Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition Review

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The Wii incarnation of Capcom's horror classic definitely has something unique to offer.


If you’re any sort of gamer, you’ll have already sampled the bloodthirsty thrills of Resident Evil 4, a title that’s sold over three million copies worldwide and is surely one of the greatest action adventures ever to grace a console. But even if you’ve gorged yourself on the GameCube and PS2 versions, the Wii incarnation of Capcom’s horror classic still has something unique to offer.

Although the game has nothing new in the way of unseen extras - this is a direct port of the PS2 version, including the bonus Ada Wong missions - the Wii Edition uses the console’s motion controls to devastating effect; while the Nunchuck is used for moving your hero, the Remote dictates your aim, shooting and stabbing, an instinctive and demanding way to experience the game which, when you’re surrounded by snarling yokels poking you with pitchforks, makes the action feel even more unnerving. And while it does take time to master the immersive new control system – and you’ll doubtless spend the first 20 minutes cackhandedly missing your fast-moving targets – using the Wii Remote eventually allows for pinpoint accuracy, making those exhilarating headshots even more satisfying.

Aside from this innovation it’s business as usual – no bad thing, given the Wii’s lack of decent action adventures – and this sublime quest is an essential purchase for Resident Evil 4 newbies and veteran gorehounds alike.

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