Parents' Guide to

Resident Evil 4 (2023)

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Graphic, bloody, mature but exciting horror action game.

Resident Evil 4 box cover

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

Just make sure your kid can handle blood

The best game in video game history just make sure your kid can handle a lot of blood and come on the swearing isn’t that bad. But it’s the best game ever
age 13+

Its good if your child cabn handle violincec

its alr i guess if your child can handle blood

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Like the other updated remakes of games in this series, this remake of the classic third-person survival horror shooter is just as engaging and frightening as the original. In Resident Evil 4, Leon S. Kennedy travels to a small Spanish village to rescue the U.S. president's daughter from a cult, only to find the cultists are controlled by a parasite. That's why Leon shoots a lot of mind-controlled people, as well as infected animals, insects, and monsters, while searching for supplies and ways to solve the overly complicated puzzles that keep him from proceeding to the next area he needs to explore.

For people who played the original, this remake didn't just get a visual upgrade. It got some mechanical ones as well, with improved controls and animations making it run smoother. Its gameplay is also slightly altered. Not only have many of the puzzles been redone, but your knife can now be used to parry attacks or to take out unsuspecting enemies from behind. Most importantly, this still holds up, and never feels out-of-date. For people who missed this horror classic, it plays a lot like Resident Evil Village, but with more variety in the kinds of enemies you face and how you take them out. But even just the basic scenarios -- in which you're attacked from all sides by pitchfork- and machete-wielding villagers -- are exhilarating. Which is why, whether you've survived this horror before or this is your first trip to spooky Spain, Resident Evil 4 remains an epic and effortless scary shooter.

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