Resident Evil 4 (PC, 2007)

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Resident Evil 4
A port of a port of a popular game, and this port somehow ended up being inferior to its original counterpart.
Genre: Survival horror
Third-person Shooter
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Release Date: AU: March 1, 2007
EU: March 2, 2007
NA: May 15, 2007
JP: June 7, 2007
Developer: Capcom Production Studio 1
Publisher: NA/PAL: Ubisoft
JP: Capcom
Franchise: Resident Evil
Previous Game: Resident Evil - Code: Veronica
Next Game: Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 4, known in Japan as Biohazard 4, is a third-person shooter survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom (the first PC version was published by Ubisoft outside of Japan). The sixth major installment in the Resident Evil series, the game was originally released for the GameCube in North America and Japan in January 2005, and in Europe and Australia in March 2005. The GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Wii versions received critical acclaim. The first PC port, which this page will focus on, failed to receive the same acclaim that the console ports did.

Why It Sucks

NOTE: This article is about the 2007 PC-DVD ROM version, which is different from the 2014 Steam version.

  1. It was touted as combining the superior graphics of the Gamecube version with the Separate Ways mission from the PS2 version. In reality, the developers merely took the PS2 version and ported it to Windows without any changes.
    • This also means that the the cutscenes are pre-rendered FMV cutscenes instead of real-time cutscenes, resulting in poor cutscene quality.
  2. There is no mouse support, which is especially unacceptable in a shooter game.
  3. The game is fixed at a low resolution.
  4. The keyboard controls are awful.
  5. The graphics are choppy & somehow even worse than the PlayStation 2 version, particularly lighting, shadows & some visual effects seeming almost nonexistent. Luckily, these issues got patched out.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Resident Evil 4 is still an amazing game. We just don't recommend this version.
  2. A gamepad can be used to get around the frustrating controls.
  3. Mod support. They can make the game better as one of the mods added mouse support.
  4. RE4 got a much better PC port 7 years later. It was based off the 2011 Xbox 360/PS3 port, in which contains better lighting, real-time cutscenes like in the GameCube version, 360 controller support, mouse support, 60fps support, and much more. The next-gen release for PS4 and Xbox One were based on the "Ultimate HD Edition" minus the 60fps support.


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