"Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition"
As the first game I bought for the Wii, I wanted something that
was up my alley action-wise--and, having played other games in the
"Resident Evil" series, I thought this would be an easy one--but
something that also seemed to really take advantage of the Wii's
nunchuk and remote control system. It wouldn't hurt if the
game was a well-reviewed product...and, in all aspects, "Resident
Evil 4: Wii Edition" is a great, great, great game.
First off, "RE4" was great on the PS2 a couple of years ago, and
this port is even better than that version; you get a 25-hour
adventure with a bonus five-chapter adventure after you beat the
main game plus two mini-games for your fancy feet. "RE4" lets
you take control of Leon Kennedy (who has appeared in a couple of
the other games) as he tries to rescue the President's daughter from
a deranged cult that happens to have influence from science, zombies
and maybe even the freakin' devil. There's much more shooting
and fighting in this game than in the past, where you were almost
always better off running from everything than using your very
precious ammo. In "RE4", there's usually a decent amount of
ammo and grenades everywhere if you look hard for it, and thanks to
a new upgrade system you can buy new weapons as the game progresses
and level-up the weapons you already have.
But, it's the action plus the scares that works so well with this
game; man, with the lights off and the sound turned up, "RE4" is
some good stuff. Then, you add that to the new controls, and
that's where "RE4" takes off. It takes a couple of hours to
get used to it, but the way the game integrates the remote is
fantastic--all of your controls are at your right-hand fingertips,
and you can aim your weapons at anything on-screen by just pointing
at it, a big key because in "RE4", you have to stop moving in order
to fire your weapons. Movement is controlled with the nunchuk,
and then other little things are controlled by the remote: you've
got to reload by holding B then waving the remote from left to
right; you can knife slash anytime by swiping the remote one way or
the other; during cut scenes, you can dodge bad guys by waving the
remote or holding a button combination in the nick of time.
The game is long; in classic "Resident Evil" form, every time you
think the game's over, you're another chapter away from making that
happen. But, I thought that made the game's value grow even
more; for $30, you get a big game, some mini-games, and decent
replay value. I can't believe more people haven't bought this
Rating: Opening Weekend
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience