Resident Evil 4 HD has many things, but HD isn’t one of them

By Glenn Battishill

Re-releasing the “classics” of last console generation is a trend that is becoming more and more popular. The most recent game to receive this treatment is “Resident Evil 4,” one of the best Gamecube games ever. The game is download only for Xbox 360 and PSN and retails for 1600 Microsoft Points or $20.

Boasting new features like an updated control scheme and online leaderboards, it’s very surprising that the visuals are the worst part of the game.

That’s right, the HD remaster of the game can barely be considered in HD. At a glance, the game looks fantastic; the faces look awesome and the character models are well done but upon closer inspection, you will notice that the textures in the game haven’t aged well. The wall and ground textures look blocky and appear not to have changed since I last played the game in 2005.

I usually don’t harp on graphics that much but when the game has that “HD” tacked onto the end of the title, it’s just upsetting to not see the game as good as it could look.

The story has not been touched: Leon Kennedy, a former police officer during a zombie outbreak, is now a secret service member heading to rural Europe to rescue the president’s daughter from an evil cult with a sinister plan for the world.

The game exudes cheese and campy story-telling. The monsters are creepy and downright frightening sometimes and the atmosphere is fantastic. From the first village to the haunted castle, to the research lab, the game is a pulse pounding action game from start to finish with some ingenius puzzles and a great combat system.

Control wise, the game handles well for veteran players of the series but the blessing comes in the form of the alternative control scheme for more modern gaming sensibilities. Placing the fire button on the right trigger was definitely a step up from the button mash that having a control pad button being fire.

Apart from the lackluster graphics the game is back in a beautiful fashion. I cannot overstate how much fun this game is, reminding everyone why it revolutionized the third-person shooter genre.

If you played the original, you will not be disappointed. It’s the same amazing game with fresh controls and sometimes a pretty makeover.

If you’ve never played “Resident Evil 4” then you need to put down this paper and fix that. It still stands as one of the best games of all time and should not be missed.