Resident Evil 4 Remake: A Streamlined Return to Horror, with a Few Missteps
The remake of "Resident Evil 4" opens remarkably, streamlining the original route to the village and guiding players to the initial major set-piece. The game commences with an extended battle in the town, where the constant buzz of chainsaws signals their owners' relentless pursuit of Leon. The Hardcore difficulty mode introduces a fresh challenge: escaping is no longer the supreme strategy it once was, as the ganados now actively chase the player and inflict significant damage. Another standout feature is the original death animations of Leon, with the animation team delivering some of the most gruesome, terrifying, and occasionally even darkly comical demise scenes the player has ever witnessed. The central combat mechanics still revolve around targeting specific locations for damage, such as shooting enemies in the legs or head to stagger them, followed by close-quarters attacks. An exciting new addition is the ability to evade with our knife, resulting in chaotic encounters where Leon miraculously emerges unscathed.