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Universal acclaim - based on 93 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 91 out of 93
  2. Negative: 0 out of 93
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  1. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    As I mentioned earlier, the reply value for Resident Evil 4 is through the roof. Knowing how much time I put into Village, which has a fraction of the content here, there is plenty of fun and horror to be experienced. My hope is that many gamers can experience the remake on their own as I did, and have that feeling of playing it for the first time. As of now, Resident Evil 4 remake has officially dethroned Dead Space has as my Game of the Year.
  2. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 was a marvel when it was released back in 2005 and Resident Evil 4 Remake follows the same path. It’s pure perfection from beginning to end and groundbreaking with its backend improvements and details. Capcom has hit another home run with this one.
  3. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 remake breathes fresh life into the beloved game, delivering a perfect upgrade on the gameplay, story, and aesthetics of a horror classic.
  4. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    If you’ve enjoyed Resident Evil games before, you’ll enjoy this. If you’ve sort of enjoyed them but wished there was more combat involved, you’ll enjoy this. If you loved the original, you’ll get to do what many of us dream when playing remakes of our favourite games – you’ll get to experience this story for the first time all over again, due to some interesting changes.
  5. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    The Resident Evil 4 remake is exactly what we wanted it to be and answers the question: is it possible to improve on what many would once consider the pinnacle of gaming? Luckily, this gives us the answer, and it’s a resounding yes.
  6. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    More than just another port or lazy remake, this version of Resident Evil 4 is everything you could ask for. It looks beautiful, but keeps its original feel. It has improvements that modernise yet don’t detract and, most importantly, is just as much fun now as it was back in 2005. A must-have for both series fan and latecomers.
  7. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    I’ve had this new version for only a week, and I’ve already played it through completion six times.
  8. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 more than lives up to the legacy of the original game that released almost two decades ago. Combat is dramatically improved thanks to smoother controls, more threatening enemy behavior, and most importantly, the new knife mechanics. Treasure hunting has been rebalanced to highlight difficult decisions regarding resource management. Optional side quests incentivize risk vs. reward, while certain boss fights have been dramatically improved. Capcom continues their winning streak with an absolute masterclass in survival horror.
  9. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    The continuing string of successful Resident Evil Remakes makes me hopeful for the future, too. I’ve made it very clear over time that I am not the biggest fan of Resident Evil 5 or 6, however, this Remake – and seeing all the intricate detail entwined into the remake of this timeless classic without losing its magic – has me more open-minded for what’s coming next.
  10. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 Remake never misses a beat.
  11. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    I had the time of my life throughout my 20 hour Hardcore playthrough and immediately started up a New Game+ run on Professional mode to see how well I could put all the lessons I learned throughout the game to the test. It has exceeded my high expectations across the board, and it represents Capcom’s best-ever work on the series. Normally I'd still find time to nitpick some minor annoyance or under baked section, but I just don't think games get much better than this.
  12. 100
    The Resident Evil 4 remake is a remarkable achievement that walks the fine line between action and horror, appealing to both old and new fans of the series. Capcom has kept the original’s essence and expanded on it with beautiful and detailed environments, expanded gameplay, and deeper character development. While the absence of Mercenaries Mode and Ada’s storylines at launch is disappointing, the overall experience of the main game more than compensates for this. Resident Evil 4 remake is an exceptional example of how to reimagine a beloved classic properly, and it is undeniably a must-play for both horror and action fans alike.
  13. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    The Resident Evil 4 remake is the series' most relentlessly exciting adventure rebuilt, refined, and realised to the full extent of its enormous potential.
  14. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Nearly 20 years later, Resident Evil 4 is just as much of a masterpiece today as it was in 2005. Capcom has faithfully remade a genuine classic by bringing it into the modern age and kitting it out with new content, tremendous combat, and striking visuals. What was there before was already enough to consider Resident Evil 4 one of the best games of all time, but now it earns that title in 2023 off the back of better environments and sublime action. This is Resident Evil at its absolute pinnacle; an utterly outstanding experience that will live long in the hearts of longtime fans while inducting a whole new generation of supporters.
  15. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 remake improves upon a masterpiece in ways that will make it hard to go back to the original. It might very well be the most perfect horror-action game I’ve ever played.
