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 Resident Evil 4 (Wii Version)

Epic third person shooter. Initially released on the GameCube/PS2 and then the PC/Wii.
Developer Capcom  
Released:28 June 2007 (Japan)
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Review by nicos on 10 Apr 08

27 hours is a long time... you could watch the film Titanic 8 times over, fly to Australia or even watch María Carolina's charity raising in full. Either way, that's exactly how long it took to me to complete Resident Evil 4.

Resident Evil 4 originally came out for the GameCube and PS2 back in 2005 and won a huge number of awards and then rightfully got ported to the Wii for a 2007 release. The use of the Wii control system adds a lot to the realism and intensity of the game. Instead of twiddling your thumbs on a joypad your using the Wii remote like its a real weapon disguised in shiny white plastic.

The basic idea of the game is to kill the bad guys and rescue the girl. Nothing that original so why has the Wii version sold over a million copies?

  • Resident Evil will make you jump out of your skin to the point where you brain switches in to panic mode and you end up swinging the Wii remote like it's the only thing that's going to stop you from meeting your maker.
  • The sound effects are enough to make your heart feel as though its been injected with rocket fuel coffee and is about to jump out of your chest.
  • Shooting parasitically-controlled Spaniards with a shot gun is incredibly satisfying. If you've had a bad day at work, there's nothing better.
  • It is Epic, with a massive amount of attention to detail.
  • The Wii remote works incredibly well. It takes time to get your accuracy and reflexes tuned in to it, but when you get to that point, you can really start to kick some ass.
  • Completing the game opens up a whole range of sub-games.
  • Compared to a normal game it felt like at least 3 times more effort went in to making Resident Evil 4. The quality was so high I felt like I was almost playing a 27 hour long interactive Hollywood film. Some people think it's one of the best video games ever made, I would have to agree with them.

    Summary...

    Should I buy it? Yes

    Is it worth buying a Wii for? Yes

    Should I buy a projector to play it on? Yes. For the best picture make sure your Wii is set to output 480P and also ensure you use component cables (the composite output is poor).

    Do I need surround sound? Yes. It helps to know who's coming up behind you. The game uses Dolby Prologic 2, so look out for AV Amps that support it. This review was done using an Onkyo amp which also converts the Wii's output to HDMI (handy for keeping the number of cables down).

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