Resident Evil 4 E3 2005 Report

RE4 for the PlayStation 2 makes a brief, brief appearance in Los Angeles.

As part of its annual E3 press conference, Capcom showed a small trailer of a very big game: Resident Evil 4 for the PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, because it was a pretty brief trailer with no playable version available, it's difficult to tell how this one's shaping up, but so far, so good.

The trailer shows off several segments from the popular survival horror game, including some of the very first scenes of action. Assuming that the footage in the trailer is actually coming off the PlayStation 2, the player models and environments look pretty close to their GameCube counterparts. We noticed a couple of spots of brief slowdown, but overall, it looked really sharp for a PlayStation 2 game. Unfortunately, with no GameCube version running next to it, it's difficult to compare the two, but it didn't seem too far behind the GameCube version, which should allay some of the fears of PS2 owners, some of whom have been worried about the PlayStation 2's ability to keep up with one of the GameCube's highest-scoring games.

The PlayStation 2 version of Resident Evil 4 is expected to ship later this year.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

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