Following Capcom's announcement that gussied-up ports of Resident Evils 4, 5, and 6 would arrive on Xbox One and PS4 this year, the publisher-developer has set a release date of August 30 for Resident Evil 4, far and away the best of that bunch.
Resident Evil 4 will run you $19.99 in America, £15.99 in the U.K., and €19.99 in Europe.
Arguably the best entry in Capcom's 20-year-old survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 4 ushered in a dramatic shift in the design of third-person games. Setting the camera over the shoulder and giving you full control over aiming allowed for greater precision as well as extra layers of strategy. You could shoot enemies in the head to stun them, knock weapons out of the air, or target other body parts to open up other possibilities. Blasting foes in legs to set them up for melee attacks such as German suplexes that split their heads like melons and roundhouse kicks that knocked them backwards and staggered mobs closing in behind them.
"This potent combination of exotic weaponry and dynamic enemy encounters is part of why RE4 was not only incredibly innovative for the wider video game industry, but has stood the test of time," Capcom community manager Tim Turi wrote on the company's Unity blog. "There are many examples of paradigm-shifting video games throughout history, but not all of them have the benefit of being as fun to play today as when they first released. Resident Evil 4 is one of the best examples of this rarity."
Resident Evil 4 on Xbox One and PS4 packs in bonus content such as Separate Ways, an expansion campaign that lets you play as secret agent Ada Wong concurrent to Leon's adventures in the main story; Mercenaries Mode, a beat-the-clock minigame where you unlock weapons by killing zombies as quickly as possible; and New Game+ outfits like Ashley's suit of armor that makes her impervious to harm in the main game.