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PostSubject: Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)   Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:56 pm

Capcom's Resident Evil franchise has always been a strong one, but after the 3rd part of the main series along with many other spin-offs, the once tried-and-true fixed camera survival horror formula started to show its age. Capcom needed something fresh, something to keep older fans' interest and possibly create new followers with a more modern, mainstream approach.

Enter Resident Evil 4.
Resi 4 was just the game Capcom needed. It rewrote the book on Resident Evil, now becoming a fast-paced action-oriented shooter with an over-the-shoulder camera. It was released as a GameCube exclusive in 2005 with amazing visuals and audio, and later ported to the PS2 with a graphical downgrade and some new features (not to mention the god-awful PC port). Resi 4: Wii Edition is a 3-year-old port of a currently 5-year-old game, with nothing new to bring to the table besides a new control scheme. Does this classic stand the test of time?

Story
The plot is the exact same as it was in previous releases, obviously. You control Leon S. Kennedy, a former survivor of the zombie outbreak in the now-destroyed Raccoon City (RE2), as he's sent to investigate the kidnapping of the president's daughter in Spain. He soon finds out that these Spaniards are screwed up in tha head as they try to kill him. But, let's be quite clear here, they aren't zombies. Nope. No zombies at all. Anyways, now it's Leon's job to find out where the president's daughter is and just what the hell is wrong with these Spanish not-zombies.

The plot is pretty interesting and has some nice twists sprinkled around. The story is told during cutscenes, many of which have quick time events. Resident Evil has become quite popular for having cheesy dialouge and acting, and I'm happy to report that most of the dialouge is lactose-intolerent.

OOH WAGGLE!
This is the only new addition the Wii Edition comes with. The controls take a while to get used to (instead of making the camera rotate with the crosshairs you rotate seperately using the control stick) and turning is still pretty slow. But once you have the controls down it works very well. NOTE: You can also use the gamecube and classic controllers.

HORRIFIC GAMEPLAY!
...in a good, survival-horrorish way. The over-the-shoulder camera makes for some fun gameplay. The gameplay's very tense, and while you don't have to be as stingy with bullets as you do in other Resis, there's plenty of stuff to survive in RE4: Wii. You've got spaniards whose heads' explode into tentacles, not-zombie dogs, giants, zealots, fearsome monsters and chainsaw maniacs. Plenty of variety here. There's some cheap scares as well, and one section of the game is one of the scariest I've ever experienced (hint: FUGGING REGENERATORS. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there.)

Atmosphere
The graphics for RE4: Wii haven't improved over the original GameCube release, but they're still very impressive. The sound effects are realistic and crisp, and the music combines with the visuals to create an extremely atmospheric experience.

The Verdict
RE4: Wii includes the graphics of the original with the extras of the PS2, so it's basically the deluxe edition of Resident Evil 4. If you've played one of the other versions, you might want to give this a rent to see the new controls. If you've NEVER played Resident Evil 4, stop whatever you're doing and buy this game RIGHT NOW. Play it at night with the lights off, and you'll have one of the best gaming experiences of your life.
9/10

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