A plunge into the darkest and scariest but at the same time attractive waters. The darkness that envelops you and drags you deep into the depths, to a bottom that my feet never seem to touch. A dip also in my childhood, when I played Resident Evil 4 together with my cousin in front of a CRT TV: vague memories that resurface, fortunately in very small doses, in this Remake. The fact that I remembered little or nothing about the adventure guaranteed a pleasant surprise effect, as if I had never played the 2005 Capcom masterpiece.
Resident Evil 4 Remake is a third-person shooter dream, challenging to the point, fun, over-the-top, slightly scary – Resident Evil 4, at the time, creeped me out and to this day I still wonder how the 13-year-old chickenshit Andrea managed to finish it – but never overly horrific.
Resident Evil 4 Remake: what a great carnival!
The heart seems ready to explode so much pressure is on it; pitfalls are always around the corner; there is never enough ammunition despite the fact that you are aiming for the head that is a pleasure. Everything that happened to me from the first minute of the game, from the village of El Pueblo onward (which I had already partly visited thanks to the chainsaw demo of Resident Evil 4 Remake tried a few days ago), was an unforgettable roller coaster of emotions.
The pace of the action descending, then slowly rising again, and just when you think you are now prepared for every trap cunningly laid by the enemy, here is yet another rabbit pulled out of the hat by the Bitores Mendez on duty that gives me the final acceleration in the last descent before the end of the attraction.
The anxiety of not making it because the accumulated resources are running out except then discovering, almost unexpectedly, that they have actually reached the end of the chapter. And so, after buying everything possible from the heroic merchant-the dubbing in Italian is fabulous and the voice of the merchant is by Gianluca Iacono, yes, Vegeta’s-under on the next stage.
Action, environmental puzzles, action within environmental puzzles that I face head-on with my war arsenal. I repeatedly strike the skulls of the “poor” Ganados to whom I administer, once stunned, a violent spinning kick. This combo proved from the start to be essential for saving bullets. We are, in fact, still talking about a survival horror even if it is particularly badass and cocky like its protagonist (how fucking funny Leon is!).
A real funfair, that’s how I like to define Resident Evil 4 Remake, with so many highlights that allow my warmongering videogamer instincts to be unleashed: from the great novelty of the title, Leon’s all-purpose knife for escaping from grapples but also blocking opposing attacks with the right timing – beware, however, that to the sound of parries and stabs this fundamental tool wears out – at the stealth that allows you to infiltrate the many secret passages of a artfully constructed level design To encourage all kinds of approaches to action.
Leon & Ashley at Salazar’s Grand Hotel
In Salazar Castle, where the second part of Resident Evil 4 Remake unfolds, the gameplay reaches peaks of absolute quality that are difficult to replicate: it was, in all likelihood, the most exciting and tachycardic part of my entire rescue mission. Here the pace that punctuates the succession of events, which we have already discussed in the previous section, is always extremely high, and every single game session is a time bomb ready to explode.
I made the sign of the cross when I got to the moment when Ashley has to turn the valves to open a new, otherwise inaccessible way while Leon stands one floor below her protecting her with his carbine from the onslaught of the Zealots, the religious fanatics of the Illuminados sect. I remembered that section well in the old Resident Evil 4: as messy as ever so much so that when I completed it after I don’t know how many attempts it was because of a wildly fortunate series of events that probably would never have been repeated if I had failed on that occasion.
I already know what will happen: the screams of terror of the daughter of the president of the United States, hunted down by yet another possessed priest, will echo back into the main hall. However, before the dancing begins, I hear a little inner voice whispering in my ear, “You’ll make it, don’t worry.”
I don’t fail a single headshot: brains explode, the rifle keeps firing relentlessly – this scene would have been a fabulous clip for Twitch – as Ashley, as if by magic, does everything she was supposed to do without a single smear (it should also be noted A significant improvement over the original Resident Evil on the artificial intelligence front of the protagonist). If this is a dream please don’t wake me up!
I would like to tell you more but I will not go any further. Resident Evil 4 Remake is a great game, the kind that sticks to you, that crushes you in a deadly embrace like that of an enraged Ganados ready to skin you alive with a hatchet, the most classic of deaths I have repeatedly stumbled upon.