  16. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is an incredible reimagining of a classic. The stellar pacing, memorable characters, and monsters aplenty combine with sublime gameplay and superlative visuals to make it absolutely essential.
  17. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is a more mature and darker take on Leon’s Euro Trip that constantly plays with your expectations and prior knowledge. The core narrative stays true to the original, but it's not afraid to make some significant changes, while the new gameplay flow lends itself brilliantly for repeated runs for specific challenges that I'm already planning. I'm eagerly awaiting the Mercenaries mode as the hard hitting combat should be perfect for high score chasing, but in the meantime Leon is about to have a bad day all over again.
  18. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 is a careful restoration of what remains one of the most compelling action games ever made. The core elements which make the original such a compulsive hit all remain, reminding us that sometimes the secret for these big re-releases is knowing where to remake, and where to remaster.
  19. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Serving as both a clever and adoring return to a classic and an imaginative, mechanically perfected look to the future, Resident Evil 4 is Capcom’s best work and a new crown jewel for the long-running franchise.
  20. 100
    Resident Evil 4 is not only a survival horror masterpiece, but also one of the finest video games ever created.
  21. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Here we have the best remake of Resident Evil! Powerful and mastered to the end, this remake makes Capcom’s masterpiece even more monumental with magnified, new sequences, but also even more effective gameplay and a grandiose staging. The novelties of gameplay further nourish the survival aspect while the atmosphere becomes much more believable and terrifying than that of the original game. This remake is definitely one of the greatest survival horror games of all time. ABSOLUTE masterpiece.
  22. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    The best version of one of the greatest games of all time, and one of the best Resident Evil games ever.
  23. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    The Resident Evil 4 remake features several smart choices that help it feel true to the original, but also shapes the adventure into something that overall feels more cohesive, modern, and thrilling than ever. It’s a stellar example of how to revitalise a classic.
  24. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Raises the bar for what a good remake is and at the same time, preserves Resident Evil 4's legacy as a genre-defining experience and one of the greatest games of all time.
  25. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 was a 10/10 game when it was released and remains so to this day. Despite the years since its initial release, Leon’s adventure has held up incredibly well thanks to a combination of fantastic gameplay, a fun story, campy characters, varied environments, and a lengthy campaign. Now with a new facelift which modernizes the gameplay while providing an incredible graphical update, adding thrilling new set pieces, and expanding the story, RE4 will undoubtedly remain on top of best game ever lists for years to come.
  26. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Simply put, the Resident Evil 4 Remake is as action-packed as the original and keeps to the same sincere vision whilst updating on graphics, controls and all the other modern comforts of gaming that we come to expect…If you're a franchise fan that's been there from the start, come for the excellent reanimation of one of gaming's finest. If you're a newcomer, come for campy atmosphere and superlative visuals. Whatever you come for, be sure to stay for bingo.
  27. 100
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is the legendary game given more than just a new coat of paint. The visuals and sound design are brutally oppressive, the combat is sharper than a knife’s edge, and the world will make you want to uncover every corner. It’s as enticing as it is engaging, and intense as it is exciting. Resident Evil 4 is back, and it’s better than ever.
  28. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    Resident Evil 4 Remake has done the impossible, and improved upon a masterpiece in every conceivable way.
  29. Mar 17, 2023
    100
    In 2005, Resident Evil 4 set a new standard in the gaming industry. And now, almost 20 years later, it has become a technical masterpiece as well. The remake is even better than we thought it would be - the best one in the series by far. The new Resident Evil 4 gives us a perfect balance between action, survival horror and jump scares. It's definitely one of the early contenders to the 2023 GOTY Awards.
  30. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake does a hell of a job arguing why a video game classic needed a remake. It straddles the line between loyalty to the original and providing a fresh experience better than even Resident Evil 2 Remake did. Pretty much every new gameplay mechanic and design choice leads to a more engaging and enjoyable game. I can't say that it replaces the original, but it's a damn fine companion, and most people wanting to experience RE4 for the first time will likely gravitate to the remake. Either way, it is a must-play for Resident Evil fans, and RE4 Remake is already a strong contender for one of the best games of the year.
