It’s hard to know ahead of time that a video game in development will turn out to be a critically acclaimed classic, and Resident Evil 4 is a perfect example. While there was no question that the fourth entry in Capcom‘s Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) would be a commercial success, the developers could never have known that the survival horror title would be deemed a masterpiece by many – and a high water mark for the franchise for even more.
Despite that success, PC players have been somewhat left out in the cold, enjoying only flawed or under-featured ports – until now. Capcom has decided to right that wrong with the release of the Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition . The name is a mouthful, but we played through the first 30 minutes of the game to show just how much attention has been paid to making the definitive PC version of the game worth the wait.
Our full review of the game will be coming shortly, but this first walkthrough shows what is undoubtedly the biggest selling point for the ‘Ultimate HD Edition’ – graphics, textures, and animations that leave those of the original game (or re-releases since) in the dust. Originally released in 2005, PC players were welcomed into the fold two years later. But where the original game was an instant hit, the PC port was anything but.
The game still boasted an impressive setting, mechanics and story, but with clunky controls for keyboard, underwhelming technical issues and cut corners, PC gamers had reason to feel overlooked. It may have taken close to a decade, but Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition certainly puts most of those issues to rest. But as the video shows, upgrades and scaling performance can only do so much for a game released two console generations in the past.
For fans looking for any excuse to replay the exploits of Leon S. Kennedy and Ashley Graham, the game’s update will certainly suffice. And while it may not be as flawless as PC players may have expected (or hoped), it’s hard to argue that it’s a deserving incarnation to ensure the game’s legacy on PC – even if it’s not a definitive version for everyone.
Seen enough to pique your own interest? Will you be taking a closer look at the game for a walk down memory lane, or the chance to take a survival horror classic off of your ‘list of shame’?
Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition is available now for the PC.
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