Resident Evil 4 infests Xbox One and PS4 on August 30

One of the greatest games of all time is due to arrive on modern hardware.

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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.

Resident Evil 7, revealed at E3 and set for release next January, represents the next evolution of the series.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    July 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Resident Evil 4 infests Xbox One and PS4 on August 30

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      July 7, 2016 4:31 PM

      Question: is this still worth playing now?

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        July 7, 2016 4:52 PM

        Have you been on the internet any since 2005? People have been gushing over this game for 11 years and counting. So yeah, play it.

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        July 7, 2016 4:52 PM

        Absolutely. It's still better than most new games.

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          July 7, 2016 4:58 PM

          It's definitely aged a bit but I think it's still worth playing through if you haven't already.

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        July 7, 2016 4:55 PM

        Yes, it's either the best Resident Evil Game or the third best Resident Evil game depending on who you ask.

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        July 7, 2016 4:59 PM

        Great game and I'm not a Resident Evil fan

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          July 7, 2016 5:01 PM

          Third best after which? 1 & 2?

          I still think Nemesis is terribly underrated. The concept of a villain chasing you through most of a game is the most innovative thing this series has done. I liked it much more than RE2.

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          July 7, 2016 5:14 PM

          Exactly. It's the only Resident Evil game I've played, and I loved it. I do plan on playing RE5 co-op one day though.

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        July 7, 2016 5:52 PM

        I think it's pure garbage, but most love it so probably

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        July 7, 2016 6:26 PM

        It's alright. I personally couldn't get past the awful escort mission shit.

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          July 8, 2016 9:32 AM

          Just means you suck at the game, they were the easiest shit

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            July 8, 2016 9:37 AM

            Didn't have any issue fighting the enemies, just got tired of managing the girl you had to escort. Had plenty of times where an enemy would spawn in a far corner that I parked her at, so they'd be gone by the time I would get back to her.

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        July 8, 2016 8:52 AM

        Piling on here, but yeah it's pretty great. I played it 4 times in a row on the gamecube

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      July 7, 2016 4:56 PM

      Looks like I'll be buying this for a fourth time

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      July 7, 2016 5:36 PM

      Was this ever on 360?

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        July 7, 2016 5:57 PM

        Yes.

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        July 7, 2016 6:05 PM

        Gamecube, PS2, PC, Wii, iOS/Android, Xbox 360, PS3. There's multiple versions too

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      July 7, 2016 7:31 PM

      So, ate there visual improvements past the current "HD" version on the PC? That's what I want to know.

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        July 7, 2016 11:07 PM

        if they give it the same treatment they gave the RE5 release on ps4/one, then we should expect some minor improvements on lighting and shadows possibly compared with the PC version, but running at a solid 60fps 100% of the time when lots of action isnt guaranteed.

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