  31. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is the best possible way to experience one of the greatest survival-horror video games ever made. Capcom puts on display its full know-how of remakes and create what is one of the most accomplished remakes to this day. You won't miss a single thing from the original Resident Evil 4, and what's best: you'll get the feeling of having played the ultimate form of Leon's adventure.
  32. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Once again, Capcom leaves us speechless. We are only in the middle of March and this Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games of the year, along with the Dead Space remake. We are facing an immense proposal, with an amazing cost and production design, which is reflected in every aspect of the game. The direction is incredible, the design is incredible.
  33. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Capcom has done it again. After delighting us with the way in which they brought Resident Evil 2 and 3 back, they manage to do justice to the legend that Resident Evil 4 represents, which was undoubtedly a much more important challenge if you consider that this is a more modern game.
  34. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Capcom continues to push the Resident Evil franchise forward with their pristine remake of Resident Evil 4. Few words can describe how much love was poured into this well crafted survival horror experience that will continue to stand the test of time as a masterpiece.
  35. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    The Resident Evil 4 remake is about everything I could've wanted. But importantly, it doesn't overwrite its predecessor. If anything, this new version reinforces why the original Resident Evil 4 is a game people should still seek out, play, or at least watch and learn about. But as a love letter to one of the greatest games of all time, as a new historical artifact that reinforces why the source material was so landmark in the first place, this new trek through the Spanish countryside is as good as it gets and makes a great game that much better.
  36. 95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is a masterclass in action-horror. The game not only maintains the spirit and gripping gameplay of the original, but expands on it with some meaningful mechanics and fleshes out areas that were previously lacking. Even if you haven't played the original version, Resident Evil 4 is easily one of the best horror games on PS5 right now and a must-have for your collection.
  37. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake manages to live up to the original classic, offering a campaign that has a constant feeling of newness. There are many changes, but the final balance is quite positive. It is a must-have title for any RE or RE4 fan.
  38. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake manages to maintain the spirit of the original but gives it a huge graphic improvement and changes to the gameplay that feel like a great success. It never stops surprising and its pace makes you not want to let go of control, even after reaching the credits. Capcom again gives us an example of what a remake should do.
  39. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    This new remake is darker and more scary than the original Resident Evil 4. It is a fantastic take on a classic, improving on it in many key areas like storytelling, gameplay mechanics and challenge level, not to mention implementing cutting-edge audio-visual technologies. However, it is not perfect, there are some technical issues like clipping and the game can feel too dark at times, the rain looks very bad as well, though Capcom promised a patch to improve the effect.
  40. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is a fantastic reexamination of one of the best horror games ever made and is an awesome adventure for newcomers and series veterans alike.
  41. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    There’s a captivating and unsettling aura that enshrouds the familiar trek through the claustrophobic European village. Although Resident Evil 4 remains true to its roots with some cringy dialogue, Capcom alters several elements to improve the overall experience. These range from narrative segments to gameplay mechanics and all of which refine the masterpiece to create the definitive version of the game.
  42. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Capcom does it again. Resident Evil 4 is the best example of how to reimagine a game that has been with us for a long time. This Remake makes the gameplay feel fresh, intuitive and fun. On a visual level, it is the best work ever created with the RE Engine and other games of this generation. Best of all, once you finish the game the fun continues.
  43. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Since 2005, many developers set out to emulate Resident Evil 4's frenetic pacing and bombast. But nothing felt quite like it. So perhaps it's fitting that, all these years later, Capcom turned out to be the only company that could fully re-bottle that magic.
  44. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Capcom somehow managed to bottle the same lightning twice! Resident Evil 4 Remake is everything you expect from the reimagining of the same game. My only gripe is the missing Separate Ways story. If they eventually add it as a DLC, then this should be the definitive best version of the timeless classic that is called “Resident Evil 4”.
  45. Mar 17, 2023
    95
    Capcom does it again. After a previously sublime remake of Resident Evil 2, they raise the bar even higher with the remake of Resident Evil 4. The combat is more varied than ever, there is plenty to explore, the level design is fantastic, the graphics are stunning, the audio is fantastic and we could go on and on. One of the best games of this year to date and a must play.
