game news Resident Evil 4 Remake: We visit the village of terror with Capcom Japan
It was during State of Play in June 2022 that Capcom formalized the long-awaited remake of Resident Evil 4. Released in 2005 first on the GameCube before being ported to other media, the original title had altered survival-horror codes to become a protein. revolutionary work. Readjusting such a myth to current standards is a mission that Capcom has given itself. We were able to take our first steps in the village while asking Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the producer of this remake, some questions. Here is our report.
First steps in hell
Released the demo of Resident Evil 4, we find Léon S. Kennedy in front of the famous house that houses the rude villager, the one who tries to split the skull of the young investigator with an ax in the 2005 version. This sequence was surely not chosen at random by Capcom, as it is one of the most iconic of Resident Evil 4.. “We’re fans of the original game, so we’re under a lot of pressure with this remake.says Yoshiaki Hirabayashi. He adds : “Although I was part of the original team, I made sure my team got a good replay of Resident Evil 4. We then came up with several ideas to update the game to meet the expectations of ‘today’s audiences.”.
Once inside the house, it doesn’t take long to realize that things have changed. There are more doors, and therefore more rooms to visit compared to the title of yesteryear. If our good old villager is always present in front of his fireplace, the fight finally takes place in the basement of the building. The game’s new maneuverability, finally allowing you to aim while moving like in recent remakes, makes you feel more comfortable in Leon’s jacket.
Nevertheless, the enemies have also strengthened their game. First of all, they are faster. The natives do not hesitate to feverishly launch themselves at their prey, or to launch at full speed to better impale our hero. So they are more resistant. A headshot followed by an uppercut is no longer synonymous with a final knockdown. Fortunately, spot damage is still in the game to slow down opponents when the situation is no longer manageable. Unlike Resident Evil 2 remake, it is not possible to dismember attackers by targeting a part of their body with pistol bullets. Yes, RE4 is gore, but not too much.
The same nightmare, but with differences
The events of this Resident Evil 4 are basically the same as the ones shown in the 2005 game, but the changes are there.. The Capcom Japan team assures us that we can expect the same level of “Redo” than what we had with Resident Evil 2 and 3. The villagers waiting for Kennedy outside the house finally decide to greet him inside the house while the path to the village is no longer the same. The famous church square sequence where the Ganado chainsaw chases Léon is a good way to contemplate the effort put into this remake. It’s very beautiful, it’s fluid, and there are more interactions with the decor.
As for the game mechanics, Leon is equipped with a knife that gives him the ability to perform Stealth Kills. or to get out of desperate situations. “We have added game strategies to make sure that the game can be adapted to the different playing styles of the players. But we also did our best to keep the legacy of the base experience.” explains Yoshiaki Hirabayashi. Leon can also parry hits if the player right-clicks on the pad at the right time (just like in recent Resident Evil games released). As for the QTEs, they should be present in revised and corrected versions, more transparent to the user.
For the rest, what can I say except that it’s more than nice to find the legendary Resident Evil 4 finally up to today’s standards? The few minutes we spent in their company quickly reminded us why this episode is so important in the saga’s history with its sustained pace, suffocating atmosphere and sense of unease despite a dimension of sustained action. Resident Evil 4 Remake will be released on March 23, 2023 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
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