A fresh but still violent take on the horror series.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that Resident Evil 4 is a violent, bloody game. Players must stab, shoot, and bomb their way through hundreds of realistic-looking humans and monsters. With some cursing and sexual dialogue in the mix, Resident Evil 4 is a game that earns its M rating. Parents need to know that the star rating given this game is based on quality of gameplay within this horror genre of video gaming and not endorsement of the violence within the game.
Conclusion: A definite line can be drawn in the sand between the Resident Evil series; that line being Resident Evil 4. When the series began, there were static screens, a measured pace interrupted by frantic bouts of action, and most importantly, zombies. Resident Evil 4 shook the whole formula up by replacing zombies with seemingly normal (but still mental) villagers, a much more fluid navigation system, and tons more action, with fewer moments of calm and less puzzles.
Summary: In Resident Evil 4, players rejoin Leon, who is now a U.S. agent with a top-secret mission. He has been tasked to look into the abduction of the President's daughter, and his investigation has led him to a mysterious location in Europe.
Conclusion: The enemies appear creepily alive, and while they aren’t going about any special AI routines, it’s their subtle movement, animation and form that fuel the engagement. That they are large and imposing, terrifically designed, certainly makes a difference. You could find fault with the plodding way Leon faces them in battle, but in that same breath, it is the tension created that is exactly what the designers were looking for. This is not a game without annoyances.
Excerpt: Released almost 2 ½ years after the original on the GameCube, the Wii version of Resident Evil 4 has quickly established itself as the most definitive. Granted, this is a 2 ½ year old port, but on the flip side it’s also the superior version of one of the best third person shooters ever made.