  46. Mar 17, 2023
    93
    In addition to improved graphics and smoother controls, a lot has really been added and changed to Resident Evil 4, from subtle extras to major, radical adjustments. The classic from 2005 has been modernized in such a way that it is actually more fun than most Resident Evil games and many, if not all contemporary survival horror games.
  47. Mar 17, 2023
    93
    Resident Evil 4 shows what a really good remake has to be like and offers the best and extremely versatile action horror, even for newcomers.
  48. Mar 17, 2023
    93
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is a remarkable recreation of the original game, aimed at both the original players and the newcomers.
  49. Mar 17, 2023
    92
    Capcom knows what players want: the remake of the hit song from 2005 is now the best Resident Evil of all time and inspires with a heart-stopping guarantee, top optics, lots of fresh ideas and fantastic gameplay.
  50. Mar 17, 2023
    92
    The original was so groundbreaking that it still holds up today, but this remake shows that there was a lot of room for improvement. It doesn't matter if you knew about Leon's original adventure or not, with this trip to "Deep Spain" you will have the time of your life like never before.
  51. Mar 17, 2023
    92
    The remake of Resident Evil 4 is yet another demonstration of a Capcom back with arrogance in a state of grace. After the previous works that left no doubts about the quality of the management and the power of the new direction undertaken, the delicate operation - due to the importance of the game in question - succeeds perfectly and gives new light to a timeless masterpiece, which boasts numerous improvements and eliminates those out of place elements that have lost their polish over time. It is an improved remake, very careful and without major flaws, which gives one of Capcom's most important games its best dress.
  52. Mar 17, 2023
    92
    The new Resident Evil 4 is just one of the best game remakes so far. Capcom finds a fantastic way between modernizing the game and implementing new (and more comfortable) features on the one hand and staying true to the classic and various elements that Resi fans have fallen in love with. If you're a fan of the original or just like action-based survival-horror games, you need to play it.
  53. Mar 17, 2023
    91
    Deadpool would call it "bigger, better and badass-ier"! The remake of Resident Evil 4 improves the original game in all respects by expanding its scope, modifying its times and increasing its power and smoothing out almost all its defects. Capcom once again proves to be the queen of action-packed remakes, explosions, parasites and deformed monsters.
  54. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    While Resident Evil 4 is a remake, it stays true to the core of the original. The revamped gameplay, additional and expanded plot beats, and optional activities only add more depth and ease of play to an already fantastic game that already knew how to scare its players.
  55. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    It may have been sold on seemingly every platform on the planet, but finally we have a proper remake to the 2005 classic. Every square inch of Resident Evil 4 has been remade with incredible detail. There’s new side quests to take care of, such as mini-boss fights, and optional backtracking to open up the three major areas, allowing each to feel lived in.
  56. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Ultimately, this is pretty much everything you’d expect of a modern day remake of Resident Evil 4. The story has been renewed to tie it into the other games in the series with more panache, and the gameplay has been updated. It doesn’t feel as revolutionary as the original did way back in 2005, but that’s to be expected. And while we sometimes felt frustrated after taking a health bar-demolishing attack with little sense of how we should have avoided it, it just made us keen to play through the game again to get better. And that speaks of the game’s quality: warts and all, once you step into the boots of Leon Kennedy, there’s not much else that delivers the same thrills.
  57. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    This remake of Resident Evil 4 is an homage to a classic, very respectful with it (maybe a bit too much respectful). It´s a terrific action game, but we miss some of the braveness Capcom had for the Resident Evil 2 remake.
  58. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    A very conservative, but also very successful remake of a genre classic that every horror game lover should experience. If you once missed this milestone, you don't have to look back, the new version perfectly represents it and in a modern guise awakens the same feelings as the original once did.
  59. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    With great looks, new features and refined gameplay, Capcom has made the survival horror milestone fit for the current generation.
  60. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    In my opinion, Resident Evil 4 Remake did not surpass the original, but do not attach excessive importance to this statement - in this case it was simply impossible and I do not consider it any disparagement.
  61. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  62. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Capcom has succeeded in delivering the Resident Evil 4 version that all fans have been dreaming of. This remake is both an impressive technical achievement, an intelligent reinvention of its own gameplay, and a reinterpretation of a storyline that improves in maturity, even if the game is sometimes a little bit too faithful to the original work.
