A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Any positive messages outweighed by shoot-first, ask-questions-later mentality; some characters also disregard, lightly tease customs, culture of locals.
Positive Role Models
As a protagonist, Leon Kennedy is ambitious, persistent, does everything in his power to protect others. He's on a mission with orders to shoot to kill if need be but tries to help people as well.
Ease of Play
Controls are tricky, slow, designed to intensify game horror; takes time to get used to, learn.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent use of guns, chain saws, grenades; there's also violence against animals, monsters resulting in lots of blood, gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fair amount of innuendo, flirting; some female characters wear revealing outfits.
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Frequent vulgar Spanish profanity, crude threats. "Damn," "s--t" uttered sometimes in English.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to smoking cigarettes, but no smoking shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil 4 Remastered is a downloadable updated version of the 2005 third-person survival horror shooter. Violence is a key factor of this game, as players will use guns and explosives frequently against monsters and animals, resulting in large amounts of blood and gore covering the screen. Players will also notice that there's plenty of innuendo between characters, and female characters are frequently dressed in revealing outfits. Profanity is in Spanish and English.
Is It Any Good?
There's no getting around this basic fact: This survival horror title is extremely, extremely hard, but its gameplay has managed to hold up well over time. It stands in stark contrast to many modern video games, which have multiple difficulty settings and will shower you with extra lives and health power-ups. Since RE4 Remastered bills itself as a survival horror game, part of the thrill and fun is derived strictly from surviving. Enemies are incredibly strong, and this game is known for making a few seemingly minor but actually seismic changes to how playing the classic Resident Evil works: The camera is more directly behind you, you can't aim while you're moving around, and you move very slowly. These are all calculated design choices that assure every time you play RE4 Remastered, you'll be paranoid and cautious. The fact that ammo isn't abundant only makes everything better and worse at the same time.
Unfortunately, for a remastered title, most of the tweaks come in cosmetic changes or "upgrades," especially since much of the bonus content has come out in portions here and there across other editions. There's not much in the way of radically new content, and the downloadable title's information page shows the main reason why this is a remastered edition: The game is presented "in full 1080p HD with an increased frame rate." Ultimately, whether you think RE4 Remastered is any good boils down to whether you want to be coddled or challenged in a video game. This game comes from an era when more titles opted for difficulty. For some, it will be an unfamiliar and uneasy experience. But there's room to get acclimated and used to it, and it's well worth sticking through the challenge, as the thrills and tension in the game are major reasons why this game is being restored and rereleased for modern audiences.
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