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Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4

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Date of Review: July 22, 2012
Format Reviewed:   Wii
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  None.
Prequels: Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X, Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 3.
Sequels:
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: Revelations, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:  None required.
Review:

Plot:  
This game takes place six years after the events of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.  The President of the United States’ daughter, Ashley Graham, was kidnapped.  Leon Scott Kennedy is sent on a mission to rescue her.  When he arrives in the European village where she was last seen, he is attacked and taken hostage by a cult – the Los Illuminados (“The Enlightened Ones”).  Leon uncovers a plot to infect the United States with a mind-controlling parasite that turns humans into zombies.  To thwart this attack, Leon must rescue Ashley and stop the infection from spreading.

Cultural / Historical Value:
Resident Evil 4 introduced innovative gameplay, creating an over-the-shoulder perspective for third-person shooters.  Even though this is the fourth edition in the Resident Evil series, it was the first released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  The title was very critically acclaimed and won numerous awards.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics: 
This is a typical survival horror game with zombies.  Typical gamers will not find much to learn.  However, game designers can look to the title for inspiration on creating new methods of gameplay.

Replay Value: 

Once people complete the game, they can start over from the beginning.  However, nothing major will be different, just small details such as the outfits that people are wearing and accessible weaponry.  There are no side missions to undertake.

Likely Audiences:
Survival horror fans will obviously enjoy this game as will first person shooter gamers that like to challenge their dexterity and precision aiming.  This is not a game for casual players as they will likely become frustrated.

Overall Score:

95/100

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About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Golden Joystick Awards 2004Most Wanted for 2005 Award Third Place
Spike Video Game Awards 2005Action Game of the Year Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2005Best Graphics Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2005Editor's Choice Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2005Film-Based Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2005GameCube Game of the Year Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2005Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2006Playstation Game of the Year Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2006Ultimate Game of the Year Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2007Nintendo Game of the Year Third Place
Game Developers Choice Awards 2006Visual Arts Nominee

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ESRB Description:
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

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