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Resident Evil 4
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil 4 is a “survival horror” game that pits players against zombie-like creatures. The extreme violence found in the original Resident Evil 4 for consoles has been tamed considerably; there is no blood or gore to be found here. However, the game’s dark tone, realistic graphics, and focus on fighting still lend it the atmosphere of a game designed for older players.
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Is it any good?
A scaled down port of the classic console horror game that saw a special agent searching zombie-infested European countryside for the President’s kidnapped daughter, RESIDENT EVIL 4 retains much of what players loved about the original. Players can still freely navigate the dilapidated but detailed 3-D environments, and the zombie-slaying action feels surprising similar -- which means that it’s still not for young kids (though the developers have left out the original videogame's blood and gore).
The story isn’t as cinematic or seamless as it is in the console editions, and the touch-screen controls -- which still require players to stop and aim before shooting -- aren’t as tight or precise as one might hope, but Capcom has done a commendable job porting such a complex game to Apple’s platform. Franchise fans should be pleased.