6/28/07

Resident Evil 4 is Still Awesome

Let me put this simply... Resident Evil 4 is still an incredible game. I originally played this game on the Cube when it was first released and managed to beat the game 4 1/2 times. That sounds like a lot for a typical game yeah? But not for this one, the game is much different in it's design. The game dangles new weapons and modes in front of you so you're not just playing through the game another time for the sake of having fun, but for the sake of getting money to purchase newly unlocked weapons. I actually remember playing through the game for the 4th time simply because the massive magnum at the end cost a million pesetas (RE4 currency). After I unlocked that wonderful weapon I played through the game about halfway another time and understood at that point there was no one who could even touch me. How could they with a magnum that killed everything in one shot?

With the success of the Wii the developer of RE4, Capcom, decided to remap the controls to the Wiimote and re-release the game with all of the exclusive PS2-extras (about another 5-6 hours of gaming). At first I was a little skeptical to buy a game that I still owned on the Cube and had beaten 4 1/2 times before just for some new controls and a few more hours of gameplay. The price is $29.99 if you buy it now so I thought to myself, "you can hold off until the game drops down in price." Well I managed to find the game at a discounted price so I had to take advantage of the opportunity. Let me just say I am extremely glad I made that choice because this game is still awesome. The new controls make the game all the better, literally shaking enemies off of Leon (main character), aiming with the IR-sensor, and slicing my knife with a short Wiimote slash all feel just great.

The game feels so fresh, and for a game I've played as much as I have, that's saying something. Having never unlocked the PS2-extras I also now have something to aim for, something to unlock again. The graphics may be unchanged, aside from 16:9 and progressive scan modes, but with my new TV it looks better to me. I could go on and on about the greatness of this game but I will have to let you try it and see for yourself. Get this game, or borrow it from a friend, if you had any interest or have ever played the game in the past.

Still don't believe me, check out its awards:

2004 IGN Best of E3 Awards
GameCube Best Action Game
Best Graphics
Best Sound
Technological Excellence
Game of the Show
2005 CESA Game Awards
Prize of Excellence
2005 Spike TV's Video Game Awards
Best Graphics
Game of the Year
IGN Best of 2005
GameCube Best Action Game
Best Graphics Technology
Best Artistic Design
Best Original Score
Best Use of Sound
Game of the Year Runner Up
IGN Best of 2005 Readers' Choice
GameCube Best Action Game
Best Graphics Technology Overall
Game of the Year
2006 IGN
Ranked #1 on "Reader's Top 99 Games"
2005 Golden Joystick Awards
GameCube Game of the Year
Editor's Game of the Year
2005 GameSpot Best of 2005
Best Action Adventure Game
Most Improved Sequel
GameCube Game of the Year
Game of the Year 2005 (GameCube Version)
2005 GameSpot Reader's Choice
Best Action-Adventure Game
GameCube Game of the Year
Game of the Year 2005
GameSpy Best of 2005
Best GameCube Action Title
GameCube Game of the Year
2005 Edge magazine Awards
Best Game Of 2005
Telewest Shiny Awards Games Digest
Game Of The Year 2005
2005 Nintendo Power Awards
Game of the Year (Staff and Readers)
Best Graphics (Staff and Readers)
Best Storyline (Staff and Readers)
2005 X-Play
Best Action Adventure Game of 2005
Game of the Year 2005
Ranked #1 in the "Top 10 GameCube Games"
Ranked #4 in the "Top Ten Scariest Games of All Time"
Five-out-of-Five (GameCube version)
Five-out-of-Five (PlayStation 2 version)
GameFAQs 2005's Best
Best GameCube Game
Game of the Year
GameFAQs Tenth Anniversary Contest
Ranked #14 on "Best Games Ever"
2005 Game Informer
Game of the Year
2005 Metacritic
PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
GameCube Game of the Year
2005 Play Magazine
Editor's Choice Game of the Year
Best Graphics
2005 EGM Magazine
Game of the Year
2005 Games Master's Gaming Awards
Game of the Year
GameCube Game of the Year
2005 GamePro Magazine Editor's Choice
Game of the Year
Best Action-Adventure
2005 UGO.com
Game of the Year
2005 Game Revolution
Game of the Year
2005 Blender Magazine's Reader's Poll
Game of the Year
2005 NGC Magazine
Game of the Year
2005 1UP Awards
Game of the Year
Best Action Game
2005 GAME
Game of the Year
People's Choice
2005 Gamefly Q Awards Favorite
Game of the Year
GameCube Game of the Year
2005 Gamecentral's (UK)
Game of the Year
Viewers' Game of the Year (both PS2 and GameCube)
2005 "Nintendo Power Awards"
Game of the Year - GCN
Best Graphics - GCN
Best Sound / Voice Acting
Best Adventure Game
Game of the Year (Overall)
2005 Nintendo Power "NP Top 200"
Ranked #2
Gaming Target
52 Games From 2005 We'd Still Be Playing
2006 Famitsu
2005 Game of the Year (tied with Kingdom Hearts II)
2006 GameSpy
Ranked #1 on "Top 25 GameCube Games of All Time"
2006 PSM10
Runner up for "Game of the Year"
Best Graphics
2006 IGN
Ranked #3 on "Readers' Choice 2006 - The Top 100 Games Ever"

4 comments:

chauncey said...

i bet that lists fake.

TanookiTravis said...

Well you can think that all you want, but denying the fact that this game totally rocks is just crazy. And the fact that this game totally deserves all those awards makes it even more believable.

boitano said...

wow...you were right (no not you chauncy you fool). that list is awesome!! haha

TanookiTravis said...

Not just awesome, but totally deserved. And some of the other games it beat out that year makes it even more impressive. The only award it didn't win was Game of the Year from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) which is basically the Oscars of gaming. The reason for RE4 not beating God of War was because Capcom isn't a member of that academy, so they can't win. The director of God of War when interviewed about the award thanked Capcom for not entering. Pretty funny stuff.