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Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition Member Review for the Wii

Master_Craig By:
Master_Craig
08/05/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Shooter 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Capcom 
DEVELOPER Capcom 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

What do these ratings mean?

Resident Evil 4 was one the best games of 2005 as voted by many critics and fans alike. It did have its flaws but it was still such a masterpiece, at least in the Resident Evil franchise. It originally exploded on the Nintendo Game Cube before moving onto the Sony Playstation 2, a move which many Nintendo fans found rather betraying. Apparently, the fourth installment traveled to the PC. Nowadays however, it's made it's way onto the Nintendo Wii, and is probably the best port yet.

Resident "Wii-Vil" is here.

So if for some reason you haven't played, or don't know about the 2005 survival horror sensation, let's reminisce. Six years have passed since the events of Raccoon City,  you're playing as Leon S. Kennedy, one of the main playable characters of Resident Evil 2. This time however, Leon has become an elite agent working for the US government, tasked with investigating the where abouts of the President's missing daughter, who has been supposably spotted in some "rural, lonely part of Europe". Upon arrival Leon learns that the inhabitants of such a place are not what they seem, as they relentlessly attempt to kill him, not fearing the fact that he is armed. Are they Human, or are they something else?

Now then. If you've already played the previous Resident Evil 4 ports, you didn't need to read that sentence. Let's discuss the Wii control scheme.

The Wii control scheme works with both the nunchuck attachment and the Wii-mote itself. Players point their Wii-mote at the sensor bar to take aim, being guided by a white targeting cursor. Laser lights are gone, the cursor is in. When you take aim with your equipped weapon using the Wii-mote's B trigger, the targeting cursor turns green, which then turns red when you aim at a target which can be shot, like an enemy or an object. Press the A button to start shooting. Move the Wii-mote up and down to reload your weapon. Easy.

The benefits of aiming and shooting like this, are like this: in the previous game you had to raise your weapon, and then aim. Well in the Wii version, you simply point somewhere on the screen beforehand, and when you take aim, you'll instantly be aiming in that direction. Also, because of how quickly you can move the Wii-mote, your aiming is much faster, and of course, much more precise.

Other controls such as movement and whatnot are done with the nunchuck's analog stick. Also, the knife can be drawn through two methods. Either pressing and then holding the C button on the nunchuck, and then pressing A to slash your knife (or swing the Wii-mote). Or, swing the Wii-mote normally to do a quick, but somewhat weaker knife slash that automatically locks in on the nearest target - which is incredibly handy. The analog stick of course makes Leon move, while holding Z makes Leon run (while moving).

Another difference, although minor of the Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is the graphics. The graphics look relatively the same, but have been improved very slightly. Fog effects to lighting look better. Regardless, the game still looks awesome, although I suspect many players would complain about its graphics and compare it to PS3 or/and X-Box 360 games, like Oblivion or Dead Rising.

A good thing about the Wii Edition is that it contains all bonus content from the PS2 version. The Seperate Ways campaign which has you playing in another storyline as the mysterious Ada Wong. The game also contains unlockables such as the Mercenaries mini game, Assignment Ada, and the video viewer. The video viewer and Seperate Ways were not in the Cube addition.

There isn't much more to say about this title due to it being a port but regardless, it still is an incredible game. The graphics are still great, there is much bonus content and because of the Wii control scheme, the game feels entirely fresh and new, like a new game altogether. And this kind of game not being a full priced game? How could you pass? But then again, if you have played this game before on the Cube or/and PS2, then it may not be your cup of tea. I guess it just depends on how much you enjoyed the original version(s) and if you think this is worth it for the Nintendo Wii. Because other than a brand new control scheme, there is nothing more new to the game itself.

It's up to you, but the horror just got even better.


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