Boy was I ever hoping that the Resident Evil 2 movie was going to have Leon Kennedy in it. But to my dismay it did not. But I'm hoping, again, that the 3rd Resident Evil movie will!! Anyways, got off topic. One of the main reasons I got a gamecube was so I could replay all the old Resident Evil games all over again. Some may think it's a crazy move, but I do not regret it at all. Lets break the review down in catagories:
Graphics 5/5 One of the most important aspects of any video game is to use the platforms graphical abilities to its fullest. Resident Evil games, when on the PSone, were state of the art in this area. One of the reason it drew such a huge following. Resident Evil 4 does not disappoint at all. There is enough detail here to almost make your stomach ache. From explosions, to even the Leon character himself, it all looks flawless. On a downside, there are a lot of re-used enemies. Which is understandable. Since we don't have blood-soaked mindless zombies running around, it was a lot harder to create a vast parasite insane villager template.
Story Line 4/5 The first 4 Resident Evil games(including 0) were all based upon the evil Umbrella Corp and T-Virus outbreak. Resident Evil 4, however, does not fall under the same backdrop. Instead they descided to go with a completely different approach. Now I know some people are in total arms over this, but you'll have to admit, the T-Virus story really was starting to smell a little old. We do have a story that is somewhat similar though, just with a little more twist involved. I believe the whole Presidents Daughter plot is a rather laughable plause however. And Ashley is nothing more than a thorn in your side throughout the entire game, but it does make for more strategy while going around and blowing up Villagers and Monks. The main plot/storyline is writen not too badly. But hey, I wasn't expecting Oscar material here. So lets move on.
Gameplay 5/5 Ok, Resident Evil controls have always been a harmful virus in themselves. As we can recall, controlling on the PSone, and even the remakes were not an easy thing. They were stiff and the menues were really unpleasant. But since the overall gameplay has now changed to an Over-The-Shoulder perspective, the controller scheme also has changed, and it's for the better. Aiming is now done with a laser guided beam. Your items can now be managed more easier. And the map system has more important information on it. And don't forget the 180 degree turn is back! Very nice!! Also the machanics of the enemies are different as well. Now there is more stressful situations in Resident Evil 4 to make your fingernails really raw. Being trapped in buildings while being surrounded. Also having to protected Ashley is also a new factor. All in all it does play differently, but it's still feels like Resident Evil. And finally, Resident Evil 4 almost plays more like a first person shooter that an adventure-style game. Therefore the action is more apparent and instense. Which is great!! More enemies to blast is what I've been waiting for.
Music/Sound 5/5 Traditional Resident Evil games have always been praised for their actual lack of music. Where the ingame silence and/or ambient sounds have always been more of a favorite approach than have a corny musical score blasting in the background. Resident Evil 4 is really no different. Ambient effects and sounds are the majority here. Only in certain situations will a background music take over. Mostly when fighting villagers or monks. The music that does play does sound good. As for the sound effects, who can't love the sound of a pistol being reloaded, or a shotgun being pumped? I know it makes my mouth water. :)
Overall 5/5 All in all, Resident Evil 4, even though it is a different approach, does warrant a definate purchase. Whether you will buy a Game Cube souly for the pure enjoyment of this game or not, is ulimately up to you though. There is a beacon of hope for PS2 owners though. Capcom has finally decided to release Resident Evil 4 for the PS2!!! But as good as the PS2 is, I'm doubtful it will be able to look as good, or run as smoothly as it does on the Game Cube. But I suppose we'll wait and see when it's released in November of this year. Also, once you have completed the game, there are many other bonuses and features you can play though as well, increasing the replay value. Which is great!! So go and play this game, and do it NOW.