Survival horror is a hard genre to come by nowadays. Not many games seem to come out with the feeling of macabre and isolation. Sure there are some indie games that are doing a fantastic job filling this gap, but sometimes you need a master to really show their craft. Resident Evil used to be one such example of exemplary excursions into feelings of desperation and panic. While there’s always the argument as to which of the games was best most people agree that 1,3 and 4 are all classics in their own right.

Resident Evil 4 was a little more of an action title thanks to its plethora of ammo and new control scheme. Still there was a sense of horror that pervaded the adventure which definitely holds up in this new release. Battles are just as brutal and that darn guy with the chainsaw is just as scary. Leon looks just as good as you remember, though not much better than that. The HD of this remake seems sort of tacked on. Some surprising amount of textures have been re-done, like writing on grenades or a patch on a jacket. While these look fantastic clothing still looks dull and character models don’t seem to look much better. At the very least this also includes Separate Ways, so you get a fairly completely package if you missed out the first time around.

Remakes and ports can be hit or miss. It’s hard to say how much work should be put in or how much is a good asking price. RE4 is an amazing game that was worth every penny when it first came out. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for a port that’s a single generation forward. The graphics aren’t so amazingly impressive as to trump the older version entirely. In fact the PS2 release holds up fairly well and is now significantly cheaper. If you only have a PC then this is the best way to get your game on, but otherwise it doesn’t seem worth the asking price.

Resident Evil 4 HD Trailer