Resident Evil 4 (Xbox One)

Resident Evil 4 is a RPG game that was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube but was later remastered and sold for the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and the Xbox One. the version that I played for this assignment was the version for the Xbox One, although I have played it on all the other platforms.

The story begins with Leon Kennedy as he is traveling to a remote part of Europe in hopes to find the president’s daughter, Ashley Graham. Ashley had been kidnapped but no further information was readily present for Leon. He has the assistance of two local law enforcement officers but upon arriving to a mysterious village, they run away leaving Leon alone. Leon runs into a former police officer by the name of Louis who mentions Ashely is in a church near the village. Leon is able to find Ashley but run into the overlord of the cult that stole Ashley, Lord Saddler. Ashley and Leon escape Saddler but Ashley is soon taken from Leon by Lord Salazar inside of a castle. Leon runs into two old friends Ada and Krauser. Krauser is working to get a hold of the parasite that has infected the village as well as Ashley and Leon. Leon kills Salazar and obtains a cure for both him and Ashley. Upon ridding, themselves of the parasite, Leon comes face to face with Lord Sadler and Leon eventually kills him. Ashley and Leon escape on a jet ski and return home safely.

The aesthetic qualities of the game for the Xbox One version are incredible. The game was remastered to 1080p HD from the original version on the GameCube. The in-game graphics as well as the cut scene graphics were improved majorly for the remastered version. One of the downfalls for the game is the dialog. Some of the quick-witted responses from Leon don’t make the tone or the mood of the scene or setting that he is making the comments. In particular, the dialog between Krauser and Leon during an interactive cut scene doesn’t flow as well as this intense sequence should feel.

Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror based RPG. The controls for the actions are done in a third-person-shooter style with the camera over the players back instead of being a point of view shot during game play. This allows for an increased view of the scenery as well as an increased area to see the action. One of the more unique aspects of Resident Evil 4 is the gameplay in which Ashley is with you. This gameplay is a mixture of mini-game like controls as well as strategy based to make sure that Ashley is not in harm’s way from either the enemies or you shooting you gun. This system of having an extra entity with you during very intense sequences of the game creates a very compelling gameplay experience.

One of the values that is prevalent in this game is the value of heroism. Leon shows traits of being a hero throughout the story. Taking on the village and cult Los Illuminados practically single handedly, he showed that he was willing to do whatever it took to save the President’s daughter. One of the more disappointing aspects of the game is the way that Ashley is depicted. Throughout the story, she is depicted as the helpless girl that needs someone to come and save her, even when she is with Leon. She cowers in corners and doesn’t help Leon when enemies are nearby. I think if the game was made today, this would be an aspect I would change.

As stated before, the gameplay with Ashley is one of a kind. Not only is it unique, it is very smooth and easy to operate which makes the game more fun. Along with the gameplay included a sidekick without any means of providing cover fire, the game provides an intense feel of survival. You can only hold so many items and ammo. With ammo and health being scarce throughout the game, it really makes the player utilize and strategize as you progress throughout the game. Although that this does add a real sense of survival to the game, some points feel almost impossible due to the lack of items and ammo when progressing through later stages of the game.

The overall quality of Resident Evil 4 is remarkable. The game plays just as good in 2017 as it did in 2005.  The advanced that is made for the third-person-shooter helped redefine the entire genre. The intricate story line and cut throat survival horror gameplay has made it one of the most renowned and influential games of all time.

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