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Review: Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition

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Review: Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition
Review: Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition

Consider Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition to be the video-game equivalent of a Criterion Collection release, the definitive version of the celebrated survival-horror classic from 2005. The polar opposite of that recent, scattershot travesty, Resident Evil 6, the game remains taunt in its pursuit of series vet Leon Kennedy, stranded in a rural village in Europe while investigating the disappearance of the president of the United States’s daughter, into the horrifying unknown. All but abandoning the series’s contrived and overcomplicated narrative involving corporate behemoth and nutbag evildoers the Umbrella Corporation, Resident Evil 4 reforged the series with a new perspective, both narratively and figuratively, replacing the still backgrounds of the first three titles with a free-moving, third-person, and over-the-shoulder perspective that is now the norm for modern action games.