil 4", the latest installment in the RE series from Capcom is the 'finest horror game up to date' and will give you the creeps as long as you play it. The game is a masterpiece, a jewel and even if you were no fan of any RE, then I still would advice you to rent the game because you'll love it!
N-Europe (Mar 15, 2005)
Nature dictates that all organisms must evolve and adapt to their new environments in order to survive. The same can be said for videogames, and Capcom know this. The Resident Evil series deserves our respect for propelling survival horror into mass success, popularising the formula laid down by Alone In The Dark before it; but the franchise was getting stale. After three sequels, a prequel, a remake and various shoddy spin-offs, the name was losing its shine. Known less as a moniker for the fine design and scares of the earlier games it was fading into a joke; one known as much for its cumbersome conventions than its achievements. A change was needed to show everyone that RE could still deliver, and RE4 is by all accounts that affirmation.
Club Skill (Aug 23, 2005)
Even when you have finished the main game, the addictive mercenaries mode awaits offering you a fun high score challenge. And this mini game seems to sum up the philosophy behind the main game, reminiscent of old games with boss characters, time limits and high scores yet with the slick presentation and violence that characterises this generation of games. It isnÃt a perfect game this is for sure, it suffers from some repetition (although as stated above not as much as other games) and an awful story but these are forgivable in the light of what this game is setting out to be. As an epic action based adventure game with elements of horror this is a fantastic game and even if you arenÃt a fan of the horror genre this game is too refined and frankly majestic to miss. A masterful game that is a defining moment from this generation of consoles.
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 03, 2006)
You know what the funny thing is? I hate survival horror games. I’ve found them to be tedious and unnerving. However, there’s something about Resident Evil 4 that draws me back again and again. Maybe it’s the action-packed gameplay, the execution of the story, or even the wonderfully vivid presentation. Whatever it is, this game is something special. It places you in the shoes of a capable hero, drops you off in the middle of nowhere, and expects you to learn how to survive against impossible odds. It provides a simple but intriguing storyline, complete with a cast of great characters and memorable dialogue. While it does have a few unimaginative puzzles, the game pits you against some of the most fearsome and ugly sins against creation that the gaming world has ever seen. But above all else, Resident Evil 4 is just plain fun. You can’t go wrong with that.
Bordersdown (Jan 25, 2005)
It's easy to get swept up amongst the hype, but it's hard to deny this is arguably the survival horror genre's most significant landmark title since the original Resident Evil itself. Like the game's enemies, the series has had its insides scooped out and replaced. Such transformation is a positive sign that even inside genres that have sluggishly fallen from grace, there can be change for the better.
Boomtown (Mar 22, 2005)
In paving the way to venture into un-chartered territory Shinji Mikami has done the very same thing he did with the release of Resident Evil nine years ago – he’s taken an established formula and turned it on its head. And in doing so he’s not only created the best survival horror title yet: he’s also crafted one of the greatest gaming experiences on any platform.
Cubed3 (Jan 17, 2005)
And yes, that is our only gripe with this game. The final point we will make before the summary is on the sound. Often a hugely ignored aspect of games, you can't ignore what is on display here in RE4. The guns sound just delicious, especially the more powerful weapons, the sound of bullet on cranium is superb...and we're not even mentioning the best bits. The voice acting is also very believable, thankfully actors worth their salt have been roped in this time to give the plot some real creditability.
Game Critics (Jan 26, 2005)
Of course I limped my way through a few of the chapters, but I cut through other chapters like Gary Cooper in High Noon—pardon my crudeness—kicking ass all over the damn place. Instead of feeling constantly oppressed, instead of feeling like the game world was always imposing its will on me, instead of always feeling helpless and hopeless, there are moments in Resident Evil 4—Bruce Campbell-style "Come get some"/"Who wants to have a little?" moments—when I felt like I was imposing my will on the game world. No, Resident Evil 4 isn't perfect—the game peaks too early, becomes overly repetitious, and doesn't seem to know when to end—but these moments of bad-ass, shotgun-pumped empowerment help this franchise, which I'd given up for dead long ago, finally begin to realize its full potential.
SwankWorld (Feb 22, 2005)
I can say, without any regret whatsoever, that Resident Evil 4 is the best game in the series and a step in the right direction for the series as a whole. Any issues that were plaguing the previous installments are all forgotten and forgiven with this game. It’s got a great flow, an excellent story, characters you can actually care about, and is just plain fun to play. It all culminates in about 20+ hours of enjoyment. If you’ve condemned the series due to the stale gameplay, Resident Evil 4 will be your bouquet of flowers offering forgiveness.
AllRPG (Mar 29, 2005)
I can’t come up with anything that really puts me off about Resident Evil 4. Everything is polished and you’re always kept on your toes by interactive movie sequences. It’s involving and unique. Anyone can play it and have a good time whether you’re alone or with your buds. Everyone around it will be entertained and ready to jump when that next monster appears. This may turn out to be one of the greatest games of 2005.
GameDaily (Jan 17, 2005)
So in the end I slapped Resident Evil 4 with an impressive 4.5 score because, even though just like its predecessors it's a prisoner of its own design, it does so many things right that I couldn't sweat the small stuff. It's a highly enjoyable trek into a grotesque world whose horror yarn must be seen all the way through. Terrifying, hair-raising, and wickedly intense, Resident Evil 4, just like the first game did several years ago, has raised the bar for future games not only from Capcom but from the likes of Konami and Tecmo. You are about to enter the world of survival horror! Good luck!
Deaf Gamers (2005)
Resident Evil 4 probably deserves a 10 out of 10 rating but the lack of provision for deaf gamers prevents us from awarding the game with such a score. Despite the inadequacies in catering for deaf gamers though it's still a great game and if you're a fan of the series or of action games in general you can't help but be impressed with what Capcom have done with the series. Giving the game a D rating may seem a little harsh but it's one game where being able to hear the nearby (but out of sight) enemies is really a bonus.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jan 25, 2005)
In short, it's the biggest, by far the best looking, arguably the most enjoyable and least frustrating Resident Evil game we've played and it was worth every torturous minute to savour what will rightly become regarded as a true masterpiece of the horror genre. If you need to buy a GameCube to play it, then don't hesitate. Waiting a year for the almost certainly inferior PS2 port is not an option if you don't want to miss out on one of the games of 2005.
GamePro (US) (Apr 05, 2006)
A GameCube-exclusive, Resident Evil 4 had been one of those games stuck in development for what seemed like an eternity. Despite the delays and concerns about the games exclusive status on Nintendos platform (don't worry, it will be released on the PlayStation 2 before the end of the year), Resident Evil 4 is a superb game that re-invents the tried-and-true mechanics of the series in important, innovative ways--plus, it's creepy as hell.
GameCola.net (May, 2005)
This game is great fun. I understand that each console has its graphical strengths (see God of War or PS2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on Xbox), but this game shouldn’t be running on my GameCube. It just seems…well, wrong. And wait until the boss encounters, which happen relatively early in the game. When you head down to that creaking dock and board your little dingy to set out over a mist-covered lake and you see ripples in the water that indicate something huge is down there, tell me you’re not enthralled. Tell me RE4 isn’t one of the best looking, best playing action/horror games ever. Tell me Capcom has lost their touch. Tell me this franchise is toast. Tell me you’re some PS2 or Xbox fan boy who won’t play the game because it’s on a kiddy system. Tell me. I dare you.
GamersHell.com (Apr 01, 2005)
If you liked the previous Resident Evil storylines and gameplay you should be right at home here, as this is the pinnacle of the series' evolution. As good as it is though, it isn't perfect, which shows that the whole concept of a wholly linear 3rd person “horror” shooter wasn't all that great to begin with. I put horror in quotes because the game never actually scared me once, but if you're a squeamish pre-teen who can't watch Jurassic Park without wetting the bed this might not be an experience you'll enjoy. Still, those who have disdained previous Resident Evil games might want to check this out, as it embodies the best aspects of the series in one package, and for those who are already fans of the series, this is your Holy Grail.
USA Today (Feb 04, 2005)
For $50, this M-rated, GameCube exclusive proves few things are as much fun as being scared out of your wits.
Entertainment Depot, The (Feb 02, 2005)
I spent most of the first chapter grappling with Leon's limitations, but once I got used to things I was pretty hooked. I found a good chunk toward the later-middle part of the game to be a bit tedious at times, but the first two major settings were exciting and the action movie finale was gangbusters. Thematically, I'm a sucker for shotguns and zombies so I'm sure that helped, but really, the game is just solid. The still-stiff controls and Leon's dawdling movement keep it an acquired taste, but I'm inclined to recommend at least a rental even to those indifferent to survival-horror games as Resident Evil 4 is a pretty bold and remarkable step for the classic series.
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews (Jun 01, 2005)
This is Metal Gear Solid meets Resident Evil with a bit of Metroid Prime thrown in, and the results are predictably spectacular. From a Christian perspective, there are elements to this game that are unavoidably troublesome. As a 27 year-old Christian man, I struggled some as to whether or not to purchase a game with this level of gratuitous gore and violence, to say nothing of the disturbing creatures and images that permeate the game. Circumstances, however, allowed me to borrow the game from someone else and play it through. Even now I have seriously mixed emotions about whether or not I would be willing to buy this game for my own library. Resident Evil 4 is definitely a game that is better-suited for an adult audience? and even some older Christian gamers may also find this game to be more than they?re comfortable with. Those who are uncertain about whether or not to get it might want to rent it first.