Resident Evil 4

To celebrate the new release of the remake of my favorite video game ever, here’s a bit about RE4.

I don’t like horror movies.

It doesn’t entertain me to be jump-scared. However after buying a Nintendo Gamecube, I noticed a remake of the original survival-horror game - Resident Evil - that looked quite intriguing. The graphics were so good, it looked truly creepy, and the game was being praised as one of the greatest remakes of a classic of all time. So I bought it and enjoyed being scared for the first time.

In 2005, the latest in the series was being releaased: Resident Evil 4, exclusively on the Gamecube. I was primed and ready to go with this, and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and innovation of the game. When the Nintendo Wii version came out, coinciding nicely with my newly solo lifestyle and move to the Chicago area, I played it over and over again until I had utterly mastered every part of it.

Subsequent reissues of the game have been enticing enough for me to purchase as well, despite being almost direct re-releases of the same exact game (the Playstation 3 version introduced new HD graphics, at least).

Here is a breakdown of every re-release I’ve purchased and played through on my systems over the years:

The Playstation 5 version I have yet to play through. It is a complete rebuild and reimagining of the game from the ground up, but with the vision and atmosphere of the original respected. I’m anticipating harkening back to 2005 and the fun I had in exploring a new world and a new game - and new scares.

For reference, here is a list of ratings for the other Resident Evil games I’ve owned and played (I couldn’t get through more than a few minutes of Resident Evil 6 without giving up on that one):

And just because it’s fun to look at, a list of the main games in order:

And a look at the remakes:

And while we’re at it, every single RE game I’ve played: