Evil 4: Wii Makes The Right Moves

Friday, October 12, 2007

In 2005, Resident Evil 4 was released for the Nintendo GameCube. Many (including myself) thought it was one of the best games of the past five years. Now, two years later, Capcom has decided to release it for the Nintendo Wii. Does the game hold up two years later? Absolutely.

Resident Evil 4 is set six years after the events of the third installment. Players control Leon S. Kennedy, a former member of the Raccoon City Police Department who is now a government agent. He is sent to Europe to rescue the president's daughter, Ashley Graham. Once he arrives, crazed villagers and cultists, who are a far cry from the brain-dead zombies in previous installments, greet him. They can dodge bullets, set traps and crash through windows just to get a taste of blood.

The controls make Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition superior to other versions. Because the Wii is more of a hands-on system than say Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the controls are precise. The Wii Remote will take about 15 minutes to get the hang of, especially if you have extensively played the previous versions. But then it becomes second nature. You move Leon with the Wii Nunchuck while aiming and shooting with the Remote. Whenever you want to use your knife, swing the Remote, which is one of my favorite features in the game.

The only gripe is that the graphics remain unchanged from the GameCube version. But when a game plays great, that is a small quibble. With all of the extras from the PlayStation 2 version, as well as the Wii's superior controls, this is the ultimate version of Resident Evil 4, and the Wii edition is only $30, making it a bargain. With all of the recent Wii titles consisting of party games, it's nice to know that Nintendo is acknowledging hard-core gamers as well.

-- Gregory McDougal

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