  63. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    The Resident Evil 4 remake keeps what made the original so good while significantly elevating the story with horror elements, the presentation with cutting-edge visuals and performance, and the gameplay with many welcome quality-of-life improvements. While there are some small niggles that I would have loved to see perfected, this remake exceeds expectations, perfectly balancing the action with the horror and cementing Resident Evil 4 as my favorite game in the series.
  64. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Even without its extra game modes, the Resident Evil 4 remake is still phenomenal. It offers nonstop visceral combat and clever changes that help it feel both new and familiar at the same time. The fact that the Resident Evil 4 remake is not as content-complete as previous iterations of the game hurt it, but what's there is still so good that most will be able to forgive it.
  65. 90
    I know I can never recapture the fresh-faced wonder of my youth, but goddamn does Resident Evil 4 remake make me want to try.
  66. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    No doubt: Resident Evil 4 Remake is simply an excellent horror action game and Capcom proves, for the umpteenth time, its ability to produce a controlled adventure with an exemplary finish. The basics of the original game couldn't be more solid, but the firm has been able to modernize the whole thing to make the adventure more intense, deeper in its game systems and even more thrilling. Was a remake necessary? Maybe not, but impossible to spit on this impressive version, which knows how to honor the original material as well as to bring it a rejuvenation that is ultimately very relevant. Finally, if we have a mad desire to finish Resident Evil 4 as soon as possible, it is to start it again immediately.
  67. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Exciting, recognizable and modern, Resident Evil 4 is the example of how to make a remake. The team directed by Yasuhiro Anpo has managed to preserve the spirit of the source material, reintroducing memorable sections, spine-chilling settings and an iconic bestiary with few rivals. However, the whole adventure has undergone changes of various nature and extent, sometimes more showy, sometimes more subtle, but not insignificant for this. Leon's investigation in Europe pushes the accelerator on the action dynamics but without betraying the survival horror cornerstones of the series, also thanks to the work previously done by Capcom on the second chapter. Thanks to these attentions, the comparisons with the abominations of the Illuminados have maintained the right amount of tension and the lugubrious atmospheres of some scenarios have been further enhanced. Always in line with the world of B-movies, even the plot now enjoys greater solidity, testifying to a process of updating the experience that has left nothing to chance. A missed opportunity and small imperfections, therefore, have in no way managed to reduce the pleasantness of what has been confirmed as an unmissable appointment for fans of the series and the reference genre.
  68. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    A fantastic game of a game that didn't really need a remake. Capcom still manages to optimize this 2005 gem into something that feels modern 2023 - even though some of the best sequences from the original are lost in time.
  69. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    What Capcom has done with this remake is marvelous: this new Resident Evil 4 is cleaned from all the flaws connected to the old age of the original game with the addition of a bunch of hours of new content keeping the quality at its maximum. You have to play this remake also if you're not a fan of the series.
  70. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4 Remake is further proof that Capcom knows exactly what made these games so beloved in the first place, and longtime fans will find a lot to love in this brilliant recreation of the 2005 classic.
  71. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Even if there's a part or two in the remake that could've been handled better, replayability is a core part of a Resident Evil game's success, and Resident Evil 4 is no exception. It should be a promising sign then that as soon as credits rolled, the next logical step was to look through the new challenges at hand and plan out the next playthrough. Costumes, new weapons, and challenges both self-imposed and presented by the game are incentives that bolster Resident Evil's arcade-y feel and give the player an excuse for another run, but even if they were absent, the Resident Evil 4 remake offers enough to justify countless runs once more.
  72. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    I’m thankful for the cosmic coincidence that put a Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 remake just months apart from one another. Both projects show two valid, but completely different paths forward for game remakes. Dead Space just preserves the original, faithfully communicating what it was like playing it in 2008. As a counterpoint, Resident Evil 4 shows the value of careful reimagination. It isn’t just in conversation with the 2005 version, but with the two decades worth of games that sprung from it. It’s the past, present, and future of action-horror rolled up into an instant classic that stands side by side with its predecessor.
