That village in ‘Resident Evil 4’ still haunts you in your nightmares | games

video gamesAlso in the hugely successful remake of the horror game ‘Resident Evil 4’, you are introduced to the most iconic event at the beginning of the game: that Spanish village with its possessed inhabitants, who like to dig their rusty farm tools into your flesh when it pounces them into the bloodshot red eye. And then you have to meet that fool with his chainsaw!

The horrors that your main character Leon S. Kennedy has to face in “Resident Evil 4” (2005) are many and each has its own unique identity. Villains like Lord Sadler and Jack Krauser are awful bossesAnd among the monsters, monsters like Garradors and El Gigante will scare you. But these are the kinds of horrors you can only expect in Resident Evil: it’s mainly the unexpected horrors at the start of the game that – again – have the greatest chance of showing up in your worst nightmares.

Image from the “Resident Evil 4” edition. © Capcom

The powerful remake of the game, which will be released on Friday, will bring back everything, including the beginning of the story. Kennedy is on his way with two policemen in the Spanish interior, searching for the kidnapped daughter of the American president. Stop, one of them needs to pee. He stays behind for too long, so Kennedy goes to investigate. He encounters a group of villagers. And that…

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Image from the “Resident Evil 4” edition. © Capcom

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Chainsaw man

Certainly later in the first hour of “Resident Evil 4” horror is reached when you see an entire village monkeys Overpowered are you, ordinary villagers who are possessed by Las Plagas, a mysterious parasite that attaches itself to their brainstem all the way up to their ear. They have bloodshot eyes, and for some reason they listen to every command of a cult living in the area. Society is also very likely to have that chief’s daughter in their drafts.

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Image from the “Resident Evil 4” edition. © Capcom

Then that iron gate is opened by that brush with his saw. Unwashed bastard, taking the Spanish oath with a burlap sack on his ugly head, who does not hesitate to use this instrument of power against you. You immediately understand why eighteen years ago he was so swiftly transformed into a totem character in ‘Resident Evil 4’, a game that broke stylistically from the urban design of previous installments in the series, and suddenly dropped you into a squalid outdoor setting a la ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. The new version is dirtier: not only because of the visual leap the whole game has made, but also in Kindly Details appear now. Those bulging red eyes, and the bleeding tissue you can see around them, make it immediately clear that the burlap sack had been pulled over his ugly chin for some reason.

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Image from the “Resident Evil 4” edition. © Capcom

familiar motifs

The remake of ‘Resident Evil 4’, like the original game, quickly returns once again to familiar motifs. This inventory where you have to cram everything into a grid, scattering bullets, collectible green and red weeds: anyone who played even a single game in the series, even a quarter of a century ago, will feel right at home in this title. It also simply follows the installment of the previous releases of Resident Evil 2 (2019) and ‘Resident Evil 3 (2020): not much has changed in the old formula, but revamped where necessary. For example, the level design is more compact, and movement has more impact. And visually, it is, of course, a huge leap forward.

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But the thing that’s really hair-raising about this ‘Resident Evil 4’ is exactly the same as with the original version: that terrifying and wonderful presentation with these possessed villagers.

Resident Evil 4 Remake will be released on Friday, March 24th for PlayStation 5/4 and Xbox Series X/S.

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Image from the “Resident Evil 4” edition. © Capcom

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