  73. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Capcom has delivered a great remake of a classic game, one that captures everything that made it so special to begin with. Resident Evil 4 Remake is full of action and variety that's as exhilarating now as it ever was.
  74. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4 Remake successfully modernizes one of the most significant sequels in the series. As a completely new game based on the legendary release from 2005, it surpasses all previous Capcom remake efforts in terms of authenticity and preservation of the atmosphere of the original with just enough novelty to be completely fresh and fun even for the players who have double digits playthroughs of the OG Resident Evil 4.
  75. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4 is simply one of the best remakes out there. It doesn’t only modernize the original game, but also gives the player more ways to tackle combat. The updated knife combat in particular adds a whole new layer of fun. The graphics and sound are of high quality, and even the story moments and characters that were lacking in the original have been improved. That being said, in 2023, Resident Evil 4 doesn’t leave quite the same impact as the original did back in 2005.
  76. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4: Remake manages to improve the original proposal becoming one of the best titles in the series by its own merits.
  77. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4 mixes high-octane action, thrills, scares, and cinematic moments that exemplify what this series does best. If you never played the 2005 original — or any Resident Evil game at all — this is a great place to start.
  78. JeuxActu
    Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Known for changing the world of the Third Person Shooter almost 20 years ago, Resident Evil 4 returns in a remake that proves once again that Capcom have become the experts when it comes to restoring a masterpiece. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay has smoothed out, and the game remains an action gaming landmark even in 2023.
  79. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    More a reimagining than a straight remake but despite the difficulty of recapturing lighting in a bottle, this is both a loving tribute to the original Resident Evil 4 and a great game in its own right.
  80. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    With this remake of Resident Evil 4, Capcom offers us the ultimate version of a title that marked the history of video games. As beautiful as it is good, this new vision of Shinji Mikami's classic erases the imperfections of the original by fixing its clumsy sequences and adding new ones, for a result of a flawless consistency. More rhythmic and pleasant to play than ever, it is simply everything we expect from a video game remake.
  81. Mar 17, 2023
    90
    Resident Evil 4 remains a divisive entry in the series as it caters to fans of survival horror and action within a well-crafted gaming experience. The updated narrative, by far, makes this a solid entry as it fills in plot holes and provides character growth that wasn't present before. The atmosphere and level design only enhance the enjoyment, but the popcorn action structure of the final area hurts the overall pacing. Still, this is undeniably a stellar remake of an already fantastic game.
  82. Mar 17, 2023
    85
    Resident Evil 4 takes everything that was good about the original game and puts it in a shiny new look. The end result is just as action-packed as before, just a little more creepy and, above all, much, much more beautiful. Despite that, the game doesn't really innovate anywhere, making it unlikely that this remake will have the same impact as its illustrious predecessor.
  83. Mar 17, 2023
    85
    Resident Evil 4 was the ultimate test of Capcom’s remake skills, and unfortunately, they buckled a bit under the pressure. The game suffers from minor mechanical issues and doesn’t reinvent or elevate the original material as boldly as some might have hoped it would. That said, Capcom hasn’t broken anything either as this is still a fun, inventive thrill ride that has been brought up to modern technical standards in striking fashion. The new Resident Evil 4 is well worth it for fans of the series, just keep your hopes slightly in check and you won’t be spin-kicked by inflated expectations.
  84. Mar 17, 2023
    85
    Although Resident Evil 4 is a superb remake, it still exists in the shadow of what made the original so important. However, the parry system stands out as the most welcome change to the largely familiar proceedings. At its core, the game remains the same stupendous spectacle of action horror it always was, but with arguably even higher intensity.
  85. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    Nobody needs to say, these days, how the original version of Resident Evil 4 changed the industry forever. It should also be obvious that Capcom's newest recreation doesn't repeat that feat, although it does make the whole experience feel more contemporary.
  86. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    The beloved highlight of the Resident Evil franchise returns in a form that makes it even easier to love. Capcom did a great job with the remake and it shouldn’t be hard for new players to understand why RE4 is revered by the fans of the series and considered one of the greatest achievements in the genre. Veterans shouldn’t expect changes as far-reaching as those introduced in remade Resident Evil 2, but I believe they will appreciate some well thought out improvements, welcome additions and pleasant surprises.
  87. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    Revisiting such another cult classic game, after the remake of Resident Evil 2, wasn’t an easy task. In the end, Capcom did a fantastic job and Resident Evil 4 Remake is easily one the best episodes ever released.
  88. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    The original Resident Evil 4 brought a number of revolutionary gameplay changes, and many fans still regard it as the best installment in the series. Returning to such a cult game was never going to be easy. Fortunately, Capcom did very well, creating its best remake yet.
  89. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    All in all, this is a very, very complete remake in a lot of senses, and shows that Capcom has really nailed this process of bringing back its beloved titles in a faithful yet meaningfully improved way.
  90. Mar 17, 2023
    80
    After a 16-hour initial playthrough on Standard difficulty, and a New Game+ run on Hardcore, I can happily say that Resident Evil 4 has benefited hugely from the remake treatment. The visuals are superb. The sound design is exquisite. The character redesigns are fresh yet retain the charms of the classic models. Most impressively, though, the 2023 game plays on your knowledge of the previous iteration, punishing and pleasing you in equal measure.
  91. Mar 17, 2023
    75
    Back in 2005, I liked Resident Evil 4, but I didn’t love it. The remake hasn’t changed that. Unlike the Resident Evil 2 remake, which was revolutionary, Resident Evil 4’s glow-up is more of a faithful recreation rather than an overhaul. It changes just enough that, if you loved the original, I can’t guarantee this will leave you unperturbed. Meanwhile, if you didn’t like its first iteration, it’s not impossible that this will change your mind. The best I can say is that it is an earnest effort at recapturing the magic, and it’s worth checking out. It remains, as it always was, maddeningly inconsistent.
  92. Mar 17, 2023
    70
    Resident Evil 4 Remake asks the bold question of whether you can perfect what many already consider perfection. While fairly competent at the basics, Capcom's latest remake has the least creative energy of its series revivals, leaving you wanting for much more.
  93. Mar 17, 2023
    70
    In an attempt to make Resident Evil 4 with more modern sensibilities, it has left behind what made the original game so great to begin with.
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  1. Mar 17, 2023
    I had developed a distaste for the original RE4 because it led the series down a path that took horror out of the franchise. The remake revitalized my fondness for the game, taking me back to 2005, when I first played the original. Back then, seeing a game play so differently from the older Resident Evil titles was mind-blowing. Now this remake creating a true horror vibe with interesting characters is giving me a lot of that same joy.
  2. Mar 17, 2023
    Keeping what works while reimagining what doesn't, this is about as good as remakes get. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  3. Mar 17, 2023
    For all of the rough edges that it smooths over, RE4 pulls off the same trick that RE2 did in 2019, making a groundbreaking but now dated game feel brand-new again. But after four Resident Evil games in as many years, even the current incarnations of the franchise are starting to feel a bit familiar — there are hints of the cookie-cutter mold that Kobayashi set out to shrug off more than 20 years ago, even in Capcom’s slick and gorgeously produced remakes. This latest one is no anomaly.
  4. Mar 17, 2023
    Let’s be clear: Resident Evil 4 (2023) is not a revolutionary game. There’s nothing in its high-octane run through the Spanish countryside that we haven’t seen before, sometimes literally—and so it’s always going to pale a little bit in comparison to the gleefully creative original. But it is an impeccably refined game (and, yeah, that is a somewhat odd thing to say about a game where man-sized bugs can puke acid down your throat). It has been tweaked and tuned down to the atom to satisfy, to propel, to delight. From its opening moments to its final cutscenes, it delivers fun with a consistency that sometimes even manages to outshine its source material; we might miss the goofiest moments, but Resident Evil 4 (2023) proves that sometimes a little maturity can be a very good thing.
  5. Mar 17, 2023
    When Resident Evil 4 first came out, it was a game unlike anything Capcom had made before. And it turns out that, almost 20 years later, it’s still as refreshing as ever — even if it’s yet another remake.
  6. Mar 17, 2023
    This remake is a celebration of the past, and does not view it, and what hindsight often does to it, with contempt. It stands on the shoulders of a gaming masterpiece, and tries to climb a little higher.